Rangers vs Celtic
Rangers holding midfielder John Lundstram is my pick for a booking in this one.
He doesn’t shy away from a tackle and he’s currently Rangers’ most carded player with 4 yellows and a sending off across his 19 league appearances. It doesn’t sound a tonne, but remember they dominate virtually every game.
Lundstram has committed 22 fouls in the league, an average of 1.26 P/90 and only Malik Tillman has committed more.
John Lundstram is a Rangers player who might be a bit of an unorthodox choice for a shot. In the sense that most people might opt for the likes of Morelos, Kent etc.
However, the man from Liverpool is a good shooting option. He averages 2.17 shots per 90 minutes, and he loves to try his luck from distance. Something that could happen through confidence or the frustration of being behind against their fierce rivals potentially.
Rangers beat Ross County 1-0 away from home on the 23rd of December and the decisive goal was scored by Lundstram from range. They struggled to break the minnows down so the scouser took matters into his own hands from range.
This looks like an excellent boost to the overall odds of the bet builder, any shot from Lundstram will do, even if it travels into Row Z.
Celtic’s Kyogo Furuhashi looks like a cracking addition for a couple of shots. The busy Japanese forward is always causing problems for any side.
Kyogo’s stats alone are really appealing. He averages 3.64 shots P/90 with his on target average being 1.86 P/90. We’d just need a couple of shots from him in the Old Firm which is well below his average.
Kyogo has scored in his last three Scottish Premiership matches in succession, I wouldn’t bet against him carrying that form into the Old Firm.
Celtic 2-1 Livingston – Scored once and had 4 shots with 3 on target.
Celtic 4-1 St Johnstone – Scored twice and had 4 shots with all 4 on target.
Hibernian 4-0 Celtic – Scored once and had 3 shots with 2 on target.
Another Japanese player in the bet builder and a man who had a decent World Cup. The last part is Daizen Maeda to have a single shot at goal.
Maeda comes into the Old Firm having scored the second goal at Easter Road a few days ago, and he had 4 shots in that game which was the most of any Celtic player who featured on the day.
Maeda averages 1.67 shots P/90 and should play on the left of Celtic’s front three alongside Kyogo and Abada. Although it could also be Jota depending on which predicted line-up you believe. Maeda is the player in form so I’d be surprised to see Postecoglu take him out.