Another derby, another easy win. Celtic saved their best for last when it comes to this particular fixture this term with a stunning 5-1 win at Ibrox. It was an historic day that rubbed salt into the wounds of Rangers and once again underlined the Hoops’ superiority over their fiercest rivals.
We look at three talking points from the match…
“No Dembele, no worries, no problems. Outstanding from everyone today! We showed why we’re champions” Leigh Griffiths tweeted after the demolition. For so much of this season the forward has been left frustrated by his lack of opportunities because of injury and the form of Moussa Dembele. With Dembele watching from the sidelines this was Griffiths’ chance to grab the spotlight and he didn’t disappoint.
From the first till last minute he was a constant menace, pressing from the front and getting in behind the Rangers backline at every opportunity. His work ethic was questioned earlier in the season by Brendan Rodgers but his response has been very professional and on Saturday he was immense with and without the ball.
Not only did he send a pile-driver into the top corner to all but wrap up the game after 18 minutes, his delivery from set pieces was excellent and was the source of the fourth goal.
What a second half to the season Dedryck Boyata is having. Seemingly out of favour, he was one of the handful of players Rodgers trusted to get back to their best and he’s repaid the faith shown in him. On Saturday the Belgian was class and possibly man of the match.
He was absolutely dominant against Kenny Miller, Martyn Waghorn and Joe Garner beating them to every header and 50/50, timing his tackles to perfection and keeping possession with ease. To top off a fine performance, the ex Manchester City youngster headed home the fourth of the afternoon in front of the travelling fans.
Boyata and Jozo Simunovic have established themselves as the best centre-back pairing at the club and both were rock solid again at Ibrox. At the start of the campaign most Celtic supporters would probably have foreseen Erik Sviatchenko and Kolo Toure as the team’s chief central defenders. However it’s testament to Boyata and Simunovic that they’ve worked their way to the top of the pecking order. If it were up to the fans the duo would start in the Scottish Cup final.
Spread of goals
Not only are Celtic frightening in attack, they’re dangerous all over the pitch. Even when their top scorer of 32 goals was missing through injury the Bhoys still managed to score five goals with five different scorers.
The spread of goals has been a theme this season but it really hit home against the Gers. A winger, striker, central midfielder, centre-back and full-back found the net which goes some way towards explaining how relentless they are. They scored five but in truth it could have been eight or nine.
It must be dream for the manager to know when one area of his side is under-performing he has a number of weapons across the park who can change a game. And when it all comes together, like it did on Saturday, the champions are unstoppable.