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Brendan Rodgers' Celtic v Steven Gerrard's Rangers: Who will win first Old Firm derby?

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Brendan Rodgers and Steven Gerrard meet as managers for the first time on Sunday
bbc.comThe first Old Firm match of the Scottish football season pits Brendan Rodgers' all-conquering Celtic, on their longest unbeaten derby run, against revitalised Rangers, led by Steven Gerrard.For two seasons, the Ibrox side have lusted for a derby win as Celtic swept all before them en route to successive domestic trebles. The Gers fans are imbued with the belief that this time, with Gerrard at the helm, they can end their 11-game wait for Old Firm glory.How will the former Liverpool captain and his new-look squad handle the occasion[/img]

Rodgers v Gerrard
Once united in pursuit of a Premier League title, Rodgers and Gerrard meet as rival managers for the first time.Gerrard is unbeaten in 12 outings as Rangers boss and has unquestionably improved the rudderless group he inherited.Rodgers, formerly his manager at Liverpool, has won everything on offer in Scotland since arriving in 2016, and has never lost an Old Firm derby.The prevailing perception is that Rangers have narrowed the gap on their city foes with a summer overhaul. Whether that is true remains to be seen.
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Celtic v Rangers: Has Gerrard narrowed the gap[/img]
How does it feel to be an Old-Firm newbie?
Former Celtic and Scotland manager Gordon StrachanWhen kick-off comes, the noise, colour, everything makes you go, "wow, this is brilliant". Then you hear some of the things that are being said and shouted...The next 90 minutes is usually quite enjoyable, whether you're up or down. The madness erupts if you've not won after the game when you've got to explain to everyone what went on.You find it enthralling, exciting, a wee bit disappointing because of the behaviour.
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Can Gerrard handle the Old-Firm heat[/img]

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Steven Gerrard and Danny Murphy played together at Liverpool
'Gerrard knows how to handle derbies' - read Murphy column in full
What's happening at Celtic[/img]

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Any derby debutants?
Summer signings Connor Goldson, Nikola Katic, Ovie Ejaria and Jon Flanagan are likely to experience their first Old Firm match in the blue of Rangers.Kyle Lafferty and Allan McGregor, back at Ibrox for second stints, are seasoned competitors in this fixture.For Celtic, Filip Benkovic could feature after the centre-back completed a loan move from Leicester City, as may former Kilmarnock midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu, another deadline-day addition.
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Benkovic and Mulumbu join Celtic
Match stats show Celtic's supremacy
Celtic are currently on their longest unbeaten streak over Rangers in the Scottish Premiership, going nine games without a loss (W7 D2).
Rangers have won just one of their last 11 league trips to Celtic Park (D4 L6), a 3-1 victory in October 2010.
Celtic have lost three of their last eight league games, having only lost two of their previous 72 top-flight matches.
Celtic's defeat by Aberdeen in the final game of last season is their only home defeat in the league under Brendan Rodgers (W30 D9).
Since a run of three consecutive away defeats in the league in February 2017, Rangers have lost just three of their last 26 Scottish Premiership games away from home (W14 D9).
Rangers have failed to score in just two away games in the league since the start of last season; both of these occasions were at Celtic Park.
Rangers' Kyle Lafferty scored exactly once in all four of his league games against Celtic for Hearts last season. He last scored in the Old Firm derby in the league in September 2011 in a 4-2 Rangers win.
Celtic's Odsonne Edouard has been directly involved in four goals in just two league appearances against Rangers for Celtic (three goals, one assist).
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In the 11 Old Firm derbies in the past two seasons, Rodgers' Celtic have scored 30 goals and conceded only six
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