Rangers v Celtic: Scottish Premiership – live!

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Why will Celtic only have 750 fans at Ibrox? Until this season, both clubs brought around 7,000 fans to each other’s respective ground. But following record season-ticket sales, Rangers decided to dish out more tickets to their own supporters at the expense of the travelling contingent. A club statement at the time declared “our supporters will always comes first”. It works both ways; Rangers took around 800 to Glasgow’s East End in September – with that situation, in theory, benefitting the hosts. Brendan Rodgers suggested the scenario was not clear-cut. “My feeling always is that it is better in both grounds whenever both sets of supporters are there,” Celtic’s manager said. “But it can work for and against you as the home team in that situation, when you have predominately the support in the ground. It can add something to the players, either a positive or a negative.”

Some essential pre-match reading, courtesy of Ewan Murray:

Steven Gerrard should relish the brief calm that follows Glasgow’s unruly football storm. Rangers’ manager will oversee his 38th competitive fixture of the season – and last before a winter break – as Celtic visit Ibrox on Saturday. Amid a kaleidoscope of emotions, including for Gerrard himself, it has been easy to forget this marks the Liverpool icon’s maiden campaign as a first-team manager.

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Written by Ben Fisher
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/live/2018/dec/29/rangers-v-celtic-scottish-premiership-live under the title “Rangers v Celtic: Scottish Premiership – live!”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.