Rangers 4-1 Celtic - Match Report

By Adam Robertson
 May 2, 2021

Rangers vs Celtic: Match Report (02.05.21)

Another beautiful Sunday as the champions face the runners-up.

Rangers lined up with our usual side, Kemar Roofe coming in on the right hand side of a front three and Jack Simpson starting alongside Connor Goldson. Referee Nick Walsh, took charge of his first Old Firm Derby.

Celtic started on the front foot with Greg Taylor getting in behind James Tavernier but the ever present Connor

Goldson was there to stop his cross. Rangers continued to be casual, this to Kristoffer Ajer finding his way into the Rangers 18-yard box, however the danger was averted for a Celtic corner.

Ian Crocker was quickly in to mention anything negative about Rangers and his favourite player Alfredo Morelos. The irony was him pouting out Rangers cup failure but  not mentioning how Celtic faired in the cups this season.

Ryan Kent found himself in a fantastic position on the left hand side but couldn’t get his cross into the box. Glen Kamara was then fouled in the middle of the park, Rangers took it quick and found Kent, who subsequently found Aribo, but his shot was blocked for a corner. Connor Goldson’s header from the corner found its way into the stand.

Celtic’s sloppy play was taken advantage of, a through ball to Kemar Roofe was not capitalised on but James Tavernier put in a superb ball which Alfredo Morelos could not direct on target.

Kristoffer Ajer yet again found his way forward, causing problems to the Rangers midfield. James Forrest’s shot was blocked by the Rangers defence with nothing coming from the subsequent corner.

Jack Simpson then found himself in the referees book with a nothing challenge on Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard, Nick Walsh introducing himself on the Old Firm scene I guess.

*Alex McLeish the last Rangers manager to go 6 unbeaten against Celtic

Kemar Roofe and Borna Barisic cleverly found themselves behind the Celtic defence, Barisic’s cross was headed away in the direction of Ryan Kent whose volley went wide of the target.

Callum McGregor was then booked by Nick Walsh after Ryan Kent pulled his pants by putting the ball through his legs. 

Scott Brown won the ball in the middle of the park and his passed found Mohammed Elyonousi, a couple of touches later he unleashed a shot which Allan McGregor tipped onto the crossbar. How many times has McGregor…

GOAL: Kemar Roofe (27 minutes) - 1-0

Glen Kamara was cleared out by Callum McGregor however Nick Walsh let play continue, Aribo finds his way into the box and finds Ryan Kent on the edge of the box. Kent’s shot was scuffed into the path of Kemar Roofe who guided it into the net, 1-0 Rangers. Callum McGregor was shown a second yellow card during the goal celebration, I guess for his horrific challenge on Kamara.

GOAL: Odsonne Edouard (29 minutes) - 1-1

Celtic right back Jonjoe Kenny fired in a cross which went goalward but Allan McGregor tipped it over for a corner. The corner was put into the box where it found its way to Odsonne Edouard who put it into the back of the Rangers net. Abysmal defending from Rangers, with Jack Simpson not even jumping to challenge for the header.

GOAL: Alfredo Morelos (32 minutes) 2-1

Rangers pressed forward again, Ryan Kent found Joe Aribo in space whose fizzing shot was saved by Celtic keeper Scott Bain. Connor Goldson once again won his header but it was blocked. Alfredo Morelos picked the ball up on the edge of the box, dropped his shoulder, loses Scott Brown and smashed it into the top of the Celtic goal. I wonder if Scott Brown will know who scored at the back post this time?

Some superb passing play by Rangers found us in another dangerous position, unfortunately Alfredo Morelos’ tame shot was an easy one for Scott Bain. 

Another Celtic corner came after Connor Goldson dealt with Odsonne Edouard. This time it was defended by Borna Barisic but Ryan Kent couldn’t capatilse on the counter attack.

For the third time in the first half Kristoffer Ajer drifted through the Rangers midfield, he found James Forrest who clearly lost his left foot through injury as his dragged shot hit Borna Barisic and went out for a corner. Celtic’s corner was met by Edouard but McGregor could have caught that with his eyes closed.

Odsonne Edouard pressed forward and took advantage of a Goldson slip but the incredible Steven Davis tracked back and time his challenge to perfection. Celtic won their seventh corner, at least they were leading at something on the day.

Referee Nick Walsh blew his whistle to end a great first half for Rangers, 10-men Celtic will have to climb a mountain if they want to stop this unbeaten Rangers side.

HALF TIME: Rangers 2 Celtic 1

Rangers kicked off the second half at Ibrox. The build up play spanned across the park and James Tavernier put a cross into the where Kristoffer Ajer tried to join teammate Callum McGregor on the list of Rangers scorers in an Old Firm match.

Rangers looked comfortable fizzing passes around the pitch as well as picking up loose balls or breaking up any potential Celtic break away. 

We then turned into prime Barcelona, one touch, wee flicks, Steven Davis sending Scott Brown off to Aberdeen early. If only the fans were packing the stands to give it the obligatory ‘ole’.

Ryan Kent then pulled of a skill that Ronaldinho would have been proud of, his cross found Kemar Roofe in the box but his header went over the bar.

Celtic had a few chance when an Odsonne Edouard shot was blocked by Connor Goldson. James Forrest then found some space to cross the ball into the box, it found David Turnbull who header wide of the Rangers goal.

GOAL: Kemar Roofe (57 minutes) 3-1

Some more clever passing play by Rangers found Borna Barisic in space on the left hand side. He put in a sublime cross which was met by Kemar Roofe after a brilliant run, he headed the ball past Scott Bain, which added to Celtic’s pain. 

Scott Brown was taken off on the hour mark in his final Old Firm game, I’m surprised that it wasn’t mentioned in any of the build up or commentary to be fair. At least we will get to see him when we are pumping Aberdeen next season.

Another chance for Alfredo Morelos after Ryan Kent broke through the middle of the park. His strike was straight down the throat of Scott Bain and didn’t cause any danger. Nick Walsh branded Elyonousi with a yellow card for his tug on Kent’s shirt in the build up to that change, some great officiating there.

A Jack Simpson mistake allowed Odsonne Edouard to attack the Rangers goal, his shot was blocked and went out for another Celtic corner.

James Tavernier put in possibly one of the best crosses of the season, but unfortunately Kemar Roofe couldn’t get onto the end of it to score the first Rangers hat-trick in an Old Firm since Ally McCoist. 

John Kennedy took Odsonne Edouard off with 15 minutes to go, which could possibly his last Old Firm? Saying that, is anyone going to really cough up the £40million reportedly wanted for him. 

Borna Barisic then pulled up with injury after playing the ball forward. Luckily he managed to pick himself up and walk off rather than use the stretcher but that could possible be a worrying one for us. Scott Wright replaced him with Aribo slotting in at left back.

Yet again Kristoffer Ajer found himself driving forward unchallenged but his wild shot went far and wide.

Mohammed Elyonousi had a golden opportunity to get Celtic back into the game with a header at the back post but James Tavernier done just enough to put him off.

Alfredo Morelos then pulled up with a possible hamstring injury. Another fine Old Firm performance from the Colombian, you just can’t stop him scoring against Celtic.

Jermaine Defoe made his Old Firm cameo replacing the superb Kemar Roofe, who very kindly let Jonjoe Kenny out of his back pocket on the way off the field.

GOAL: Jermaine Defoe (90 minutes) 4-1

The final nail in the coffin came as Ianis Hagi played in Jermaine Defoe, the Englishman was calm and collected he spun Stephen Welsh inside and and slotted the ball into the Celtic net, I couldn’t be any happier for him. What a way to end this game.

Nick Walsh blew his whistle to end his first Old Firm game. Rangers victorious over Celtic once again which means that Steven Gerrard becomes the first manager since Alex McLeish to go 6 games unbeaten against Celtic, not bad for someone quietly terrified.

FULL TIME: Rangers 4 Celtic 1

This Is Ibrox Man of the Match: 

Ryan Kent - an incredible performance by Ryan Kent see’s him selected as our man of the match. It was a close one between a few players including Kemar Roofe and Steven Davis but Kent was just a level above everyone, not one Celtic player could get near him. He’s a player who when on his game is unstoppable.

Written by Adam Robertson 

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