Celtic player ratings v Rangers; Brown influential in Old Firm derby win

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We assess the performances of Celtic's players against Rangers today.

Craig Gordon 6 - didn't have a great deal to do, but his handling was good when pressed into action.

Mikael Lustig 6 - was solid down the right hand side. Physicality helped stop any Rangers momentum down his side early on.

Virgil van Dijk 7 - didn't put a foot wrong, handled John Daly well in the second half and was confident bringing the ball forward to start attacks.

Jason Denayer 7 - for someone so young, he handled his Old Firm debut brilliantly, forming a strong partnership with van Dijk to limit Rangers in the final third.

Emilio Izaguirre 6 - impressive in the the first half as he got forward to support the attack, was unsurprisingly a little more reserved in the second period.

Nir Bitton 7 - was strong in midfield alongside Scott Brown, and used his physicality to stop attacks in an impressive display.

Scott Brown 8 - the heartbeat of the Celtic team in and Old Firm derby - again. A real captain's display, harrying and hassling the Rangers midfield throughout.

Kris Commons 8 - once again showed his quality with an outstanding long range goal to put Celtic 2-0 up. Must be offered a new contract in the coming weeks to make sure he stays for some time yet.

Stefan Johansen 7 - provided the cross for Leigh Griffiths' opening goal, but his passing was hit and miss after that. Roamed around the pitch trying to create chances with varying success, though his involvement in the opener was key.

Anthony Stokes 6 - huffed and puffed down the left wing but didn't really look comfortable. Put pressure on the Rangers defence but didn't offer much in the way of quality in the final third.

Leigh Griffiths 8 - despite his size, Griffiths won a number of key headers - including for the opening goal. Offered a threat in behind the Rangers defence and worked hard up front on his own.

Substitutes

James Forrest 6 - had a couple of promising runs forward but end product was lacking.

John Guidetti 6 - had promised a hat-trick in the build up to the game, but was left with a 20 minute cameo where he had a couple of small openings, but nothing substantial.

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