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Celtic made it nine-wins-in-a-row on Saturday afternoon with their victory over Aberdeen raising the titalling question of whether they can make it ten against Rangers on Sunday.

With weekend games successfully negotiated for both teams all eyes now turn to Hampden for Sunday’s Viaplay Cup final with the first silverware of the season up for grabs.

Regardless of what the received wisdom around these games and form books heading out of windows, the stats repeatedly point to the team with momentum emerging on top.

Which makes for some intrigue this weekend given the form of both sides.

Michael Beale has solidifed Rangers – he also has the best central defensive pairing at the club now available to him, something Giovanni van Bronckhorst was denied for the opening months of the campaign – but while they have matched Celtic for victories, it hasn’t always been entirely fluent.

Still, both teams go into the game with confidence and momentum.

Celtic carry an air of superiority given the manner in which they have dismantled teams since the turn of the year with the likes of Reo Hatate and Daize Maeda in arguably the best form they have shown in their Celtic careers.

The Parkhead side continue to look like the team to beat but Sunday is a measure of whether they are as far ahead as performances would indicate.