Rangers beat Celtic 1-0 at Ibrox on Sunday afternoon, and Bhoys captain Callum McGregor has offered his view on Rangers’ tactics.
Ange Postecoglou’s men have been showing promise of late, and wanted a statement win over their bitter rivals to really prove they can challenge for the title.
Celtic had the best chance of the first half as Odsonne Edouard somehow put the ball wide from close range – and they were made to pay for that miss.
Filip Helander’s towering header in the second half gave Rangers a 1-0 lead, and they managed to hang on as Kyogo Furuhashi twice tested Robby McCrorie.
Celtic will be gutted to have lost so narrowly, and will be desperate to hit back – both in the rest of their league campaign and when they next face Rangers.
Celtic skipper McGregor has now offered his take on the game and more specifically on the tactics Rangers deployed on Sunday afternoon.
McGregor has told The Scottish Sun that he thinks Rangers are a direct team and played long ball against Celtic, turning the game into a scrap.
McGregor did though credit for Rangers for spotting weaknesses in the Celtic side and exploiting them, believing that they just didn’t allow the Bhoys to play their style of football.
“Rangers started the second half pretty well. They like to go long. They fought for second balls and turned it into a bit of a scrap,” said McGregor. “We just couldn’t quite get on the ball and pass it the way we did in the first half. Credit to them, they changed it and saw an issue there.”
“Once they got the goal it knocked the stuffing out of us a little bit. But then we finished the game strong with a couple of chances. When we are in those moments we have to be strong, stand up and try and turn the game back in our favour,” he added.