Celtic are within touching distance of their eighth successive Scottish Premiership title after beating rivals Rangers in a fiery Old Firm derby on Sunday.
The home side were dominant from the off and looked set to rectify their 1-0 defeat last December in emphatic style when Odsonne Edouard committed himself to an electrifying run travelling half the length of the pitch before scoring his fourth goal in five Old Firm appearances.
If Rangers’ job wasn’t tough enough before it was made harder when they dropped down to ten man. Mr Mind Games Scott Brown easily got into the head of Rangers’ temperamental star Alfredo Morelos, and after a brief encounter on the halfway line, the Colombian lashed out with his elbow sending Celtic’s captain to the ground. An episode of petulance that did not go unnoticed by the officials.
Celtic pressed on and looked the most likely to score next if it wasn’t for the efforts of McGregor, who was kept busy by the likes of Tierney and Scott Sinclair.
The hosts were made to pay for their wastefulness, however. Rangers dangerous Ryan Kent had been a constant presence throughout the game and was finally rewarded for his efforts after skilfully taking on Celtic’s defenders before confidently finishing.
Despite looking the better of the two sides towards the end, it was Lennon’s men that would grab the victory, a misplaced pass picked up by Callum McGregor who gave it to Edouard to set up Forrest for the winner.
We’ve got to say the efforts of captain Scott Brown should not go unnoticed.
A typically solid performance in midfield, particularly when Celtic were defending at the last, was made all the better by the old school mind games that saw off Rangers’ only real threat in front of goal. That act alone may have won the hosts the game.
Amazingly, Brown nearly struck twice when Kent looked to punch him in the face on the halfway line, but the Liverpool loanee escaped without caution. Its that kind of behaviour that really endears someone to fans, and the Celtic captain has been doing it his whole career.
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