Free tips Scottish Premiership: Celtic v Rangers (12pm, Saturday)
Old Firm derby between Celtic and Rangers looks good for goals
Over/Under Goals – Over 2.5 Goals @ 7/10 (1.70) with Boylesports
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After a four year absence the Old Firm derby returns to the Scottish top-flight and, whatever one may think of Celtic and Rangers, it’s a rivalry that unquestionably helps to generate interest in the Scottish domestic game.
Rangers have settled back into the top-tier reasonably well and remain unbeaten after four league games. That still leaves them a point adrift of Celtic, who have a 100% record after winning all three of their Premiership matches to date.
Any game against their arch rivals is obviously important to Celtic, but they could be forgiven for having a few thoughts elsewhere on this occasion, with their first Champions League group game of the campaign being the small matter of a trip to the Nou Camp on Tuesday evening against Barcelona.
Given how much is at stake in terms of local bragging rights and that potentially crucial points in the Scottish Premiership title race are up for grabs, Brendan Rodgers will only have limited scope with regards to resting players for the Barcelona match.
Rangers are set to welcome back last season’s top goalscorer, Martyn Waghorn, to their squad after suffering a hamstring injury in the opening league match of the season. There is also likely to be a debut for new Swiss centre-back Philippe Senderos.
The teams have met twice since Rangers were unceremoniously demoted from the top tier in 2012, with Celtic comfortably overcoming their city rivals 2-0 at Hampden Park in a League Cup semi-final in February 2015. It was far more of a game in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park in April this year, with Rangers prevailing 5-4 on penalties after a 2-2 draw in extra-time.
Celtic are a best price 4/6 to win this match, which looks too short given the distraction of the aforementioned European game in the week and the very distinct possibility that a red card or two could impact on the result. An always fiery encounter featuring the likes of Scott Brown and Joey Barton is always liable to spill over.
The better bet could be Over 2.5 Goals, with both teams looking more convincing going forward than they do defensively.