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Abada Gets 9, O’Riley With 8.5 | Celtic Players Rated In Their Win Against Rangers

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It was supposed to be a close contest between the Old Firm rivals as they locked horns this afternoon at Celtic Park. However, the Hoops were exquisite right from the off and a dreadful Rangers side had no answer to the hosts’ flair and finesse all over the pitch. Celtic grab another big margin victory, this time a 4-0 triumph against their derby opponents.

Below are the Celtic players rated in their emphatic 4-0 win against Rangers.

Joe Hart: 7.5

A comfortable outing for the Englishman except for a few late saves to keep the clean sheet intact.

Josip Juranovic: 7.5

Excellent down the right both in defence and attack. Played his part in the build-up of Jota’s goal that made it 2-0 around the half-hour mark.

Cameron Carter-Vickers: 8

Made his presence known in the heart of the backline with some no-nonsense clearances and crucial interceptions. Lost a few duels, but his recovery and passing game helped Celtic instigate attacking threats from the deep.

Carl Starfelt: 7.5

Showed his aerial supremacy during the duels against Antonio Colak. His game ended prematurely when he committed a foul but got injured in the process. Moritz Jenz replaced him minutes before the hour mark.

Greg Taylor: 7.5

Although he failed with his dribbles and crosses in limited overlapping runs, the link-up play with Jota as well as defensive composure helped Celtic maintain superiority despite lesser possession.

Callum McGregor: 8

Pulled the strings from the centre of the pitch with sheer expertise. His passing was top-notch, also the timely tackles and recoveries refrained the Gers from building momentum.

Matt O’Riley: 8.5

A majestic display from the midfield ace who registered a couple of assists and created an array of chances. Was taken off for David Turnbull around the 72nd-minute mark.

Liel Abada

Reo Hatate: 7

Not his absolute best even though the Japanese midfield star hardly put a foot wrong. Could have offered more during the attacking transitions. Made way for Aaron Mooy late in the match.

Liel Abada: 9

A hat-trick last weekend against Dundee United earned him a starting role in this high-profile contest. The Israeli youngster did not disappoint as he scored a brace, this time exhibiting his great finishing trait. Was replaced by Daizen Maeda with around 20 minutes remaining.

Filipe Jota: 8

Lost a number of duels, but he threatened enough in the attacking third with his swift runs, footwork and flashy skills. Found the net from O’Riley’s pass to double the lead and also played his part in the build-up of the opening goal.

Kyogo Furuhashi: NA

Was forced to leave the pitch minutes after the kickoff with a shoulder injury. Giorgos Giakoumakis replaced him high up the pitch.

Celtic Subs vs Rangers

Giorgos Giakoumakis: 6.5

Had a few chances to make it to the scoresheet, but his efforts lacked accuracy.

Moritz Jenz: 7

Did well in deep defence alongside Carter-Vickers.

David Turnbull: 7.5

Made no mistake to find the target from Jon McLaughlin’s howler.

Aaron Mooy: 6.5

A good few minutes for the Aussie veteran in the middle of the park.

Daizen Maeda: 6.5

Had a lively cameo towards the closure of this one-sided encounter.

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