Spectacular Rangers have sounded the clearest sign but that they’re able to unseat Celtic as Scottish soccer’s dominant pressure.
Steven Gerrard’s facet dominated their nice rivals en path to a simple 2-0 win as central defender Connor Goldson scored in every half to seize an unlikely double.
The empty stadium was a leveller however, in reality, Rangers would have been arduous to cease on this way even with 60,000 Hoops diehards in attendance as they opened up a four-point hole on the prime of the Premiership desk.
There was a verve and swagger concerning the guests throughout the opening exchanges and that confidence was solely bolstered when Goldson headed dwelling the opener within the ninth minute. His downward header squeaked by Vasilis Barkas who ought to have performed higher.
Rangers might have been forgiven for retreating however it was the other as they regarded to punish the hosts once more and James Tavernier was eyeing a second
His bold volley from a good angle fizzed previous Barkas’ far put up earlier than Ryan Kent slalomed previous two tackles however his tame effort was gratefully obtained by the Greek worldwide.
Celtic tried to start out the second half faster after failing to register a shot on course throughout the opening 45 minutes however any indicators of a half-time rocket weren’t initially obvious.
And it was Rangers who bought straight again right down to enterprise after the break as Goldson poked dwelling from shut vary Tavernier’s depraved cross because it squeaked by Duffy’s legs.
Neil Lennon’s facet appeared crestfallen by the second aim and Gerrard’s males pushed for extra and one way or the other, a way, denied when Ryan Kent’s close-range volley was cleared brilliantly by Kris Ajer for a nook.
Celtic appeared lifeless for lengthy spells however did have an opportunity when sub Leigh Griffiths raced clear. The striker skipped Allan McGregor’s deal with however the keeper recovered nicely to assemble the ball.
They didn’t muster a shot on course earlier than the ultimate whistle on an abject day for them.
Here is 5 speaking factors from the pulsating conflict at Parkhead
Rangers with a distinction
Gerrard famous earlier than the match that when he joined the membership he was making an attempt to rejuvenate a facet who grow to be used to shedding closely at Celtic Park. However these days are gone as Rangers made it look straightforward as they secured consecutive wins on the dwelling of their nice rivals. And the worrying factor for Celtic transferring ahead because the Ibrox males regarded completely satisfied of victory from the primary whistle. Celtic can cling to the very fact their rivals have endured rotten runs after Christmas previously two season however it now seems the Hoops would be the facet taking part in catch-up after this sobering defeat on dwelling soil.
A Duffer for Shane
You may at all times discover parallels between these groups and Duffy is beginning to appear to be Colin Hendry did when Dick Advocaat nabbed him for Rangers within the late 90s. A world standout who struggled mightily after arriving in Glasgow. Pay attention, there’s time for the Brighton loanee to redeem himself however he has but to totally persuade and did as a lot shouting as tackling as he vented at his teammates as Rangers piled on the distress. He is bodily imposing however he does seem to come back unstuck when gamers are capable of get him turned and Rangers are filled with gamers able to doing that.
Rangers’ rising listing of European triumphs have been based mostly on the power to maintain calm and hold the ball of the opposition. And that continental blueprint labored a deal with in opposition to Celtic because the silence within the stands allowed their possession-based strategy to come back to the fore and dominate the sport. And, at occasions, the house crew regarded like a plucky minnow determined making an attempt to achieve a foothold within the match. Glen Kamara was arguably the choose of the Ibrox midfield however Scott Arfield and Steven Davis had been additionally wonderful. Scott Brown and Callum McGregor had been left with extra questions than solutions.
Lennon response key
The Celtic boss left Hoops followers surprised that within the aftermath of their shock Champions League exit that he claimed a clutch of his stars needed out. Lennon has undergone a dramatic change of strategy since together with his post-match verdicts stuffed with reward even after performances which have left some followers bemused. However looking for crumbs of consolation after thus end result would seem foolhardy. The Irishman’s ‘Thunder’ was the right pick-me-up after Brendan Rodgers’ exit however it’s extra damp squib than large bang this season. Celtic can nonetheless reduce the hole on the prime to only two factors in the event that they win their recreation in hand however Rangers look a extra full facet and it is now on Lennon to search out a solution as his facet didn’t register a shot on course.
You may’t blame Celtic followers pining for Fraser Forster. The Nice Wall was unbelievable and his innate potential to supply his finest performances within the largest video games is keenly felt. And Barkas is feeling the warmth as the subsequent man up. The £5m keeper has been regular to this point however there is a rising fear that he is not capable of make the large saves. A few essential stops in opposition to Ross County should not be discredited however Goldson’s first aim shall be filed alongside Ferencvaros’ winner within the ‘should do higher’ folder. His kicking might also show problematic with a number of of his passes out to Frimpong inflicting issues and incomes a tongue-lashing from his teammates within the course of.