Rangers – Celtic: Player Ratings

Manager: Brendan ‘The Business’ Rodgers – 8
Surprised with inclusion of both McGregor and Rogic. Handled the red card superbly and bringing on Edouard was a stroke of magic. Handled the pressure. Character.

Scott ‘Bane’ Bain – 7
Calm, composed, and nice haircut too. Good at creating triangles with the centre halves and drawing Rangers in. Super save before Morelos fecked it. What a nice option to have.

Kristoffer ‘The Wolf’ Ajer – 6
Has arguably been the shining light of this season. He was decent today and did the defensive stuff well. Not his usual roaming self, probably due to being forced into a wider defensive role. Oh and don’t go to ground so much, Kris.

Jozo ‘Elbows’ Simunovic – 5
His red was probably harsh. Some hairy decision making up against some crucial blocks from Rangers’ crossing.

Dedryck ‘The Bomb’ Boyata – 3
He doesn’t help himself, does he? Once again, struggled under pressure in a number of key situations. To be fair to him, did the simple thing for most of the second half and improved a little bit.

Kieran ‘The Spirit’ Tierney – 6
Was poor in the first half hour but grew into the game a bit more. Looked a handful going forward as the game progressed.

Scott ‘The Leader’ Brown – 8
A few slack moments in the first half but helped the second half battle. Uses his experience to the max in games like this. Loves a good post-match comment as well.

Olivier ‘The Dominator’ Ntcham – 8
This guy gets better every week. Still has his youthful lapses of bad decision making, but so much aggression, technique, vision, and physicality. He dominates life. He dominated Rangers.

Callum ‘Calmac’ McGregor – 6
Did well to keep Tavernier quiet for the first hour and started the second half really well. Faded later in the game and made some daft decisions at times. I still love him, though.

Tom ‘Feet’ Rogic – 7
Oh, those feet. Yummy. One of the better players in a poor first half for Celtic. His ability to hold up the ball and create space never fails to impress. And what a lovely, lovely goal.

James ‘The Wasp’ Forrest – 5
Often quiet on derby day. Worked hard and put in a shift, struggled at times with Rangers’ aggression off the ball.

Moussa ‘The King’ Dembele – 9
Where to start? The world class pass for Edouard? The Larsson-esque finish for his goal? There’s a reason Dembele is Celtic’s first choice striker, and he showed why today. Isolated and drowned out in the first half, but showed his quality after half-time. Happy Mother’s Day, especially to Mrs Dembele.

Subs:
Jack ‘The Height’ Hendry – 6
Composed whenever he had anything to do. Definitely a promising talent.
Odsonne ‘The Ultimate Opportunist’ Edouard – 8
Once again, a super option coming off the bench. Fantastic option when you need an out ball and took his goal brilliantly. Great technique, don’t sweat it.
Stuart ‘Handsome Devil’ Armstrong – 5
Helped calm things down at the end. Was nice to see that hair again.

Rangers

Manager: Graeme Murty – 7
Set up in his usual direct, fast combination style. Not much he could do about Celtic’s quality in the second half. Amiable fella.

Wes Foderingham – 7
Pulled off a really good save from McGregor and one or two more. Also looks like The Weeknd – points deducted.

James Tavernier – 7
Was kept quiet by McGregor for the first hour. Became more of a threat in the last half-hour and created some hairy moments for Celtic.

David Bates – 5
Hard to judge, was unlucky getting an injury so early on.

Bruno Alves – 6
Imperious in the air at times but his best days appear to be behind him. Began to get frustrated as the much drew on.

Declan John – 6
Was very lucky not to be punished for a challenge. Pacey going forward and aggressive. Decent player.

Greg Docherty – 7
Impressive. Worked hard and looks confident. Could be doing with better technique to become the full John McGinn. Oh, and did you know he’s a Rangers fan?

Sean Goss – 5
Is clearly a technically gifted player but struggled against the dominance of Ntcham and Brown.

Josh Windass – 7
Took his goal really well, for which I give him a 7. However, he was very quiet for a lot of the game. Must be good soundproofing in Brown’s pocket.

Daniel Candeias – 8
Superb player. As well as whipping in some properly dangerous crosses, he works so hard off the ball. Both offensively and defensively, he is such an asset for Rangers.

Jamie Murphy – 6
Always looked like he was a live wire and could be a danger, but lack of support and a desire to replicate Rogic meant he was wasteful at times.

Alfredo Morelos – 6
Not sure what is more embarrassing, his hair or his sitter. Once again, he fluffed his lines in the derby. No doubt there is a good player in there who works hard, but he needs to be taking chances like that.

Subs:
Jason Cummings – 4
Looked determined to do something without doing much at all.
Fabio Cardoso – 5
Wait, he definitely played didn’t he? Definitely? Must say, good song he has to the tune of ‘September’ by Earth, Wind & Fire.

Rangers Fan Display – 0
What was it? A donkey? Jerry Lawler? An image of four avocados? It will forever remain a mystery.


Dan is 20 (for now), from Glasgow and is a passionate Celtic supporter. He also has a few "wee teams", like Barcelona, Ajax and Juventus. Other interests of his include music, film, Simpsons references, and convincing himself that he is underrated and not just bang average. By day, he is an English Literature student and works in media. By night, he is a Ronny Deila apologist and Julian Casablancas enthusiast. Find him on Twitter: @TheDJMcGowan


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