Just another average, ordinary game in Glasgow, then, as United States World Cup midfielder MAURICE EDU of Rangers is sent flying by the sliding tackle of Celtic’s Germany international fullback ANDREAS HINKEL during the early May 2010 Old Firm Derby at Parkhead. (David Cannon/Getty Images)
Glasgow clubs CELTIC and RANGERS will renew their intense, intra-city rivalry for the 390th time with the Scottish Premier League clash scheduled Sunday at Ibrox Stadium.
Celtic are actually one point ahead of Rangers in the standings for the Scottish top flight at the moment although it must be noted that that The Bhoys have played two more league matches than their dreaded cross-town nemesis.
Celtic have also just completed the signing of international winger FREDDIE LJUNGBERG on a free transfer from the Major League Soccer outfit Chicago Fire in the United States.
Ljungberg has earned 75 caps, scored 15 goals and appeared at two FIFA World Cup final tournaments for Sweden before retiring from international play in 2008; the 33-year-old spent ten years in London, nine with FC Arsenal and another with West Ham United, playing in the Premiership before departing for the fledling MLS franchise Seattle Sounders in the fall of 2008.
In the previous Old Firm Derby contested this campaign on October 24 at Parkhead, a hat trick from Scotland international striker KENNY SMITH, who has scored 21 goals in 16 Scottish Premier League games this season, carried Rangers to a 3-1 triumph over Celtic.
OLD FIRM DERBY
Celtic v Rangers, all-time
Scottish League —– Rangers 117, Celtic 97, tied 83
Scottish FA Cup —– Celtic 22, Rangers 16, tied 8
Scottish Lge Cup — Rangers 23, Celtic 21, tied 2
TOTAL — Rangers 156, Celtic 140, drawn matches 93
Scottish Premier League
RANGERS : Smith 21, Naismith 5, Weiss 3, Jelavic 2, Davis 1, Edu 1, Lafferty 1, Papac 1
CELTIC : Hooper 9, McCourt 5, Maloney 4, Forrest 2, McGinn 2, Murphy 2, Stokes 4, Ki 3, Ledley 2, Brown 1, Cha 1, Izaguirre 1, Loovens 1, Rogne 1