Celtic host Rangers in the Ladbrokes Premiership on Sunday as the Glasgow rivals face each other for the fourth time this season.
Here are some of the talking points ahead of this weekend’s game at Celtic Park.
Celtic have dropped just two points all season – against Inverness – and won every domestic cup match so far to make it 32 wins from 33 games. Celtic have nearly double the amount of goals than Rangers in the league, netting 73 compared to 37 from the Ibrox men. The Hoops have also conceded half the amount of goals (16) than their rivals. Going through the season unbeaten is becoming more and more of a realistic aim for the champions but Rangers have at least three attempts to stop that record from happening with a William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final to come.
Brendan Rodgers did not make a host of signings in the summer but he added real quality and in Moussa Dembele and Scott Sinclair he found two players who helped take them to a new level. Dembele has hit 32 goals so far while Sinclair has rediscovered his verve following difficult spells at Manchester City and Aston Villa and is on 18 goals. The pair have scored seven of Celtic’s eight goals against Rangers this season between them – Dembele with five – and could again prove the difference on Sunday.
NEW MANAGER BOUNCE?
With Rangers in the process of finalising a deal for Pedro Caixinha to take charge, the Portuguese coach is certain to be watching on Sunday, probably from inside Celtic Park. If the Rangers players needed any added motivation, they know they will need to impress their prospective new boss. They will also be determined to claim a result to enable popular caretaker boss Graeme Murty to bow out on a high.
TITLE IN SIGHTS
A draw or Celtic victory would ensure the Hoops finish above their bitter rivals this season, not that there is any doubt. But doing so with 10 games remaining would serve to underline the gulf between the teams, days after Rodgers noted that the Ibrox club had been aiming for the title in their first season since being promoted from the Ladbrokes Championship. Three points would also set Celtic up for a title party in the near future with Aberdeen the only team that could, theoretically, stop them.
Rangers suffered a blow in midweek when Rob Kiernan was ruled out through suspension after failing to overturn a red card. With Philippe Senderos having suffered a nightmare debut at Celtic Park, including a red card, in their 5-1 loss, Danny Wilson looks set to partner Clint Hill in central defence. Rangers have only won two of the six matches they have played in together, against East Stirling and Queen of the South.