Rangers travel to Parkhead on Saturday desperately seeking a first league win over Celtic in more than five years, but their wait is likely to go on.
The Light Blues only joy in the last ten meetings between these Glasgow rivals came in a penalty shoot-out at Hampden Park in April 2016, taking advantage of Ronny Deila’s misfiring side to book a place in the Scottish Cup final.
Since Brendan Rodgers arrived to succeed Deila in the Hoops hot seat, it has been a tale mainly of woe for Rangers in this fixture. Celtic have won six of the seven meetings, often with plenty to spare.
For Rangers, the glimmer of hope may come from knowing that their only moment of relief came when Graeme Murty took temporary charge back in March, Clint Hill netting a late leveller in a 1-1 draw at Parkhead.
Worryingly for Rangers they have lost two of their previous three games, going down home and away to St Johnstone and Kilmarnock before Christmas. They steadied the ship by beating Motherwell in midweek.
Celtic have responded to their 69-game unbeaten run ending by defeating Partick, Aberdeen and Dundee without conceding a goal. Rodgers’ claim that his team would simply ‘reset’ after a shock 4-0 pummelling by Hearts appears to have been proved correct.
There have been over 2.5 goals scored in Rangers’ last 13 away games in the Premiership. With 48 (Celtic) and 41 (Rangers) goals scored so far, these are comfortably Scotland’s leading scorers.
Expect the goals to flow in this one too, with Celtic to come out on top. The Hoops are 7/4 to win with over 3.5 goals scored on Saturday and that is a sound play.
Elsewhere on Saturday, Kilmarnock’s recent run of four wins and a draw is perhaps being overlooked as they are 15/4 to defeat a Hibs team with just one win in five games. Steve Clarke’s team are more than capable of making life hard for Neil Lennon.
The bottom two clubs meet on Saturday and it might just be worth siding with basement club Partick Thistle to overcome Ross County. They are level on points but, with home advantage and two recent wins on their record, Thistle have the momentum coming into this game.
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