Celtic and Rangers could serve up an Old Firm classic
Parkhead showdown sure to be lively
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Rangers manager Steven Gerrard comes face to face with his old Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers as he samples an Old Firm clash for the first time and it could be a cracker.
The Ibrox side go into this game at Parkhead on an 11-match unbeaten run and boosted by Thursday's Europa League heroics when their nine men held out for a 1-1 draw at Ufa.
Plenty of their fans will have snapped up the 5-1 that was on offer about the Gers earlier this week and you can understand why - Gerrard has transformed Rangers with the arrival of 14 new players and a solid spine of a team.
They are also facing a Celtic side who have had a wretched transfer window and appear to have lost their aura of invincibility under Rodgers. The £20m deadline-day sale of Moussa Dembele - who terrified Rangers in the past - with no replacement, summed up their summer. Defensively, they can be got at too.
However, and it is a massive however, there are plenty of factors which count against Rangers.
A 6,000-mile journey to the depths of Russia can't have done them any favours. Last week's 3-3 draw at Motherwell proved they still have vulnerabilities when they conceded a last-minute equaliser for the second time this season.
They have endured some frightful beatings at the hands of Rodgers, who appears to have mastered the art of revving up his players for Old Firm games. And for all their issues, Celtic still look stronger in the middle and up front.
Both teams will go for it and, in front of a reduced allocation of only 800 visiting fans, there could be goals for both sides.
Both teams to score & over 2.5 goals
2pts 5-4 general
Since Brendan Rodgers arrived at Celtic two years ago the aggregate score between the teams is Celtic 30 Rangers 6.
The Hoops are without Nir Bitton, Jozo Simunovic and Jack Hendry. Odsonne Edouard should return. New signings Youssouf Mulumbu and Filip Benkovic are in the squad. Moussa Dembele has been sold to Lyon.
Rangers are without long-term injury victims Graham Dorrans, Jamie Murphy and Jordan Rossiter. Lassana Coulibaly will miss out too. New signings Eros Grezda and Joe Worrall could be involved.
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