Celtic hosts Rangers in round 22 of the Scottish Premiership. The match will be played on Wednesday, February 2nd at Celtic Park (Glasgow)
Celtic has unconditionally reigned in Scottish football for a long time. And it seems that the lack of real competition has done much harm to this glorious team. At first, the Celts began to perform worse in European competitions, and last season they finally missed the 1st place. To rectify the situation, the bosses unexpectedly decided to invite an Australian specialist, Ange Postecoglou. The start of his work was not the best, and several times the media wrote that there would be a new coach in Glasgow. But in the end, the Celts managed to advance to the playoffs of the Europa League and significantly improved their results in the Premiership. The victory over Dundee United was the 5th in a row, including the cup. In general, Celtic has not won only three matches in all tournaments since October.
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Glasgow Rangers managed to heroically return to the elite division of the country after the bankruptcy trial. But for a long time, they couldn’t challenge their neighbors again. And only a risky bet on Steven Gerrard suddenly met the expectations of the club’s bosses. Many people believed that the decision to invite the legendary football player without coaching experience was wrong. But Gerrard proved otherwise. He raised the level of the team, which showed quite good results in European competitions. Moreover, the Light Blues managed to win the Premiership in the previous season. But Steven couldn’t resist the temptation to show himself in the Premier League: now he is the manager of Aston Villa. He was replaced by an ex-defender, Giovanni van Bronckhorst. By the way, the Dutchman is not a stranger to Glasgow Rangers: he played here for three years, from 1998 to 2001 (and won two titles and three different cups). So far, he is showing quite good results as a head coach. But there was an alarm bell in the last round. The Teddy Bears tied 3-3 against Ross County, conceding the equalizer in the 96th minute. And the gap from Celtic was reduced to two points.
Celtic gained its last victory over Rangers back at the end of 2019. Then the Light Blues won as many as five times, and one game ended in a draw. Moreover, they beat Celtic in August (1-0), but that was still under Gerrard. The Celts will be the favorites of the upcoming game, but Rangers will be satisfied with a draw. We bet that the visitors will not lose in the derby.