DAILY RECORD star Mr Fixit (@mrfixittps) shares his verdict on Sunday's Old Firm encounter in the Scottish League Cup final.
Rangers v Celtic | Sunday 8th December 2019, 15:00 | BT Sport
You could put a sheet of paper between Celtic and Rangers right now – that's how evenly matched the rivals are.
Scott Brown's last-gasp winner against Hamilton on Wednesday edged the champions two points clear at the top as the Ibrox men dropped two points at Aberdeen. That result may give Celtic a psychological edge but Steven Gerrard should be able to lift his men for Sunday's Betfred Cup final.
I've thought about this game long and hard and find it almost impossible to call. However, bookies reckon Celtic are twice as likely to win than Rangers so the value is with the underdogs. Celtic are 6/5 at William Hill and BetVictor to win in 90 minutes while Sportingbet go 12/5 Rangers. On the outrights the men in blue are 11/8 at Betfred with the Hoops 4/6 at Bet365.
I'm sitting firmly on the fence and backing the draw at 13/5 with Betway. Rangers Draw No Bet tempts at 29/20 with Unibet – my only concern with the holders is Odsonne Edouard's fitness although they've managed fine without their hitman.
It's the game of the season and is set up to be a cracker – both sides have better forwards then defenders so should be goals despite a lack of them in recent meetings. Both to score pays 4/6 and I like both to score and draw at 7/2. For a correct score what about 2-2 at 13/1 with BetVictor or 1-1 at 6/1.
Alfredo Morelos has been brilliant for Rangers – scoring goals and avoiding cards and this is another big test for the Colombian. He hasn't scored against Celtic and last season was sent off after a clash with Brown.
Morelos is 11/10 to net – as is Edouard – but if you don't fancy him consider the on-form Ryan Jack at 4/1.
In Edouard's absence Christie has been scoring for fun and is 6/4 to net and 11/2 to strike first – and remember he takes penalties. A spot-kick to be awarded is 9/4 at Bet365.
Rangers v Celtic – Draw (13/5 Betway)