BBC pundit predicts Celtic v Rangers
By Harvey Byrne
Former Rangers striker Steven Thompson believes Celtic will be too strong in the Old Firm derby on Sunday afternoon.
The two fierce Glasgow rivals are currently preparing to face each other at Celtic Park for the Premiership encounter.
There is currently a clear 33 points between the two teams and the Hoops have also won all three of the previous matches between the pair in all competitions this campaign.
Now, Thompson has shared he is expecting the same result on Sunday and has predicted a 3-1 win for Brendan Rodgers’ team.
“I know people talk about Old Firm games being different because anything can happen in an Old Firm game,” started Thompson speaking on BBC Sport Scotland.
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“But, there is zero evidence to suggest that, that will be the case this time. I think if I’m Brendan Rodgers I’m saying to the team ‘let’s start this game like an absolute whirlwind, let’s try and get two up within 10 minutes’ and the complete opposite team talk from Graeme Murty in the Rangers changing room, ‘let’s try and weather the storm for the first 10 minutes, make sure we don’t concede an early goal.’
“It will be a fascinating game. Can Rangers go toe to toe with Celtic in the match? I don’t think so. I think they’ve got to try and be very resolute and hard to beat and hopefully play on the counter attack against Celtic.
“I don’t think they have the quality to go toe to toe with them in this match. 3-1 to Celtic, I’m going to go for.”
Rangers have recently rediscovered their form with two victories from their last two outings, including a huge 6-0 win over Hamilton in the Scottish Cup.
However, Celtic are currently unbeaten from their 27 league matches with 26 wins and one draw and they may still prove too much for the Gers.
But, that run could also work to the determent of the Hoops and Rangers will surely be motivated by the fact that they can end Cetic’s unbeaten streak.
The two Glasgow sides have different ambitions for this season with the Hoops well on their way to achieving their sixth consecutive league title, while the Gers are aiming for a second place finish.
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