Brendan Rodgers will be looking for his side to make a statement and open up a nine-point gap at the top in Sunday’s Glasgow Derby clash at Ibrox on Sunday.

Graeme Murty has guided his side to two draws in his two previous meetings as manager against Celtic, and will be hoping his team can close to gap at the top of the table to just three points.

Both sides booked their place in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup with wins last weekend over Championship sides Morton and Falkirk.

In three games at Ibrox, Rodgers’ men have scored nine goals, conceding just two and have yet to lose in their nine meetings over the last 18-months.

Celtic still have a game in hand over their closest rivals against Dundee, which will now be played on Wednesday April 4th at 7:45pm after last week’s adverse weather.

Rangers have been good form going into the 12pm kick-off winning nine games, scoring 31 goals and losing once since the two sides last met before the New Year.


Mikael Lustig will serve his one match suspension and Scott Bain will start after Dorus de Vries failed a late fitness test.

Dedryck Boyata and  Stuart Armstrong are both in contention to feature having recovered from a groin and hernia operation, respectively.

Craig Gordon returned to light training on Wednesday for the first time since he underwent knee surgery.

Leigh Griffiths is doing light running again but has no known return date having seen a specialist about his long-term calf problem.

Michael Johnston, Nir Bitton and Jonny Hayes are out for the rest of the season through injury.


Defensive duo Russell Martin and Declan John are doubts along with midfielder Jamie Murphy as they all battle to be fit to play.

Ryan Jack, Graham Dorrans and Ross McCrorie remain on the sidelines.

Jordan Rossiter is still out of the first-team and hasn’t played since August.