Celtic – Rangers: Player Ratings

Gordon (6)

Good save from Holt chance early on and was rarely troubledafter that. The Rangers high press meant that Celtic had to golong fairly often and this exposed Gordon’s Achilles heel – distribution.

 

Lustig (8)

Didn’t have much to do defensively, but supported Forrest well throughout. Celebrated a goal by first grabbing a policeman’s hat off his head and then wearing it in the ensuinghuddle. Fuck it, 11/10

 

Boyata (9)

Excellent tackle on Cummings on the 12th minute and this was the sign of things to come from the big man. Quite simply his best performance in the hoops. The Celtic defence didn’t have much to do in the final third because Boyata was taking care of business at the halfway line. Authoritative and commanding. On this form he is the best CB in Scotland. But, to be fair, even when he is making mistakes he is probably still in the top 5.

 

Ajer (6)

The game started quietly for Ajer as he had not much to do defensively and the Rangers press meant he couldn’t dribble out from the back as much. Terrible defending to gift Windass a chance in the first half and the rest of his game was peppered with minor mistakes. Been a wonderfully impressive first season for Ajer as a starter, but looks like he is beginning to fade a little.

 

Tierney (9)

Excellent performance for KT. Overlapped like a mother. Constant menace going forward and his balls into the box were always incisive.

 

Brown (8)

Great movement and work off the ball and excellent at leading and ball winning, but passing let him down at times.

 

Ntcham (10)

Silky skill to leave Dorrans for dead and then drilled shot into the ground that Halliday had to handball off the line; absolutely in the zone. Like Boyata, this, for me, was his best performance in the hoops. Silky, skillful and energetic. If he brings some consistency into his games when it comes to the lesser fixtures, then he will go all the way to the top of the game.

 

Rogic (10)

Can’t really say much more about this man. Two things – our attacking momentum lessened greatly when he went off and if he doesn’t sign a new contract there is not a chance we can afford to replace him.

 

Forrest (10 and MOTM)

Stretched his legs early with a driving run at Halliday and then tormented him throughout. Very lively first half and a lovely pass for Eddy’s second. Every Celtic fan in the world will be delighted for him getting his first goal against them; a cherryon the top of his season and a message to the people (me) that wanted Roberts in.

 

McGregor (9)

Excellent start from McGregor. A bundle of energy and classon the left hand side. Should have scored when one on one, but of course made up for it shortly after. Not as effective a goalscorer as Sinclair, but arguably offers more balance to the team.

 

Edouard (10)

Far too eager to score in the 13th minute when much better options were on, but made up for it almost instantly. Wonderful play for the second goal and excellent centre forward play throughout. Arguably Celtic’s 2nd best option as a lone striker.

 

Halliday (11)

I teased the 11 would come if he lasted 90 minutes and here itis. Wow… just wow.

 

Subs:

 

Sinclair

Great turn and run from the half way line, but lackedconfidence and went down too easily to try to win free kicks. I am beginning to think that Forrest and Sinclair have beeninvolved in some kinda body swap film this season.

 

Hendry

:shrug:

 

Griffiths

Gilt-edged chance, which was created through his excellent movement. His inability to take it on his right foot cost him a lovely goal.


Graeme is a Celtic fan living in Bayern. He was the original bum on seat 1, row S, section 113 and stayed there for 11 seasons. He now contents himself with Celtic TV. He was one half of History Bhoys Abroad and has a background in journalism. Tom Rogic completes him. He can be found on twitter under @PodestrianG


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