Lack of discipline: Three things we expect from Rangers in Old Firm clash v Celtic
By Danny Wright
Rangers face a short trip across Glasgow to face Celtic in the latest instalment of the Old Firm derby on Sunday.
Celtic have won each of the three meetings between the two sides this season and are heavy favourites to continue their 100% record over their inner-city rivals.
Graeme Murty will take charge of his final game as caretaker manager after the club announced Pedro Caixinha will take control of the club after signing a deal yesterday.
The Light Blues are currently third in the Scottish Premiership, nine points adrift of second-placed Aberdeen and a staggering 33 points behind Sunday’s opposition who top the league standings.
Football Insider predicts three things that are likely to happen in the Glasgow derby.
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A lack of discipline
Philippe Senderos was sent off for a second yellow card in the 5-1 loss at Celtic Park in September and Rangers are more than likely going to struggle to keep their discipline again in this latest clash. Rob Kiernan and Joe Garner are both going to miss the game through suspension already, showing that the Light Blues have an issue keeping their emotions in check. Gers have had four players sent off in the league during this campaign and no other club in the Scottish Premiership has had more. There’s a lot of pride at stake today and if things start going Celtic’s way, it could spell trouble.
No clean sheet
Both sides are going to be desperate for a win. Celtic have pretty much secured the league title already but there’s no doubt that Rangers will want to ruin their almost perfect record this season. Although the odds are stacked against the Light Blues, they have managed to breach the Bhoys’ defence twice this season so it’s likely that both sides will get a goal in this game. Kenny Miller has made a habit of scoring goals against Celtic during his long career so he may be able to make it a nervy afternoon for the hosts.
It is highly likely that Celtic will continue their winning ways on Sunday – much to the disappointment of Rangers. However the club can at least be comforted by the fact that the board have finally sorted out a new manager who can take over from Murty and finally lead the club in the right direction. The Hoops have simply been too good this season for anyone in Scottish football. They have won all but one of their domestic matches during this campaign and it’s doubtful that their record will end on Sunday, especially to a Rangers side who have been very inconsistent as of late. However, it’s an Old Firm derby where the rules are usually different, so you never know…
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