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Scottish League Cup. Celtic vs Rangers: Some things fans should know about

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Tomorrow, December 8 Scottish League Cup finalists Rangers and Celtic will play against each other in the Final, to decide who is this year’s winner.

Steven Gerrard’s side reached the final after celebrating a 3-0 win over Hearts in the semi-final, while Neil Lennon’s side beat Hibernian with a 5-2 score.

The clash, which is known to be called as Old Firm, will take place at Hampden Park, Glasgow, Scotland. This is their first league cup final clash between the two Glasgow clubs since 2011.

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Steven Gerrard’s side, who have won the League Cup 27-time ,are currently on a 12-game unbeaten run in all competitions (W8, D4).

Meanwhile, Celtic, who have won the League Cup for 18 times, are currently leading the Scottish Premiership table with 40 points, two points ahead of Rangers.

Both sides have only lost one game during this season’s Premiership games.

“It’s not about me and the trophies I’ve won during my career,” said Steven Gerrard (via BBC)

“This is about Rangers, the team and the players, and us having or giving ourselves the opportunity to win our first trophy together.” 

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The Premiership league leaders have scored 46 goals so far during this season with having conceded only 9, while Rangers have scored 45 and conceded 10.

Last season’s League Cup winners, Celtic, who beat Aberdeen with a 1-0 score, enter the final stage of this season’s league cup as favorites.

“There’s a relentlessness about them, they refuse to lose,” said Neil Lennon of his team. (via BBC)

“We’re in brilliant form, 11 wins in a row, but we’re not taking anything for granted because we know Rangers are playing very well. It has all the ingredients of a cracking game.

“They have improved, but what gets overlooked is we are improving as well. The results and performances would back that up.

“It will take a big performance some day – hopefully not Sunday – to end this run of trophies. We’re excited about it. The boys are defending the trophy and there’s a quiet motivation about them to keep it going.”

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Alfredo Morelos has scored 25 goals for Rangers this season in all competitions, 2 out of which were scored in the League Cup, while, Celtic’s Ryan Christie has 16 goals overall during this season, but he has yet to score in the League Cup.

As noted before, the latest meeting of the club in the League Cup Final was back in 2011 where Rangers celebrated a 2-1 win over Celtic with the winner coming in the 98th minute.

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