The penultimate game of the season, and the final OLD FIR....sorry....Glasgow Derby is almost upon us.
The loss at Ibrox in December remains the hoops last domestic defeat, and it’s a realistic target to keep it that way, despite the hosts being on a pretty decent run since their defeat at Celtic Park last month.
As I touched on yesterday, the major advantage Celtic have on Sunday is not facing a Rangers team with Allan McGregor, who has arguably been a massive player for them, despite the fact that he’s a genuine lunatic with serious mental health problems.
Wes Foderingham is a sorry excuse for a goalkeeper, and we should be encouraged to shoot from anywhere, as there’s a serious chance of a goal from outside the area if he’s between the sticks. Tom Rogic is a stick on to pop one in from long range against him.
Had McGregor been available for Rangers, I wouldn’t be so confident going into this match. Week after week I predict an easy win for us, but while I think we’ll avoid defeat, my shoot prediction is that it’s going to be a score draw.
Edouard and Forrest will be far too hot for Rangers and their defence to keep quiet for the entire game, and we’ll most certainly score, but I feel Rangers will as well, especially with the form that Jermaine Defoe’s been in, and as much as we’re far superior to them, they play with pace, which we don’t like.
It’s bound to be our toughest domestic test under Neil Lennon since the Hibs game in the cup at Easter Road back in March.
There’s no way we’ll play as poorly as we did back in December at Ibrox, but I’d be surprised if we bossed the match as well, and although the ‘no derby game is meaningless’ patter will be branded about, I do suspect we’ll be in a relaxed mood having now clinched the title with the Scottish cup final to look forward to.
We’ll be up for it, no doubt - to quote Prop Joe - but so will Rangers, and for that reason the shoot prediction is :
Rangers 2-2 Celtic.