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Celtic v Rangers predictions, betting tips & live stream: Celtic to avenge last season's cup semi-final defeat

Leigh Copson 19 Apr 2017
Celtic forward Scott Sinclair (credit: GIL COHEN-MAGEN/AFP/Getty Images)

Celtic v Rangers predictions for Sunday’s Scottish Cup semi-final game plus live stream links for the match. Will Celtic stay on course for a domestic treble or will Rangers beat their Old Firm rivals in the semi-finals for the second season running? Read on for all of our free predictions and betting tips.

Celtic v Rangers Predictions

Celtic v Rangers Live Stream Links

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Celtic v Rangers Betting Odds

Celtic v Rangers Betting Tips Explained

Pedro Caixhina has enjoyed a decent start to life as Rangers manager, going five games unbeaten since he took the reins at Ibrox. They followed up a superb 3-0 win at Aberdeen with a 2-0 win over Partick Thistle this past weekend, but now the Portuguese faces the toughest test of his reign so far because bitter rivals Celtic are standing between them and a return to the Scottish Cup Final, which they lost a year ago.

Celtic, of course, are runaway champions in the Scottish Premiership and they are now only two wins away from a domestic treble having also lifted the Scottish League Cup earlier this season. They are yet to lose an Old Firm derby since Rangers returned to the top tier, but they have found their Glasgow rivals to be more difficult to beat with each match.

Celtic battered Rangers 5-1 when they met last September and then dominated a League Cup tie before Moussa Dembele finally broke the Light Blues’ resistance late. The Hoops came from a goal down to claim the bragging rights at Ibrox on New Year’s Eve as Rangers finally tested their rivals, but a fourth straight win over the blue half of Glasgow was denied last month when Clint Hill’s late goal earned Rangers a 1-1 draw at Celtic Park.

So, will Rangers repeat last year’s shock semi-final win over the green-and-white half of Glasgow or will Celtic reaffirm their superiority by moving within one win of a superb treble in Brendan Rodgers’ first season in charge? As much as Rangers have improved over the past month or so, it is impossible to look past a Celtic side that is clearly the number one side in Scottish football right now. The Hoops should win this semi-final tie and they should do it in 90 minutes.

Do not be surprised if Rangers find the back of the net in a losing effort though. They are averaging two goals per game since Caixinha took charge and they have scored in three of their four meetings with the Hoops this season, so they can give their supporters something to cheer at Hampden Park. However, I do not expect them to score enough goals to avoid a fourth Old Firm derby defeat of the 2016/17 campaign.

Speaking of goals, I am also backing Scott Sinclair to keep his good run of goals going for Celtic. The former Aston Villa man has now scored seven goals in his last eight games in all competitions and he will be a handful for a weakened Rangers defence that could contain Old Firm debutants Myles Beerman and David Bates. While Beerman has impressed, Bates has looked a little shaky and that does not bode well for a meeting with a Celtic side that have scored over 100 competitive goals this season. Sinclair has chipped in with 23 of them and number 24 can come on Sunday. 

Celtic v Rangers Stats

  • Celtic are unbeaten in their four meetings with Rangers this season, winning three of them
  • Rangers beat Celtic on penalties in last season’s Scottish Cup semi-finals
  • Rangers have not beaten Celtic in 90 minutes since winning 3-2 at Ibrox in March 2012
  • Scott Sinclair has scored seven goals in his last eight appearances for Celtic
  • Celtic have already won the Scottish Premiership and the League Cup this season
  • Both teams have scored in three of the four previous Old Firm games this season

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