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Derek Ferguson and Frank McAvennie predict Old Firm clash between Celtic and Rangers

Celtic v Rangers - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership
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Derek Ferguson and Frank McAvennie predict Old Firm clash between Celtic and Rangers

Celtic play host to Old Firm rivals Rangers on Saturday lunchtime in what is a crucial clash already at this early stage in the race for the Scottish Premiership – and both Derek Ferguson and Frank McAvennie have predicted the outcome on Open Goal.

In an Old Firm clash like no other, both clubs will take to the pitch in front of an empty stadium – with fans still barred from watching on. The importance of the match is no less, though, with Celtic looking to secure a crucial win in pursuit of 10 in a row.

 

The Hoops sit in second place and a point behind Steven Gerrard’s side, but have a game in hand over the Gers. A win over Rangers on Saturday, and they could go five points clear at this early stage – if they win their game in hand.

Asked for the outcome of the match by Open Goal host Si Ferry, Ferguson predicted a narrow Rangers win after initially thinking it would end in a draw. McAvennie, unsurprisingly, disagreed – backing a home win.

Celtic v Rangers - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

(Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

“Tell you what, epic game isn’t it. I think it’s going to be so tight and I think the managers are going to have a huge part to play. I was gonna go for a draw, but now I’m going to tip Rangers. Just to nick it,” Ferguson said.

McAvennie then added: “It’s going to be tight, but got to give a home win.

TBR’s view – Where are the key battles?

The main battle is in midfield. Rangers’ best area, Celtic and Lennon can win the match simply by stopping the likes of Ryan Jack, Steven Davis and Scott Arfield – or Glen Kamara – from keeping the ball as well as they can.

But other crucial areas include the Rangers centre-backs keeping control of Odsonne Edouard – if he plays. Perhaps under the radar but just as important, is whether Jeremie Frimpong can cope with Borna Barisic and Ryan Kent on the left flank.

Celtic v Rangers - Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership

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