It is no real surprise that the Scottish Premier League race already appears to be down to the two usual suspects. How Rangers and Celtic have gotten to their current positions, though, is a story in itself.
Heading into Wednesday's latest edition of the venomous Old Firm Derby (2:45 p.m., live stream here), Rangers has let a one-time, 15-point lead over its Glasgow rival nearly slip away. Dropped points in three of its last six games has the club now clinging to a one-point edge over Celtic, which is riding an eight-match winning streak (and 12-game unbeaten run) in league play.
Like the last time Celtic and Rangers met — a 4-2, come-from-behind Rangers win in September — U.S. internationals Carlos Bocanegra and Maurice Edu are eligible for the Rangers starting lineup, and Alejandro Bedoya has been left off the team sheet.
While this meeting is crucial for both teams' table aspirations, the stakes will likely be at their peak come March 24, when the teams square off for the final time during the season.
Bocanegra put the importance of this meeting in perspective, saying on Rangers' official website, "Any time you have a chance to get a result against them, it's a big opportunity, and there was a lot of energy around the club after we won the last derby in September.
"Everyone at Rangers was happy and they all had a little pep in their step, so we want to experience that sort of thing again. At the same time, there is still a long way to go this season and we're only around the halfway point at the moment. While this is a big game, there are a lot more points to be won and lost after this game and what happens this week will decide nothing."
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