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How the players rated as Rangers beat Celtic at Parkhead

 

Rangers midfielder Steven Davis and Celtic defender Christopher Jullien challenge for the ball during Sunday's Old Firm derby at Parkhead (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)
Rangers midfielder Steven Davis and Celtic defender Christopher Jullien challenge for the ball during Sunday's Old Firm derby at Parkhead (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

By Andy Newport, PA

A thrilling, and very important, Old Firm derby at Parkhead on Sunday afternoon, but which players stood out on both sides in a full-blooded battle?

Andy Newport takes a look at how each of them got on.

Celtic

FRASER FORSTER: The Hoops’ hero at Hampden last time out but he could not rescue Neil Lennon’s team this time. 6

JEREMIE FRIMPONG: Lennon could have done with a few more of his players showing the kind of leadership and courage as the Dutch teenager. 7

CHRISTOPHER JULLIEN: Made a nervy start and never really recovered with stray passes galore. Did win his side a penalty while he saw two headers cleared off the line. 5

KRISTOFFER AJER: Lost track of Nikola Katic as the Rangers defender powered home his header to seal a first Parkhead win since 2010. 5

BOLI BOLINGOLI: Seemed unsure whether to get tight to Aribo or push up to support Mikey Johnston, and Gers were quick to capitalise on his indecision. 5

SCOTT BROWN: Given the run around by Ryan Kent as the Hoops skipper found himself pinned down by the Rangers playmaker’s runs inside. 6

CALLUM McGREGOR: The only Celtic player to get pass marks during an off-colour first half and played a crucial role in the equaliser as his strike ricocheted off Odsonne Edouard. 7

RYAN CHRISTIE: The Scotland attacker’s performance was symptomatic of the hosts’ all-round display. Failed to match the visitors’ intensity levels as he was shrugged off the ball far too often. A penalty miss too made it a miserable day all round. 5

JAMES FORREST: Lennon could have really done with some spark from the winger but it was a tired display from a player who has already amassed 39 appearances this season. 5

ODSONNE EDOUARD: Looked barely interested before he got a huge slice of luck as McGregor’s shot cannoned off his elbow and into the net. 6

MIKEY JOHNSTON: The young winger was given the nod over Olivier Ntcham but did little to justify his selection as his tricks and flicks came to nothing. 5

Substitutes

NIR BITTON (for Johnston, 68): Guilty of gifting away possession as the Hoops looked to build pressure. 3

OLIVIER NTCHAM (for Forrest, 68): Could not change Celtic’s fortunes. 4

LEIGH GRIFFITHS (for Christie, 81): Blazed over with a late free-kick. 3

Rangers

ALLAN McGREGOR: His penalty save could yet turn out to be a decisive point in the season for Steven Gerrard’s team. His save from Bolingoli was just as important. 8

JAMES TAVERNIER: After seven attempts the Rangers captain finally has a win at Celtic Park under his belt. Played his part as he shut down Johnston’s threat. 8

CONNOR GOLDSON: Gerrard needed his centre-back to stand up to Edouard and Goldson did just that, often cutting out the danger before it reached the Frenchman. 7

NIKOLA KATIC: Could have been the villain after his tug on Jullien handed the hosts a penalty but ended up the Rangers hero after thudding home the winner. 8

BORNA BARISIC: Picked out Kent with a terrific cut-back for the Light Blues’ opener then produced another quality corner delivery for compatriot Katic’s goal. 8

STEVEN DAVIS: Back after almost a month out injured but used all his experience to help guide Rangers to victory, especially with two goal-saving clearances on the line. 7

RYAN JACK: Not his usual influence in the first half as he missed a chance to rob Edouard in the lead up to Celtic’s leveller. Came back pumped up for the second half. 6

GLEN KAMARA: Rangers dominated the opening half and the former Dundee midfielder’s role in that was key as he kept possession under pressure while forcing Celtic’s midfield into mistakes. 7

JOE ARIBO: Looked out of his depth during his first two Old Firm appearances but stood up to the test at Parkhead as the Light Blues won the midfield battle. 7

ALFREDO MORELOS: Another red card – this time picking up a second yellow for diving – and another game without breaking his Old Firm drought but his job in occupying Celtic’s centre-halves was so crucial for Gers. 6

RYAN KENT: Has struggled to live up to his £7million price tag but he went some way to repaying that fee with his first-half opener. Refused to give Brown the time or space he usually thrives on. 7

Substitutes

SCOTT ARFIELD (for Kamara, 81): Added legs in the final stages. 4

GEORGE EDMUNDSON (for Davis, 90): On as Gers looked to run down the clock. N/A

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