Celtic travel to Ibrox this weekend to take on Rangers in the first Glasgow Derby of the season.

Brendan Rodgers will be hoping his side perform better than they have done in the past two games, and what better game to do so than against the club's oldest and greatest rivals?

This weekend's game marks the first competitive game between Rodgers and Michael Beale, with the latter's team winning the last game between the two sides 3-0 at the end of last season.

With that in mind, who will start for Celtic against Rangers in Sunday's showpiece game? Our writers have their say...

Ryan McGinlay

What a massive game this is. Despite it being only matchday four of the Scottish Premiership season, it feels like a real crossroads moment for both sides so early on in the new season.

Still, it is a massive game and one that Rodgers will want to win, especially after the way the side has been performing since the season began last month.

In goals, Joe Hart will continue to remain unopposed as the starting goalkeeper for Celtic. A position that many had hoped would be improved upon, perhaps the lack of movement from Benjamin Siegrist meant that this was not feasible. He does have experience in this fixture, though, which will be a key contributor to whether or not Celtic get a result on Sunday. In the defence, Alistair Johnston will start in the right-back position, with Greg Taylor occupying the opposite spot. What a boost it is to have the Canada international back, in an area of the park where injuries are unfortunately abundant at the moment. Speaking of injuries, they will result in a debut in the middle of the defence for loan signing Nat Phillips, who signed from Liverpool earlier this week. He will play alongside Gustaf Lagerbielke, who is now a mainstay in the Celtic team.

Into the midfield, and it will be interesting to see who plays as Callum McGregor’s midfield partner in the double pivot. Despite Odin Thiago Holm impressing earlier on in the season, Turnbull will continue to retain his place, though new signing Paulo Bernardo will be looking to make an impact after the international break. Matt O’Riley – Celtic’s best player so far this season – will be looking to put in another good performance, this time in Celtic’s toughest away trip domestically. Hopefully, the Dane has his shooting boots on for this one.

Up front, there will be a debut on the left wing for Luis Palma, who also joined this week. An exciting prospect, the Honduran could produce the magic needed to get a result in this fixture, so here is hoping he is trusted from the off. On the right, Liel Abada will play, fresh off of a new contract being agreed. He will be hoping to break his goalscoring duck away at Ibrox, after scoring against the team a total of three times in the last two years. Leading the line will be Kyogo Furuhashi, no stranger to this fixture either. The striker has a great record against Rangers since his late goal in the same stadium at the beginning of the year.

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Ryan's team: Hart; Johnston, Phillips, Lagerbielke, Taylor; McGregor, Turnbull; Abada, O'Riley, Palma; Kyogo

Tony Haggerty

It's broken. So, it needs fixing.

Celtic head to 'Fort Apache The 'Brox' on Sunday in the first Glasgow derby of the season. With no goals in their last 180 minutes of football, the pressure is seemingly all on  Rodgers and his team. But, is it really?

Is there not a similar amount, arguably more, on Michael  Beale's men to get a result against the champions after they capitulated to a 5-1 drubbing and 7-3 aggregate defeat to PSV Eindhoven in the Champions League qualifying round? 

The mood music surrounding Celtic had been miserable after two poor displays on the bounce against Kilmarnock and St Johnstone. The mood though has been lifted somewhat with the arrival this week of Honduran winger Palma from Aris Thessaloniki as well as central defender Phillips from Liverpool and Portuguese midfielder Bernardo from Benfica on a loan deal with an option to buy. So, who plays?

It's a case of perm any two from three for Rodgers. Hart will take his normal place between the sticks, with Johnston and Taylor occupying the right and left-back roles respectively. That leaves Lagerbielke and new recruit Phillips to form a central defensive pairing. What a baptism of fire for Phillips.

The midfield area is where Rodgers has his biggest dilemma ahead of the midday showdown in Govan. Captain McGregor has been off the boil by his ridiculously high standards since the campaign commenced. There is no way that he will not be a certain starter. It is who will occupy the space alongside McGregor that could be key to winning this game. Rodgers may well opt to be brave here and whilst there will be a call to draft in Tomoki Iwata from the cold, it is apparent this early that the Northern Irishman just doesn't fancy the Japanese midfielder as a player. Turnbull has not covered himself in glory recently either which is why the nod might be go to Holm. The youngster may be asked to match Rangers intensity levels with all the impetuosity of youth. O'Riley will once again be the midfielder asked to get forward in support of the wide-men.

Those two wingers will be Liel Abada on the right as he has previous big game experience against Rangers and he will be fresh from celebrating a new deal which could bring the best out of him. Palma will also be thrust into the Govam cauldron and asked to become an instant hero in the eyes of the faithful. Yang will just have to wait to make an impact from the bench. Rodgers also needs to deploy Kyogo Furuhashi as an out-and-out striker who plays on the shoulder of the last man and let him do what the talisman does best - hit the net.

Celtic may well be heading to 'Apache' territory but Rodgers will be hoping that it's Rangers who are in the visitor 'Shadows' this weekend.

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Tony's team: Hart; Johnston, Lagerbielke, Phillips, Taylor; McGregor, Holm, O'Riley, Abada, Kyogo, Palma