Today’s trip for Celtic to Rangers and Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership didn’t go to plan as the side were massively second best on the day.
There’s no hiding from the fact they were the better side for a change, and from pundits down to Rodgers himself, the consensus is they deserved their victory but that will be of scant comfort for most fans.
They opened the scoring in the 30th minute of the first half, and we had no reply and had it not been for goalkeeper Craig Gordon, the margin of the defeat could well have been larger. We did have the ball in the back of the net though, but Callum McGregor saw his effort ruled out for offside after the halftime restart and that was almost the only high point in reality.
One effort on target across the 90 minutes probably sums the story of the performance up.
Speaking to the BBC following the end of the game, I’m sure our gaffers’ words in private were slightly more colourful.
“I thought the best team won. Rangers played well. We had a lot of unforced mistakes and didn’t create as much as we would like so we’ve got no excuse. I think with players missing and one or two unfit, it took away a little bit of strength from us. We brought pressure onto ourselves at times with poor decision-making. They’ll feel the hurt of losing a Celtic v Rangers game and hopefully that will make them better going forward.”
????️BR: "I’ve sat here having won and having played well, but I sit here today having lost. Today hurts, it always does, and some of our players haven’t experienced that. Now we can go away, recover, press the reset button, work hard and come back better."#RANCEL
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) December 29, 2018