It’s the first derby of the season and usually the biggest game in the week, not this time, as we have two massive games in the space of four days and Celtic Park will be rocking for both.
Rangers come to Paradise on Saturday and then we entertain Real Madrid on Tuesday in the Champions League, they don’t come any bigger than that.
We go into the Rangers game in good form, played five, won five, scored 21 goals with only one conceded. We also knocked Ross County out of the League Cup on Wednesday, 4-1, with pretty much a second string. We are also unbeaten in the last three matches against Rangers, 3-0 at Celtic Park in February, 2-1 at Ibrox in April and then the 1-1 draw near the end of the season.
Rangers come into the game in good form too, with four wins and a draw in the league, they beat Queen of the South 3-1 in the league cup midweek. They have also qualified for the Champions League having knocked out Union Saint-Gilloise of Belgium and PSV Eindhoven. As hard as it is to say it, they are a decent team, getting to the Europa League Final last season and then coming through the qualifiers for the Champions League is no easy feat.
Celtic have been well rested this season, with a game a week until we played Ross County on Wednesday, we are coming into a busy period with the Champions League midweek games and then league at the weekend.
We added a new signing on transfer deadline day when we signed defensive midfielder, Oliver Abildgaard on loan from Rubin Kazan. We now have at least two quality players vying for every position and with the amount of games on the horizon all will see plenty of game time.
The team are flying at the minute and I expect three points on Saturday, my only concern is that some players will have their eyes on Tuesday night against Real Madrid. However with Ange as the manager, I’m sure he won’t allow this to be the case.
Mick Kane hails from Glasgow. He has been hooked on Celtic since he went to his first game when he was 7. Celtic beat Hamilton 8-3 at Celtic Park on the 3rd of January 1987. His favourite player at the time, Brian McClair scored four goals.
He started going regular as a 16 year old when Celtic played at Hampden for the season, being a Southsider it meant a short train journey to get to Hampden. From then he has had a season ticket travelled around Europe for games as Celtic became the dominant force in Scottish football again. A nice change from growing up during Rangers run to 9 in a row.