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Who Is The Pick Of The Old Firm Hotshots?

 • by Ryan Baldi
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Celtic host bitter rivals Rangers at Celtic Park on Saturday afternoon in a festive Old Firm derby.

The Bhoys may have seen their unbeaten streak snapped by a shocking 4-0 defeat to Hearts in December, but Brendan Rodgers’ men have jumped right back on the horse, recording wins over Patrick Thistle, Aberdeen and Dundee to cement their status atop the Scottish Premiership.

The Gers are 11 points back in third spot after 21 games played. While Rangers can’t match Celtic for defensive prowess, shipping ten goals more than their hosts for the weekend, they have been producing comparable attacking numbers.

Unsurprisingly, Celtic lead the league when it comes to goals scored, having found the net 48 times so far this term. But Rangers are second in the scoring stakes with 41, the only side within single figures of the champions in this respect.

Ahead of the second league Old Firm clash of the campaign, we’ve taken a look the top scorer from each side – Scott Sinclair for Celtic and Alfredo Morelos for Rangers – to see which team has the more potent hitman.

Sinclair is now in his second season on Glasgow’s East End after signing from Aston Villa in August 2016. The former England under-21 International, who began his senior career at Bristol Rovers as a teenager before moving to Chelsea, has been a key player for the Hoops ever since his arrival at Celtic Park.

Last term Sinclair netted an impressive 25 goals in 50 all-competitions outings, and he appears on course to come close to a similar return this season, too, with 15 goals to his name from 32 games – a remarkable tally given the 28-year-old is a winger rather than a conventional striker.

Morelos has only been at Rangers since July of this year, when he signed from Finnish side HJK for around £1million. The 21-year-old Colombian forward has hit the ground running since arriving in the Scottish top flight, bagging 12 goals in 24 games for the Gers, ten of which came during league action.

As the above graphic show, perhaps unsurprisingly given he is a natural striker, Morelos is a more efficient scorer with a healthier minutes-per-goal average. But Sinclair’s creative instincts are also showcased by his outstanding return of 13 assists.

Both very different players, but both extremely potent in and around goal and capable of turning a game in their side’s favour.

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