Three reasons Rangers could beat Celtic later this month

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Glasgow Rangers host Celtic at Ibrox in the first Old Firm meeting of the season later this month.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha looks on during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Hibernian at Ibrox Stadium on August 12, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

While Pedro Caixinha will be urging his Rangers squad to focus on their clash with Dundee this weekend rather than look too far ahead, there is no question what fixture most Gers fans will be looking towards following the end of the international break.

Celtic travel to Ibrox before the end of the month, and ahead of the contest, HITC Sport has taken a look at three potential reasons why the Light Blues could perhaps claim their first win over the Hoops since their return to the Scottish Premiership...

Josh Windass of Rangers looks dejected after the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on April 29, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Brutal experience

Unfortunately for Rangers fans, they have had little to celebrate following the Old Firm games that have taken place since their return to the top flight, with just one draw and no wins coming from their six meetings last term. Having lost 5-1 twice, the Gers will know just how hard they will need to work to get a positive result.

They have been significant underdogs before, but the summer window has perhaps given them an opportunity to strike a balance between those who will have no problem finding motivation and avoiding all complacency - after a couple of heavy defeats - and those who are yet to play in an Old Firm game and thus, will have little fear and will believe that they can spring a surprise.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers encourages his team from the sideline during the William Hill Scottish Cup Semi-Final between Celtic FC and Rangers FC at Hampden Park on April 23, 2017 in...

Celtic's focus

Brendan Rodgers will undoubtedly deny in the build-up to the game that Celtic have any other priority than the Old Firm contest. But just days after their trip to Ibrox, the Hoops take on Anderlecht in the Champions League.

With Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich also in their group, Celtic and Anderlecht will know that the games against each other could be crucial if they end up fighting for third place in the group as many expect.

Therefore, perhaps Rodgers will consider selecting a slightly weaker team for the Old Firm game in an attempt to give his side the best chance of winning in Belgium a few days later. 

The wildcard

No Rangers summer signing has arguably impressed as much as Alfredo Morelos has. The Colombian was unlikely to have been a household name before his arrival at Ibrox, but looks to be a proper goalscorer, and based on what he has shown in recent weeks, will go into the Celtic clash with a huge amount of confidence. 

The Old Firm game really launched Moussa Dembele last year, so perhaps this year's meeting will present Morelos with a similar chance.

His start to life with Rangers suggests that he could be a game-changer later this month.

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