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Celtic put Rangers to sword in rampant display

Brendan Rodgers (CFC web)Football – Old Firm derby: Celtic 5 Rangers 1

Moussa Dembele became the first player for 50 years to score a hat-trick in this famous fixture as the reigning champions eased through the first league encounter for four years between these old rivals.

Sinclair, and Armstrong in injury time, completed the scoring for the home team, while Garner replied for the visitors who were reduced to 10 men when new boy Philippe Senderos received a second yellow card for handling on 75 minutes.

Celtic now move four points clear of their Ibrox rivals and they are unbeaten in 17 games in all competitions.

The odds on them going unbeaten throughout the season must have shortened after this impressive performance, especially as Brendan Rodgers’ team have a game in hand.

There was little for Rangers boss Mark Warburton to take out of the match. The Championship winners offered little resistance to a rampant Celtic who took command once Dembele, a summer signing from Fulham, opened the scoring in 33 minutes.

Dembele netted a second and third in 42 and 83 minute, elevating him to instant legendary status with the home faithful.

The 20-year-old started in place of the injured Leigh Griffiths and is expected to do the same when Celtic visit the Nou Camp to play Barcelona on Tuesday.

Despite some high-scoring encounters over the years, Stevie Chalmers was the last player to score three goals in an Old Firm clash.

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Football – Manchester derby: Manchester United 1 Manchester City 2

City notched their 50th victory against their local rivals and gave Pep Guardiola first bragging rights over Jose Mourinho.

Ibrahimovic replied for United just before half-time after De Bruyne on 15 minutes and Iheanacho on 36 minutes gave the visitors a dream start,

Playing without their talisman Aguero who is suspended, City outplayed their hosts, particularly in the first half, leaving some to wonder if the change of management and huge investment in players at Old Trafford had made any difference.

City now have a perfect start to the season to remain top of the league. Following Leicester City’s surprise victory last season the natural order appears to be kicking in this term.

Aside from the two Manchester clubs, the top six positions are taken by Chelsea, Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool who tonight thumped the reigning champions 4-1.

 

 



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