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Celtic v Rangers – Story of the match

Hoops wrapped up a seventh consecutive Ladbrokes Premiership title.

Celtic celebrated winning their seventh straight Ladbrokes Premiership crown with a merciless 5-0 drubbing of Rangers at Parkhead.

Odsonne Edouard, the 20-year-old French striker on loan from Paris St Germain, scored a first-half double with James Forrest adding a third before the break to send Hoops fans into a half-time frenzy.

Celtic’s current dominance over their city rivals was underlined after the break as midfielders Tom Rogic and Callum McGregor added further goals to spark off the familiar celebrations with three fixtures remaining.

Tweet of the match

Star man – Odsonne Edouard

Edouard wheels away after scoring Celtic's opener

With Moussa Dembele out, Brendan Rodgers faced a dilemma over who to start up front – Edouard or Leigh Griffiths. He went with the on-loan Paris St Germain striker and got his reward as the 20-year-old put on a stunning display. His close-range finish for the opener may have been simple, but his next for goal number two was clinical perfection. Capped off a fine display by laying on the fifth for Callum McGregor.

Moment of the match

Forrest fires in Celtic's third after a terrific run

The Celtic support did not need to wait for the goals to start raining in for them to enjoy themselves but the party really got under way when James Forrest slammed home the third goal after a great solo run.

Second thoughts for Steven Gerrard?

Gerrard is the new Rangers boss

Sources close to Rangers say that the former Liverpool and England skipper is close to agreeing to become the next Ibrox boss but based on this latest pasting at Parkhead, he could be forgiven for having second thoughts. The gap separating them from Brendan Rodgers’ treble-chasers is wider than ever and there appears no quick fix that could allow Gerrard to enjoy success any time soon.

Data point

Rodgers has enjoyed four-goal winning margins three times since taking over last season but this five-goal pasting is the Hoops’ biggest derby triumph over Gers since 1895 and takes the manager’s Old Firm record to 11 games without defeat.

Player ratings


Posted by Celtic FC on Sunday, April 29, 2018

Celtic:  Craig Gordon 6, Mikael Lustig 6, Dedryck Boyata 7, Kristoffer Ajer 6, Kieran Tierney 8, Olivier Ntcham 8, Scott Brown 7, James Forrest 8, Tom Rogic 8, Callum McGregor 8, Odsonne Edouard 9. Subs: Scott Sinclair (for Rogic, 70) 5, Jack Hendry (for Lustig, 71) 4, Leigh Griffiths (for Edouard, 75) 5.

Rangers: Jak Alnwick 4, James Tavernier 4, Ross McCrorie 4, Russell Martin 4, Andy Halliday 5, Jason Holt 6, Graham Dorrans 4, Daniel Candeias 5, Josh Windass 4, Jamie Murphy 6, Jason Cummings 4. Subs: Alfredo Morelos (for Windass, 60) 5, Greg Docherty (for Dorrans, 71) 4.

Who’s up next?

Hearts v Celtic (Ladbrokes Premiership, Sunday, May 6)

Rangers v Kilmarnock (Ladbrokes Premiership, Saturday, May 5)

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