Celtic vs Rangers: Team news, line-ups and more ahead of Scottish Premier League fixture today


Celtic host Rangers in the Scottish Premier League this afternoon as the first Old Firm derby of the season is contested.

Pride is not the only thing at stake for the bitter rivals, with top spot in the division up for grabs as well.

Rangers lead the table with 26 points from 10 games, while Celtic sit second with 25 points from nine matches. Follow all the action live:

FIGHTING HISTORY

Celtic have a depleted team thanks to the pandemic, but Rangers haven’t won back-to-back Old Firm league games since October 2009.

 In fact, they haven’t won two in a row at Celtic Park since March 1997.

Can they do it?

CELTIC VS RANGERS

Both Celtic and Rangers are unbeaten this season, and the home side have kept clean sheets in each of their last four games.

In this fixture a year ago, Rangers won a dramatic game at Celtic Park when Nikola Katic scoring the winner.

CELTIC TEAM NEWS

Welsh comes in for the self-isolating Hatem Elhamed in the back three, with Christopher Jullien still out injured.

AC Milan loanee Diego Laxalt makes his debut at left-back, whilst Patryk Klimala is handed just a second start of the season.

Klimala partners Mohamed Elyounoussi in a front two, after Odsonne Edouard failed to make the squad, having only returned from France on Friday following his positive test and quarantine.

Skipper Scott Brown is restored to midfield as Celtic make four changes from their 2-0 win at St Johnstone nearly two weeks ago.

30 MINUTES TO KICKOFF

It certainly is set to be an odd occasion – a derby as big as this goes hand-in-hand with an electric atmosphere. 

Still, I expect there to be fireworks on the field. 

Half an hour until kickoff. 

A MUCH QUIETER AFFAIR

RANGERS TEAM NEWS

The experience of veteran Allan McGregor is preferred in goal for Rangers as Jon McLaughlin drops to the bench.

Ryan Jack is  among the substitutes, but he did play twice in a week for his country having just returned from a calf injury.

Northern Ireland’s Steven Davis slots into his place in midfield with Filip Helander returning at centre-back.

Joe Aribo is back among the substitutes.

Undefeated

Neil Lennon’s men are looking to claim a record 10th-straight league crown this season and a win over Rangers would certainly help that push.

Both of these sides are undefeated through at least nine games, although Rangers are a point ahead whilst Celtic have a game in hand.

Morelos leads the line for Rangers

The fiery forward is yet to score against Celtic – will today be the day? 

Ryan Kent starts for Rangers, and he has caught the eye with four goals this season. 

I’m a bit gutted that Ianis Hagi isn’t starting, but he could be a good addition late in the game.

Derby debutants for the Bhoys

It’s a first Old Firm derby for five home players, with Neil Lennon handing starts to Vasilis Barkas, Shane Duffy, Steven Welsh, Patryk Klimala and Uruguayan Diego Laxalt.

RANGERS TEAM NEWS

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