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Celtic vs. Rangers prediction, odds, betting tips and best bets for Old Firm derby in Scottish Premiership | Sporting News

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As Celtic host Rangers on Saturday, the match between two age-old rivals has exactly the kind of stakes the Old Firm derby should boast — the Scottish Premiership title squarely on the line as the season nears a close.

Celtic sit atop the table by three points, with three games left in the season, and maintain a goal differential advantage as well. Thus, Rangers must win if they are to have any prayer of making a late comeback, as otherwise they’ll have to rely on Celtic dropping points against Kilmarnock or St. Mirren, an unlikely prospect.

Additionally, they’ll want to chip away at the five-goal differential advantage as well, knowing whatever’s left over will need to be made up in the final two games.

Rangers will be buoyed by the reminder of their last meeting a month ago, when a thrilling 90 minutes ended with a flurry of late goals to finish in a 3-3 draw. Rangers were right up to the challenge, but now they must better that result in a hostile road environment.

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Celtic vs Rangers prediction, odds

  • Moneyline lean: Celtic (-110)
  • Score prediction: Celtic 3-2 Rangers

Both teams are so even it’s hard to call a winner, and in truth, Celtic will know a draw is more than sufficient to see them through, but there’s one differentiating factor that puts the hosts over the top.

Celtic have been far better at the back, keeping six clean sheets in 2024 and conceding over one goal just twice in league play — a 2-0 defeat to Hearts in which they played all but 16 minutes a man down, and the 3-3 draw with Rangers.

Their Old Firm rivals have six league clean sheets in 2024 as well, but only one since the start of March, and it came in a scoreless draw with Dundee. Back the defensively adept Celtic to nip this one and put one hand on the trophy.

Celtic win -110
Draw +280
Rangers win +250
Both teams
to score
Y: -200
N: +138
Over / Under
2.5 goals
O: -190
U: +135
-0.5 goals
+0.5 goals

Celtic vs Rangers match facts

  • Date: Saturday, May 11, 2024
  • Kickoff time: 12:30 p.m. local (7:30 a.m. ET / 4:30 a.m. PT)
  • Location: Celtic Park (Glasgow, Scotland)
  • Last meeting: Rangers 3-3 Celtic (Apr. 7, 2024 | Scottish Premiership)

Celtic vs Rangers best bet

  • Pick: Both teams to score & over 2.5 goals
  • Odds: -125 (BetMGM)

When these two teams clash, things get wild, that’s just how the Old Firm derby is. The over has hit in 10 of the last 13 meetings between the two rivals, and both teams have scored in nine of those games, with too much attacking talent spread across the two best clubs in Scotland.

Even in those which didn’t come through, such as the 1-0 Rangers home win back in September, they created enough opportunities to hit the over but just couldn’t finish, with 2.75 xG combined between the two sides and a total of seven “big chances” missed.

Celtic vs Rangers live stream, TV channel

  TV channel Streaming
USA CBS Sports Network Fubo USA
Canada  —  —
UK Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Football Sky Go Extra

This prime Scottish Premiership match will be televised in the United States on CBS Sports Network, which is available to stream on Fubo, who are offering a free trial for new users.

This match will be televised in the UK on Sky Sports platforms.

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