2 mins: Morelos goes down like a sack of spuds after being dispossessed in the channel. He final gets up after about 30 seconds when he belatedly realises he is not getting a free-kick. Start as you mean to go on, Alfredo.
The managers have spoken.
Gerrard: “The mood wasn’t great after last week as expected, so this is a good opportunity to flip that mood.
“This is an Old Firm game at home, we’ve been super strong here and we want to continue that.”
Kennedy: “We want to win the game, we’ve not done that recently against Rangers.
“Performance-wise we’ve been stable, the difference has been in the boxes, they’ve been clinical and we haven’t.”
Stiliyan Petrov slipping into Glaswegian is a wonderful thing to listen to. Disappointed they could not get Peter Lovenkrands to join them for his Scandinavian/Glasgow accent.
Rangers are looking to bounce back from their Scottish Cup defeat to St Johnstone.
James Tavernier feels an Old Firm derby is a fine way to recover from such a defeat.
He said: “As a Rangers player, no matter what part of the season or even if it’s a friendly – you always want to win a game and our objective this weekend is to get maximum points.
“That’s what’s required of us and that’s the standards we’ve set ourselves this season so we want to finish the campaign off strong and we’ll give it our best on Sunday.
“The mentality comes from the foundations from the years we’ve had together. The additions who have come in have added that quality but the mentality from the get-go is from hard work and listening to what the gaffer and coaching team want us to do on game day.
“It’s about being fully focused with what’s in hand. The Old Firm games usually take care of themselves and all the boys are raring to go and we can’t wait until Sunday.
“It’s the perfect game to go into coming off the back of being knocked out of the cup.
“It’s football. We got beat in a penalty shoot-out. In a normal game, normal day we would have come out of that game with a draw so it’s one of those things that’s happened, it’s in the past, we’ve reflected on it this week and we move on.
“When you come to Rangers you want to win every single game and three defeats in 53 games is some achievement and it just shows how much desire and consistency they’ve put into this season and that they’ve continued that after we’ve won the league.
“We want to try and finish off the season strong with three games to go, we can’t wait for the Old Firm and then the two games after that.”
John Kennedy hopes a victory today for Celtic could be a turning point after a poor season.
If they do get the better of Rangers, it could be the springboard they need to challenge once again next time around.
The former Celtic defender said: “Football can change very quickly. We’ve seen it from the dominant success we’ve had to going into a tough season very quickly.
“It quickly can change and it’s the same going the other way. Every opportunity you receive you’ve got to try and make that the turning point.
“We’ve had a tough time this year, we make no excuses for that, we’re responsible for that, but we have to then turn that around.
“At a club like Celtic, you have to do it as quickly as possible and get back to winning ways.
“We don’t like being starved of silverware. We’ve been used to success for so long and this season has been very alien to us because we’ve not managed to win anything and it’s not something we want to continue.
“The next game is Rangers, can we set our stall out to make this the start point of the next era of success?
“We have to do that, whether it’s Sunday or the next game, we have to get the wheels in motion in terms of how we move forward.”
Rangers: McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Simpson, Barisic, Davis, Kamara, Aribo, Kent, Morelos, Roofe
Subs: McLaughlin, King, Hagi, Stewart, Wright, Itten, Defoe
Celtic: Bain; Taylor, Brown, Turnbull, Kenny, Edouard, Elyounoussi, Ajer, McGregor, Forrest, Welsh
Subs: Barkas, Bitton, Griffiths, Ajeti, Soro, Christie, Johnston, Ralston, Laxalt
Essentially today is about pride for Celtic, while Rangers will be desperate to rub their title win thoroughly in the faces of their rivals.
It is all to play for in Scotland.
A victory for Rangers will put them within touching distance of completing the league campaign undefeated, which is an impressive feat. It is a notoriously fierce fixture and this will be no different will not want to give an inch to their rivals. Rangers last went unbeaten against Celtic in a season back in 1999-2000, so replicating that 21 years later will be a nice footnote to the season.
The visitors, however, have only lost once since John Kennedy replaced Neil Lennon as manager, showing they have improved following a dreadful first half to the season by their standards.
Let’s hope for plenty of fun.
Kick-off 12pm BST.
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