The long awaited team sheet was released not long after 1130am and it was a team that would have delighted the Celtic supporters. Two up front with Griffiths and Edouard, Soro with Turnbull in the midfield was the chat amongst many Celtic forums for the week and Neil Lennon hinted yesterday that the team shape may change for the Glasgow Derby leading many to think that the shape of the team would be compromised to accommodate the experience of Scott Brown.
Celtic went at it from the start with Edouard coming close in the third minute after Callum McGregor released him but the Rangers ‘keeper saved the initial shot and the rebound, but the flag was up against the Celtic striker as he went to bury the second shot.
Celtic had another effort on the ninth minute as a poor clearance from Balogun gave possession away to Turnbull who slotted in Griffiths, but his deflected shot was saved again by the Rangers keeper.
Celtic were relentless in their attacking and on the 11th minute, McGregor saw a shot from outside the box just fizz past the Rangers right hand post. The best chance of the first half though came from a Griffiths curling shot from just outside the box with Rangers ‘keeper, McGregor pulling off an outstanding save to keep the visitors at bay.
The game evened itself out after 30mins as Rangers tried to get a grip of the game but Celtic were dominant and dogged and never gave the hosts a minute on the ball.
Rangers had their first real opportunity on the 42nd minute as Morelos broke through the middle with Laxalt chasing back and the Uruguayan executed an excellent pin point tackle to deny the Colombian as he would have through on goal if it was mistimed.
Celtic almost took the lead from a Turnbull corner but Bitton’s header flashed just past McGregor’s left hand post.
Celtic have been dominant in the first half but with the score still level, Lennon will be hoping the effort and possession enjoyed in the first half will continue into the second and provide all that has been missing so far, a goal.