Celtic 0-2 Rangers RECAP: Connor Goldson scores two goals to give Steven Gerrard's side Old Firm win
All the action from Celtic Park as Neil Lennon’s Celtic host Rangers and Steven Gerrard.
It is the first time the teams have met this season. Matches this campaign take on extra significance with Celtic chasing ten-in-a-row and Rangers going all out to stop them.
The Ibrox side can open up a four-point gap at the top with a victory. They defeated their rivals the last time they faced each other on this ground in December 2019.
Celtic, meanwhile, can take a significant step toward their tenth successive title with a win that will take them top of the table with a game in hand.
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Celtic v Rangers RECAP: As It Happened in the SPFL Premiership match at Celtic Park
Last updated: Saturday, 17 October, 2020, 18:23
- FULL TIME: Celtic 0-2 Rangers
(Goldson 9, 53)
- Rangers move four points clear at the top of the table.
- Celtic have a game in hand
This is your one-stop shop for everything to do with the first Old Firm match of the season as Celtic host rivals Rangers at Celtic Park.
We’ll have team news, play-by-play action, manager reaction, fan reaction and analysis of a big match in the 2019/20 title race as Celtic look to take a step closer toward 10-in-a-row by moving above their rivals in the table, while Rangers have the opportunity to open up a four-point gap at the top.
Kick-off is at half past 12. We’ll bring you the teams once they’re announced at 11.15.
Shock Celtic team?
There’s rumours swirling online that Christopher Jullien is absent from today’s game through injury, paving the way for young defender Stephen Welsh to come into the back three. Also, a leaked team suggests both Odsonne Edouard and Albian Ajeti will be missing from the starting XI with Mohamed Elyounoussi and Patryk Klimala in attack.
There’s not long to wait now for the teams to be made public… but there’s still much talk over both - particulatly Celtic’s line-up.
Is the leaked formation correct?
Here, Andrew Smith looks at ‘the great unknown’
The great unknown about the Celtic team that will face Rangers centres around who will play upfront for the Scottish champions.
One thing that is more likely than the quandries of the Celtic support is Rangers’ attack. It’s widely accepted Alfredo Morelos and Ryan Kent will both be involved in Steven Gerrard’s plans from the start… and after a summer of speculation for the pair, that wasn’t always a given… and the Colombian’s future involvement still isn’t.
'Not totally through woods yet' - New Celtic atmosphere challenge and Alfredo Morelos for Steven Gerrard
Unique. Different. Strange. Just when Rangers were encouraged to believe they had finally got to grips with the Celtic Park atmosphere, they will encounter something completely different in the first Old Firm clash of this season.
Celtic team news
It’s in and the rumours were true.
Baptism of fire for 20-year-old Stephen Welsh.
Few surprises from Steven Gerrard. Barisic and Helander’s international break injuries haven’t hampered their involvement and Kamara it’s Ryan Jack to miss out in the three-man midfield.
TV coverage to begin
As you’ll be well aware this is an Old Firm game like no other with no fans allowed under the COVID-19 restrictions.
So all will be watching at home, with the First Minister appealing for viewers to watch in small groups and avoid travel or large gatherings.
Both team bosses echoed her appeal at their press conferences yesterday, and as the Sky Sports coverage prepares to start, here’s what the Rangers manger said about the current situation with fans locked out of grounds.
Steven Gerrard believes governments should ensure football is broadcast to free while restrictions are imposed during the current pandemic.
Strength in depth?
While Celtic have drafted in Steven Welsh for a start and are pitching in Diego Laxalt for a debut too, Rangers do appear to have a wealth of options to hand.
The bench has 126 international caps between them - albeit 57 of them belong to Jermain Defoe. Only Calvin Bassey has not had a senior international appearance.
Andy Walker, Sky Sports
What a fabulous occasion for Steven Welsh. Peter Grant made a debut at Ibrox in 1984 and went on to make 300 appearances for the club. He’ll know what it means and will want to come in with a big performance.
Sure, the fans can’t be there but in social media there’s been support for both sides and some from the most unlikeliest of quarters.
The Albanian president is a well known Celtic fan and is backing the Bhoys
But even more surprising, Rangers have also been backed… by Sam Mitchell from Eastenders actress Danniella Westbrook!
WATCH: Steven Gerrard
Here’s what the Rangers manager had to say at yesterday’s press conference
WATCH: Neil Lennon
And here’s what his opposite number Neil Lennon said at Lennoxtown
Not for everyone
It feels like all eyes are on this one with the top spot in the SPFL Premiership up for grabs… but it’s not the only show in town even though it feels like it.
Here’s what Stenhousemuir chairman Iain McMenemy said as the lower leagues prepare to kick-off their campaigns at 3pm.
The start of the new season has arrived. For teams in the Scottish Championship, Leagues 1 and 2, this weekend sees the opening fixtures take place in the new league campaigns.
IN QUOTES: Diego Laxalt
Neil Lennon, Celtic manager
He’s an experienced player but there’s nothing he hasn’t seen before. He’s played Serie A for a long time and has great game intelligence.
IN QUOTES: Steven Gerrard on the Old Firm derby
Steven Gerrard, Rangers manager
Today will be about who gets the small details right. We can tap into our performances against Celtic - we found the performances, maybe not the results. We have to be ready for what is thrown at us today.
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