Celtic have not been the same dominant force this term as their previous campaign and although the Hoops are favorites to win a ‘domestic treble’ similar to the last season, Rangers, their age-old rivals have closed the gap banking on a winning streak and are likely to reignite the thrills and spills of the ‘Old Firm’ derby that has thoroughly been dominated by Brendan Rodgers men in recent time.
The Bhoys are currently 6 points clear on top with a game in hand and despite the Gers resurgence, are still favourites to win the game at Ibrox considering the squad they got and quality of football they have produced under the former Liverpool gaffer.
Rodgers is likely to field his side in a flexible 4-2-3-1 setup where the wide midfielders will keep on operate in advanced areas as well as offer his presence in a slightly deeper role to form a 4-4-1-1 pattern at times.
Celtic have a few significant injury absentees and custodian Craig Gordon will be a huge loss considering the reliability he brings in between the sticks. According a breaking report from the club official site, De Vries has been ruled out of the Ibrox while winter loan signing from Dundee Scott Bain will be handed his debut to play between the sticks against Rangers today.
Jozo Simunovic and teenager Kristoffer Ajer are likely to continue as the central defensive partners in absence of Dedryck Boyata whereas star fullback Kieran Tierney will be operating down the left-hand flank.
Skipper Scott Brown and Olivier Ntcham are likely to be retained as central midfield partners. Brown will cover the defensive line and Ntcham will be carrying the ball forward from a deeper midfield role. James Forrest will feature in the right midfield slot whereas Scott Sinclair, though has not been his best in recent weeks. Tom Rogic will be fielded as an attacking midfielder who will bridge up the midfield with lone forward Moussa Dembele upfront.
Leigh Griffiths is out injured and Moussa Dembele is having a run of games despite not being his best all season. The Frenchman, however, netted a brace against Morton and will be determined to continue the same against the Light Blues.