Rangers v Celtic: Scottish Premiership – live!

01 September 2019 10:49
All the action from the first Old Firm derby of the seasonEwan Murray: Derby offers Lennon chance to turn page on Cluj backlashEmail alex.hess@theguardian.com or tweet @A_Hess 11.49am BST So where might today’s game be won and lost? Certainly Rangers will need to keep close tabs on the livewire Odsonne Edouard, one of three scorers against Cluj on Thursday, especially when he peels off into the space behind the full-backs. And pulses will quicken if and when Ryan Christie, not averse to the odd wondergoal, finds a pocket of space in front of the Rangers back four. At the other end, grizzled veteran Jermain Defoe comes into the game off the back of a hat-trick against Hibs last weekend, and the fact that Alfredo Morelos and Sheyi Ojo have six goals between them in the last two games yet both start on the bench gives some idea of the increasing depth of Rangers’ options. And then of course there’s the midfield battleground: not much tactical analysis to be applied there other than to say that teeth will be bared, tackles will fly and bones will shudder. 11.33am BST Some pre-match reading courtesy of our man in Scotland: Related: Old Firm derby offers Neil Lennon chance to turn page on Cluj backlash 11.19am BST Rangers: McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Katic, Flanagan, Jack, Davis, Kamara, Aribo, Arfield, Defoe. Subs: Foderingham, Helander, Barisic, King, Ojo, Morelos, JonesCeltic: Forster, Jullien, Bitton, Brown, Christie, Johnston, Edouard, Bolingoli-Mbombo, Elhamed, McGregor, Forrest. Subs: Gordon, Griffiths, Bayo, Bauer, Hayes, Morgan, Ntcham 11.16am BST Sixteen. The atomic number of sulphur. The voting age in Nicaragua. The number of petals on the Imperial Seal of Japan. And the average number of points by which Celtic have won the Scottish Premiership in the seven years since their great rivals were unceremoniously demoted. And as fun as that has likely been for Glasgow’s green and white contingent, it has also meant that the watching world has been denied a title race – or anything even vaguely resembling one – for the best part of a decade. But is this the year that all changes? Continue readingreadfullarticle

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