It's the big one.

Celtic face Rangers in the latest iteration of the Glasgow Derby, the first to take place at Celtic Park this season. The last time the two sides met, Kyogo Furuhashi netted the solitary goal as Brendan Rodgers inflicted defeat on Michael Beale's side.

However, a lot has changed since then, with Beale being relieved of his duties a few months later. This Saturday, Rodgers will face Phillippe Clement for the first time, who has rejuvenated the fortunes of Celtic's greatest rivals in recent times.

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Celtic have won their last two games in the league, keeping two clean sheets in the process. Their last game - a 3-0 victory over Dundee - was a return to form for the side, who will be hoping for more of the same against their oldest foes when Saturday lunchtime comes around. For Rangers, their last game was on Christmas Eve, a 2-0 win over Motherwell at Fir Park. They were scheduled to play Ross County at Ibrox, but the game was called off due to logistical issues concerning the visitors due to weather.

With the chance to go a massive eight points clear, who will Rodgers elect to start this mammoth clash? The Celtic Way's Ryan McGinlay and Tony Haggerty have their say...

Ryan McGinlay

Every Glasgow Derby that comes around feels like the biggest one, but this upcoming fixture feels like the biggest iteration in years.

No two ways about it, Clement has rejuvenated a faltering Rangers side that looked lost under Beale. He already has delivered a trophy and will be far more dangerous under his watch, even despite their many injury issues at the moment. This game is a must-win, which means the strongest squad possible will take to the field on Saturday afternoon.

Now a veteran of this fixture, Joe Hart will start in goals for the champions. He will no doubt be called upon to make big saves in this game, so here's hoping he can match whatever Clement's attackers can throw his way. He could be the difference between Celtic getting a result or not on the day.

In the centre of defence - due to the injury to Cameron Carter-Vickers - Stephen Welsh will play and try to provide the defensive stability that Celtic crave at the heart of things. Alongside him will be Liam Scales, who was the man of the match the last time the two sides faced off against each other. He will have to produce another top performance, but you wouldn't bet against him stepping up once again. On either side of the defence, Greg Taylor and Alistair Johnston will play as usual on the left and right-hand side. Both were tremendous last time out but will be asked to defend a lot more, given the step-up in opposition from Dundee to Rangers.

The midfield will also remain unchanged from Tuesday afternoon. Paulo Bernardo - fresh off of scoring his first Celtic goal - will continue to play in the number eight role, supported by captain Callum McGregor behind him and Matt O'Riley playing just in front. This midfield three will have started the last three games if so, which is through merit rather than just chance. For O'Riley in particular, he will be relied upon to make the difference in an attacking sense, having assisted Kyogo last time out in this fixture at Ibrox with a well-placed header. It's about time he breaks his goalscoring duck against Rangers this weekend. 

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Kyogo - despite his mixed form - will undoubtedly lead the line for Celtic this weekend. A regular thorn in the side of Rangers' defence, the Japan international will be looking to inflict more damage on a defence that has had so many problems dealing with the former Vissel Kobe man. In order to do so, however, he will have to be provided with some service by the likes of Daizen Maeda and Luis Palma, who will swap wings for this one. I predict that Maeda will play on the left and Palma on the right, due to the necessary pressing of James Tavernier of Rangers. The captain is one of Clement's most dangerous weapons, and Maeda can negate that with his constant running and pressure. The two wingers interchange within the game anyway, so it should not be too much of an issue in terms of squad chemistry.

I predict a close game, but a game that Rodgers will mastermind and achieve a victory in. These are the matches that he was brought back for, and he will earn his wages come 3 pm on Saturday afternoon. Celtic to win by two.

Ryan's team: Hart; Johnston, Welsh, Scales, Taylor; McGregor, Bernardo; Palma, O'Riley, Maeda; Kyogo

Tony Haggerty

The green shoots of recovery.From back-to-back losses to successive Scottish Premiership wins. The confidence has returned to Celtic after two decent victories against Livingston and Dundee.

It is not a swagger just yet but there was a strut about them especially in the second half against the Dark Blues at Dens Park. If Celtic can reel off a third win on the spin against city rivals Rangers at Parkhead this weekend then the mood music and optics will have spun on their axis. With that in mind, Rodgers may well have given us a glimpse of the future with the Celtic team he fielded on Tayside. The Northern Irishman hinted that Hatate and Abada could both make the bench for the Rangers match and if that is the case then the duo will be cheered to the rafters at the mention of their names over the Parkhead tannoy system.

The hosts need to make home advantage count big time against a team who are travelling in expectation and not hope that they can pull off a victory. The pressure is on Clement's men to see if they can win a derby match of substance in that sense. Rodgers had the beating of Beale's charges at Ibrox back in September and is now hoping to complete a Premiership double.

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Hart will continue in goal and it will be a defensive back four of Johnston on the right, Taylor on the left, leaving Welsh and Scales to form the central defensive pairing.

In the midfield, on-loan Bernardo popped up with the goods as he fired Celtic in front against Dundee. It was a coming-of-age performance by the Portuguese star and he will get the nod to do it all over again against the Light Blues. The year-old more importantly showed that Rodgers could trust him and there will be no bigger test for him than the white-hot heat of a Glasgow derby to prove that you are on a roll. Derby matches can often throw up unlikely heroes and Bernardo could go a long way to involving himself in the end-of-season permanent deal conversation if he can put on another stellar show in this one.  He will slot into the engine room alongside McGregor and O'Riley who will carry the game to Rangers at every given opportunity. 

Up front, the misfiring Kyogo will be given the chance to redeem himself and lead the line against the team he just loves scoring against. He might well have been tuned into Sky Sports TV analyst Kris Boyd's comments who said that the Japanese talisman cannot finish like Hearts striker Lawrence Shankland. No team talk is required for Kyogo. The centre-forward will be ably assisted by goals assist machine Palma on the right flank. The Honduran winger continues to rack up impressive numbers and Parkhead could well be his stage to light up come the weekend. Maeda will be deployed on the left wing and asked to perform the thankless, sacrificial task of negating the rampaging Tavernier once again. He has done it all before with aplomb.

It's such a close Glasgow derby to call but Rodgers's men could get the old place rocking especially if the likes of Bernardo, O'Riley, Palma and Kyogo find their groove.  Celtic to edge a tight one.

Tony's team: Hart; A. Johnston, Welsh, Scales, Taylor; Bernardo, McGregor, O'Riley; Palma, Kyogo, Maeda.