Scottish Premiership, Monday, 02.01.2023
It’s one of the biggest games in world football – in Scotland it’s the biggest ever! For the now 432nd time, the Old Firm goes up this Monday lunchtime.
For the home side from the blue part of Glasgow, it is all about not losing touch with the top. With a win, the Hoops could increase the gap to 12 points.
Although the Gers are under pressure, my Glasgow Rangers Celtic Glasgow tip reckons with slight advantages for the visitors.
The restart after the World Cup break was not easy for coach Michael Beale’s team. Against the Hibs and Aberdeen they struggled to narrow victories.
Against Ross County, the Teddy Bears had to tremble for a long time for the 1:0. Only the 3-0 win over relegation candidates Motherwell was completely convincing.
But as is well known, the form of the previous weeks rarely plays an overriding role in such derbies. For the hosts, this can only be an advantage.
After all, the squad is still searching for its playing identity after Giovanni van Bronckhorst was sacked as coach in November.
The visitors have no such problems at all. They picked up exactly where they left off after the break.
Even though they haven’t pulled up any trees in the Champions League, they are dominating the Scottish Premiership at will. They have won 18 out of 19 games this season – despite multiple pressures!
Not only do they have the best defence in the league, conceding just 15 goals. The 61 goals they have scored are also unparalleled.
Will they be as accurate at the Old Firm as they were in the last two games, in which they scored four times each? The bookmakers at Tipwin are confident in their Glasgow Rangers Celtic Glasgow betting tips that they will score at least two goals. Before kick-off, the odds are around 1.85.
However, only very few believe in a scoring festival like in September this year. In the first leg, the Bhoys managed a 4-0 victory over their great rivals.
However, a game with over 1.5 goals by the visitors is not out of the question in my view. There are two reasons for this.
The Gers have recently only been able to keep a clean sheet against the two relegation candidates Ross County and Motherwell. Against stronger teams like Aberdeen and Hibernian they conceded two goals each.
On the other hand, the Hoops’ attack around Furuhashi, who is the league’s top scorer with 14 goals, and top assist man O’Riley is enormously difficult to stop.
But there is still a glimmer of hope for the home side. They have conceded fewer than two goals in five of the past Old Firms in front of a home crowd.
They have lost only two of their last nine home derbies in all competitions. From there, in Glasgow Rangers Celtic Glasgow betting tips, it’s worth taking a look at the double chance bets.
Bookmakers at Bet365 are offering odds of around 1.70 in their Glasgow Rangers Celtic Glasgow betting tips in the event that the visitors pick up at least a point at Ibrox.
However, points have very rarely been surrendered by the visitors this season. As already mentioned, they have 18 wins from 19 games. However, their only defeat has come away from home against St Mirren.
When it comes to the question of the number of goals in this 432nd Old Firm, the bookmakers are already relatively unanimous.
Bwin & Co. are offering odds of just 1.60 if at least three goals are scored. But that is not set in stone. After all, less than 2.5 goals have been scored in 9 of the past 15 league derbies.
For this reason, I don’t yet see a game as high-scoring as the bookmakers do. Certainly, the visitors could use possible spaces in counter-attacking play as soon as the Gers have to open up at the back.
But they don’t want to run into an open knife. Therefore, a close game with many duels could develop. In the end, however, the visitors could have the edge.
Therefore, my Glasgow Rangers Celtic Glasgow tip is: The Bhoys don’t lose and the score is under 3.5 goals!