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Keith Jackson predicts the result of Rangers v Celtic

Rangers will be looking to maintain their winning run in the Scottish Premiership when they face Celtic in the Old Firm Derby clash on Sunday (7 April) at Ibrox. 

The Gers returned to winning ways last month after a heartbreak in Europe when they won 3-1 against Hibernian. A victory against Celtic will give them a massive lift to secure the Scottish Premiership title, as they have a game in hand.

This is a must-win game for Celtic. The Bhoys have struggled for consistency this season, but have picked up four league wins in their last five games.

Keith Jackson has rightly pointed out that both sides will not want to lose this game, although it’s a “must-win” derby for both sides.

Writing for Daily Record (7 April, page 64), Jackson predicts it won’t be a dull game between the two sides, and the second half could be interesting. Both sides could still be happy with a point, and Jackson has predicted a 2-2 draw at Ibrox.

“With so much at stake this could be regarded as a must-win derby for both sides. But it’s also one that neither will want to lose,” wrote Jackson.

“A draw keeps Rangers on course to take top spot by winning their game in hand. Likewise, a point would be enough to keep Celtic’s destiny in their own hands. All of this may come into play in the second half if the scores are level. But it’s definitely not going to be dull. Rangers 2 Celtic 2.”

Ibrox factor could favour Rangers v Celtic

The Hoops will be boosted by the return of midfielder Callum McGregor for this game. Apart from the 7-1 win against Dundee on 28 February, Celtic have not hit the dizzy heights that we all know they are capable of.

Phillipe Clement deserves a lot of praise for what he has done since taking charge of Rangers. At one point, it felt like Celtic would win the title at a canter, but Rangers have gradually closed the gap and now they have a great opportunity to leapfrog them.

This is the moment they must grasp with both hands. The Bears have been poor in recent Old Firm games. They will not get a better opportunity to take back control of the title race in their own hands, and must not do anything silly on Sunday.

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