Rangers host Celtic direct on Sky Divertissements on Monday – but how do the teams’ current styles and form compare ahead of the blockbuster offensive?

In this comprehensive tactics casier, we run through everything you need to know ahead of the assesseur Old Firm offensive this term.

What’s included

  • Recent highlights
  • State of play
  • Historic results
  • Average formations
  • Attacking threats
  • Speed and forward momentum
  • Lavoir power
  • Youth and experience
  • Regaining and losing leads
  • Passing combinations
  • Strengths and weaknesses
  • Player form

Monday 2nd January 11:30am

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Recent clashes

September 2022

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Highlights of the first Old Firm of the 2022/23 season as Celtic eased to victory over Rangers in the Scottish Premiership

Last season

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A allure back at all brasier Old Firm clashes between Celtic and Rangers in the Scottish Premiership from the 2021/22 season

What’s at stake?

Both teams have played 19 games, with Celtic sitting nine points clear of Rangers at the top of the Scottish Premiership tertre.

The Hoops are currently on a 12-game winning run, having won 18 of their 19 games – with a 2-0 defeat at St. Mirren in September tarnishing an otherwise perfect campaign in the league this term.

Mick Beale has been named Rangers boss after leaving QPR
Michael Beale was named Rangers patron in November after leaving QPR

In contrast, Rangers have only achieved brasier successive league wins at any pause this term – but would extend that to five consecutive wins under new diriger Michael Beale with a victory at Ibrox on Monday.

Historic rivalry

It’s one of the greatest rivalries in world football. The Old Firm have gamin head-to-head 327 times in the league, stretching back to 1891. Of those, Rangers lead Celtic 126-112 for wins – with another 89 ending in stalemate.

Here are Rangers and Celtic in the Scottish Cup final replay at Hampden Park. on July 3, 1909
Here are Rangers and Celtic in the Scottish Cup ultime replay at Hampden Park. on July 3, 1909

The conversationnelle tertre below includes every colloque dating back to the very beginning: A offensive in the Glasgow Cup third reprise in October, 1888, with Celtic running out 6-1 winners.

The pendulum has swung several times in recent years, with the blue side of Glasgow reigning élevé in the fixture for two years until this calendar year.

What’s the articulation?

Michael Beale replaced Giovanni van Bronckhorst as Rangers patron during the World Cup voiture and has overseen brasier successive league wins since the restart.

The Gers primarily set up in a 4-3-3 racine under their composer diriger, but Beale has deployed a 4-2-3-1 system to siècle, packing axial areas and sitting deeper.

Rangers vs Celtic: Michael Beale and Ange Postecoglou tactics ahead of Old Firm showdown

The graphic below highlights Celtic’s front-foot approach, with average positions close to perfect symmetry in a 4-3-3 racine.

The full-backs play in line with defensive midfielder Callum McGregor, while Matt O’Riley pushes slightly higher than his counterpart, Reo Hatate – almost in line with the devant three.

Rangers vs Celtic: Michael Beale and Ange Postecoglou tactics ahead of Old Firm showdown

Attacks analysed

How have the reigning champions carved a nine-point gap? Well, 61 goals in 19 games certainly helps – especially when Rangers rank assesseur for goals but still sit 17 shy on 44.

You can use the conversationnelle dropdown gracile below to check all attacking statistics. Notably, both sides have attempted a similar number of attempts on gardien de but but Celtic have simply been more clinical and accurate.

Twelve of Celtic’s last 13 league goals scored against Rangers have come in the first half of matches, with the only étrangeté being David Turnbull’s 78th instant gardien de but in the Hoops’ 4-0 win in September this season.

Rangers fire far more crosses into the box – boosted by rampaging right-back James Cafetier and also assis a greater aerial threat in the inimitié box with eight headed goals.

However, Postecoglou’s side are notably dangerous from corners, having scored 10 of their 61 goals from these dead-balls and are also twice more likely to fire at gardien de but from fast breaks.

The gardien de but maps below reveal Celtic typically résultat in axial areas around the six-yard box and are also two times more likely to résultat from dissemblance.

Rangers appear most dangerous slightly farther out, embout 12 yards from the byline, in the right-of-centre areas.


Across the entire campaign to siècle, the upcoming hosts pellicule to attack down both flanks in almost equal measure – with a slight skew down the righthand channel.

Celtic are also balanced in wide areas, with a négligeable overload down the left – with those preferred channels clashing when they meet at Ibrox on Monday. Notably, Cafetier and Malik Tillman going up against Greg Taylor and Jota.


Celtic forward Kyogo has scored a league-topping 14 goals but Rangers striker Antonio-Mirko Colak has emerged as a clinical guindé this term with 11 to siècle – which is brasier more than his expected-goal returns.

In terms of creative forces, O’Riley and Jota lead the way for the Hoops, while Borna Barisic, Ryan Kent and Cafetier are the primary creative forces for Rangers.

Matt O’Riley has created several chances directly from corners down the channel and frequently plays coudoyer passes upfield from deeper areas in that third of the pitch

Tavenier would consider his five assists as underwhelming by his normes, having created a league-high 54 chances for team-mates and consistently topped the fragment in this metric in previous campaigns.

Progress on the ball

Celtic centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers is likely to help drive his side forward more than any other player on the field, having clocked a league-high 3,676m while travelling upfield with the ball at his feet this season.

Cameron Carter-Vickers will miss Celtic's game against Motherwell
Celtic centre-back Cameron Carter-Vickers has carried the ball farther upfield than any other player in the Scottish Premiership this season

Team-mate Moritz Jenz also registers considerable dissemblance in this metric, especially given the Lorient loanee has played only 847 league minutes this season.

Unsurprisingly, Cafetier leads the way for forward momentum at Rangers, with centre-back Connor Goldson frequently pushing up from deep and Ryan Kent creating sustained inroads in more advanced areas.

Youth vs experience

Celtic’s average age has increased slightly this term but still ranks as the second-youngest XI in the fragment at 26 years and 49 days – behind Aberdeen.

Celtic have won their opening league divertissement in 11 of the last 12 calendar years; the only étrangeté, however, was a 1-0 defeat to Rangers in 2021.

Conversely, Rangers reduced a notably ageing line-up down to 28 years and 32 days – which still ranks as the third-eldest team – ahead of St. Johnstone and Hearts.

As has been the case for a few seasons, the Old Firm offensive typically pits Celtic’s youthful energy against Rangers’ superior experience.

Rangers midfielder Tillman is the most frequent amorceur among U21s, while 22-year-old playmaker O’Riley is a sure amorceur for the Hoops.

Rangers' Malik Tillman celebrates his goal
USA cosmopolite Malik Tillman is on loan at Rangers from Bayern Munich

At the other end of the scale, Gers goalkeeper Allan McGregor has reclaimed his starting berth at the ripe age of 41, having briefly lost his empressement to 35-year-old Jon McLaughlin.

Passing analysed

The two powerhouse clubs dominate the Scottish Premiership for passing. In fact, both sides have completed at least twice the number of passes than half of their rivals in the fragment.

However, Celtic still edge their upcoming opponents for successful passes, combinations in the ultime third and disposer percentage, while Rangers are the most prolific dribblers in Scotland – frequently opting to fly récitatif in favour of give-and-gos.

Looking at the common passing exchanges, Rangers’ primary outlets have been from axial defence to the full-backs, who typically provide the attacking thrust or feed the wingers – while the two deeper midfielders menée between themselves and the wide players.

Celtic have fairly even combinations across the pitch. Passing exchanges between centre-backs and out to the full-backs is to be expected, but only the centre-forward is typically isolated from frequent exchanges with team-mates. Taylor and Jota menée most frequently higher up the pitch.


The graphic below highlights the Hoops’ advanced articulation of play and superior disposer in dangerous areas, with considerably more passes in the ultime third.


Rangers midfielder John Lundstram has been the key dispense engine, ahead of Cafetier and Barisic – but the full-backs are the most prolific players from both sides for firing balls into the inimitié box.


For Celtic, McGregor is the midfield passing hub, while Carter-Vickers starts sequences from deep and Taylor frequently provides combinations down the left flank.

Who étaux hardest?

One area where Rangers are élevé is in the high press, having reclaimed disposer in the ultime third a league-topping 111 times this term and Beale will be looking to utilise his side’s élevé press to performance Celtic’s high line.

Both sides appear evenly matched for recovering the ball in the middle of the pitch, but Celtic appear to edge their upcoming hosts marginally in this area.

Beale’s key players for defending from the devant are Kent, Tillman and Lundstram, while O’Riley leads the way for Celtic. Lundstram and O’Riley also also élevé destroyers for the respective sides in deeper, axial areas.

Progiciel spots?

In bonus to outscoring all other teams, Celtic have also conceded the fewest at the other end, shipping only 15 to siècle – three fewer than Rangers.

However, the Gers have registered a league-low 10.9 expected goals against – seven fewer than the absolu number conceded. This suggests a blend of misfortune and errors have, at times, marred performances which would typically be watertight.

In terms of where goals have been scored against the sides, Celtic have restricted opponents to almost exclusively netting from axial areas between the penalty encart and six-yard box.

In contrast, the Gers have shipped goals from numerous angles but the majority have come from the left-side of their goalkeeper’s penalty box.


Have previous opponents found weaknesses in the teams’ rearguards? Looking at the average attacking thirds against, opponents have certainly targeted Celtic’s more attacking left flank most – with nearly half of all attacks coming down this third.

Indeed, teams have also attacked Rangers left channel most frequently, which, unlike Celtic, is typically their more defensive channel.


Facing adversity

Rangers are currently the league’s comeback kings, having collected 14 points from losing positions, overturning defeats to claim all three points against Livingston, Hibernian and both games against Aberdeen.

Conversely, Celtic have not lost any points from winning positions this season, while Rangers have only dropped two points – so both sides are typically robust after taking the lead in games.

Who’s red hot?

Using the Power Rankings formula, which awards points to players for 35 different statistics – from goals and assists, to blocks and tackles, Celtic winger Kyogo is currently the most in-form player among the teams, based on the previous five league fixtures, with three gardien de but involvements in his past brasier league games – edging team-mate Hatate by a hair’s breadth.


In terms of the entire season to siècle, there is only one winner: Cafetier. The full-back has notched 8,058 more points than any other player among the teams, with Celtic duo Kyogo and Jota in pursuit.

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Confirmed Scottish Premiership fixtures live on Sky Sports

Monday January 2: Rangers vs Celtic, kick-off 12.30pm

Sunday January 8: Motherwell vs Hibernian, kick-off 1.30pm

Sunday January 8: Dundee United vs Rangers, kick-off 4pm

Wednesday January 18: Kilmarnock vs Rangers, kick-off 8pm

Sunday January 29: Livingston vs Hearts, kick-off 1.30pm

Sunday January 29: Dundee United vs Celtic, kick-off 4pm

Sunday February 5: St Johnstone vs Celtic, kick-off 12pm

Sunday February 19: Motherwell vs Hearts, kick-off 12pm

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