Will Rangers end Celtic’s dominance north of the border?

Rangers will be going all-out to end Celtic's dominance on the domestic scene, however do Steven Gerrard's men have what it takes?

After just two rounds of Scottish Premiership fixtures, the table has a very familiar feel to it with Celtic setting the pace at the top of the pile with wins in each of their opening two outings and arch-rivals Rangers hanging onto their coat-tails with two wins of their own. The likelihood that either side will continue to the end of the season without slipping-up along the way is a slim one, however the big question is, who will slip-up most?

Last season, the four league meetings between Celtic and Rangers saw two wins apiece, the Hoops collecting six points at Parkhead and Rangers managing the same at Ibrox. Nevertheless it was against some of the so-called ‘weaker’ sides where the Light Blues came unstuck and boss Steven Gerrard will be going all-out to ensure that this isn’t the case in 2019/20.

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It is crystal clear that Rangers have improved immeasurably under the former Liverpool player, however this hasn’t cut much ice with the bookmakers who still go odds-on at 4/11 that Celtic will once again dominate proceedings in the Scottish top-flight by winning the title, way ahead of Rangers in the betting at odds of 2/1.

That said, the gulf between the two sides has narrowed substantially and should Rangers manage to grab themselves a victory in their first trip at Parkhead, then this would give them a psychological advantage. Unfortunately for them, the first Old Firm derby of the season takes place at Ibrox in less than two weeks time and the Hoops will be aiming to get the psychological upper-hand. Indeed the outcome of this match could go a long way towards determining whether Celtic can once again lift the title at the end of the season and Steven Gerrard will need to pull out all the stops.

 

Scottish Premiership Winner – Paddy Power Odds

 

4/11 –  Celtic

2/1  –  Rangers

33/1 –  Aberdeen

100/1 – Hibernian