Encouraging stats show Celtic could be vulnerable at Ibrox
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Encouraging stats show Celtic could be vulnerable at Ibrox

While Celtic have been in supreme form at Parkhead this season – winning all nine fixtures – it’s been a different story on their travels.

Away from home, they have lost three and drawn three out of ten.

Florian Kamberi’s goal helped Hibs defeat Celtic 2-0 at Easter Road a fortnight ago. (Photo by Callum Landells/Getty Images)

Additionally, Celtic have conceded nine goals on the road, compared to just four at home. It’s hardly a woeful defensive record, but it does suggest they are twice as vulnerable when playing away.

Those are certainly encouraging figures for Rangers.

What’s more, in their last outing, Brendan Rodgers’ side conceded three goals at Aberdeen.

Celtic beat Aberdeen comfortably in the League Cup final, but the Dons gave them a scare on Boxing Day. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

They ultimately went on to win the game, but not without showing defensive fragility.

Should they be without Kieran Tierney again at left back, either an out of form Emilio Izaguirre or makeshift full-back, Jonny Hayes, will take his place.

In that case, Celtic will have a clear weak spot.

Scotland international Tierney would be a big miss for the visitors. (photo by Vagelis Georgariou/Action Plus via Getty Images)

Rodgers may talk as though it’s business as usual, but his side are definitely more defensively vulnerable than in previous seasons.

Arguably, given their recent struggles in front of goal, Rangers aren’t best placed to capitalise.

However, if they get it right today, they can certainly find a way through.

Hearts, Kilmarnock and Hibs have all managed it. It will be tough, but there’s no reason Rangers can’t emerge victorious this afternoon.