Old Firm derby
Rangers secure bragging rights in Parkhead silence
Goal scorer: Connor Goldson (pic: SNS Group)
Celtic 0 Rangers 2
For a second consecutive visit to Parkhead Rangers managed to come away with all three points following a performance that deserved more than the silence that greeted their two goals.
The Old Firm match was played without spectators for the first time but was nonetheless compulsive viewing – at least for those in the blue half of the city.
It was also the first time since 1994 that they had they achieved back-to-back away wins at the home of their greatest rivals. For Steven Gerrard this was more than an away win, but a game that many regard as a potential turning point in the balance of power in Glasgow.
Some will blame Celtic’s tepid performance on the absence of key players. Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie and James Forrest were just three of Neil Lennon’s regulars not to have made the line-up. Hatem Elhamed, Christopher Jullien and Nir Bitton were also missing.
Playing with an under-strength team did not help Celtic’s cause, but Rangers showed enough style and unity to suggest they may have got the better of their opponents even with their first choice players.
As it was, Celtic did not manage a shot on target for the whole 90 minutes and questions were asked of £4m Greek goalkeeper Vasilas Barkas’s failure to keep out at least one of centre back Connor Goldson’s successful attempts on goal.
Gerrard has now been in charge at Rangers for eight Old Firm games and the two teams are 4-4 in victories. The next may prove decisive in who wins the title.