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Celtic v Rangers
Venue: Celtic Park Date: Sunday, 15 January Kick-off: 1230 GMT Coverage: BBC Radio Scotland & BBC Sport website. Highlights on website from midnight on Sunday
Celtic v Rangers

Celtic midfielder Shaun Maloney is struggling to shake off a hamstring injury for Sunday's Old Firm derby.

Skipper Stephen McManus has recovered from a knee injury, but defender Mark Wilson is out for four weeks after undergoing a pelvis operation.

Rangers have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the top-of-table match, as all players involved in midweek internationals returned to Ibrox fit.

Nacho Novo misses the game after injuring his ankle two weeks ago.

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan: "I think it's been proved in the last couple of (Old Firm) games that it doesn't determine where trophies go.

"The two teams are making mistakes elsewhere. But we will not think about that on Sunday. We will just think about winning the game and seeing where that takes us.

"Rangers have picked up more points than us recently, while we have not done enough to keep seven points ahead. So we only have ourselves to blame on that count.

"We do feel we have enough in our squad, that we should have done better but we didn't. We can't play the games again so we got on with it."

Rangers manager Walter Smith:
"I don't think a draw would be a bad result for either team.

"I'll be pleased if we match the performances of the two previous games (against Celtic this season).

"We need to turn in a similar performance to the one at Celtic Park earlier, if we want to win this one."

Celtic (from): Boruc, Hinkel, Caldwell, McManus, O'Dea, Naylor, Maloney, McCourt, Scott Brown, Flood, Nakamura, Crosas, Donati, Hartley, McGeady, Vennegoor of Hesselink, Samaras, McDonald, Fox, Robson, Loovens.

Rangers (from): McGregor, Broadfoot, Bougherra, Weir, Whittaker, Davis, Mendes, Ferguson, Fleck, Miller, Boyd, Lafferty, Alexander, Papac, McCulloch, Naismith, Aaron, Dailly.

This season: Celtic 2-4 Rangers, Rangers 0-1 Celtic

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