Celtic v Rangers: Scottish Premiership – live!

02 September 2018 10:43
Old Firm derby: latest updates and scoresGerrard: ‘People want a problem between Brendan and me’Feel free to email Ben or to tweet: @benfisherj 11.43am BST Brendan Rodgers chats. “They are always tough games, but they are all different in their own way. It’s been difficult, a lot more complicated than the two previous summers but the window is closed now. We have to stay calm and play our football.” 11.29am BST Steven Gerrard speaks. “I’m used to these big games, it’s no problem to me. But it’s not about me, it’s about my team. They have to have balls to go and play out there. It’s important we play with our heads.” 11.28am BST Celtic have the experience, that’s for sure. Each and every one of their starting XI has played in an Old Firm match-up before. For Rangers, the spice of the Glasgow derby will be a new occasion for Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic, Ovie Ejaria, Ryan Kent, Scott Arfield and Borna Barisic to swallow. Ejaria and Kent, the Liverpool loanees are undoubtedly young and talented – and they need to not shrink into their shell and make a splash. 11.22am BST A quick reminder that while both teams have made decent starts, with Rangers impressing in Europe, neither have exactly flawless records in the league. If Rangers fail to win, regardless of the result, they will have just one Scottish Premiership victory to their name in four matches. As for Celtic, one point ahead of Rangers, they are after their third league win of the season. Whoever wins will move second in the division, behind table-topping Hearts. 11.18am BST A killer pre-match stat, via Opta: this will be Brendan Rodgers’ 12th match against Rangers as Celtic manager, more than he’s faced any other opponent – he is yet to lose against them. 11.17am BST Rangers have made some healthy strides under Gerrard, keeping Morelos and adding Kyle Lafferty says a lot. In terms of his team at Celtic Park, Ryan Kent, on loan from Liverpool, gets a start and they need someone to turn up and frighten the hosts’ back line. Meanwhile, an allocation row means there will only be 800 Rangers fans inside the stadium this afternoon. Shame. 11.03am BST Celtic: Gordon, Tierney, Ajer, Boyata, Lustig, Brown, Ntcham, Forrest, Rogic, McGregor, Edouard Subs: Bain, Griffiths, Sinclair, Gamboa, Christie, Benkovic, KouassiRangers: McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Katic, Barisic, Jack, Arfield, Kent, Ejaria, Lafferty, Morelos 10.22am BST So, Celtic have just flogged their striker, Moussa Dembélé, while Rangers, revitalised under Steven Gerrard, have tied their prized asset, Alfredo Morelos, down to a shiny new contract. Dembélé posted a gushing message to supporters after his £20m move to Lyon, but fans were having none of it. But of all the things Dembélé said, he said he would miss playing Rangers. Brendan Rodgers’s Celtic are currently on their longest unbeaten streak over Rangers – unbeaten in 12 matches under Gerrard, who is making this management lark look easy. Who will prevail? The mentor or his former pupil? In the meantime, here’s Ewan Murray on the match:A city derby has seldom felt so personalised. From the moment Steven Gerrard was appointed as Rangers manager, his duel with Brendan Rodgers was a source of fascination. On Sunday, Celtic versus Rangers, to all intents and purposes, becomes Rodgers versus Gerrard. Brendan versus Stevie G.The true dynamic of the relationship between this pair, as manager and captain at Liverpool, has never been fully explained. Snippets from Gerrard’s autobiography suggest friction, but perhaps occasional friction is inevitable given the environment. Gerrard was by far the more significant figure at Liverpool but a player whose exit coincided with Rodgers’ spell in charge … Related: Steven Gerrard: ‘People want a problem between Brendan and me’ Continue reading. . read full article

Source: TheGuardian