Rangers and Celtic meet in the primary Old Firm derby for the 2021/22 season on Sunday.
Both sides have already proven indicators of weak point this marketing campaign – they had been dumped out of the Champions League within the qualifying rounds and have every misplaced a match within the Scottish Premier League.
Steven Gerrard’s facet has been rocked by numerous optimistic coronavirus instances of their camp this week, and the Rangers boss is predicted to overlook the derby as a result of isolation guidelines.
Enter Postecoglou’s first style of Old Firm motion comes on a packed Ibrox, and after a rocky begin to life in Glasgow, he desires to preserve some momentum within the worldwide break.
Here is a 90 minute preview of the recreation.
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August 27, 2021
Fans are again at Ibrox / Mark Runnacles / Getty Images
When is Rangers vs Celtic? Sunday 29 AugustWhat time is the kick-off? 12:00 (BST)Where is it performed? Ibrox StadiumTV channel: Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football (UK & ROI), CBS Sports Network (US)Judge: Kevin Clancy
Gers has not formally revealed which members of their squad have examined optimistic for Covid-19 or who’re isolating themselves. However, Allan McGregor, Jon McLaughlin, James Tavernier, Scott Wright, Calvin Bassey and Ryan Kent all missed their Europa League play-off match with Alashkert in the midst of the week, whereas Gary McAllister may take all over again if Gerrard stays absent.
Ryan Jack and Fashion Sakala are dealing with a race towards time to qualify for Sunday’s recreation, whereas John Lundstram and Kemar Roofe could come to play after coming back from suspension.
Celtic hopes to get their latest star accessible / BSR Agency / Getty Images
Postecoglou is sweating on the health of Greg Taylor and Kyogo Furuhashi after they knocked towards AZ on Thursday.
James McCarthy and James Forrest are anticipated to return for the brief journey to Ibrox, however Christopher Jullien (knee), Mikey Johnston (hoarding) and Karamoko Dembele (ankle) will all miss. Josip Juranovic could make his debut after his transfer from Legia Warsaw.
Rangers: McCrorie; Patterson, Goldson, Balogun, Barisic; Arfield, Kamara, Davis, Hagi, Aribo; Morelos
Celtic: Deer; Ralston, Starfelt, Welsh, Taylor; McGregor, Rogic, Turnbull; Furuhashi, Edouard, Christie
As you might have in all probability gathered, Rangers and Celtic have met a honest just a few occasions over time – 425 occasions, to be precise.
Gers has solely the sting with 166 wins towards the Celtics 159, whereas there have been 100 attracts between the 2.
Last season, Gerrard’s males received all three conferences of the Scottish Premiership, whereas profitable the Scottish Cup.
Celtic haven’t crushed their bitter rivals for the reason that Scottish League Cup ultimate in December 2019.
Postecoglou can actually get followers in place with a win on Ibrox / Ian MacNicol / Getty Images
Rangers Covid-19 issues will clearly hamper them, and being compelled to play in a conservative method could also be precisely what Postecoglou desires.
Celtic have scored 12 objectives of their final two league video games and have regarded equal within the Europa League.
Still, with a full Ibrox crowd behind you, do not anticipate the Rangers to roll over so simply.
Prediction: Rangers 1-1 Celtic