The 2021 year will begin with one of the oldest football derby, the clash between Rangers and Celtic. They will play on Saturday, 2nd of January at lunch time in the first game of the next round of the Scottish Premiership. The home team is the favorite in the Rangers vs Celtic betting predictions, but any result is possible here.
The rivalry between the two big clubs in Glasgow, Celtic and Rangers is one of the modest and most famous one in football. People watch the Old Firm derbies all around the world, with fans of both teams. Rangers are leading the tie with 163 wins against Celtic’s 159 victories, with their latest victories from the 2018-19 season. This season Rangers are in a better form after leading the Scottish Premiership with a massive, 16 points lead ahead of Celtic. But The Bhoys had three games in their hands. Still, it is an impressive performance from Seven Gerrard’s team who have a real chance now to win the title for the first time since 2011.
Rangers vs Celtic betting predictions favor home win
In the first game of 2021 in the Scottish Premiership Rangers will host Celtic in the Ibrox Stadium. Sadly no fans can attend the game, but surely millions will watch the game from home. Where the current leaders are the favorites by online sportsbooks in the UK with the odds of 1.90 to win the game. Rangers won 18 out of the 20 games so far and haven’t lost any. They also won the two teams’ previous meeting this season in Celtic Park 2-0.
The team’s scoring has been very effective thanks to the goals of Kemar Roofe and Canadian Scott Arfield who also scored in the first derby back in October. But the latter is likely to miss the game on Saturday following his injury. But other key players in defense and midfield will be in the starting eleven, making Celtic’s job more difficult. Rangers managed to keep clean sheets in most of their games. But of course it will be a more difficult task against Celtic.
Celtic’s chances of winning
Neil Lennon’s side is currently in second place but showing a better performance week by week. They won their last three games and only lost one game so far, the first derby against Rangers. The defending champions still look more vulnerable this season, after drawing four games already. A draw is a possible result of this game too. Online gambling sites in the UK offering the odds of 3.30 for it.
Surely Celtic will go for the three points though which can be crucial in the fight for the title. If the team can win their three postponed games and this one too, the difference would be only 4 points. But to achieve a win would need a much better play from the team where experienced Scott Brown can start again. While French forward Odsonne Edouard and Norwegian Mohamed Elyounoussi can be the most dangerous for Rangers’ goal. Winning in Ibrox Stadium will be a tough task as it is shown by the high odds (3.80) on bet365.