Celtic Look The Bet Against Weary Rangers

 

It’s been a long and, to date, highly successful season for Rangers, but with the games coming thick and fast and injuries and suspensions beginning to take their toll, there are signs that Walter Smith’s men could be running out of steam.
 
Celtic go into Sunday’s Old Firm clash in the knowledge that nothing less than a victory will be good enough if they are to have any realistic hope of retaining the title. 
 
Having beaten Rangers at Celtic Park less than two weeks ago, courtesy of a last-minute winner from Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, Gordon Strachan’s men will feel that this is an ideal opportunity to pull off a repeat result.
 
April has already seen Rangers play ay home to Sporting Lisbon in the UEFA Cup, away to Dundee United in the SPL, then winning in Portugal against Sporting to secure their semi-final place in Europe. That was followed by a Scottish Cup tie at Partick Thistle, the Old Firm SPL clash, the Scottish Cup semi-final with St Johnstone that necessitated extra-time and penalties and, finally, Thursday’s UEFA Cup semi-final 1st leg at home to Fiorentina. That’s an awful lot of football over a short period of time and there is still the small matter of next Thursday’s 2nd leg in Florence to think about.  
 
The team news also favours Celtic, with Shunsuke Nakamura expected to be passed fit and defender Gary Caldwell and midfielder Scott Brown both available again after suspension. Rangers are, by contrast, missing a number of key players through injury and suspension. Goalkeeper Allan McGregor, midfielders Charlie Adam, Lee McCulloch, DaMarcus Beasley and Chris Burke, plus striker Steven Naismith, all miss out through injury, while suspension deprives them of defender Carlos Cuellar and midfielder Kevin Thomson.
 

The omens don’t look encouraging for Rangers going into the game, so the 11-10 available with Coral on the Celtic victory looks like a solid punt under the circumstances.

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The omens donít look encouraging for Rangers going into the game, so the 11-10 available with Coral on the Celtic victory looks like a solid punt under the circumstances"


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