The insane plot to glue the gates of Ibrox may have unlocked, but Celtic are nailed to becoming champions now

In the early hours of Sunday morning, three young Turks who tried to cover the barriers of the skirting board path grandstand with expanding foam failed in their senseless efforts.

Attempts by Rangers players to close the gap with Celtic at the top of the Premiership rankings yesterday at Ibrox were equally unsuccessful.

The Scottish champions are six points behind city rivals in just six games after a 2-1 defeat, and now with only one Old Firm game to play in the league at Parkhead, the leaders are forcing the leaders to open their titles. .

But the championship winners appear to be nailed.

The way Ange Postecoglou’s side fought in a hostile and intimidating environment after falling behind in the third minute with a well-managed goal from Aaron Ramsey proved they had the mental strength and the ability to handle the pressure of football. inside.

Goals from Tom Rogic and Cameron Carter-Vickers in the first half gave them an unyielding lead after half-time despite relentless attacks from opponents.

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Postecoglou picked Matt O’Riley, Nir Bitton, Anthony Ralston, David Tuirnbull and Liel Abada as the game progressed, and James Forrest and Kyogo Furuhashi were also waiting on the wings to return from injury. So he definitely has the depth of power that he needs.

Celtic took a five-point lead with four games to play after winning a derby match at Ibrox by the same score in 2005. However, as evidence of this bout, it’s very difficult to see history repeat itself in the 2021/22 season. .

Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side were six points clear when the game resumed after the January winter break, but after a draw by Aberdeen, Ross County and Dundee United and a brace against Celtic, they now need favors. The race for the championship is inevitable.

James Tavernier and his teammates cannot be blamed for yesterday’s efforts. They gave up until the final whistle and there is no doubt that they will continue to do so until it is mathematically impossible to win. But Callum McGregor and his teammates appear to have peaked at the most crucial moment.

Yesterday there was a fascinating competition and a colorful show in the park. It was a great introduction to the Scottish game. It was therefore a pity that the proceedings were marked by two heinous events.

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The start of the second half was delayed as Rangers’ ground guards cleared the pieces of a broken bottle thrown into the penalty area. It was creepy to see. It was later revealed that a Celtic behind-the-scenes crew member needed stitches after being hit by a bottle. Every effort should be made to identify those responsible and deport them.

Van Bronckhorst put Kemar Roofe ahead for Alfredo Morelos and persevered in the 4-3-3 form. The Jamaican international is a good football player who has worked hard. But he wasn’t the same backup and didn’t have the physique of his attacking friend. He failed to annoy Joe Hart with the limited service he received. He flew and expanded towards the end.

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With Rangers in possession, John Lundstram fell midway at the baseline and Bassey and Tavernier pushed up and to the side on the flank and the lineup changed to 3-4-3.

This tactic led directly to the first goal in just the third minute. Calvin Bassey sent Ryan Kent into space with a perfectly thought-out pass from behind Josip Juranovic, the outside took the lead and brought him back to Ramsey, the clinic.

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On loan from Juventus in January, the Welsh midfielder became the first Rangers player to score on his Old Firm debut since Joe Garner in 2016 and has done much to justify his share with his effort on his debut.

The first goal made Rangers players and fans stand up. In the minutes that followed, they barely touched the ball to the stunned opponents. However, Celtic counterbalanced the flow of the game in the seventh round and turned the game upside down.

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McGregor peaked before feeding him Rogic. The ball rushed towards Reo Hatate on the edge of the box and saved midfielder Allan McGregor with a diving shot. However, the keeper touched Rogic’s foot and the quarterback kept his cool.

The stabilizer silenced the stadium – aside from the pockets of 700 away fans who were cornered between the stands of Broomloan and Sandy Jardine – and Rangers were much calmer on the pitch afterwards.

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Ramsey was denied an effort by Hart before being flagged for offside and Joe Aribo ignored a penalty request after falling to the ground trying to finish a delivery from Tavernier. But Celtic had the ball, they passed and moved well and created more than just an open game.

Stunning every time he used the ball during his hour of play, Rogic opened his home defense twice in the first 45 minutes and Daizen Maeda was unlucky as he didn’t shoot them all. McGregor did well to break off the line and cut the first, and Bassey blocked the second.

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Nobody could blame them for their dominance at interval. Celtic’s second goal in the afternoon came from a free-kick after Lundstram took down Giorgos Giakoumakis. Leon Balogun nods on Jota’s free-kick to Carter-Vickers, who passes McGregor. He turned out to be a winner.

When the second half finally began, the hosts sat down and threw everything they had against the guest who was ahead and was looking for a goal on the break. Scott Arfield forced Hart to save his hand after Ryan took over from Jack, and Roofe approached twice.

Postecglou took out Rogic, Hatate, Jota and Greg Taylor and took out an injured O’Riley less than 15 minutes later, Bitton, Turnbull, Ralston and Abada and the latter should have planted the win when the ball landed on him. within the remaining nine minutes.

McGregor hit the crossbar brilliantly. But the outside could have done a lot better. However, after the extra five minutes, it doesn’t matter anymore.

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Source: Herald Scotland