More Glasgow Derby previews and predictions from Celtic Star writers

Last night we posted the first batch of previews and scoreline predictions from our writers here at The Celtic Star which you can read below…

READ PART ONE HERE…The Celtic Star’s Writers preview Sunday’s Glasgow Derby at Ibrox

Now on what hopefully turns out to be another Beautiful Sunday, we have the second batch for Celtic Star writers previews for you, this time from Just an Ordinary Bhoy, James French and Conall McGinty…In case you are wondering Matt Corr incidentally doesn’t like to make match predictions for any Celtic game so he’s excused!

Before reading the second batch of pre-match thoughts from our writers here’s a reminder of the scoreline predictions made so far…

Lubo98 – theRangers 0 Celtic 1

Paul Gillespie – theRangers 2 Celtic 3

Yug – theRangers 1 Celtic 1

Peter Brown – theRangers 1 Celtic 2

Editor – theRangers 1 Celtic 3

Just an Ordinary Bhoy – theRangers 1 Celtic 2

We should always be looking to win, but a point won’t be a disaster. Celtic football club should always be aiming to win when we step onto the field. Whether it’s Albion Rovers or Real Madrid we always look for a victory and nothing less. Today is no exception, at the home of our fiercest rivals. Three points will be demanded, injury problems? Nope no excuse. New players? Nope. No supporters? Still no. A victory will be expected, anything less and we will be in the firing line.

But for me? I would take a point right now if offered. Why? Well as you know we aren’t really firing in all cylinders at the moment, to be truthful we’ve been awful. That’s to be expected as the players get used to Brendan’s philosophy. But today they can’t hide behind that excuse. They will have to be one hundred percent on the day. Anything less and we’re getting nothing out of the game.

That’s why I would except a point. It would keep us a point ahead of our nearest rivals and send us into the break with added confidence and give the players more time to gel under Brendan. We of course will be looking for all three, but just for today I think most supporters would be happy with a stalemate.

However I’m more confident now than I was last Saturday night, but it’s still going to be tough. Pressure all on the home side after their midweek 5-1 hammering. Although that result should be no bearing on today. I’d take a draw right now, but I always want to win these games so I’m going for 2-1 Celtic. COYBIG.

James French – theRangers 2 Celtic 2

Today’s Glasgow Derby sees both Celtic and theRangers heading into the fixture in the aftermath of hectic rebuilds. Ange Postecoglou, Jota, Mooy and Carl Starfelt leaving Paradise this summer left the club in a position that they did not expect to find themselves in.

On the other side of the city, a complete squad makeover was required from the very first day of the summer window as Mick Beale looked to close the gap on the reigning Champions Celtic. 19 signings later (ten Celtic and nine theRangers), and both sides are now littered with new faces and new profound hope.

With new faces comes questions around team selection, especially in Celtic’s case.

Joe Hart will play in goal. The full back roles pick themselves with both Greg Taylor and Alistair Johnston Rodgers’ standout options.

Centre half creates questions. Lagerbielke will most likely start, but the arrival of Nathaniel Philips on loan from Liverpool poses a conundrum for Rodgers. Phillips did not make a single matchday squad in the Merseyside club’s pre season or in their start to the Premier League season. With this in mind, Liam Scales will surely start.

McGregor will of course start regardless of his underwhelming form, accompanied by O’Riley but who Rodgers picks to accompany the pair is up for debate. David Turbull’s poor showing last week opens the door for either Iwata or the impressive Holm. Given Iwata’s lack of involvement so far this season, Rodgers will likely choose Holm.

Yang Hyun-Jun – Photo Imago

Two of Celtic’s three in attack pick themselves, Kyogo will start with Abada keeping him company off the right wing. Both players have shown their quality in these games before. Given Daizen Maeda’s poor start to the season, new signings Yang or Luis Palma could be picked ahead of the Japanese international.

Yang has looked Celtic’s most creative player so far this season, thus why I believe Rodgers will give him his Glasgow Derby debut tomorrow at 12 o’clock.

Predicted team: Hart, Johnston, Lagerbielke, Scales, Taylor, McGregor, O’Riley, Holm, Yang, Abada, Kyogo

Score prediction: A tough one to call given both team mixed fortunes recently. Plenty of Glasgow Derby debuts on both sides of the divide. Expect goals and plenty of excitement. I reckon it will finish Rangers 2-2 Celtic.

Conall McGinty – theRangers 1 Celtic 1

The first Glasgow derby of the year and I can’t remember one this early in the season that has so much riding on it. Neither team has had a great start to the season and I can’t really ever remember a time when the managers of both clubs are under pressure from the fans at exactly the same time. If either manager was to lose this one the wrath from the supporters would certainly intensify and for that reason I think this one will end a draw.

I’m going for a 1-1 draw with Celtic scoring in the first half through Matt O’Riley, making up for his many missed opportunities during the St Johnstone game last week before theRangers hit back with a late goal to save Michael Beale from receiving an almighty backlash from the Sevconuts. I hope I’m wrong however and Celtic bless us all with yet another Beautiful Sunday!

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About Author

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.

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