Since Rangers fall from grace in 2012, Scotland has massively missed the Old Firm Derby – let’s be honest, it was just about the only football worth watching in the country.
But, the Glasgow derby is finally back after a four-year absence, and my word, are the Green Brigade ready for the old foe to arrive at Celtic Park.
The derby couldn’t be set-up in better fashion, as the two Scottish giants sit top of the Scottish Premiership Table, both coming into the match unbeaten.
Although Rangers face a daunting trip, we can’t help but feel that the blue half of Glasgow will come away with all three points.
Mark Warburton’s side have recruited well, this summer, by signing 12 new players, adding real depth to the side that won the Scottish Championship by 11 points, last season.
Importantly, they have signed two players in Philippe Senderos and Joey Barton who share a better bond than any player in the Scottish League ?.
In all seriousness, Rangers beat Celtic in the sides most recent fixture, last April. And Warburton could easily ‘out-think’ Brendan Rodgers in a few different ways, not that that’s too tricky.
Sure, Celtic narrowly qualified for the Champions League, but they really struggled against ‘better’ opposition in losing 2-0 to Hapoel Beer Sheva in the second-leg. Therefore, there are question marks over the quality of the side, and their less than impressive start in Europe – three wins from three in the league is just expected/
Niko Kranjcar’s creativity will also be important on Saturday, whilst Rangers will use Barrie McKay’s youth and pace to counteract Celtic’s main weakness, Mikael Lustig. The Swedish right-back could struggle against the winger, as the young Scot should have plenty of opportunities to run in behind the Celtic defender’s lack of pace, exploiting the right-hand side.
Rangers go into the game without any real fear. Few people doubt the newly-promoted side will come away with any form of result. However, given Rangers’ chemistry, Joey Barton’s experience in the middle of the park, the old enemy could really spring a surprise.