The huge gulf between Rangers and Celtic was clearly shown in a first fierce league Old Firm in four years with the Hoops hammering their rivals 5-1 as Moussa Dembele netted a hat trick. These types of games are where form goes out the window and anything can happen.
But Brendan Rodgers’ side put a strong statement on who rules Glasgow and perfect preparation for Tuesday night’s Champions League opening group game against Barcelona. While the Gers looked flat and Phillipe Senderos was sent off after a handball which led to a second yellow.
Dembele opened the scoring when he rose in the box to head home from a Scott Sinclair corner. His second of the match arrived nine minutes later as he punished a sloppy Rob Kiernan mistake as the Frenchman cut inside of Senderos and coolly slotted it past keeper Wes Foderingham. Rangers grabbed a goal back just before the break with Joe Garner netting a header.
Dembele turned provider for the third when his beautiful pass set up Sinclair who fired the ball into the net. Dembele grabbed his hat trick in 83 minutes when Mikael Lustig’s cross went over Joey Barton’s head and the forward smashed it home.
At the death Stuart Armstrong inflicted more pain on their rivals with a neat finish. So Celtic deservedly got bragging rights over their neighbours. The battle between Joey Barton and Scott Brown was continually being brought up in the lead up to the match. But there was no contest at all with Brown completely outclassing Barton.
Meanwhile the worry of not having top striker Griffiths in the team due to injury didn’t bother the Bhoys as young Dembele was outstanding and he destroyed Mark Warburton’s visitors.
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