Old Firm Derby Betting Preview: Celtic v Rangers

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Updated Monday 12th September 2016, 08:03 AM


Saturday afternoon sees the long-awaited return of the Old Firm derby as newly-promoted Rangers make the short trip across Glasgow to face Celtic. This will be the first league meeting between the city rivals since 2012 following Rangers’ relegation to the Scottish Third Division and it looks set to be a memorable one. The Gers have stormed their way back up the divisions and will be aiming to record their first win at Celtic Park since October 2010. Expect a very fiery encounter that could produce just as many cards as goals.

How the Bookies See it:

  • Winner: Celtic 4/6, Draw 11/4,  Rangers 19/5 - Betfred
  • Anytime Goalscorer: Leigh Griffiths 28/29, Nadir Ciftci 25/19, Moussa Dembele 16/11 - 888Sport
  • Correct Score: Draw 1-1 15/2, Celtic 1-0 8/1, Celtic 2-1 8/1 - BetVictor

Form

Celtic have started their quest for a sixth straight league title in impressive form under the guidance of Brendan Rodgers, winning all three of their opening games and netting 10 times in the process. The former Liverpool boss has added some much needed quality to the side over the course of the summer, all in an effort to allow the club to compete with Europe’s elite in the Champions League. With this quality has come a number of solid domestic performances, including a resounding 4-1 win over last season’s runners-up, Aberdeen.            

Rangers have come a long way since their demotion to the fourth tier of Scottish football in the summer of 2012, securing title wins in three of their four years away from the top flight. The Gers may only be four games into their return to the Scottish Premiership, but already find themselves in second place, just one point adrift of their Old Firm rivals and undefeated following wins over Dundee and Motherwell, sandwiched between draws against Hamilton and Kilmarnock.



Sports.net’s View

Celtic may have swept all before them during Rangers’ absence, but the Scottish giants have certainly missed their neighbours, with last season’s epic Scottish FA Cup semi-final showcasing just what the league has been lacking. A repeat of that scintillating 2-2 scoreline could be worth a bet, especially if both sides decide to really go all out for the win - 14/1 with Sky Bet. A high-scoring affair could also be worth a bet, with Celtic’s new-look attack proving effective both in the league and on the continent, but clean sheets have been hard to come by with the Bhoys failing to shut their opponents out in two of their ten competitive games this season. A draw with both teams to score could be a wise move for any punter this weekend.

Since their departure from the top table of Scottish football, winning has become a habit for Rangers. The club from Ibrox racked up 102 wins from 144 games during their time away and have returned looking to claim their first Premiership title since 2011. The bookmakers may not have them down as favourites for this match, but the 54-time league winners will certainly enter this game looking to stain Celtic’s 100 percent start to the season. The away side are 23/10 with Coral to exploit their opponent's defensive frailties and score two or more goals, while a more specific 2-1 win is priced at a very generous 16/1 with bet365. Given the history these two teams share, expect this meeting to be littered with controversy, and don’t be surprised if referee Willie Collum points to the spot at least once - 7/2 with Paddy Power for a penalty to be scored at any time during the match looks a good bet.                              

  • Sports.net’s top tip: Draw and both teams to score - 4/1 with Sky Bet   


*Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run-up to kick-off.

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Last Updated: Monday, 12 September 2016 08:03:23+00:00
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