Rangers and Celtic meet for the fourth time this season in today’s Scottish Cup last 16 clash at Ibrox.
The teams could not be seperated in the most recent fixture at Celtic Park last month, the 1-1 draw coming after Rangers had already clinched the title, having won both the previous Old Firm derbies, 2-0 at Parkhead in October before a 1-0 win at Ibrox in January.
Today is the first time the two rivals have met at this stage of the competition in a decade, where an infamous fifth round replay on March 2, 2011 saw Celtic emerge victorious 1-0 thanks to a Mark Wilson goal after Rangers had three players red carded.
If this afternoon’s match has half the drama then we’re in for a treat.
Follow all the build-up and action below.
LIVE: Rangers 2 Celtic 0
Last updated: Sunday, 18 April, 2021, 15:39
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Welcome to our live coverage of this afternoon’s Scottish Cup last 16 clash between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox. We’ll have team news, play-by-play action and reaction to events as they happen. The match is due to kick-off at 3pm with St Johnstone awaiting the winners in the next round.
It’s a massive game for both sides for different reasons. For Celtic, they are bidding to avoid their first trophyless season in a decade and to salvage something from the wreckage of their failed 10-in-a-row bid. Rangers meanwhile are now chasing a league and cup double after their historic 55th title win as they bid to lift the Scottish Cup for the first time since 2009, while preventing Celtic winning the competition for a fifth year in a row.
Bigger game for Celtic?
Gordon Strachan certainly thinks so with the former Celtic boss expecting a fierce battle.
Gordon Strachan on Premier Sports
Yes [Celtic need this more], definitely. There’s no sequel to this. For the players, managers, coaches, your reputation is at stake here. It’s a bare knuckle fight. The league games have been tactical but I think today the gloves are off - every header, every tackle - because you go into the next round and your reputation is safe for aother couple of weeks.
Celtic team news
The big news for Celtic is that James Forrest hasn’t made it, the winger missing out due to an injury picked up against Livingston last week. John Kennedy makes two changes from that 6-0 win as Ryan Christie and Diego Laxalt come into the starting XI. Looks like Celtic will be deploying the diamond shape from the previous two Old Firm derbies which has seen them dictate much of the play but without getting the win.
Rangers team news
It’s one change for Rangers as Scott Arfield is brought into the midfield three with Kemar Roofe dropping to the bench. Club captain James Tavernier makes his return from injury but only on the bench as youngster Nathan Patterson keeps his place.
Gerrard on Tavernier
Steven Gerrard on Premier Sports
Unfortunately he’s not ready from the beginning but we’ll have to see how the game pans out. There could be a time when we need a bit of experience or a little bit of magic from James. I have no doubts because he’s ready for a cameo but maybe not 90 or 120 minutes.
Kennedy on Forrest missing out
John Kennedy on Premier Sports
He was close. He’ll not miss a long time out. We just couldn’t get enough into him and he wasn’t fully comfortable having to do full activity so we had to leave it. But again, we’ve got a good squad, we’re strong enough. Plenty of the guys playing today have played in these games in the past so they’ll take that into the game with confidence and we’ll hopefully get a result.
The teams line up before kick-off for a minute’s silence in memory of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh
8: Early thoughts
Celtic have enjoyed most of the possession in the early exchanges with Laxalt and Kenny pushing forward, the latter’s cross forcing Helander to stretch and clear. At the other end, Patterson dispossed Laxalt to hit the byline but couldn’t find a team mate with the cut-back. Neither side have threatened the goal as yet.
10: GOAL Rangers 1 (Davis) Celtic 0
A tremendous opener for Rangers as Davis sends an overhead kick past Bain from close range after Aribo’s shot was deflected into his path. Great work from Kent in the build-up and a superb advantage from referee Bobby Madden after Welsh had wiped out the Rangers winger
19: Celtic attack
A lovely turn from Turnbull takes him past Arfield and he slips the ball to Edouard in the box, but the Frenchman can’t get the better of Helander and the ball trundles through to McGregor.
21: Celtic shot
Great feet from Eduoard buys space at the edge of the Rangers box and the Frenchman lets fly with powerful shot that is straight at McGregor, who beats the ball away. Celtic keep the pressure on and Christie drags a shot wide. The visitors trying to hit back.
23: What a chance!
Celtic blow a huge opportunity to equalise as Turnbull’s driven cross finds Welsh unmarked in the Rangers six-yard box but the young defender gets his attempt all wrong as he diverts it AWAY from goal. Ajer then drives a shot in that is blocked by Helander on the line. A minute earlier McGregor fired narrowly over. Celtic have responded well to going behind and are putting Rangers under heavy pressure.
29: Rangers respond
After surviving some Celtic pressure, Rangers put together a lovely move that ends with Kent running offside. A minute later Patterson embarks on a terrific run down the right past some half-hearted Celtic challenges into the box before unleashing a shot into the side net. Good positive play from the young right-back.
34: GOAL Rangers 2 (Kent) Celtic 0
The hosts double their lead as Aribo turns Laxalt inside-out before sending over a low tempting cross that Kent meets at close range to fire past Bain. Question marks over the Celtic defending but another great move from Rangers and they are in control of this Scottish Cup tie.