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22nd Dec, 2016 | 4:23pm

Alan Stubbs predicts Celtic v Rangers, claims what will prove vital in Hogmanay clash

By Will Butcher

Alan Stubbs believes Celtic will record a 2-1 victory against Old Firm rivals Rangers on Hogmanay.

The former Hibernian manager believes Brendan Rodgers will continue his 100 per cent record against the Gers, after his side beat their bitter rivals 5-1 and 1-0 in their two previous meetings this season.

Speaking to Sky Sports’ Premier League Daily Show on Thursday, Stubbs claimed that an early goal will prove vital at Ibrox and fully expects Celtic to earn three points.

“Rangers will fancy themselves at Ibrox,” Stubbs said. “But if Celtic go there early and score first, it will become hostile and I expect them to go on and win.

“They (Rangers) will love nothing more than to stop Celtic’s unbeaten run, but I think Celtic will win 2-1.”

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The two sides face each other on New Year’s Eve, before taking a three-week gap between fixtures in January as the Scottish Premiership’s winter break puts football north of the border on pause.

Last time the two sides met, French wonderkid Moussa Dembele scored his fourth goal in two games against the Gers in the dying moments to secure a 1-0 win for Celtic at Ibrox in the Betfred Cup semi-final.

Former Liverpool boss Rodgers will look to Dembele to strike again for the 47-time Scottish champions, after scoring a hat-trick during the 5-1 win in September.

The Bhoys face Hamilton on Christmas Eve before facing Ross County on December 28, and will be looking to extend their 14-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership with two wins.

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