Celtic v Rangers: team news, referee details, KO time & where to watch

Celtic face Rangers this afternoon in the Cinch Premiership as Brendan Rodgers’ side look to take a massive step towards securing the title. With three games remaining and a three point advantage, Celtic can put one hand on the title with a win against the city rivals today.

Rangers need to win to keep their title ambitions alive and it will prove to be an eye watering affair just over a month since the sides last met.

Team News

Celtic go into the game with no fresh injury concerns from the side that blew Hearts away last weekend. The manager will be pleased with this given the stop-start nature of the campaign as a result of injuries.

Joe Hart will start in goals. The Englishman has made some huge saves in the second half of the season and will need to continue this form when called upon today.

Celtic v Hearts, Scottish Premiership. Joe Hart saves rom Kenneth Vargas during the match at Celtic Park, on 4 May 2024. Glasgow Celtic Park Photo Malcolm Mackenzie PSI.

In defence, Celtic vice captain Cameron Carter-Vickers will start alongside Liam Scales in the central pairing with Alistair Johnston and Greg Taylor at full back.

The midfield will comprise skipper Callum McGregor, who will sit behind Matt O’Riley and Reo Hatate. It will be the first time this midfield has started against Rangers this season.

In attack, Celtic will start with Kyogo. The Japanese striker has seven goals in twelve games against the Ibrox side and will look to add to that today. Brendan needs to decide whether to go for James Forrest, Daizen Maeda or Nicolas Kuhn in the match. You would expect Maeda will come in to play on the left with Kühn starting on the right. Forrest will be then able to come on and influence the game from the bench.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MAY 04: Nathaniel Atkinson of Hearts vies with Daizen Maeda of Celtic during the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Celtic FC and Heart of Midlothian at Celtic Park Stadium on May 04, 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images) (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Referee details

Willie Collum has been appointed as the referee for this fixture. The veteran whistleblower will be assisted by David McGeachie and Ross Macleod with Don Robertson acting as Fourth Official.

Meanwhile at Clydesdale House, Steven McLean is on VAR with Graeme Stewart assisting.

Kick Off Time

The game kicks off at 12:30pm (Celtic Park Time).

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – APRIL 07: Rangers manager Philippe Clement and Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers embrace on the final whistle after the Cinch Scottish Premiership match between Rangers FC and Celtic FC at Ibrox Stadium on April 07, 2024 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images) (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Where to Watch

The game will be shown exclusively on Sky Sports Football and Main Event (in Britain and Ireland). Coverage starts at 11:30am. However, Celtic TV subscribers out with this region will be able to watch the game live on the club’s streaming service.

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Born just as Celtic were stopping the Ten, Lubo98 follows Celtic home and away and helps run his local Celtic Supporters Club. He goes to all the games and is a Law Graduate. Has a particular fondness for Tom Rogic among the current Celts and both Lubo and Henrik form his earliest Celtic memories.

1 Comment

  1. Raymond Duffy on

    I wouldn’t play Kuhn, just don’t think he has the bottle for the big games.
    The rest – you’re probably right.

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