Celtic put in a brilliant display away at Ibrox to come out with a 2-0 win over cross-city rivals, Rangers, in the first Old Firm Derby of the 2019/20 season. The result sees Celtic open a points lead at the top of the table for the first time this season as they seek to win a record-equaling 9th straight Premiership title.
Goals from Odsonne Edouard and Jonny Hayes were enough for the Scottish Champions to cap off a brilliant team performance at Ibrox with a 2-0 win. This was Celtic’s first win at Ibrox since the arrival of Steven Gerrard at the club. While the hosts did enjoy the lion’s share of possession, it was the Hoops who played the more effective football and if not for the heroics of Allan McGregor in goal, could have scored a few more against their bitter rivals.
Here’s how we rated the players as they conquered Ibrox in stunning fashion:
Fraser Forster – 6.5
Could have brought a pillow to the pitch because he had nothing to do all game. It was near the hour mark that Rangers managed to finally forced him to make a save after a snapshot from Ojo. Dealt with set pieces well and will be delighted to make a winning return to the Old Firm Derby.
Hatem Abd Elhamed – 7.5
There were serious question marks about his fitness heading into the game but if this was a half-fit Elhamed, the entire Scottish League should be scared to face him at 100%. Started the game at right-back before switching to centre-back after Bitton had to be taken off and did well in both positions. Celtic have a serious player on their hands.
Christopher Jullien – 8.5
Brilliant display from the Frenchman as he is slowly starting to look the player that Celtic payed £7-million. With Ajer out, he became the dominant force in defence and did not put a foot wrong all day. Unlucky not score due to a brilliant McGregor save at the other end.
Nir Bitton – 7.5
Such a calming influence at the back, he is easily one f the best readers of the game at the club. There is a reason that Lennon sticks him in whenever anybody is out injured – because his game IQ allows him to shine in multiple positions. Absolutely brilliant before he was forced to be taken off with an injury.
Boli Bolingoli – 8
Has had to deal with a lot of criticism since his £3-million arrival in the summer from Rapid Vienna. But has looked more solid in recent weeks and today’s performance might very well be his coming out party. Defended well all game except for one mistake and looked like a force going forward, linking up superbly with Mikey Johnston throughout the game.