It’s one of the oldest football rivalries in the World – and given the astounding revelations happening at Ibrox over the past few weeks, this Glasgow derby could become a rare feature in the future if ‘The Big House‘ fails to remain open.
There’s been a ‘lot of pain‘ felt by Rangers supporters, since the club fell into administration, as skeleton after skeleton tumbled out of the closet. The top earners at Ibrox, that being the playing squad, all took wage cuts to stave off job losses and allow the club to function in some form of normality until at least the end of the season.
However, against the backdrop of all this financial mess there is the matter of an important Old Firm fixture still to played this weekend. Current Rangers v Celtic betting has The Hoops as hot favourites to win this game.
Neil Lennon witnessed his side lose to Kilmarnock last weekend in the Scottish League Cup final despite his team creating some of the best chances of the match only to be foiled by Killie’s inspirational keeper, Cammie Bell.
Celtic are on-course to win the Premier League this season, being 21pts better off than second-placed Rangers and Motherwell. There is also the possibility that Celtic could win the title at Ibrox this weekend if Motherwell fail to take anything from Kilmarnock and Celtic beat Rangers – that would really deflate Rangers’ season – and it would be payback for Celtic after their bitter rivals won the title in their own backyard back in 1999.
Despite Gary Hooper and Anthony Stokes failing to find the net at Hampden last weekend the pair are hot favourites to score first in the Rangers v Celtic betting odds. Hooper is best odds of 9/2 from Ladbrokes to score first while you can get odds of 6/1 from Betfred that Stokes will find the net first.
Rangers current form has been dismal, winning just 2 of their last 6 games, the stricken Govan club have crashed out of the Scottish Cup and are now in a fight with Motherwell to claim 2nd place in the SPL.
Ally McCoist has had to rely on youngsters to help fill the gaps in his injury depleted squad. Their is hope that key first team players Carlos Bocanegra, Dorin Goian, Steven Whittaker and possibly Kyle Lafferty can be fit to return ahead of the Rangers v Celtic betting.
David Healy looks to be Rangers’ best bet to open the scoring, you can get betting odds of 7/1 from Boylesports that he’ll put Rangers in front. Probably, a more realistic bet would be to back Sone Aluko as the first goalscorer (9/1 from Ladbrokes) as he has definitely been their best player by far over the last few months.
It’s difficult with most Old Firm games to predict the outcome, however, there seems to be extra flavour with this one coming up on Sunday. Celtic haven’t been beaten in the league since last November, which is why I’m going to tip a 2-1 win for the visitors which Ladbrokes offer betting odds of 10/1 on this eventuality.
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The Rangers v Celtic game is live on Sky Sports HD1 on Sunday, the 25th of March, KO 1pm.
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