Celtic 2-0 Rangers: McGregor (11), Sinclair (51)
- Key talking points.
Class from McGregor
Dembele Physical battle
Celtic taking their foot off the gas
- Player Ratings:
Craig Gordon – 4/5
Was put under pressure a lot of the time with some poor pass backs. Made some crucial saves and had a brilliant performance.
Mikael Lustig – 3/5
Had a lot of the ball but at times was wasteful. Defended well in the final stages of the match.
Jozo Simunovic – 4/5
Was again solid at the back and moved the ball around well.
Dedryck Boyata – 3/5
Looked a bit dodgy on the ball, with too much messing around in his own half. Defended well in the later stages of the game.
Kieran Tierney – 3/5
Didn’t have a great effect on the game but defended well.
Scott Brown – 4.5/5
Controlled midfield for the whole game, provided a bit of dig and showed his class as Celtic captain.
Stuart Armstrong – 3/5
Not as dynamic as he has been in previous performances. Had a very quiet game.
Callum McGregor – 4/5
Took his goal brilliantly, stroked the ball into the net. Was full of energy and played exceptionally well in midfield. Would go as far to say that today was his best performance in Green and White Hoops.
Patrick Roberts – 5/5
Turned the Rangers defence inside out, opened the game up and was thoroughly entertaining. Reminiscent of the great Celtic wingers of the past.
Scott Sinclair – 3/5
Had a couple of decent moves down the wing which never resulted in any great chances. Always seemed a threat to the Rangers defence. Credit for stepping up and scoring the penalty to double the Hoops lead.
Moussa Dembele – 3.5/5
Led the line well and set up McGregor for the first goal. His game was unfortunately cut short due to a hamstring problem inside thirty-four minutes.
Leigh Griffiths – 3.5/5
Always posed a great threat to the Rangers defence. Never gave them a moments piece on or off the ball. Made a great run to win Celtic a penalty.
Tom Rogic – 3/5
Looked very dynamic and was unlucky not to score.
James Forrest – 2.5/5
Didn’t have an effect on the game, and missed a good opportunity.
Overall, Celtic showed an energy and drive that has been missing in recent weeks. Up until the last fifteen minutes of the match, they completely controlled the pace, having 66% possession. The only disappointment was the fact that they never really went for it and seemed to take their foot off the gas after the second goal. Celtic will face Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup Final on the 27 May looking to win a famous treble for the first time in sixteen years.
It may be all the more special that Aberdeen is the opponent for the final, it was the dons who Celtic beat in the 1967 Scottish Cup Final 2-0 to secure the clubs first ever treble.
With both goals coming from Willie Wallace. A domestic treble would be the best tribute to the Lisbon Lions in this celebratory year.