Old Firm scout report: Everything Rangers fans need to know about Celtic
By Danny Wright
Rangers travel to Celtic for what will be the fourth instalment of the Old Firm derby this season on Sunday.
The Light Blues have lost all three of the meetings this season which included a 5-1 drubbing in September and a Scottish League Cup semi-final loss.
However, they’ve still got a lot to play for on top of their pride. Celtic are currently looking to finish the season unbeaten and Rangers would love to stop them from writing their way into the history books.
It won’t be easy though. Football Insider has identified three Celtic players that Rangers have to keep an eye on during Sunday’s clash if they are hoping to get anything out of the game.
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It goes without saying that Rangers will have to keep a close watch on the Scottish Premier League’s top goalscorer on Sunday, but the 20-year-old has already hit five goals against them this season. In total, Dembele has racked up a monumental 32 goals in 44 games this season for the Hoops which has attracted the attention of some the Premier League’s heavy-hitters. The striker is fast, clever and knows his way around an opposition defence. The Rangers rearguard will have to be on top of their game if they’re to stop Dembele scoring in four consecutive games against them this season. If they can stop him scoring, they’ve got a great chance of getting something from the game.
The former Chelsea and Aston Villa man has been one of Scottish football’s best players this season and has been totally unrecognisable in the green and white stripes of Celtic. The winger’s career looked to have took a turn for the worst after failed spells at Manchester City and Villa, but he has been a new player for Celtic this season. With 18 goals in all competitions and 10 assists, Rangers cannot afford Sinclair the time and space on the wings. He’s a quick, skilful winger who can really hurt the opposition when he cuts inside.
The 24-year-old has struggled with a hamstring injury recently which kept him out of action for four games. However the attacking midfielder was back to his best in Celtic’s last league outing against Inverness when he scored a goal and set up another in the 4-0 thrashing. That strike was Armstrong’s 10th of the season in all competitions and also the seventh time he’s supplied one of his teammates. He is a key part to Brendan Rodgers’ set up this season and isn’t a player that the Rangers defence can afford to give too much time and space on the ball around their box.
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