Andy Walker predicts Celtic and Rangers matches

Steven Gerrard manager of Rangers looks on during the UEFA Europa League Qualifying Round match between Rangers and Shkupi at Ibrox Stadium on July 12, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Celtic face newly-promoted Livingston, while Rangers go up against Aberdeen.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard is seen during the Pre-Season Friendly match between Rangers and Wigan Athletic at Ibrox Stadium on July 29, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

Former Celtic striker Andy Walker has predicted on Sky Sports that his old club will gain an immediate two-point advantage over Old Firm rivals Rangers this weekend, as the Scottish Premiership gets underway.

Brendan Rodgers' side play host to newly-promoted Premiership side Livingston, who have appointed former Rangers striker Kenny Miller as their player manager for the 2018-19 campaign.

Rangers are in action a day after Celtic on Sunday, as they travel to Pittodrie for a difficult clash against Derek McInnes' side in what is Steven Gerrard's first league game in charge.

 

Walker believes Celtic will ease past Livi with a 2-0 win, and expects Miller's side to be right in the thick of a relegation dogfight towards the end of the season. He also predicted a 2-2 draw between Rangers and Aberdeen, but praised one of Gerrard's new signings - 24-year-old Connor Goldson.

"It's very unlike Celtic to spend so much on one player but the £8m outlay on Odsonne Edouard, but he highlights the gulf in spending power between the Scottish champions and everyone else chasing them," Walker said.

"If he stays fit, I expect Edouard to finish as the league's top scorer.

"Conor Goldson is a truly remarkable story. After recovering from heart surgery at 24 to get the chance of signing for Rangers in what should prove to be a fascinating story under the guidance of Steven Gerrard.

PORTRAIT OF ANDY WALKER TAKEN AT THE 1995 - 1996 CELTIC PHOTOCALL. Mandatory Credit: Allsport UK

 

"We know Rangers are capable of scoring goals, Goldson has the responsibility to improve the team defensively."

Celtic have warmed up for their Scottish Premiership opener by drawing 0-0 in Norway with Rosenborg, and therefore booking their place in the third round of Champions league qualifying after a 3-1 first-leg win.

Rangers still have it all to do to reach the Europa League's third round of qualifying, as they remain narrowly in the lead against NK Osijek thanks to a 1-0 win in Croatia. They play their second leg on Thursday night.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers is seen during the first leg UEFA Champions League Qualifier between Celtic and Rosenborg at Celtic Park Stadium on July 25, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland.

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