Bhoys braced for Ibrox test

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Celtic put their long unbeaten record up for the ultimate scrutiny on Saturday when they travel to Glasgow’s southside to face Rangers at Ibrox.

The Hoops are still basking in the glory of being ‘Invincibles’ in Scotland last season and they will be fully aware that no team would relish the chance to end their run more than Rangers.

The formlines for both clubs so far this term are much the same as last season, Rangers going into derby-day having won just two of their previous five in the league, while Celtic have won five from six so far, scoring 16 goals and conceding just three.

The match odds (Rangers 33/10, Celtic 5/7, draw 14/5) strongly suggest it will be a tough ask for Pedro Caixinha and his squad.

Of course, it would be folly to write off the home side, this fixture can often take on a life of its own and Rangers will be determined to make their mark. These sides met six times last season however, Celtic winning five of them, with Rangers grabbing a 1-1 draw in March only via a 90th minute goal.

It is hard to argue that Rangers have progressed under Caixinha, while Celtic’s summer recruitment has strengthened their hand still further.

The Hoops look likely winners of this tussle at Ibrox, where they triumphed 5-1 in May, and there is some juice to be had in siding with Brendan Rodgers’ team to win half-time/full-time at 6/4.

Twice in recent days Rangers have failed to defeat Partick Thistle over 90 minutes. The Jags remain without a league win this term, but those two games saw them in a more positive light.

Despite that failure to collect a win, Thistle are averaging more than a goal a game so far in the league. They welcome Hearts to Firhill on Saturday and with the home side having leaked 12 goals in six games, backing both teams to score at 5/6 is the preferred angle in that tussle.

Elsewhere, bottom of the table Kilmarnock welcome Dundee to Rugby Park. Both teams have struggled this term but they come into this fixture having had their morale boosted.

Killie earned a very credible point off Aberdeen at Pittodrie last weekend, while Neil McCann’s Dundee condemned St Johnstone to their first league defeat of the season with a 3-2 win at Dens Park. There likely will not be much between these sides and the stalemate is appealing at 23/10.

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