Celtic vs. Rangers Betting Tips: Morelos to find the net at Celtic Park
The sheer amount of Old Firm derbies may have threatened to take the gloss off the spectacle, but it has not diluted the hatred between the two clubs. James Cantrill is on hand with his best bets.
The 434th duel between Celtic and Rangers, a rivalry rooted in religious and political differences, takes centre stage on Saturday afternoon.
Celtic are enjoying an era of dominance in Scotland, winning six of the last seven Premiership titles since Rangers returned to the top flight. With eight games remaining, the Hoops sit nine points clear and Ange Postecoglou’s side have been relentless.
Saturday's hosts have won 28 of their 30 league games, losing just once back in September against St Mirren.
They are expected to dominate at Parkhead, the bookies favourites at 3/4, unsurprising as they remain unbeaten across this campaign’s three Old Firm matches, collecting four points from their bitter rivals domestically and besting them in the League Cup final.
The most recent clash saw 10 cards, though I do not remember seeing a meaty tackle in the whole game. Player card markets are taxed heavily for the Old Firm, and with the value at a premium they are worth avoiding.
The visitors have won their last five on the spin, another victory on Saturday afternoon would close the gap between 1st and 2nd to six points and cast a little double over the remainder of the campaign.
Celtic vs Rangers Tips
On their own patch, Celtic have already thumped Rangers this season, though it is worth pointing out the Gers had a different manager at the helm.
Since Micheal Beale took charge at the Ibrox, Rangers have only failed to win three games, two of which were against Saturday’s opposition.
Domestically, since Beale took over, these sides' records are almost identical. Both have played 15 games, both have won all but one to amass 43 points. The only difference is Rangers have conceded five more and scored five fewer in the process.
The point is though, that I do not think there is as much between these clubs as the odds insinuate, and taking into account the occasion, I think the visitors are worth siding with.
Taking them with a +0.75 headstart on the asian line pays out as a winner if Rangers get a result, we lose half our stake if they lose by one and the entirety of it if they lose by more.
Even by his standards, Alfredo Morelos has endured more than his fair share of controversy this campaign.
El Buffalo's next move is anybody's guess but one thing that is for certain is he scores goals. He grabbed Rangers consolation in the final, his 10th and most recent goal of the campaign.
Nine of those have come in the league, and considering he has only started 11 games, due to suspension, behavioural issues and fitness, his goals per 90 average of 0.67 is pretty impressive.