Betting Tips

Back Celtic to edge fierce Old Firm Derby against resolute Rangers


The Old Firm of Celtic and Rangers have traditionally dominated Scottish football, winning the last 29 top-flight titles. Celtic are closing in on a sixth straight title as Rangers regroup after demotion to the third division after financial irregularities in 2012.

 

On paper, this looks a bit of a mismatch with unbeaten Celtic winning 22 games in a row and leading 3rd place Rangers by the small matter of 33 points.

Currently, there is a real gulf in class between the two bitter Glasgow rivals, with Celtic prevailing in all three Old Firm encounters this term, including a 5-1 league victory at Celtic Park in their opener this season.

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Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers will take charge of his fourth Old Firm derby on Sunday, while Rangers are without a manager since the departure of Mark Warburton last month. Caretaker boss Graeme Murty looks set to continue in charge, with Pedro Caixinha emerging as the top contender for the Rangers hot seat. The unknown Portuguese has permission to join Rangers from Qatari club Al-Gharafa in and is expected to watch the game from the Celtic Park stands.

Paddy Power have Rangers at 17-2 to spring an unlikely shock, while Stan James at 2-5 are best price for an banker Celtic win in the derby.

While a Celtic win does look a sure thing, Rangers will fight for their lives in this one to save some face against their bitter rivals, trying to impress their probable new manager. Therefore, DRAW HT Celtic FT at 7-2 with Bet Victor may prove a winner.

Celtic have kept a clean sheet in their last seven home matches, so 1-0 (7-1) and 2-0 (15-2) scorelines in Celtic’s favour with the same company also look attractive as Rangers look to play damage limitation from the off.

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Celtic’s talented French striker Moussa Dembélé is an obvious 3-1 favourite for the first goal with Paddy Power with former Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair closely behind him at 4-1.