Reigning Premiership champions Celtic fell to their first defeat of the league campaign after an embarrassing display against Old Firm rivals Rangers. The tie ended 2-0, after two goals from Gers defender Connor Goldson ensured that the away side took home all three points. Worryingly for Neil Lennon’s side, the Parkhead club didn’t produce a single shot on target, and never really looked like breaking the deadlock at any point in the tie. Mohamed Elyounoussi and Leigh Griffiths both missed golden chances to produce some quality, but at the end of the day, they weren’t able to trouble Allan McGregor on even one instance.
Here Are The Celtic Player Ratings Vs Rangers:
Celtic Player Ratings Vs Rangers
Vasilis Barkas – 5.5
The Greek keeper was probably helpless with the second goal, but should’ve done a much better job with Goldson’s first strike. Did make a couple of smart saves to limit Rangers to two though.
Kristoffer Ajer – 7
Probably the only Celtic defender who actually offered a positive presence, the youngster made a couple of vital tackles to keep Rangers out. Worked hard while tracking back as well.
Shane Duffy – 6
The Irish centre-half, despite offering a good voice in the heart of defence, failed to deal with the vibrant attacking play that Rangers produced. Did make a couple of good clearances though.
Stephen Welsh – 6
The youngster never looked comfortable in defence, as he was given a tough time by the Rangers forwards in periods. Made a number of loose passes but needs more playing time to improve.
Jeremie Frimpong – 5
The speedster was poor down the flank as he needlessly gave the ball away on numerous occasions. Didn’t have his usual dangerous impact in the attacking phase of things either.
Scott Brown – 7
The veteran was one of the only players who seemed to be up to the pace of the game. Carried the ball around well and tried to find that killer final pass in attack as well.
Olivier Ntcham – 5.5
The Frenchman just wasn’t able to get on the ball and make things happen in attack, and was passive for large chunks of the game. Played a lot of sideways passes and didn’t look creative enough.
Callum McGregor – 6.5
The midfielder moved the ball around well on occasion, but wasn’t at his usual penetrative best. Passed it around efficiently but needs to create more in the final third.
Diego Laxalt – 4
The loan signing had an extremely poor debut down the flank as he produced next to nothing in terms of attacking quality. Was constantly overrun by the work-rate of Tavernier as well.
Patryk Klimala – 6.5
The young striker didn’t get the service that he would’ve wanted in attack, and was forced to drop extremely deep to get on the ball. Made some good touches but to no effect.
Mohamed Elyounoussi – 5
The Norwegian missed a glorious chance to open the Celts’ account in the first-half, but didn’t do too much else in terms of attacking. Tried to run at the Gers’ backline but failed.
Albian Ajeti – 5
Despite making a couple of good touches, the Swiss striker was a mere spectator after coming on in the second half. Couldn’t impose himself in the final third.
Leigh Griffiths – 5
The Scot missed a glorious opportunity to go down and win a penalty, as he instead chose to try and round the keeper, and ended up failing. Not enough quality in the final third.
Tom Rogic – 5
The midfielder was thrown on in the second half as Lennon tried to gain a bit more control in the midfield area. Didn’t have the required impact though.
Greg Taylor – NA
Didn’t have time to make an impact.
David Turnbull – NA
Didn’t have time to make an impact.