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PREVIEW: Rangers vs Celtic

Rangers vs Celtic (12:00pm)

Venue: Ibrox Stadium

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Team News:

The Gers have the chance to move to within three points of their fierce rivals, with captain Lee Wallace edging ever closer to a return to competitive action as he overcomes a long-term injury along with teammate Declan John.

There are also doubts over the fitness of key defender Russell Martin and enigmatic winger Jamie Murphy.

Celtic will be without the suspended Mikael Lustig, along with long-term absentees Nir Bitton, Craig Gordon, Leigh Griffiths and Johnny Hayes.

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Match Stats:

Manager Graeme Murty is yet to lose to counterpart Brendan Rodgers, although Rodgers himself has never suffered defeat to Celtic’s rivals.

But, despite Murty’s impressive managerial record in this fixture, Rangers are winless in their last three meetings with Celtic at Ibrox.

Regardless, they come into the game off the back of a fourth consecutive league triumph and will be looking to capitalise on The Hoops’ recent patchy form, following recent unconvincing performances against Kilmarnock, St Johnstone and Aberdeen, although still hold a game in hand over Murty’s side.

Brendan Rodgers is on course to secure back-to-back Scottish Premiership titles and will still be hoping to complete a domestic treble once more, having already lifted the Scottish League Cup in November.

Whoever wins this, has claim over the bragging rights in Glasgow and a Rangers win would ensure a much closer title race than expected prior to the start of the season.

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