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Thursday, 18 October, 2018

Celtic can resume recent Old Firm dominance at Ibrox

Celtic could be celebrating again
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Scottish Premiership
Sky Sports 1, midday Saturday

Celtic have outclassed Rangers in four of their five meetings this season, and there's absolutely no evidence to suggest the same won't happen at Ibrox.

Last week, the Glasgow giants played the most one-sided encounter surely ever in the history of Old Firm showdowns.

Rangers totally and utterly surrendered in a meek performance. Pedro Caixinha's men will surely not go down as timidly today given the criticism they received.

There's every chance they will attempt to put down a physical marker given how abysmal they were at Hampden, but it's hard to see that making much of a difference.

The Rangers players appeared to have little or no idea what their Portuguese manager was attemping to try and do with his tactics.

Whatever it was, Celtic totally and utterly dominated the midfield battle. Scott Brown has been cleared to play and Stuart Armstrong has been in fantastic form for months now.

Up front Moussa Dembele may be missing, but the French striker has been off the boil for a few months now and replacement Leigh Griffiths is likely to be straining at the leash to have a go at Rangers.

For Rangers, it's likely Caixinha will try to mix things up, but his options are limited. Surely Barrie McKay will be given a chance to run at the Celtic defenders this week.

But Brendan Rodgers will be desperate to continue their unbeaten domestic run and there's no reason why they can't inflict yet another defeat on their rivals this lunchtime at Ibrox.

Recommendation
Celtic
2pts 3-4 Hills, Sky Bet

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Team news
Celtic
Striker Moussa Dembele is ruled out with a hamstring injury.

Rangers
The Gers are missing captain Lee Wallace, Niko Kranjcar and Jordan Rossiter.

Key stat
Celtic have scored at least twice in each of their last nine league away games. 

Last week, the Glasgow giants played the most one-sided encounter surely ever in the history of Old Firm showdowns
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