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Live Reporting

By Colin Moffat

All times stated are UK

  1. Just your average Old Firm mayhem…

    Celtic v Rangers (12:30)

    Rangers’ last visit to Celtic Park was on 31 March when we had three goals, two red cards – one after the final whistle – off-the-ball flashpoints and an 86th-minute winner from James Forrest.

    Both sides were down to 10 for the final 15 minutes since Celtic had used up all of their subs when Dedryck Boyata was forced off.

    Ryan Kent, who equalised for depleted Rangers, was later banned for an aggressive shove on Scott Brown, with the Celtic captain earlier on the receiving end of an elbow from Alfredo Morelos after clipping the striker’s heels off the ball.

    Certainly an eventful day for the officials… Kevin Clancy is today’s referee, by the way.

    Rangers' Alfredo Morelos exchanges words with Celtic's Scott Brown after being sent off

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    Image caption: Rangers’ Alfredo Morelos exchanges a few words with Celtic’s Scott Brown after being sent off
  2. Sportscene Predictions: Thommo v Still Game’s Tam & Isa

    Still Game’s Tam & Isa – actors Mark Cox and Jane McCarry go up against Sportscene pundit Steven Thompson.

    The rivals are both tipping a home win in the early kick-off, with Thommo going for a 3-2 against a 2-1.

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    Video caption: Sportscene Predictions: Thommo v Still Game’s Tam & Isa
  3. Neck and neck race keeps rivals revved up

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    Both sides have lost just one league game this season, with the tight race driving standards up.

    Celtic have amassed 10 points more this time around than they did 12 months ago, having played one game less.

    Rangers have five extra points bagged having played three games fewer.

    Both sides also have eight more goals, although each has let in a handful more.

    So, both sides have improved, although there is no doubt teams like Kilmarnock, Aberdeen, Hibs and Hearts have dipped significantly.

  4. Lovely day for it

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    The footballing fates have served up blue skies and some unseasonably mild temperatures in Glasgow, cocking a snoot at the impending winter break.

    No doubt, we will be knee deep in snow when the top flight sides resume.

    Sunshine above Celtic Park this morning

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    Image caption: Sunshine above Celtic Park this morning
  5. This time last year…

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    Ibrox was the venue and the hosts came out on top thanks to a deflected Ryan Jack strike.

    It ended a run of 12 games without a win in this fixture for the blue half of Glasgow and moved the rivals level on points going into the winter break.

    It was to prove something of a false dawn though, with Celtic pulling away in the second half of the season, despite another Ibrox defeat in May.

    Ryan Jack scores the only goal in the last derby of 2018

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    Image caption: Ryan Jack scored the only goal in the last derby of 2018
  6. Celtic aim for third derby win

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    This is the third Old Firm derby of the season, with the champions triumphant in the previous two.

    Celtic were too strong for Rangers at Ibrox back in September, with Odsonne Edouard and Jonny Hayes on target.

    Earlier this month, Rangers were on top for much of the League Cup final, had a penalty saved and a man advantage for almost half an hour, but still lost 1-0.

    Another success today would open up a handy gap for Neil Lennon’s side.

    Jonny Hayes scored a late breakaway goal for Celtic in the first league meeting of the season

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    Image caption: Jonny Hayes scored a late breakaway goal for Celtic in the first league meeting of the season
  7. Frimpong breaks into Old Firm combined XI

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    We asked you to select one of these teams for the cup final earlier this month and there has only been one change in personnel, with Rangers skipper James Tavernier losing the right-back spot to Celtic teenager Jeremie Frimpong, who was sent off in that game at Hampden.

    Old Firm XI

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  8. Early Sportscene reminder

  9. Johnston starts for Celtic, Davis & Morelos back

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    Celtic winger Mikey Johnston signed a five-year contract yesterday and is given a start today. That’s a pretty good Christmas for the 20-year-old.

    He takes over from Olivier Ntcham in the only change from the 2-1 Boxing Day win at St Mirren.

    Rangers bring back Alfredo Morelos as expected, with Jermain Defoe dropping to the bench, while Steven Davis is preferred to Scott Arfield in midfield after the 1-0 win over Kilmarnock at Ibrox.

    Mikey Johnston

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    Image caption: Mikey Johnston is now under contract at Celtic until 2025
  10. LINE-UPS from Celtic Park

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    Celtic:Forster, Frimpong, Jullien, Ajer, Bolingoli, Brown, McGregor, Christie, Forrest, Johnston, Edouard.

    Substitutes: Gordon, Hayes, Griffiths, Bitton, Rogic, Ntcham, Bauer.

    Rangers:McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Katic, Barisic, Kamara, Davis, Jack, Kent, Aribo, Morelos.

    Substitutes: Foderingham, Defoe, Ojo, Arfield, Barker, Flanagan, Edmundson.

  11. goal

    Lie of the land

    Celtic, aiming for a record-equalling ninth successive title, enjoy a five point lead at the top but Rangers have a game in hand.

    Will Hearts go into 2020 bottom of the pile? A first win in five attempts for manager Daniel Stendel could lift them into eleventh spot if Hamilton Accies lose on their short trip to Motherwell.

    Premiership table

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  12. Cracking finale to 2019

    Welcome to the final round of Scottish Premiership fixtures for the year.

    We have a top-of-the-table Old Firm derby to kick us off before the rest get involved before we go into a brief winter hiatus.

    Let’s dive right in…

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