It’s the first time Michael Beale has been involved in this world-famous rivalry match as a coach, though of course he has plenty of experience of the big occasion from his time as Steven Gerrard’s assistant.
Still, the former QPR boss will be desperate to get that first derby win quickly, with Rangers riding a four-match winning streak since taking over from the sacked Giovanni van Bronckhorst last month.
However, they are still behind Celtic by nine points after 19 games each in the Scottish Premier League summit, with Ange Postecoglou’s ultra-confident side having won all but one of their league games so far this season.
A 4-0 thrashing of Hibernian after Christmas saw the free-scoring Hoops post their 12th straight win, with 61 goals scored already this term and just 15 conceded.
Another comprehensive victory in enemy territory on Monday would set another huge marker in their seemingly inexorable march to a 53rd national league title and 11th in the past 12 seasons.
Date, start time and place
The final Old Firm derby is scheduled for Monday 2nd January 2023 at 12:30pm GMT.
The match will take place at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow.
Where to watch Rangers vs Celtic
Television channel: In the UK, Rangers vs Celtic will be televised live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football, with coverage starting at 11:30am
Live broadcast: Fans can also watch the game live online via the Sky go app.
live blog: You can follow all the match day action via the Standard Sport live blog.
Team News Rangers vs Celtic
Fierce striker Alfredo Morelos is expected to be fit for Rangers after being sent off following a starring role in Wednesday’s 3-0 win over Motherwell.
However, Beale will be without experienced midfielder Steven Davis for the rest of the season due to injury, with John Souttar and Filip Helander also sidelined along with the likes of Ianis Hagi, Tom Lawrence and Ridvan Yilmaz.
However, Antonio Colak is back and Kemar Roofe could appear.
Celtic are likely to have new signings Ally Johnston and Yuki Kobayashi available to make their debut against Rangers, although teammate Tomoki Iwata is unlikely to play.
David Turnbull is suspended, while Sead Haksabanovic is out. However, Greg Taylor is fit and Anthony Ralston could also be part of the matchday team.
Rangers vs Celtic Prediction
Rangers have received a vital boost from Beale’s family rendezvous, making it four straight wins, including five thrilling goals against Hibs and Aberdeen.
More recently, they have kept consecutive clean sheets against Ross County and Motherwell, with suddenly high confidence as they plot a first win over Celtic since August 2021.
However, no one can guess how you are going to stop this Celtic team in their current rich vein of form.
Postecoglou’s side are absolute giants at present whose only domestic trouble so far this season was against St Mirren in September.
They will enjoy a spirited battle of Ibrox and will back each other to continue that extraordinary winning streak.
Celtic to win, 2-1.
Head-to-head history and results (h2h)
Celtic won the only previous meeting this season in September, with a brace from Liel Abada and further efforts from Jota and Turnbull securing an emphatic 4-0 thrashing at Parkhead.
The Rangers hold the lead in the all-time head-to-head standings, but they haven’t beaten their fiercest rivals in their last four tries.
Rangers win: 168
Celtic victories: 162
Rangers vs Celtic match odds
Rangers win: 12/5
Celtic Victory: Equals
Odds via Betfair (subject to change). .