Celtic went clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership yesterday with a 2-0 win in the first Glasgow derby of the season.
After a subdued first half-hour, Odsonne Edouard gave Celtic the lead on 32 minutes with a composed finish when through on goal after Mikey Johnston had played him in. [via BBC]
The home side forced a succession of second half corners but barely troubled Fraser Forster in the Celtic goal and, when the second goal came, it put the seal on a hugely satisfying victory for the Hoops. [via BBC]
In the third minute of stoppage time, Jonny Hayes’ initial shot was pushed out by Allan McGregor before the Celtic man steered home the rebound. [via BBC]
Rangers’ misery was complete shortly afterwards when Jordan Jones was sent off for scything down Moritz Bauer and Neil Lennon’s side are now three points clear at the summit of the Premiership. [via BBC]
With Kristoffer Ajer missing out after his injury against AIK last week, Lennon went with a centre-back duo of Nir Bitton and Christopher Jullien, with the latter giving an excellent display after his £7m summer arrival from Toulouse made him Celtic’s second most expensive signing of all time.
This was the third Premiership match in a row that the 26-year-old has started and his performance in his first Glasgow derby drew widespread commendation.
Sky Sports‘ Allan Valente said that Jullien “threw himself at deliveries into the box to give Forster a comfortable afternoon”, while Craig Williams of Football Scotland wrote that he was “first to everything” and “looked every bit the defender Celtic splashed the cash on”.
The Sun‘s Derek McGregor gave Jullien a nine rating, saying that he was “imperious in the air, especially in [the] closing stages with Celts under pressure” and adding that the defender forced a fine save out of Rangers goalkeeper McGregor.
Former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner told BBC: “Celtic defended very well. I thought Jullien was immense and even contributed to the second goal.”
The French defender has not come to Celtic Park on the cheap, but in keeping Rangers’ attack very quiet in his first Glasgow derby, he has gone some way to repaying the £7m that was paid for him in the summer.
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