Chris Sutton thinks Old Firm face-off to remember… and expects Ange Postecoglou’s side to nick it 

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CHRIS SUTTON: This will be an Old Firm face-off to remember… the fierce derby between Celtic and Rangers will be similar to Man City vs Liverpool – and expect Ange Postecoglou’s side to nick it

  • Chris Sutton is expecting Old Firm derby clash to be one to remember
  • The ormer Celtic man thinks there will be plenty of goals between the sides
  • Sutton has compared the historic match to Manchester City versus Liverpool
  • He thinks that Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic will edge out Rangers for the win

Celtic won’t fear Rangers, and Rangers won’t fear Celtic, and that makes for one almighty Old Firm.

If you’re not too familiar with Scottish football, you wouldn’t be wrong to think of this as a Manchester City-Liverpool type of clash. Celtic will try to impose their brand of football on their opponents and that is very City-like.

They use inverted full backs, overloads, speedy short passing and play out from the back. It’s risk-versus-reward and the only way Ange Postecoglou knows how to play.

Chris Sutton is expecting Ange Postecoglou (pictured) and his Celtic side to beat Rangers

But Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s Rangers will look to upset that order by pressing high up the pitch and imposing themselves on their opponents, like Liverpool.

This clash represents a chance to strike a blow to your title rival and I played in enough of these games to know the importance of that.

My favourite Old Firm memory would have to be the first time I played in this fixture in August 2000. I’d only just signed for Celtic and upon arriving, I said I wanted to ‘put Rangers in their place’.

Chris Sutton is backing Celtic to beat Rangers in the Old Firm derby match at Celtic Park

Chris Sutton is backing Celtic to beat Rangers in the Old Firm derby match at Celtic Park

A few weeks later, I was scoring the first and last goals in a 6-2 win for Celtic — still the best sandwich I’ve ever had.

The psychological trauma that ‘demolition derby’ did to Rangers was delicious. They won the previous season’s Premiership by 21 points, and we went on to take their title.

Postecoglou and Van Bronckhorst have shown themselves to be two talented head coaches. What Rangers have achieved in Europe — losing to Eintracht Frankfurt in last season’s Europa League final and beating PSV in this year’s Champions League qualifiers — will give them confidence.

Giovanni Van Bronckhorst (pictured) axed Alfredo Morelos over fitness and attitude concerns

Giovanni Van Bronckhorst (pictured) axed Alfredo Morelos over fitness and attitude concerns

Van Bronckhorst was justified in the strong stance he took with Alfredo Morelos, axing the striker amid fitness and attitude concerns as his centre forward who started, Antonio Colak, scored the second-leg winner against PSV.

Rangers have got good players — Malik Tillman on loan from Bayern Munich, Tom Lawrence and Ryan Kent.

However, Celtic will look to win their way. It’s a defining four days ahead for my old club — Rangers today and then Real Madrid on Tuesday, both at Celtic Park.

Celtic are currently leading the SPL with Rangers in second place two points behind

Celtic are currently leading the SPL with Rangers in second place two points behind

The atmosphere there can rival any ground in the world, so sit back and enjoy what I expect to be an Old Firm to remember

There will be goals, and with their home advantage, Celtic will nick it.

SCORE PREDICTION: 3-2 to Celtic.

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