Celtic 3-0 Rangers: Hosts storm to league summit after first-half blitz


Celtic v Rangers
Liel Abada’s thirteenth aim of the season ended a dream first half for Celtic

Celtic stormed to the Scottish Premiership summit on the expense of a shell-shocked Rangers after a monumental Old Firm victory ended their rivals’ current derby dominance.

Ange Postecoglou’s facet blitzed their rivals in a relentless first half as a brace from the peerless Reo Hatate was adopted by a 3rd from Liel Abada.

Celtic’s ranges dropped after the break, however reigning champions Rangers – who made three interval adjustments – hardly ever examined Joe Hart in a pedestrian exhibiting at a raucous Parkhead.

Postecoglou’s males are actually 18 league fixtures with out defeat after ending a seven-game winless run in Old Firm derbies and are on the summit of the division for the primary time since August.

But after a 13-game unbeaten begin, the defeat is Giovanni’s van Bronckhorst’s first as Rangers supervisor and will show to be season-defining – not simply because they slip behind Celtic but in addition due to the crushing nature of the loss.

The Ibrox facet’s blockbuster deadline-day signing of Aaron Ramsey added additional fizz to the construct up of what was already being billed as arguably the most important league encounter between the 2 in over a decade. And the ambiance lived up to that.

Celtic Park, with none away followers in attendance, was throbbing and the hosts began at a livid tempo roared on by a 60,000-strong house crowd. The opening aim solely took 5 minutes to arrive.

Matt O’Riley’s nook was solely cleared so far as Hatate, who took one contact to set himself on the sting of the field earlier than his managed strike took a nick and beat Allan McGregor down to his left.

Bedlam ensued within the stands as Rangers gamers protested. They believed the sport ought to have been stopped for a head conflict when Joe Aribo and Calvin Bassey collided whereas clearing O’Riley’s supply. But referee Bobby Madden consulted his assistant and dominated the aim would stand.

Rangers lacked any depth or aggression with out the ball as Celtic relentlessly pushed for a second.

Goalkeeper McGregor, who was at fault twice in Saturday’s 3-3 at Ross County, was again to his greatest to deny the hosts with a shocking double save.

First, he bought up to his left to cease Jota’s strike earlier than selecting himself again up to get behind Giorgos Giakoumakis’ header. On one other day, the Greek striker might have had a first-half hat-trick after two additional close-range efforts have been thwarted.

But the previous Scotland keeper couldn’t stop the excellent Hatate doubling the hosts’ benefit, when he sliced a scrumptious effort from the sting of the field contained in the right-hand publish. Celtic Park erupted once more.

Rangers’ minds have been scrambled by then. None extra so than that of Borna Barisic, who was swamped down the Celtic proper and will solely gawp in horror as Abada darted in entrance of him to flash Hatate’s tempting supply previous McGregor to add a 3rd earlier than the break.

Van Bronckhorst threw on Leon Balogun, Ryan Jack and Fashion Sakala on the break, hoping for a response, however his facet have been decreased to hopeful efforts.

Scott Arfield flashed over from the sting of the realm and Jack crashed a long-range effort off the crossbar, however they by no means seemed like discovering a foothold within the contest, even when Celtic failed to register a second-half shot on course.

But their attacking work was carried out in an announcement first-half efficiency. Just over a fortnight in the past, Postecoglou’s males have been six factors adrift, now they’re within the boxseat.

Man of the match – Reo Hatate

Celtic v Rangers
Aside from his two targets, the 24-year-old’s vitality in defence and assault was unrivalled in a shocking efficiency

More to comply with.

Player of the match

HatateReo Hatate


  1. Squad quantity41Player identifyHatate

  2. Squad quantity88Player identifyJuranovic

  3. Squad quantity33Player identifyO’Riley

  4. Squad quantity11Player identifyAbada

  5. Squad quantity17Player identifyJota

  6. Squad quantity42Player identifyMcGregor

  7. Squad quantity20Player identifyCarter-Vickers

  8. Squad quantity3Player identifyTaylor

  9. Squad quantity4Player identifyStarfelt

  10. Squad quantity7Player identifyGiakoumakis

  11. Squad quantity15Player identifyHart

  12. Squad quantity38Player identifyMaeda

  13. Squad quantity49Player identifyForrest

  14. Squad quantity16Player identifyMcCarthy

  15. Squad quantity84Player identifyDoak

  16. Squad quantity12Player identifySoro


  1. Squad quantity1Player identifyMcGregor

  2. Squad quantity8Player identifyJack

  3. Squad quantity26Player identifyBalogun

  4. Squad quantity30Player identifySakala

  5. Squad quantity37Player identifyArfield

  6. Squad quantity18Player identifyKamara

  7. Squad quantity17Player identifyAyodele-Aribo

  8. Squad quantity3Player identifyBassey

  9. Squad quantity14Player identifyKent

  10. Squad quantity6Player identifyGoldson

  11. Squad quantity9Player identifyDiallo

  12. Squad quantity2Player identifyTavernier

  13. Squad quantity25Player identifyRoofe

  14. Squad quantity31Player identifyBarisic



Formation 4-3-3

  • 15Hart
  • 88Juranovic
  • 20Carter-Vickers
  • 4Starfelt
  • 3Taylor
  • 33O’RileySubstituted forSoroat 88′minutes
  • 42McGregorBooked at 22mins
  • 41HatateSubstituted forMcCarthyat 72′minutes
  • 11AbadaSubstituted forForrestat 62′minutes
  • 7GiakoumakisSubstituted forMaedaat 62′minutes
  • 17Neves FilipeSubstituted forDoakat 87′minutesBooked at 90mins


  • 5Scales
  • 12Soro
  • 16McCarthy
  • 29Bain
  • 38Maeda
  • 49Forrest
  • 56Ralston
  • 57Welsh
  • 84Doak


Formation 4-3-3

  • 1McGregor
  • 2TavernierBooked at 74mins
  • 6Goldson
  • 3BasseyBooked at 52mins
  • 31BarisicSubstituted forBalogunat 45′minutesBooked at 76mins
  • 37Arfield
  • 18KamaraSubstituted forJackat 45′minutes
  • 17Ayodele-Aribo
  • 9DialloSubstituted forSakalaat 45′minutes
  • 25Roofe
  • 14Kent


  • 4Lundstram
  • 8Jack
  • 10Davis
  • 11Itten
  • 19Sands
  • 26Balogun
  • 30Sakala
  • 33McLaughlin
  • 51Lowry

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