In the first Glasgow Derby of the 2023/24 season, Celtic emerged victorious. Kyogo Furuhashi’s powerful first-half strike was enough to secure the points for the Bhoys.

To a man, the Hoops were terrific throughout the 90. Those who started and those who came on more than played their part in the victory, which came as a result of a slight alteration in approach going into the game, according to captain Callum McGregor.

McGregor admitted post-match that the champions simplified things on the training pitch over the past week. He said (Glasgow Times): “We probably simplified a bit this week. We were maybe guilty of information overload at times and with a young group that can be difficult. We tried to strip it back and use the simplicity of the model and layer it up from there.”

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Soccer Football – Scottish Premiership – Rangers v Celtic – Ibrox, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain – September 3, 2023 Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers reacts REUTERS/Russell Cheyne

Players having to adapt to and learn the play style of a new manager can be difficult. That looked to be the case at Celtic over the past few weeks, however, the change to a more straightforward approach and drilling less info into the Bhoys last week was evidently productive.

Securing victory was vastly significant for the Hoops, but McGregor stressed how pivotal it is the champions don’t let up. He said: “There is no point in winning today and then coming back after the international break and starting slowly and undoing all that good work. We also spoke about that in the changing room. Hopefully, it can be the springboard for us to kick on.”


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