Rangers vs Celtic: Take unbeaten hosts to nick a low-scoring Old Firm derby

Rangers James Tavernier
Rangers are already champions but must respond to a disastrous midweek cup exit

The final Old Firm derby of the season takes place at Ibrox on Sunday and Betfair's Frankie Monkhouse sticks with the unbeaten hosts...

"The form of Rangers in this fixture and the season makes them worthy favourites to further extend their lead over a sorry Celtic."

Rangers vs Celtic
Sunday, 12:00
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Fifth and final derby

The fifth and final Old Firm derby of the season will be played on Sunday from noon at Ibrox. The Glasgow rivals have met four times already in league and cup duty, with Steven Gerrard's champions remaining unbeaten.

The hosts boast three wins and one draw against the Bhoys and have kept three clean sheets. With the league over and both already out of the Scottish Cup, there's nothing to play for other than pride. But that will be more than enough to ensure the 424th Old Firm holds its competitive edge.

Hosts must prove themselves

Rangers may be 20 points clear, unbeaten in the league and already crowned champions of Scotland for the 55th time, but they enter this match needing to prove themselves. Having knocked Celtic out of the Scottish Cup earlier this month, the Gers were eliminated at the quarter-final stage by St Johnstone. That loss came at this venue on penalties, James Tavernier and Kemar Roofe fluffing their lines.

Sunday's cup exit means Rangers now have little to play for. They won the Premiership at a canter and made it to the Round of 16 of the Europa League but disappointed in both domestic cup competitions. They do have a chance to finish the campaign unbeaten and create a club record by crashing through the 100 points barrier. Those goals will be enough to ensure Gerrard keeps his side motivated in the closing weeks.

Hoops still without a manager

What started as the most important season in Celtic's history ended in embarrassment. They kicked off the campaign aiming to make history by winning 10 league titles in a row but surrendered the silverware to their bitter rivals almost without defence. Celtic arrive in Govan with stats of 21 wins, and 10 draws against four defeats, conceding more than double the number of goals as the champions.

Without a manager months after Neil Lennon's dismissal, the away team has stumbled through their fixtures in the closing weeks. They do carry a recent unbeaten run but have drawn three of their last four, rescuing a point at Pittodrie with a 93rd-minute equaliser from Leigh Griffiths last time.

Unbeaten Gers worthy favourites

The form of Rangers in this fixture and the season makes them worthy favourites to further extend their lead over a sorry Celtic. The pre-match betting available on the Betfair Exchange offers Rangers at 2.486/4 to take another step towards breaking the ton.

Celtic have visited Ibrox twice already this season and lost both games, failing to score on each occasion. Without a manager and with the club's future shrouded in uncertainty, it's easy to see why there's a chunky 2.8815/8 available on a Celtic win. The draw is 3.412/5.

Under 2.5 goals worth another go

It has paid to stick with the stats in this fixture in recent times, and we are happy to continue with that for Sunday's match. With this being the fifth Old Firm derby, there's plenty to work off. Each of the previous four has produced under 2.5 goals, and that has also been the case in seven of the last eight. Under 2.5 again is 1.875/6.

Another interesting stat associated with this fixture is one team has failed to find the net in 10 of the last 13 and three of the four this season. No both teams to score trades at 2.1411/10.

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