Rangers vs Celtic Predicted Lineups – A Game of Thin Margins?

The Old Firm Derby is back in the headlines and it has the potential of to make a sizable impact to the campaigns for the two teams. Rangers step into the match with the domestic games getting the full focus following the exit from the Champions League in the final qualification stage. Meanwhile, Celtic failed to win back-to-back matches following the goalless draw with St Johnstone at home. The result comes just days after the 1-0 loss against Kilmarnock in the League Cup. After suffering a 3-0 loss to Rangers in the recent Old Firm derby, Celtic are out to get some revenge.

Rangers vs Celtic Predicted Lineups and News

Rangers – Can Rangers get over Champions League Disappointment?

PSV vs Rangers
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Rangers went into the midweek Champions League qualifiers against PSV with a lot of belief about reaching the group stages. After all, the Scottish team had managed a 2-2 draw from the first leg. However, there was a shock for Rangers who were beaten 5-1. Coach Michael Beale will be keen to prevent this humiliating exit from the Champions League from boiling over to the domestic games. There have already been some shocking results for Rangers this season including the loss against Kilmarnock in the opening match.

Team news: Rangers

Rangers continue to remain without Stephen Davies who has not been in action for almost a year. Ridvan Yilmaz and Kieran Dowell will be the other names be unavailable for action because of injuries. The big selection headache for manager Michael Beale will come in the form of maintaining freshness in the squad. Rangers come on the back of a midweek Champions League qualification match.

Rangers Predicted Lineups (4-3-3):

Jack Butland, James Tavernier, Connor Goldson, John Souttar, Borna Barisic, Todd Cantwell, John Lundstram, Nicolas Raskin, Sam Lammers, Cyriel Dessers, Kemar Roofe

Celtic – Can Celtic Rediscover their Offensive Threat?

Celtic have been far from producing vintage performances at the start of the campaign. Despite creating a lot of chances and dominated possession, Celtic could not make much of an impact in the recent draw with St Johnstone. Still, the club are one point ahead of Rangers after the first three matches. Last season, Celtic were able to win the treble with an astonishing run through the season and they had managed 32 victories from 38 matches.

Celtic's Liel Abada
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Team news: Celtic

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers comes into the game with a handful of muscular injuries forcing the manager to make some changes to the starting line-up. The problems are especially at the back for Celtic, who have Maik Nawrocki, James McCarthy, and Cameron Carter-Vickers unavailable for selection. Meanwhile, the team will also be without Stephen Walsh, Marco Tilio, Oh Hyeon-gyu, Yuki Kobayashi, and Reo Hatate. As a result of all these injury problems, it would not be a big surprise to see Celtic going with the same starting line-up for the upcoming match.

Celtic Predicted Lineups (4-3-3):

Joe Hart, Alistair Johnston, Gustaf Lagerbielke, Liam Scales, Greg Taylor, David Turnbull, Matt O’Riley, Callum McGregor, Daizen Maeda, Kyogo Furuhashi, Liel Abada

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