Celtic should have too much class for Old Firm rivals
A first Old Firm derby since 2012 has Glasgow salivating but it’s asking a lot of Championship side Rangers to beat arch-rivals Celtic and clinch a place in the final of the League Cup.
The ‘Gers have been easily second-best in the second tier this season behind Hearts and have struggled to beat two of the Championship’s lesser teams, Dumbarton and Alloa, in their last two outings.
Celtic, in comparison, are probably in the best form they’ve been in all season and are top of the pile again so there’s no reason why the green and white half of the city won’t be celebrating come Sunday evening.
The Hoops are only 3/10 for the victory in 90 minutes but that should appeal to big-hitters and those looking for accumulator bankers.
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Ronnie Deila’s team haven’t conceded a goal in meaningful matches since before Christmas.
They’ve won their last four in the Premiership but it’s a sign of the times that, taking into account Charlie Mulgrew’s continued absence, as many of 10 of their starting line-up this Sunday will be playing in their first Old Firm clash.
Most of Rangers’ players, too, will be tasting the unique atmosphere for the first time at Hampden but their captain Lee McCulloch says the underdogs aren’t fearing the meeting with their higher-ranked opponents – they were, after all, more than holding their own against the enemy before their financial foul play caught up with them.
Expect Rangers to give the Celtic players little time on the ball in the opening exchanges but the division in class should become more apparent as time ticks by.
The Light Blues’ defence is ordinary by Premiership standards and their midfield lacks both resilience and real flair.
Celtic’s back four has looked quite solid in front of Craig Gordon in recent weeks and they can shut out the Rangers’ attack and provide a firm base for their forwards to do the business at the other end.
Celtic are 27/4 to win 3-0 and 21/10 to win on the European handicap conceding a two-goal start.
The match kicks off at 1.30pm on Sunday, February 1st at Hampden Park.