They may have had a pretty miserable time of it in Europe this season but 2017 seems set to give Celtic another Scottish Premiership title. They go into this Old Firm game 16 points clear of their opponents and even have a game in hand.
Posted: 30/12/2016 - 10:00
I doubt many Rangers fans dreamed of winning the title in their first season back in the Scottish Premiership. Just a win over their bitter rivals Celtic would probably make their year. It looks like mission impossible for Rangers but if they harbour any remaining dream of winning the title, then they have to win this game.
19 league games have produced 18 wins and a draw for top of the table Celtic. That away defeat to Lincoln Red Imps in the Champions League qualifers is just a distant memory now. The only Premiership game Celtic have failed to win was a 2-2 draw at Inverness Caledonian Thistle back in September. Since then they have won 14 league games in a row plus three games to win the League Cup. They have already beaten Rangers twice this season, 5-1 at home in the league and a 1-0 League Cup win at Ibrox. Rangers are unbeaten in their last five matches winning four of them but Celtic are a different kettle of fish from the likes of Hamilton and St Johnstone. Rangers haven't lost a home league game but you just have to back Celtic to get the win here and that's 3-4 at Bet365.
How many goals will there be in this game? With Celtic in rampant form at present, you might expect that a bet on over 2.5 goals might be a good bet in this game but that might not be the case. A closer look at the statistics shows that a bet in the opposite direction may well prove profitable.
Six of the last nine Rangers games have had under 2.5 goals scored in them. At home they have only conceded four goals in ten league matches. They may have got hammered away by Celtic but only lost the league cup tie 1-0. Six of the last eight home games have had under 2.5 goals. Most Celtic away games have plenty of goals but recent wins at Dundee, Aberdeen and Kilmarnock all finished 1-0. Take a chance on this game having under 2.5 goals, it's 43/40 at Bet365.
When you're looking at the first goalscorer, try your luck with Stuart Armstrong. He's in great form at present having scored in the last two Celtic games making a total of four goals in December. He's backable at a tasty 10-1 with Bet365 to score the first goal and 3-1 to score anytime.
If Rangers are to score in this game then it may well be Martyn Waghorn who provides that big moment. Just like Armstrong, he's also scored in his last two games. If you fancy him to be first goalscorer then he's 6-1 with Bet365 and 28-17 with 10bet to score at anytime in this Old Firm Derby.
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