Rangers host Celtic on Saturday aiming to close the three-point gap that has opened up between the Glasgow rivals.
Steven Gerrard’s men slipped to a 1-1 draw against Hibs on Boxing Day, allowing the Parkhead outfit to open up daylight between the teams thanks to a dramatic 4-3 victory away against Aberdeen.
The Hoops can take full command of the league for the first time this season if they win at Ibrox, but the Gers could theoretically end 2018 on top of the standings, even if a four-goal victory seems far fetched.
|Game||Rangers vs Celtic|
|Date||Saturday, December 29|
|Time||12:30pm BST / 7:30am ET|
TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch
In the United States (US), the game can be watched via B/R Live.
|US TV channel||Online stream|
In the UK, the game is being shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football and available online via Sky Go.
|UK TV channel||Online stream|
|Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Football||Sky Go|
Squads & Team News
|Goalkeepers||McGregor, Foderingham, Robbie McCrorie|
|Defenders||Tavernier, Goldson, Flanagan, Ross McCrorie, Katic, Bradley, Worrall, McAuley|
|Midfielders||Jack, Ejaria, Halliday, Coulibaly, Kelly, Grezda|
|Forwards||Candeias, Morelos, Lafferty, Middleton|
Rangers starting XI: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Worrall, Halliday; Jack, McCrorie, Arfield; Kent, Morelos, Candeias
|Goalkeepers||Gordon, Bain, Hazard, Mullen|
|Defenders||Izaguirre, Benkovic, J. Hendry, Simunovic, Gamboa, Boyata, Lustig, Compper, Ajer, Church, Duffy, Deas, McInroy, Ralston, Walsh, Tierney, Bell|
|Midfielders||Brown, Sinclair, Morgan, Allan, Ntcham, Robertson, McGregor, Forrest, Henderson, Kennedy, McLaughlin, McKay, Marku|
|Forwards||Hayes, Christie, Edouard, Miller, R. Hendry, Hill, McGrath, Diver, Johnston, Savoury, Aitchison, Okoflex|
Celtic starting XI: Gordon; Lustig, Boyata, Benkovic, McGregor; Brown, Ntcham; Forrest, Christie, Sinclair; Johnston
Betting & Match Odds
Celtic are favourites to come out on top at Ibrox, with bet365 offering odds of 19/20 on a Bhoys victory. Rangers are considered an 11/4 bet to win, while a draw is 13/5.
Rangers boss Steven Gerrard is acutely aware of how much hinges on Saturday’s derby clash with Celtic, in which victory would draw them level with their rivals but defeat leave them trailing by six points.
He believes that the Gers have made a strong start to the season but wants one more big effort before the winter break begins.
“I feel we're a couple of results away from having the perfect six months, if you like,” said Gerrard.
“We have to bring our ‘A’ game. We're playing against a good team with good players. They will be well drilled, I know that for sure.
“We know that we have to bring our best to get the result we want. I'm confident the players can do that.”
Only Aberdeen have won at Ibrox in any competition this term and the former Liverpool man wants to see his side at their best in the high-profile encounter.
“I think we've shown at Ibrox this season against high-level opposition that when we play with freedom, back ourselves and go out with confidence then we've played some really nice stuff,” he added.
“It's the last fixture, there's 90 minutes to go empty it for and give everything you've got.
“We've certainly got respect for the opposition but what a fantastic opportunity for the players to go try to get the result we need.”
Brendan Rodgers’ side will take some stopping, though. The Northern Irishman has won on his four previous visits to Ibrox, with his side scoring 12 goals and conceding only four.
After losses to Red Bull Salzburg and Hibs, there are signs that they are getting up a head of steam again, with comfortable successes over Motherwell and Dundee followed by a dramatic win over Aberdeen on Boxing Day, in which the Hoops showed character to score twice late on to negate a controversial penalty decision.