Celtic’s clash with their Old Firm rivals on Sunday will predictably be a heated affair.
John Kennedy has already admitted that the Hoops will not form a guard of honour for the champions when they travel to Parkhead.
Given their rivalry it’s unsurprising, but if the tie wasn’t already spicy enough, that will have certainly turned up the heat.
The Hoops have close to a full bill of health heading into the clash but one player who won’t play a part is Christopher Jullien. Unfortunately, they could also be without Greg Taylor.
The Scottish full-back sustained a muscle injury against Ross County last month and hasn’t been seen in the side since.
Speaking before Celtic’s clash with Dundee United two weeks ago, Kennedy said: “He’s not trained this week, so we’ll still be missing him.”
This represents a huge blow to Celtic’s chances of securing all three points on Sunday. That’s because they’ll have to rely on Diego Laxalt again.
The Uruguayan hasn’t quite lived up to expectations following his loan move from AC Milan last summer. Stepping in for Taylor last time out, he delivered an incredibly mediocre display.
He was torn to shreds by Lawrence Shankland and then from an offensive point of view, he missed a straightforward chance to score in the first half. The ball was worked out to his left foot but from inside the area, he blazed the ball wide of the target when he had the freedom of the box.
Rangers will give Laxalt a much tougher afternoon than Shankland did so Taylor will be a considerable miss if his fitness is indeed lacking.
Kennedy will have every right to be scared about Celtic’s left-hand side for this match.