Rangers moved level with Celtic at the tip of the Scottish Premiership after inflicting Brendan Rodgers’ first defeat in thirteen Historic Firm video games.
The dwelling aspect dominated at a raucous Ibrox to defeat the reigning Scottish champions for the predominant time since April 2016.
An off the tempo Celtic stay high on purpose difference, and silent savor a game in give up Rangers.
Ryan Jack scored the decisive purpose within the course of a one-sided first half.
The guests had been indebted to a string of astonishing Craig Gordon saves for preserving them within the sport.
Celtic did savor a Callum McGregor purpose ruled out for offside after the damage, however in any other case spent lots of the contest at Ibrox on the back foot.
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Midfield muscle powers Rangers
Rangers’ intent changed into as soon as evident from the 2nd Andy Halliday – filling in at left-back for the injured Borna Barisic – famous winning a form out on Olivier Ntcham within the outlet minute as though he had scored.
The hosts had been pressing, imposing and dominant across the pitch, however the muse for their efficiency changed into as soon as the midfield three of Ross McCrorie, Scott Arfield and Jack.
Celtic had been hustled and harried out of their in general peerless rhythm, and a waywardness changed into as soon as forced into their play that saw the likes of Dedryck Boyata, Scott Brown and McGregor either sprint the ball straight off the discipline or to a Rangers participant.
It changed into as soon as a reflection on the dynamic of the sport that Celtic’s easiest participant changed into as soon as goalkeeper Gordon, who kept the get down with saves from a Daniel Candeias volley and Connor Goldson’s header.
Earlier than Rangers broke the impasse, Alfredo Morelos and Brown competed for a Halliday corner, and despatched the ball spinning off an valid.
Celtic had been extinct, and that sense of disorientation no longer right this moment proved costly. Kent, a sprightly figure in the end of, left Mikael Lustig grounded with a piquant dawdle down the left, and when he sever the ball back to Jack, the midfielder aspect-footed a shot by the legs of Brown, whose heel moreover deflected the ball previous Gordon.
The guests had strength in depth on their bench, however by the launch up of the 2nd half they’d been forced into two defensive adjustments, with Kristoffer Ajer changing the injured Filip Benkovic and Anthony Ralston coming on for Lustig.
The interval did now no longer disrupt Rangers’ momentum, and the dwelling aspect ought to savor scored twice within the outlet moments after Gordon under-hit a sprint to Boyata, permitting Kent to make your mind up the ball. The winger’s shot changed into as soon as saved by Gordon, and then Boyata blocked Arfield’s note-up on the purpose-line.
Even when Rangers’ depth level dipped, Celtic had been prevented from touchdown a decisive blow. Ryan Christie’s shot changed into as soon as deflected huge by Joe Worrall’s agonize and within the closing moments, Halliday defended stoutly to dam a shot by Ntcham.
In between, McGregor ran in behind the Rangers defence, however changed into as soon as judged to be offside before tucking the ball into the fetch.
‘It changed into as soon as a monumental efficiency’ – diagnosis
Weak Rangers striker Steven Thompson on Sportsound
That changed into as soon as Rangers’ easiest efficiency of the season. In the event that they would possibly be able to replicate this on an everyday foundation – and if Celtic salvage extra performances as unfavorable as this – there is a hundred% a title dawdle.
It be a monumental efficiency, without concerns their easiest under Steven Gerrard. From minute one, the desire and hunger, they wanted it extra. They handled it esteem an Historic Firm game while Celtic thought they would possibly perhaps perchance flip up and build in an common efficiency.
Weak Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner on Sportsound
It be a large, large victory for Rangers and Steven Gerrard. I’m shocked it be been so one-sided. They’ve bossed the sport and deserved their victory.
‘They introduced their A-game’ – response
Rangers manager Steven Gerrard on Sky Sports: “This 2nd is all regarding the supporters, they savor got been by plenty and they savor got been punished in these fixtures.
“The players had been famous. I asked them to make your mind up extra one v ones and we had been better to a man, we had been the higher crew, we would possibly perhaps perchance savor won it extra with ease.
“We performed with braveness, we performed with belief, we had been intrepid, competed in every single place the pitch, I asked them to lift their A-game and they did – that is what I must watch on an everyday foundation.”
Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers on Sky Sports: “I thought the most attention-grabbing crew won. Rangers performed neatly. We had lots of unforced mistakes and did no longer salvage as noteworthy as we would esteem so now we savor bought no excuse.
“I center of attention on with players lacking and one or two unfit, it took away pretty bit of strength from us. We introduced tension onto ourselves now and then with heart-broken resolution-making.
“They’re going to feel the harm of losing a Celtic v Rangers game and confidently that can develop them better going forward.