Rangers are the visitors to Fir Park on Sunday in a televised Ladbrokes Premiership victory.
Steven Gerrard’s side were pushed all the way at Ibrox in the first meeting between the two sides earlier in the season, eventually winning 2-1 through a late set play.
The story so far
Two points off the top of the Ladbrokes Premiership, Rangers are pushing all the way to end Celtic’s dominance over the title.
A long run of wins earlier in the campaign – with 23 victories from 33 competitive games so far – has showcased their ability to challenge at the top, even if recent form has taken a minor dip.
The last five games, on paper, suggest a downturn in fortunes. With one win, three draws and one defeat, it’s a dip compared to five wins in the previous block.
But for context, two draws have come in Europe, including the hugely impressive 2-2 draw at Feyenoord. A 2-2 draw at Aberdeen was the first blip the Glasgow side properly encountered on league business, while the defeat came in the Betfred Cup final after a strong attacking performance.
Three to watch
Over the past year, Ryan Jack has developed into one of the most influential and consistent performers in the Rangers team.
After his excellent showing in Rangers’ 4-0 win at Ross County at the end of October, Steven Gerrard hailed Jack as a real leader and emphasised he was a great example for the rest of the Rangers squad.
In recent weeks the midfielder has started to address what could be described as a glaring omission from his game – contributing four goals in his last four Scottish Premiership appearances.
The £7m deadline-day signing of Ryan Kent from Liverpool was seen as a big statement of intent ahead of Rangers’ attempts to deny Celtic their ninth successive league title.
Kent enjoyed an excellent season on loan at Ibrox last season, making 43 appearances and scoring six goals. He ended the campaign by winning the Scottish PFA Young Player of the Year Award and was also nominated for the main award too.
An injury sustained in his first match since making his move to Glasgow a permanent one ruled him out of action for a month, though on his return the Oldham-born winger has shown the qualities that helped him firmly establish himself as a fan favourite in his first year with the club – most notably netting a double in the 3-1 success at Hamilton.
Last Sunday may have been a day to forget for Alfredo Morelos, but it should take little away from what has been a storming first half of the season for the Colombian striker.
The 23-year-old missed a hatful of gilt-edged chances and from the penalty spot as his record of never having netted against Celtic continued. But it still demonstrated his new found maturity this term, alongside his relentless movement, power and a killer touch in front of goal.
Morelos has been prolific in front of goal both in domestic and European competition this season. He has found the net on 25 occasions in 31 appearances to close in on Marco Negri’s record of 33 goals before the New Year.
Get your tickets in advance
Tickets are available online now or from the Fir Park ticket office.
|Adult||£30 / £23|
|Over 60s / 16-18s / full-time students||£21 / £19|
|One adult and two kids||£34 / £27|
Cheaper price applies to John Hunter stand for home supporters. Rangers fans should contact their club direct for tickets.
Fans who require ambulant or wheelchair access should contact Andy Sim on 07428 225254 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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