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IT'S the game we've all been waiting for north of the border – and it could go either way.

At the start of the season I tipped Rangers to run Celtic close in the title race and it's set to go to the wire.

There's no doubt Steven Gerrard's side are much improved and they've won tight games against Killie and St Mirren where a year ago they'd have dropped points.

Rangers' better standing is reflected by bookies making them favourites for the first time since I was in short trousers.

The home side are a best 6-4 at McBookie and Ladbrokes with the champions 2-1 at bet365 and the latter will tempt Hoops fans.

I'd planned to tip a Gers Old Firm win for the first time in ages but now I'm sitting on the fence and backing a draw at 12-5 with BetVictor. I reckon you can rule out a 0-0 so consider a scoring draw at 15-4 with bet365.

Some people have said whoever wins the most derbies this season will lift the title but that's not always the case.

However, Gers will see the importance of an early title lead and having beaten Celtic twice last season will be confident of another success.

I don't think Rangers will lose and you can back them draw no bet at 3-4 with McBookie. Again the home side benefits from a reduced away support of 800 – in three games since this was introduced in Old Firm derbies the home side has won.

Both sides could suffer from Thursday's exploits although they will be in good frames of mind after reaching the Europa League group stage.

Don't see it being a low scorer despite two out of three at Ibrox going under 2.5 goals but remember Celtic didn't score there last season – losing 1-0 and 2-0. Rangers to win to nil is 7-2 at bet365.

Before Celtic's 4-1 win at AIK Neil Lennon said his players didn't know how to park the bus and that was evident as they suffered a few bombscares before running out easy winners. Boli Bolingoli doesn't look ready and if Kris Ajer is out that will be a blow.

In attack Celtic are much better and Rangers have been pretty deadly in front of goal so take a chance on over 3.5 at 29-10 with Unibet.

A score draw has a chance at 18-5 with BetVictor while a 2-2 draw is 13-1 with BetVictor.

Bobby Madden is the man in the middle for his fourth Old Firm game in three seasons. He's flashed 17 yellows and three reds – all to Rangers – in those matches.

Last season he sent off Alfredo Morelos and Andy Halliday in a 2-1 Celtic and this season averages three bookings a game.

This could be a fiery affair as both sides go out to put down a marker and the usual candidates will be backed for a card – Allan McGregor, Morelos, Ryan Jack and Scott Brown.

Broonie is 37-40 at BetVictor to be carded with Morelos 23-20 and to be red carded both are 16-1 with Jack 33s.

Consider between 45-65 booking points at 2-1 with Sky Bet while a sending off pays 9-4 at bet365.

Morelos is of course hunting his first Old Firm goal and is 9-5 at Unibet to get it after being the Euro hero against Legia Warsaw.

Not easy picking a first scorer but Jack's been in form and will be up for it – could be worth a look at 20-1 with McBookie as I expect Rangers to be quickly out of the blocks.

James Forrest has been the man for the big occasion but has never scored at Ibrox and is 9-1 with bet365 to break the deadlock after hitting the first against AIK.

Recommended Bets

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9 Comments
  1. Rapid 3 months ago

    Sorry not sure where to put this but I strongly fancy Provetkin to beat Hughie Fury by decision tonight at around 7/4 it’s a cracking price.

    Hughie’s one of the most overrated fighters in boxing imo. Provetkin is a good, solid, experienced fighter and only ever lost to AJ and steel hammer. Fury can’t punch and Provetkin has a good chin so he won’t be worried about that. Provetkin is a banger but Fury’s big height advantage should be able to see him roll with the punches, he shouldn’t take too many bombs flush on the chin. Fury is also far too defensive, as soon as he tastes the russian’s power I expect him to go into defensive mode. Provetkin will be on the front foot and should win most of the rounds through outworking his opponent and generally being more aggressive.

    • Rapid 3 months ago

      Ker ching. Happened exactly as predicted, I hope enough people got on it.

    • drogers 3 months ago

      Excellent. I was on the distance and over 9.5 rounds. I expected Hughie to at least let his hands go a bit just this one time but it seems he has the ability to go 12 rounds and frustrate his opponents but never enough to actually win, not at the top level anyway.

      Good pick.

      Cheers

  2. chris guy 3 months ago

    Morelos was 5/2 to get booked with 888sport, an absolute steal.

  3. chris guy 3 months ago

    Allan McGregor to get booked at 6/1 is a terrible price. I had him at parkhead last year at 40/1 to get booked.

  4. mal c 3 months ago

    I think Defoe will start

    • Mr Fixit 3 months ago

      That’s a big call. Going on his rotation policy yes but for such a big game I’m not sure.

  5. firemeon 3 months ago

    i think this game cant be draw for safe btts yes is great for it

  6. duncanpoundcake 3 months ago

    Fully expect Celtic’s entire back four to pick up a card 40/1 and at least one sent off probably Bolingoli 22/1 GL

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