GK: Craig Gordon (6/10) – Birthday boy Gordon struggled to dominate his penalty area amongst early Rangers pressure, but emerged a lot more reassuring as Celtic took more of a grasp on the proceedings.
RB: Mikael Lustig (6/10) – Given a tough time by Rangers’ Barrie McKay and failed to get forward to much effect. This was an Old Firm clash best forgotten by Sweden international Lustig, who managed a couple of useful blocks to deny late Rangers pressure.
CB: Erik Sviatchenko (5/10) – Concession of possession proved pivotal prior to Kenny Miller’s goal after 12 minutes. Sviatchenko continued to put forth a poor defensive showing under Rangers pressure.
CB: Jozo Simunovic (6/10 – Looked uncharacteristically shaky alongside Sviatchenko and was booked just before the break for a cheap foul on Rangers’ Barrie McKay. As with most of his team mates, the central defender grew into the clash and won some important aerial duels as Rangers tried to get back in the game following the Hoops' second goal.
LB: Emilio Izaguirre (6/10) – Made it far too easy for James Tavernier in the one-to-one duel on Celtic’s left side, providing the Rangers’ full back with space and time to deliver cross after cross.An energetic second half showing went some way to amending a poor first 45.
CM: Scott Brown (7.5/10) – Picked up a customary Old Firm booking after 24 minutes for a poor foul and clearly embraced the combative nature of the Glasgow derby’s midfield quagmire. Brown was at the centre of many Celtic plays and seemingly relished the modern day rarity of the drop-ball duels.
CM: Stuart Armstrong(8/10) – Arguably one of Celtic’s most improved performer during the Brendan Rodgers regime. Armstrong supplied the assist for Sinclair’s second half strike and alongside captain Brown was instrumental when up against Rangers’ midfield trio after the break.
CM: Callum McGregor (7/10) – Sent a right-footed attempt over the bar after 21 minutes but aside from that failed to impact on the first half. A similar story in the second half, despite hustling and bustling in the midfield engine room and having a couple of attempts at goal saved by Wes Foderingham. Replaced by Nir Bitton in the closing minutes.
AM: Scott Sinclair (9/10) – Sinclair was one of Celtic’s major threats going forward and the tricky winger created a yard of space under pressure before firing a shot against the post in the first half. Provided the assist for Moussa Dembele’s strike soon after and then continued his impressive display by converting Armstrong’s assist for Celtic’s second goal after 70 minutes.
AM: James Forrest (7/10) – Had a decent chance to trouble Rangers goalkeeper Foderingham but failed to make a clean contact from a Izaguirre cross shortly before the break. Forrest grew into the game and was certainly more influential in the second period before being swapped for substitute Patrick Roberts.
Moussa Dembele (8/10) – A thunderous equalising strike after 33 minutes, following a Sinclair corner, was proof that Dembele’s pick ahead of Leigh Griffiths was well justified. Dembele led the line expertly well and now has five goals in three games against Rangers.
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