Rangers and Celtic have already met five times this season, it is now time for meeting number six.
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One More Time
Celtic are once again Scottish Premiership champions, but will they get a guard of honour on the territory of their biggest enemies?
On Enemy Territory
Not only will Rangers be sick at the thought of having to play second fiddle to Celtic once again. They will also be sick of the sight of their crosstown rivals. The two teams have already met on five separate occasions, the Ibrox outfit has won none of them.
Foiled in the league and falling short in both the League and Scottish Cups, it has been a season to forget for Rangers, and considering their European exploits of 12 months ago, this was meant to be the campaign where they reached even higher heights.
Unfortunately for the blue half of Glasgow, their arrival in this season’s Champions League group stage was nothing more than a precursor for future events. Way short of the mark on the continent. Way short of the mark back home.
With Rangers stuttering throughout and having to change managers as a consequence, there have been signs of improvement under current boss Michael Beale but there has also been an improvement for their nearest rivals.
There is always a certain ceiling when it comes to the success of Scottish clubs and when I say Scottish clubs, I mean Rangers and Celtic. But under Ange Postecoglou, there is a sense that the Hoops could go on to bigger things in Europe.
Whether that comes in the shape of progress in next season’s Champions League proper or outright success in the Europa League remains to be seen but the squad that Postecoglou has assembled is undoubtedly the real deal.
A deal that was completed last weekend, as the domestic Premiership and League Cup double was secured. A comfortable win at Hearts confirmed what everyone has known for quite a while – Celtic are the best team in the land.
With the double already in their possession, they will soon look to complete the treble against Inverness Caledonian Thistle of the Scottish Championship. Before they look for even more silverware, they will look to create even more misery for Rangers.
But now it is time for the first of my two tips and although I have often thought these clashes would provide a win for Rangers, I can only look towards the champions for their final encounter of the season. This means I am backing the away win and both teams to score at odds of 10/3.
In addition to this, I am also going to focus on the first goalscorer market and with Jota having already scored 11 league goals this season, I am backing the Portuguese forward to break the deadlock at Ibrox at odds of 17/2.
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