Rangers v Celtic Sun 13:00
Mathematically speaking, Celtic can lift the SPL title this weekend if they prove victorious against bitter rivals Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday, as Betfred offer Neil Lennon’s side odds against favourites.
Third placed Motherwell dropped points against Kilmarnock at Rugby Park yesterday, meaning a win for Neil Lennon’s side would secure the SPL title today.
This seems a highly plausible conclusion too after Killie put in a very assured performance against Celtic on Sunday to win the Scottish League Cup.
As a result, Motherwell will have no easy task in walking away from their weekend fixture with points intact but the desire to remain in the title race could egg them on for their own victory.
Rangers have been blighted by financial disaster this season and a point deduction condemned the Blue side of Glasgow to a lower table finish, making it near certain that Ally McCoist’s side would not be retaining their title.
Speaking to the media during the week, Celtic boss Neil Lennon admitted that his side deserve their victory this year after his players made huge improvements on last years’s showing.
The Scot stated: “We have played very well this season and we played very well last season. We have been better this season and I think we have proved over the piece that we have been worthy champions. I think these players deserve it.”
On the other side of the dugout, Ally McCoist seems all but sure that his team will not become champions once more this season, but is adamant to give his fans a good show on Sunday, saying: “We want to give the fans something to shout about. They have been fantastic in the past few weeks and I’m sure they will be again. We’ve had problems with injuries and suspensions, but we believe we can win on Sunday.”
Rangers have seemed almost exhausted in their last few matches, seeming to concede defeat to their Glasgow foes before the final whistle has even been blown.
The Gers have lost their last two games in a row and don’t stand much better chances of returning to winning ways when they face off against Celtic this weekend.
That being said, league leaders Celtic ay be the best team in the Scottish top flight in terms of both attack and defence but these meetings tend to throw all statistics out the window, instead relying on much deeper sentiments alone.