Following two disappointing defeats against Kilmarnock and Hearts earlier this month, Celtic have since reignited their Premiership title change with back-to-back wins over Livingston and Dundee by an aggregate score of 5-0.
The Hoops followed up their 2-0 victory at home to Livingston with a comfortable 3-0 success at Dundee on Boxing Day, with Mikey
Johnston netting a second-half brace as a substitute after Paulo Bernardo’s opener to help the visitors consolidate their place at the summit.
Brendan Rodgers praised the mentality, attitude and energy of his Celtic side, who boasted 38 attempts on goal and 74%
possession against Dundee, but the prospect of repeating that dominant display on Saturday could prove challenging against an in-form Rangers outfit.
Celtic have failed to win two of their last four home league fixtures, but they are unbeaten in their last five top-flight meetings with Rangers at Parkhead, winning their last two by an aggregate score of 7-2.
Victory on Saturday would not only see Celtic claim the bragging rights in Glasgow and move them eight points clea
r at the top of the table, but it would also mean that Rangers cannot climb to the summit if they were to win their two games in hand.
While Celtic have only recently returned to winning ways, Rangers are yet to lose since manager Philippe Clement replaced Michael
Beale in November, with the Belgian enjoying a 16-game unbeaten start to life at Ibrox.The Gers have won each of their last seven matches in all competitions, following up their
Scottish League Cup triumph over Aberdeen with successive 2-0 victories in the Premiership over St Johnstone and Motherwell, beating the latter at Fir Park on Christmas Eve.