Rangers vs Celtic team news: Johnston starts ahead of Edouard

first_imgRangers host Celtic on Saturday aiming to close the three-point gap that has opened up between the Glasgow rivals.Steven Gerrard’s men slipped to a 1-1 draw against Hibs on Boxing Day, allowing the Parkhead outfit to open up daylight between the teams thanks to a dramatic 4-3 victory away against Aberdeen.The Hoops can take full command of the league for the first time this season if they win at Ibrox, but the Gers could theoretically end 2018 on top of the standings, even if a four-goal victory seems far fetched. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Game Rangers vs Celtic Date Saturday, December 29 Time 12:30pm BST / 7:30am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched via B/R Live. US TV channel Online stream N/A B/R Live In the UK, the game is being shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football and available online via Sky Go. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Football Sky Go Squads & Team News Position Rangers squad Goalkeepers McGregor, Foderingham, Robbie McCrorie Defenders Tavernier, Goldson, Flanagan, Ross McCrorie, Katic, Bradley, Worrall, McAuley Midfielders Jack, Ejaria, Halliday, Coulibaly, Kelly, Grezda Forwards Candeias, Morelos, Lafferty, Middleton Rangers starting XI: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Worrall, Halliday; Jack, McCrorie, Arfield; Kent, Morelos, Candeias Position Celtic squad Goalkeepers Gordon, Bain, Hazard, Mullen Defenders Izaguirre, Benkovic, J. Hendry, Simunovic, Gamboa, Boyata, Lustig, Compper, Ajer, Church, Duffy, Deas, McInroy, Ralston, Walsh, Tierney, Bell Midfielders Brown, Sinclair, Morgan, Allan, Ntcham, Robertson, McGregor, Forrest, Henderson, Kennedy, McLaughlin, McKay, Marku Forwards Hayes, Christie, Edouard, Miller, R. Hendry, Hill, McGrath, Diver, Johnston, Savoury, Aitchison, Okoflex Celtic starting XI: Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Benkovic, McGregor; Brown, Ntcham; Forrest, Christie, Sinclair; JohnstonBetting & Match Odds Celtic are favourites to come out on top at Ibrox, with bet365 offering odds of 19/20 on a Bhoys victory. Rangers are considered an 11/4 bet to win, while a draw is 13/5.Click here to see more offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more.Match Preview Alfredo Morelos Rangers 2018-19Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is acutely aware of how much hinges on Saturday’s derby clash with Celtic, in which victory would draw them level with their rivals but defeat leave them trailing by six points.He believes that the Gers have made a strong start to the season but wants one more big effort before the winter break begins.“I feel we’re a couple of results away from having the perfect six months, if you like,” said Gerrard.“We have to bring our ‘A’ game. We’re playing against a good team with good players. They will be well drilled, I know that for sure.“We know that we have to bring our best to get the result we want. I’m confident the players can do that.”Only Aberdeen have won at Ibrox in any competition this term and the former Liverpool man wants to see his side at their best in the high-profile encounter.“I think we’ve shown at Ibrox this season against high-level opposition that when we play with freedom, back ourselves and go out with confidence then we’ve played some really nice stuff,” he added. “It’s the last fixture, there’s 90 minutes to go empty it for and give everything you’ve got. “We’ve certainly got respect for the opposition but what a fantastic opportunity for the players to go try to get the result we need.”Brendan Rodgers’ side will take some stopping, though. The Northern Irishman has won on his four previous visits to Ibrox, with his side scoring 12 goals and conceding only four.After losses to Red Bull Salzburg and Hibs, there are signs that they are getting up a head of steam again, with comfortable successes over Motherwell and Dundee followed by a dramatic win over Aberdeen on Boxing Day, in which the Hoops showed character to score twice late on to negate a controversial penalty decision.last_img

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