Preview: Celtic vs. Rangers

Preview: Celtic vs. Rangers
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SPL champions Celtic host Celtic at Parkhead on Sunday in the final Old Firm clash of a turbulent season in Scotland.

Celtic host Rangers at Parkhead on Sunday in what is the final Old Firm clash of a turbulent season in Scotland.

Off-field problems for the Gers have blighted their campaign, while champions Celtic have also been on the receiving end of the Scottish Football Association thanks to manager Neil Lennon's antics.

Despite relinquishing the title to their bitter rivals, Ally McCoist's side would like nothing more than to have the local bragging rights going into the summer.

Similarly, the Hoops can cap a season in which they deservedly picked up the SPL trophy with a victory in the back yard of their perennial enemies.

Rangers could name Kirk Broadfoot and Jamie Ness in their squad, while Kyle Lafferty will miss out after being suspended by the club.

Georgios Samaras, Scott Brown and Glenn Loovens are all expected to return to the Celtic starting lineup after they were rested in last weekend's win against Motherwell, but Ki Sung-yueng and James Forrest are both sidelined through injury.

Rangers have won two Old Firm encounters this season, while Celtic have triumphed on one occasion.

Current form:

Celtic: WDLWWW
Rangers: LLWWWW

Possible lineups:

Celtic: Forster; Mulgrew, Loovens, K Wilson, Izaguirre; Brown, Wanyama, Ledley, Hooper; Stokes; Samaras

Rangers: McGregor; Goian, Wallace, Bocanegra, Bartley, Whittaker; McCulloch, Edu, McCabe, Little; Aluko

Sports Mole says: 2-1

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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Celtic22156148153351
2Aberdeen2213453324943
3RangersRangers22124641251640
4Hibernian229853127435
5Hearts227962119230
6Kilmarnock216872528-326
7St Johnstone217592130-926
8Motherwell2173112632-624
9Hamilton AcademicalHamilton2165103034-423
10Dundee2264122332-922
11Partick Thistle2255121937-1820
12Ross County2245132136-1517
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