The Christmas period is often a defining period in the entire season and with Rangers set to host Celtic on Saturday lunchtime there is no question that the dynamic of the title race could be defined in one 90 minute period.
Celtic may only have beaten Rangers 1-0 at Celtic Park earlier in the season but the manner in which they dominated proceedings and illuminated Steven Gerrard’s glaring lack of experience was telling.
Rangers have managed to stay within touching distance of their fiercest rivals ever since, but they simply have to make their position count when they welcome Brendan Rodgers and his imperious outfit to Ibrox tomorrow.
On paper, Celtic boast a vastly superior squad, with game-changing talents and experienced internationals littered throughout.
And it’s the individual quality that Celtic boast in abundance which has encouraged Sky Sports pundit and Scottish football expert Charles Paterson to tip the visitors to record a 2-0 victory at Rangers.
Ahead of the Old Firm derby, Paterson discussed Celtic’s firepower and listed a handful of players who are capable of finding the net.
‘Scott Sinclair got a hat-trick on Boxing Day and appears to be back in form, James Forrest is playing well, Christie is fit again, Odsonne Edouard is also back and played well on Boxing Day, and Callum McGregor is arguably the most consistent player in Scotland.’
In the absence of Tom Rogic, McGregor will be feeling extra pressure to discover his best form but, as Paterson has alluded to, his consistency is one of his most commendable characteristics and the Celtic supporters can expect a top performance from the Scotland international.
McGregor is the kind of player who can set the tone for his teammates, hounding his opponents high up the pitch and constantly seeking to unsettle the opponent with the ball at his feet.
And, with six assists in his last ten appearances in the SPFL, there is every chance he could provide the touch of creativity to unlock Rangers and silence the vociferous Ibrox crowd tomorrow afternoon.
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