Date: 3rd September 2018 at 7:00am
Written by:
Celtic
1 – 0
Rangers

Celtic Park

Premiership

2/09/2018 12:00 pm

Attendance: 58865

Referee: Collum

Celtic Rangers
Ntcham (62)
Gordon McGregor
 
Lustig Tavernier
Boyata Katic
Ajer Goldson
 
Tierney Barisic
 
Ntcham Jack 81
Brown
 
Ejaria
Forrest 92 Kent 87
Rogic 77 Arfield
McGregor Morelos
 
Edouard
 
66 Lafferty

Substitutes

Griffiths 66 Worrall
Sinclair 92 Foderingham
Gamboa Flanagan
Christie 77 Halliday
Bain McCrorie
Benkovic Candeias 87
Kouassi Middleton 81

Game Statistics

16 Goal attempts 6
9 On Target 2
14 Corners 4
14 Fouls 16
2 Yellow Cards 4
0 Red Cards 0
57 % 43

On Sunday, Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side came back down to earth slightly as Celtic dominated the first Old Firm of the year.

It’s easy to lose perspective as confidence was incredibly high for many ahead of the game kicking off, and whilst it’s difficult to argue they didn’t deserve the win really – we can take positives from some manful defending and Gerrard would’ve wanted to see us more clinical when our chances came along.

One goal won it for them, even though they hit the woodwork a few times and the history books will say we are winless in the derby going back to March 2012, however, I think Gerrard will take a more philosophical approach as it is still early days under him and as a side we are still coming together and waiting for things to click properly given all the changes over the summer and the sheer numbers of arrivals.

We are far from the finished product and a first loss was coming given our unbeaten start, it just grates that it came in this one and in that manner, but Celtic undoubtedly raised their game so it’s fair to say they felt the pressure. We need to raise our game to justify that pressure in the future and we didn’t.

 

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