Last season saw Rangers win promotion back to the Scottish Premiership under the guidance of Mark Warburton and in doing so brought back the Old Firm rivalry to the top-flight of the Scottish game.
One of Rangers’ summer recruits has also helped to whet the appetite for this game, with Joey Barton heading to Ibrox after an excellent season with Burnley.
His fiery temperament will no doubt bring an extra edge to the all Glasgow tie, with many a fan excited for his clashes with Celtic’s very own firebrand Scott Brown.
But former Ipswich striker and Celtic fan Alan Brazil is certain about one thing from Barton’s involvement in the Old Firm – he will get sent off.
Talking to talkSPORT today (13/07/16) he had this to say about the Ibrox newbie:
“Joey will, there’s four games apart from cup ties, Joey will see red.
“I have no doubt about that.
“It won’t just be him and Scott Brown.
“But he’s very confident Joey isn’t he he’s said they won’t get near me but it’s going to happen, no doubt.”
Barton’s red card record is well known but he has tempered his aggression slightly in recent years.
Celtic's Scott Brown
However, when Rangers face Celtic, the level at which he is bound to be antagonised is going to be monumental. It would be no surprise to see him given his marching orders at some point.
But for fans and neutrals alike, the idea of Barton getting stuck in for Rangers in the Old Firm clash fills them with excitement about the first Celtic meeting on the 10th September.