By sharing the point of the draw at home Wednesday afternoon, the Rangers are now relegated to 3 points Celtic. Steven Gerrard's players will do everything they can to catch up with Brendan Rodgers, but it will not be easy! For our prognosis, we bet on a draw between the two clubs of the Scottish capital.
Glasgow sera déchiré entre le Celtic et les Rangers en ce samedi, en plein Boxing Day ! Le Old Firm n’a rien perdu de son allant, mais le rapport de force semble pencher de plus en plus en faveur du Celtic. Ce dernier, meilleur et plus performant sur la scène européenne que son voisin devrait pouvoir maintenir à bonne distance son rival historique.
For sure the visitors are quite fit enough to trash the hosts but it gonna be a little tough for which the hosts are currently the next team in line to the visitors in term of fitness,ambition,positon and so on but the visitors fitness is ultimately dominant over the hosts
Celtic have in the recent years dominated this fixture; they have not lost to Rangers in open play in the last 15 meetings. In the last 15 meetings, Rangers have only beaten Celtic once, on post match penalties in the FA Cup meeting between the sides April 2016. In the last three meetings between the two sides, Celtic have won without conceding a goal but in the most recent one, Rangers posted massive improvement, conceding just one goal. In the earlier three, Celtic had scored three or more, hitting 12 goals while conceding just two. Heading to this match, Rangers are unbeaten in the last four matches and in the 10 matches they have played at home this season, they have managed seven wins and lost just once. They have scored 12 goals in their last five home league matches, only failing to score in one game – the loss to Aberdeen earlier in December. Rangers picked a home draw with Hibernian in the run up to this game and they will hope for a better outcome when they take on a Celtic side that came off Aberdeen with a 4 – 3 away win. It was the first time Celtic have conceded in three matches, and they have scored 10 goals in three matches, netting three or more in the three games. All of Celtic’s losses this season (three) have come away from home and they will be keen to avoid picking a fourth one here, which would place them in an uncomfortable situation in the title race. In 93 meetings, Celtic have 43 wins and Rangers 31.
League leaders and reigning champions Celtic will travel across the Clyde river as they visit arch rivals Rangers, who will host them at Ibrox. It’s been a hectic few months at Ibrox. The appointment of Steven Gerrard at the end of last season brought a lot of hope to Rangers going into the new campaign. The ex-Liverpool legend has made a wide variety of changes at the club, most noticeably the huge amount of players that were brought to Glasgow over the summer. It’s been a rocky December for the club. The Gers returned to 2nd place and overtaking Aberdeen in the process, but they still trail Celtic by three points and already having played a game more than the Hoops. It’s been a fantastic year for Celtic. Brendan Rodgers guided his side to yet another treble following his invincible debut season as the Hoops’ manager, extending the club’s unbeaten run to 69 matches. Old Firm, there will be a fight, blood, but Celtic will win
Aberdeen’s brilliant winning streak finally came to an end in their Boxing Day fixture against Celtic. The Dons lost 4-3 to the reigning champions in an end-to-end game of football that saw the best and the worst in both sides. This loss was Aberdeen’s first since losing to St Johnstone earlier on in the month. The Dons had gone on to win their next four matches, which propelled them all the way up to third place before the Christmas fixtures. Aberdeen have a really good couple of months after their shaky start to the season. Derek McInnes’ side has been able to compete well with the bigger sides in the league, and their good results have seen them climb back into the top spots of the table. Livi have also enjoyed some relative success during the last few months, and they’re well on their way to staying in the Premiership for at least next season.
Hearts’ season continues to twist and turn. The Edinburgh club looked to be returning to the fantastic form they were in at the start of the season when they picked up four points after a disastrous run of games, but that thought was quickly put to rest. Despite being separated by a huge 16 points, there’s not much difference in how the sides have been performing as of late. However, Hearts will have the home advantage for this clash, and they also boast a much better squad. I’m going to back the Edinburgh club to win this Boxing Day.
I don't think the situation for these 2 teams will be much different today as far as their previous games are concerned.
Hibernian is eight in the table and has even good opportunities to climb further and step into the championship final, and of course there are many matches left to play. And Steven Gerrard's Rangers goes well and also tops the table, formerly Celtic. However, Celtic has played fewer matches and only one point separates both teams.
Rangers have certainly kept the defense pretty good lately, but on the move, they almost always concede at least one goal while Hibernian make over 1.5 in almost every home match.
Hibernian are eighth in the Scottish Premiership but a win over league leaders Rangers will take them to within five points of their Glasgow opponents. The home side made a bright start to the season but then went through a patch of seven games without a win. This is their first clash with Rangers this season with the sides meeting again on Boxing Day. Home form this season has seen Hibs win four, draw three and only St Johnstone have come away with a win. Rangers were knocked out of the Europa League last week but bounced back with a win over Hamilton to go back to the top of the Scottish Premiership. The win on Sunday ended a run of three games without a win including being held to a draw at Dundee who were bottom of the table. Away form hasn't been impressive for Rangers this season with only three wins in eight in the Scottish Premiership and five in the last 22 in all competitions. A difficult game to predict and the suggested tip is under 2.5 goals to be scored in the match.