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Rangers and Celtic Prepare for Crucial Old Firm Clash

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Rangers manager Philippe Clement and Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers are gearing up for a high-stakes Old Firm showdown this weekend at Ibrox, where the two Scottish Premiership giants will go head-to-head in a top-of-the-table clash. The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports, adding to the anticipation surrounding this much-anticipated fixture.

Philippe Clement, the Gers’ manager, is upbeat about his team’s prospects, noting that the players are prepared to deliver standout performances against their arch-rivals, aiming to reclaim the top spot in the league from Celtic with a victory on Sunday.

In contrast, Brendan Rodgers of Celtic believes that while winning is the objective, Sunday’s match is not a must-win in the context of the title race. With just a one-point lead over Rangers, Celtic will face a tough challenge, but Rodgers remains focused on maintaining their footballing standards rather than feeling pressured to secure a win.

Players like Callum McGregor and Ridvan Yilmaz are key figures in the upcoming match, with both managers hopeful of their fitness. However, concerns linger over their availability, presenting selection dilemmas for the managers. The return of McGregor, who has been recovering from an Achilles problem, would provide a significant boost to Celtic’s lineup.

Referee John Beaton is set to officiate the clash at Ibrox, adding another layer of intrigue to the match. Beaton’s previous contentious decisions have sparked controversy, but both managers are keen to ensure that officiating does not distract their players from the on-field action.

With tensions running high between the two sides following their earlier encounters in the season, the Old Firm clash promises to be a tightly contested affair. As the teams prepare to face off once again, fans eagerly await the outcome of this crucial match that could potentially shape the outcome of the title race.

Rachel Adams

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