Rangers meet Celtic at Ibrox in the 2019-20 season’s first Old Firm match this weekend.Both Glasgow sides were left celebrating in midweek as they won through to the group stages of the Europa League in contrasting fashion.Neil Lennon’s side cruised through with a convincing 4-1 win over AIK in Stockholm, while Rangers needed a last-gasp Alfredo Morelos goal to dispatch Legia Warsaw and seal a spot in the pools for the second successive season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Will the feel-good factor around Steven Gerrard’s men continue, or will their neighbours spoil the party? Game Rangers vs Celtic Date Sunday, September 1 Time 12 noon BST / 7:00am ET TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game will be available to stream on B/R Live. US TV channel Online stream n/a B/R Live. In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be available to watch on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football. It can be streamed via Sky Go Extra. UK TV channel Online stream Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Football Sky Go Extra Squads & Team News Position Rangers squad Goalkeepers McGregor, Foderingham, Firth Defenders Goldson, Helander, Katic, Edmundson, Barisic, Tavernier, Flanagan, Polster Midfielders Kamara, Halliday, King, Arfield, Davis, Jack, Dorrans, Holt, Docherty, Aribo Forwards Murphy, Jones, Hastie, Dodoo, Ojo, Grezda, Morelos, Defoe, Stewart Confirmed Rangers XI: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Katic, Flanagan; Jack, Davis, Kamara; Aribo, Arfield; Defoe Position Celtic squad Goalkeepers Gordon, Bain, Forster Defenders Jullien, Hendry, Simunovic, Bolingoli, McInroy, Ralston, Welsh, Ajer, Miller, Bauer Midfielders Bitton, Brown, Sinclair, Morgan, Ntcham, Connell, McGregor, Forrest, Rogic, Christie, Hayes Forwards Griffiths, Bayo, Johnston, Shved, Edouard, Sinclair, Elyounoussi, Afolabi Confirmed Celtic XI: Forster; Elhamed, Jullien, Bitton, Bolignoli; Brown, McGregor; Forrest, Christie, Johnston; OdouardBetting & Match Odds Rangers go into the game as 13/10 faovurites with bet365 . Celtic are priced at 21/10 while the draw is on offer at 11/5.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Rangers and Celtic both head into the opening Old Firm game of the season at Ibrox on Sunday in buoyant mood.The two Glasgow giants produced impressive performances in midweek to move through into the Europa League group stages, the Gers creating history by doing so as they became the first club to negotiate every qualifying round to reach that point in successive seasons.Although manager Steven Gerrard has previously said that the board of the Ibrox club have set Europe as their main goal, unseating eight-time defending Scottish champions Celtic must be to the forefront of their plans, too.Rangers have shown that they mean business this term, winning all three of their opening league fixtures while juggling their European commitments, yet they find themselves trailing their rivals on goal difference.If Celtic have looked vulnerable at the back, they have been prolific going the other way, scoring an impressive 15 goals.They have not, however, netted on either of their last two trips to Ibrox, where they have suffered successive defeats.Neil Lennon, however, is optimistic that his side have the potential to end that run and reassert their dominance over their neighbours.“We are in powerful form, particularly going forward,” he said. “The defence is looking like players are getting up to speed with how we play and more familiar with their surroundings. “I’d be delighted to keep a clean sheet. I’d fancy our chances to nick a goal or two. “We have a lot to look forward to going into the game.”Gerrard, meanwhile, is bullish about the hosts’ chances amid a surge of confidence in the blue half of the city.“I think when I first came in there was a fear of Celtic,” he said. “The supporters, I also predict some of the players, feared these fixtures. I think over the course of the 12 months we’ve proved that is no longer the case and on our day we’re a good match for Celtic.“It was always going to take time to close that gap but I think the fixture last year, the Christmas one where we beat them 1-0, lifted a lot of fear and gave us a lot of confidence and belief that, if we find the right level of performance, we are a match for anyone, certainly at Ibrox.“That’s what gives us confidence going into this fixture.”With the international break looming, a victory would be a huge shot in the arm for either side.
Los Angeles FC forward Carlos Vela admitted that he was “really close” to joining Barcelona this past winter, confirming that the Spanish giants did indeed reach out regarding a loan deal.After scoring 14 goals while providing 13 assists in his debut season for LAFC, Vela was the subject of interest from Barca, who spent the winter looking to sign a new attacker.The Mexican was listed among the rumoured targets, but a move never came to fruition as Barcelona settled for Kevin-Prince Boateng instead. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Boateng went on to make just four total appearances for Barca, while Vela spent the winter offseason preparing for his second season in MLS.But Vela admitted that was almost not the case as, if it were up to him, he would have joined up with Barcelona for that period.”It was really close,” Vela said on BS The Podcast. “My second month for holidays, I was there with my piña colada and my agent called me to say ‘look, Barcelona is calling you. They want you to play for four months then you can go back to LA’. “I said just say yes, I don’t care about the money or nothing. I’m going to start training tomorrow, give me two weeks to be a little bit fit. “Barcelona, Real Madrid you can’t say no. … If it was only my choice, for sure, I’d take it.” Vela has continued to dominate MLS this campaign, as he edges closer and closer to the league’s single-season goal record. The Mexican forward has already scored 27 goals while providing 15 assists this season as he pursues Atlanta United forward Josef Martinez’s single-season mark of 31 goals. Meanwhile, LAFC sits atop the Western Conference, having already clinched a spot in the playoffs. The 30-year-old forward, fresh off a goal in 3-3 draw with the rival LA Galaxy, says he would like to spend the rest of his career in Los Angeles as he has found a club where he feels at home. “It’s not only the things I want, football is a business and you know how it works. But, if I have everything, I want to be here for the rest of my career,” he said. “I’m really happy here, playing in LA. I want to be here.” Next up for LAFC is a match against Minnesota United on Sunday, although Vela’s status remains up in the air due to a hamstring injury.
Jordan Henderson says that he and his England team-mates wanted to make Bulgaria “suffer” in the wake of racist chants during Monday’s Euro 2020 qualifying clash.Monday’s match, a 6-0 England victory, was halted twice in the first half due to racial abuse from Bulgarian supporters.Much of the pre-match talk centred around how the Three Lions would respond if an incident were to occur, and England manager Gareth Southgate left it up to the players to decide whether they should walk off or not. Editors’ Picks Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Time for another transfer? Giroud’s Chelsea spell set to end like his Arsenal career In the end, the players opted to remain on the field, and Henderson says that part of the reason they opted to keep playing was because England’s players wanted the home fans to “suffer” for their abuse.“I obviously wasn’t happy with the situation that we were in, it wasn’t nice to be involved in and it shouldn’t be happening in 2019, it is very disappointing,” said the Liverpool midfielder. “But at the same time, I felt as though as a team we dealt with it so well, we touched on it before we came here just in case it did happen and unfortunately it did.”So we spoke together and the decision was that we carried on because if you leave the pitch and stop the game they win, really.“That is how we looked at it and what the message was in the dressing room at half-time. We wanted to go out in the second half and make them suffer and make their team suffer on the pitch and I think we did that.”Henderson went on to praise debutant Tyrone Mings, who saw his first England cap marred by the home supporters’ actions.However, Henderson said that he believes the Aston Villa defender played well despite the circumstances as he handled himself perfectly in the face of the controversy.“It shouldn’t be happening and will obviously tarnish that. But at the same time I thought he dealt with the situation so, so well,” he said. “It was a top performance for his debut, I thought he was magnificent. That just shows the character in him and in the team and it will just make us stronger, no doubt.”We stayed together like we should have and we spoke about it before, handled it well and if one player didn’t want to carry on we would have stopped playing, simple as that, no problem. But everyone wanted to carry on and we wanted to let football do the talking.”Henderson added: “We are obviously happy with the performance but still feel like it shouldn’t be happening in this day and age. To hear the announcement about the racism and then the whole stadium whistling was a bit strange. I’m sure something will be done.”
by The Associated Press Posted Jan 16, 2015 12:36 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US probes Jeep Cherokee engine fires and slow-deploying air bags in Nissan Rogue DETROIT – U.S. auto safety regulators are investigating engine compartment smoke or fire complaints in two Jeep Cherokees, and air bags that didn’t inflate properly in two Nissan Rogues.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says in documents posted on its website Friday that the Cherokee probe covers 50,000 of the SUVs from the 2015 model year.One owner in California told the agency he smelled oil from under the hood while driving on Jan. 4. Shortly after the Cherokee was parked at home, white smoke came from under the hood. “Within seconds the entire car was engulfed in fire, flames 20 feet high. Burning oil or fuel ran down the street over 50 yards,” the owner said in the complaint. The other owner complained of smoke from under the hood while driving 60 mph, also on Jan. 4. Both Cherokees had less than 100 miles on them.No injuries were reported.A spokesman for Fiat Chrysler, which makes Jeeps, said the company is working with the agency.NHTSA opened the Rogue probe after two complaints that the air bags on 2013 models deployed up to a minute after crashes and either inflated slowly or didn’t fully inflate. The investigation covers about 195,000 vehicles. No injuries were reported from the air bag problem.A Nissan spokesman says the air bags were not made by Japanese auto parts supplier Takata Corp., which has had problems with air bags inflating with too much force and spewing shrapnel into drivers. The company is working with NHTSA on the investigation, the spokesman says.