Celtic v Rangers: Pressure on Gerrard and Morelos to halt Celtic's dominance in Sunday's derby
The stats don't offer Rangers fans much encouragement going into this match but our Scottish football tipster Frankie Monkhouse expects Steven Gerrard's men lớn earn a draw- According lớn the soccer handicap tips page!
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Celtic target the treble
This will be the third Old Firm derby of the season and the final game of 2019 for both Glasgow clubs. The Hoops have won both previous matches against their bitter rivals this term and are favourites to complete the treble. You can prefer the soccer tips every day page!
Neil Lennon secured the bragging rights back in summer with an unexpected, yet thoroughly deserved, 2-0 win at Ibrox. The Northern Irishman then led his Bhoys lớn a 1-0 victory in the League Cup final, despite Steven Gerrard's Gers dominating. Can Rangers fire back before the winter break or will Celtic strengthen their grip on the Premiership trophy?
Early signs are promising for Celts
Celtic have been impressive since Lennon returned lớn the fold. They missed out on Champions League riches, eliminated at the qualifying stage, but bounced back to finish top of a competitive Europa League pool including Lazio and Rennes. In Scotland, the champions find themselves in a fantastic position lớn claim a fourth domestic treble. They sit top of the Premiership and already have the League Cup trophy glistening away in the cabinet. The early signs are promising.
For as good as the pace setters have been so far, it isn't the all-conquering form we saw from the invincibles team of 2016/17. Celtic were beaten 2-0 by Livingston in October, out-played and out-muscled that day, and took only a point from Easter Road in the summer, held to a 1-1 draw by Hibs on that occasion. There can be no denying their recent form has been first rate, however, and they go into this clash with confidence onside. Claim victory on Sunday and Celtic will go some way lớn seeing off the challenge of Rangers and defending their title.
Gers left Hampden empty-handed
Rangers played in their first final since Gerrard took charge, meeting Celtic at Hampden earlier this month. It was a game Celtic were favourites to win but it was the blues who started better of the two. The stats showed Rangers finished with seven shots on target to the one of their rivals. The difference that day was Alfredo Morelos missed a host of chances, including a penalty, Christopher Jullien turning in a Ryan Christie free kick.