THE OLD FIRM returns to Ibrox this weekend as Celtic visit the blue side of Glasgow and we’ve pulled together everything about the fixture in one handy place.
NICKNAME: The Hoops
STADIUM: Celtic Park
GROUND CAPACITY: 60,411
PITCH SIZE: 105m x 68m
MANAGER: Brendan Rodgers
REFEREE: Steven McClean
ASSISTANTS: Frank Connor, Douglas Ross
FOURTH OFFICIAL: John Beaton
KICK OFF: 12:15pm
VENUE: Ibrox Stadium
COMPETITION: Ladbrokes Premiership
LAST FIVE RESULTS
L – 23/10/2016 NEUTRAL LEAGUE CUP 1-0
L – 10/09/2016 AWAY LEAGUE 5-1
W – 17/04/2016 NEUTRAL SCOTTISH CUP 2-2 (5-4 PENALTIES)
L – 01/02/2015 NEUTRAL LEAGUE CUP 0-2
L – 29/04/2012 AWAY LEAGUE 0-3
LAST FIVE RESULTS @ IBROX
W – 25/03/2012 HOME PREMIERSHIP 3-2
W – 18/09/2011 HOME PREMIERSHIP 4-2
D – 24/04/2011 HOME PREMIERSHIP 0-0
D – 06/02/2011 HOME SCOTTISH CUP 2-2
L – 02/01/2011 HOME PREMIERSHIP 0-2
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers: “Every game is intense, it doesn’t matter what the points difference is, you are fighting for your shirt.
“One of the things I said to the players when I came in here was that they are defending the culture of the club.
“That is in every single game not just a Celtic v Rangers or Rangers v Celtic game. It is every time you play.
“You have a duty to defend the great culture of this club. Whether you are 16 points, possibly 19, possibly 22 in front it doesn’t matter; we have to fight.
“We just have to go and perform. We have a pride and we’re representing our supporters and in derby games it’s everything for them. We respect and understand that.
“When I came in here six months ago after the Scottish Cup semi-final everyone talked about how Rangers had beaten Celtic – and for sure played better on the day – and that they were ready to jump above Celtic.
“I take great pride now that, six months later, everyone is talking about this big gap. But I’m not worried about the gap.
“I’m only worried about the development of the team and of the club, whether that is through points, through dominance or through possession.
“I’m only worried about having dangerous possession, working well and winning games. What the gap is will always be for other people to talk about and write about, but for me I don’t have any thoughts.”
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THE LAST TIME AT IBROX
RANGERS 3-2 CELTIC | 25/03/2012 | Scottish Premiership
Celtic supporters were in party mood ahead of kick off as they eyed the opportunity to clinch the league at their rivals’ home for the first time in 45 years.
But Sone Aluko’s tenth minute opener looked to have set the tone for a game that Rangers controlled for large spells, with goals from Andy Little and Lee Wallace wrapping up a 3-2 win.
Cha Du Ri and Victor Wanyama were sent off either side of half time, with American captain Carlos Bocanegra also seeing red late in the game in an incident that opened the door for a late Celtic rally.
Bocanegra was judged to have fouled Georgios Samaras and Scott Brown’s resulting penalty and Thomas Rogne’s late header were consolation for Celtic on a day that failed to deliver what they had hoped for and had seen the home side in total control for the majority of proceedings.
RANGERS: McGregor; Goian, Bocanegra, Papac; Whittaker, McCabe (Lafferty 60), Davis, Edu, Wallace (Kerkar 78); Aluko (Little 72); McCulloch.
Subs not used: Alexander (g), Bedoya, Perry, Mitchell.
Goals: Aluko 11’, Little 72, Wallace 77’
Sent off: Bocanegra.
HOW TO WATCH
IF you’re outside the UK then you can enjoy the whole of the match against Celtic live on RangersTV.
Regular commentator Tom Miller will bring you full commentary throughout the 90 minutes with Old Firm hero Peter Lovenkrands.
There is a treat for those watching the broadcast as Lovenkrands goes On The Spot in a special edition of our regular series. That is followed by an interview with the current captain Lee Wallace, the only remaining player from Celtic’s last trip to Ibrox. Wallace scored that day and he sat down with Rangers TV ahead of the fixture.
Kevin Thomson is another former Ger who knows all about the Old Firm. He played in seven derbies and scored one memorable goal and he is the latest player to take part in RTV’s Big Interview series.
At half-time viewers can take in all the goals from the season so far as well as relive the first-half action with Tom and Peter.
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PICK UP A PROGRAMME
This weekend’s 100-page matchday programme has an exclusive interview with Lee Wallace as he reflects on his memorable goal from the last time Rangers met Celtic at Ibrox.
Gers skipper Wallace netted what proved to be the winner in an unforgettable and dramatic 3-2 tussle in Govan back in March 2012, and he also gives us his thoughts ahead of tomorrow’s crunch clash.
As ever the programme is packed with interviews and features, with Mark Warburton penning his usual manager column, while former Light Blues captain Richard Gough gives us the lowdown on the Old Firm fixture.
We have a special feature with Bundesliga journalist Ross Dunbar this week, and he tells us everything you could ever want to know about RB Leipzing who Gers face in a friendly on January 15.
Old Firm specialist Peter Lovenkrands answers your ‘On the Spot’ questions, David Weir gives his top XI and we hear exclusively from ‘Nine in a Row’ hero Erik Bo Anderson who sunk Celtic with a dramatic double 20 years ago.
All this and so much more can be found in this weekend’s 100-page Rangers v Celtic matchday programme, price just £3.50. Don’t miss it!