Despite a promising first half showing, Rangers blew a one goal lead to lose the first Ibrox Old Firm clash in five years. Here's how the Rangers side rated in their 2-1 defeat to Celtic.
GK: Wes Foderingham (8/10) – Could do very little to prevent Moussa Dembele’s thunderous half-volley fly past him after 33 minutes. Despite the disappointment of conceding his side’s early lead, Foderingham looked assured as Rangers’ last line of defence and cannot be blamed for the defeat – which in truth may have been a larger margin if it were not for Foderingham’s spate of saves late on.
CB: Rob Kiernan (5/10) – Struggled to contain Celtic’s standout performer, Scott Sinclair – who was provided space by Kiernan on too many occasions. Unfortunately for Rangers, Kiernan appeared overwhelmed by the spectacle and was the poorest of manager Mark Warburton’s back three defensive line.
CB: Clint Hill (5/10) – The 38-year-old Hill shook off a knock to make the line-up, but struggled with both his distribution and positional sense – particularly when faced with the challenge of Celtic’s forward Moussa Dembele.
CB: Danny Wilson (5.5/10) – A flustered start from the central defender, who seemed to be caught up in the occasion during the manic early stages. Attempted to subdue Celtic’s front line, but as with team mate James Tavernier, Wilson’s frustrations boiled over with a late caution.
RWB: James Tavernier (6.5/10) – Fantastic work on Rangers’ right side to provide the assist for Miller’s opener but his influence on the game certainly diminished as Celtic began their comeback. Booked in the closing minutes, as Tavernier typified Rangers’ disappointments with the game’s outcome.
CM: Andy Halliday (6.5/10) – The 25-year-old impressed in the first 45 minutes of the derby – but replicated many of his Gers team mates with an much decreased output in the second period.
CM: Josh Windass (7.5/10) – Excellent vision to pick out Tavernier in the build up to Rangers’ opening goal but faded during the second half. Despite being one of Rangers’ bright sparks, Windass’ growing frustrations manifested itself in a booking after 52 minutes. Subsequently replaced by Joseph Dodoo for the final third of the game.
CM Jason Holt (6/10) – His second half withdrawal for Harry Forrester was probably due to the industriously combative contributions that Holt provided, as fatigue seemingly hindered Holt’s influence in the final third of the game.
LWB: Barrie McKay (8/10) – Along with Windass, McKay was a key contributor to Rangers’ bright start to the game, with plenty of dangerous runs along the left flank. Displayed an impressive touch and used the ball effectively, especially during direct opposition with the more experienced Celtic right back Mikael Lustig.
FW: Kenny Miller (7.5/10) – The tenacious Miller defied his years with some outstanding movement – none more so than when scoring his 12th minute goal to give his side the lead. Absolutely should have scored an equaliser in the 79th minute with the score 2-1 to Celtic.
FW: Joe Garner (6/10) – Injured in the build up to Miller’s early goal, Martyn Waghorn (6/10), who presented a frustrating figure having been unable to impact on the Old Firm clash, replaced Garner.
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