Rangers manager Giovanni Van Bronckhorst has claimed that his side ‘took over’ after 25 minutes in Celtic’s dominant 3-0 victory over our Glasgow rivals on Wednesday night.

Ange Postecoglou’s side took an early advantage in the game when midfielder Reo Hatate struck within the opening five minutes to put the Hoops 1-0 up after a rapid start to proceedings.

Celtic continued their rapid start, which could have seen them go into the break five or six goals up. However, it was only to be 3-0 at the break thanks to two late first-half strikes by Hatate and Liel Abada, ending a dominant 45 minutes with a very healthy lead.

As quoted by the Daily Record, speaking about the game to the press yesterday afternoon, Van Bronckhorst claimed that his side ‘took over’ after the first 20 minutes of the game, despite two of Celtic’s three goals coming past the 40-minute mark.

He said: “I believe in the system, but we need to make sure we keep doing the things we always did. Those are the basic things.

“We had a really bad start. We weren’t ready for the game.

“I’m sure if we have those things back or do much better than we did the last couple of games, we will be fine.

“We knew Celtic were going to push hard for the early goal. The first 20-25 minutes, there was a storm. Then we took over.

“It’s for us now to bounce back and make sure on Sunday we have that same determination we had a couple of months ago.”

These claims from the opposition boss will likely baffle the vast majority of Celtic supporters, given how good the performance was from Ange Postecoglou’s side in the opening 45 minutes.

Goalkeeper Joe Hart had effectively nothing to do in the first half, apart from coming to meet one overhit pass from Joe Aribo.

As pointed out on social media, this statement is also contradicted by the fact two of Celtic’s goals came late in the half, and players such as Jota and Giorgos Giakoumakis also had some great chances to extend the lead.

Who knows, that sort of game Van Bronckhorst must have been watching on Wednesday night, but his assessment on this part is just simply wrong.


  1. Bronckhorst must have been punch drunk after the first 15 minutes. Huns fans won’t be taken in by this nonsense. Sounds like big Ange has got him rattled. Mon the Hoops.

  2. LOL we may have had 6/7 but we got 3 what more do we need so we sat back sucked it up and watched like every one else did to see what they had and they had nothing we played them off the park first and second half to the tune 3 for nothing in reply that says it all…

  3. to touch on the subject of 150 years of celebrations of rangers being, the 2nd most successful team,( trophy wise)…in the world….so, who is the first, sevco?….vbh, is clueless if he states what he stated…pedro rings a bell…HH.

  4. pedro vbh….yep!, thats him to a T…. 2 goals late in the 1st half but, they, sevco, ran the show…..aye!, keep it going pedro…HH

  5. Typical Dutch boolsh1tter, everything they do is perfect, aye sure muppet. I was left wondering how much it cost sevco to keep lunge-strom on the park. he was deliberate in every challenge, studs showing and lunges, then taking players down from behind. That was a hefty bill to pay out to Boaby.


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