BRIAN SCIARETTA - Friday, April 22, 2011
The Scottish Premier League title could very well be decided on Sunday when Rangers host archrival Celtic in this season's seventh edition of the Old Firm Derby.
After a brief spell at right back, Maurice Edu is expected to start again in his usual central midfield role for Rangers as they look for a win that could secure their third straight SPL title.
In the previous six meetings between the two teams across league and cup competitions this season, Celtic hold a slight edge having won three against Rangers' two victories and one draw.
The last time these two teams played - the Scottish League Cup final - was a grueling 120-minute encounter in which Rangers ultimately triumphed in extra time.
With the Scottish Premier League trophy - and the league's lone entry into the Champions League - likely to be decided by the outcome of this game, this is by far the most pressure-packed of the seven clashes between the two teams.
The previous six have seen a total of five sendings off, making the likelihood of both teams finishing the 90 minutes with 11 players on the field slim.
Entering into Sunday's game which will be the first game of the SPL's second stage, the Rangers lead Celtic by just a single point, although Celtic do have a game in hand over their rivals.
For Celtic they may miss midfielder Joe Ledley with a hamstring injury. Defenders Glenn Loovens and Cha Du-Ri are also questionable.
For Rangers, Lee McCulloch has been missing for months after knee surgery but could return on Sunday.