Steven Pressley, one of the few players to have played for both Rangers and Celtic and win titles with both teams, has tipped the Ibrox side to win the first Glasgow derby of the season, Sky Sports reports.
The teams are set to meet for the first time since December at Celtic Park on Saturday. Pressley, who won the league with Rangers in 1993 and 1994 and with Celtic in 2007, thinks that the Ibrox side could come away with what would be a massive three points.
“Missing a number of key players”
“My honest opinion on it, on this particular game is Celtic are missing a number of key players, I think Rangers might win this game at the weekend” he said, appearing on Sky Sports.
Everybody knows that Celtic will be missing at least three key players for the game. Nir Bitton and Hatem Elhamed both have the Covid-19 virus.
Ryan Christie doesn’t, but is having to self-isolate. Odsonne Edouard could also miss the game, as he has had Covid-19, but is set to return from France on Friday after his self-isolation period ends.
Both teams may not be at full strength
It has not been the ideal build-up for Celtic to say the least. Rangers also might have players missing the game, but that is down to the usual football injuries.
The Daily Record reported that Allan McGregor, Kemar Roofe, Joe Aribo and Filip Helander are injury doubts heading into the game.
However, whilst those players have a chance of making the game, the Celtic trio are definitely out whilst Edouard has to be a doubt.
Therefore, it is easy to see where Pressley is coming from. The first goal could make a difference in the game. In the three meetings between the teams last season the team that scored first won.
As for the lack of a crowd, that will take getting used to in an Old Firm derby. However, that might be more of an issue for those watching the game rather than those playing in it. After all, the players have been playing in empty stadiums for over two months now.
Only time will tell if Pressley gets his prediction correct. However, on paper this does look like Rangers have a good opportunity to record their second win in a row at Celtic Park.