Brendan Rodgers masterminded a cosmic 1-0 win at Ibrox for Celtic on Sunday afternoon. Throughout the match, every player did their bit and ensured the champions went into the maiden international break top of the table.

The match itself was the most testing of the season to date for the Bhoys. Despite playing away at their city rivals with no supporters inside the ground, the Hoops found a way to win.

Captain Callum McGregor even admitted the taste of victory was somewhat sweetened by the fact the champions silenced Ibrox. He said (Glasgow Times): “It probably makes it even sweeter. The reason why we play football is obviously to play in front of fans, but, if you can’t do it, the next best thing is to make them proud watching and hopefully we did that today.”

Callum McGregor
Soccer Football – Scottish Premiership – Rangers v Celtic – Ibrox, Glasgow, Scotland, Britain – September 3, 2023 Celtic’s Callum McGregor reacts Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

Undoubtedly, every Celtic supporter would’ve watched Sunday’s game in some capacity. Throughout it, the Hoops were terrific, although McGregor stated you are under ‘siege’ when at Ibrox with no away fans. He said: “It’s probably like two different fixtures now with no away supporters in. But, again, that can galvanise you. It’s a really difficult moment to come here. It’s almost like a siege mentality where it’s everyone in the stadium against you.”

Despite over 50,000 home fans being against them, Celtic came through and put in a display of champions. Ibrox Park was completely silenced when Kyogo struck in first-half stoppage time and when the full-time whistle sounded, the scenes in both camps were memorable.


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