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No Need To Panic: The Old Firm Preview

Rangers v Celtic - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
Brown and Griffiths celebrate during Celtic’s last trip to Ibrox
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It’s everybody’s favourite time of the year, as the Hoops aim to kill off any - ha! - title challenge from our old pals at Ibrox as we aim for our fourth successive win at Ibrox. Let’s go!

Team Selection: The big dilemma is who will replace Mikael ‘Zany’ Lustig at right-back, as he is suspended for the game. Brendan Rodgers could put Kris Ajer or even Dedryck Boyata in there, but we really should play three at the back.

As Rangers’ most “dangerous” players are on the wings though it is likely that we will shoehorn someone into the right-back role.

In midfield, Olivier Ntcham and Scott Brown seem like obvious picks, whilst Callum McGregor seems likely to start as he usually plays in big games. Kieran Tierney and James Forrest seem like obvious starters too, with Forrest due a big game against the Ibrox side.

Further forward *groan* Scott Sinclair will probably get the nod, even though he has been poor in recent weeks, as he has such a good record against The Rangers.

Up front, it’ll probably be Moussa Dembele on his own.

I haven’t even dared to mention Dorus de Vries up until he gives everyone the fear.

Previous Meetings: The Hoops eased to a 2-0 win at Ibrox in September, thanks to goals from Tom Rogic and the much-missed due to injury Leigh Griffiths.

In December the teams drew 0-0 at Celtic Park as Scott Sinclair and Alfredo Morelos served up a masterclass in how to miss sitters.

Prediction: If you look at the press, there’s no point in Celtic even turning up at Ibrox, what with Rangers players cheering the Scottish Cup draw, Graeme Souness going on about how great it would be for Scottish fitba’ if Rangers won etc.

Let’s be real for a minute: Celtic are still a vastly superior side to Rangers, and we shouldn’t at all fear a team whose unbeaten run includes wins over Fraserburgh and Ayr, who recently conceded 3 goals to Hamilton and who lost to the only half-decent team - Hibs - they have played in the last month.

If Celtic turn up, we’ll win, and seven in a row will be all but clinched.

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