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How the players rated during Celtic's 2-0 win over Rangers

The first Old Firm derby of the season went the way of Celtic, thanks to goals from Tom Rogic, Leigh Griffiths and an inspired performance from Patrick Roberts.

But just how did all the players rate? Have a look right here:

RANGERS

WES FODERINGHAM 6

Made first-half saves from Rogic, Griffiths, Roberts and Armstrong but had chance at Rogic's goal and one poor clearance to Sinclair put his side under needless pressure. 6.

JAMES TAVERNIER 5

While creative in attack, defending is not Tavernier's forte. He got forward well at times and one good cross just missed Morelos. 5.

ROSS MCCRORIE 5

Injuries meant the 19-year-old started for the first time, following a substitute appearance against Partick Thistle. Looked the part against Griffiths in the first-half but lost that battle after the break. 5.

FABIO CARDOSO 4

The Portuguese defender looked solid enough for the most part but did not look too clever at Rogic's goal when Roberts' shot was allowed to get to the Australian. 4.

LEE HODSON 5

Started at left-back due to Lee Wallace's injury and although he worked diligently, he was at times found wanting against the pace and trickery of Roberts. 5.

RYAN JACK 4

One of seven Rangers players who started in an Old Firm game for the first time. A steadying influence in the first-45 minutes but faded under increasing Celtic pressure. 4.

GRAHAM DORRANS 4

Grew into the game in the first-half but like most of his team mates struggled after Celtic forged ahead. 4.

JOSH WINDASS 6

Asked to provide some flair to the Gers team from the left, a clever nutmeg on Scott Brown and showed nice touches before running out of steam. 6.

DANIEL CANDEIAS 4

The 29-year-old Portuguese midfielder worked the flank as well as he could but showed his frustratiom when booked for a foul on opponent Kieran Tierney. 4.

CARLOS PENA 4

The pace seemed too much for the Mexico international and he lasted five minutes of the second-half before being hooked. 4.

ALFREDO MORELOS 5

Had scored eight goals since arriving from HJK Helsinki and kept the Celtic defence busy at times although was caught offside on several occasions. Had a header from point-blank range saved by Craig Gordon at 1-0. 5.

Substitutes:

KENNY MILLER 5 (on for Carlos Pena, 53): The experienced attaxcker immediately set up Morelos with a header and tried valiantly to get his side back in the game.

EDUARDO HERRERA 4 (On for Windass, 73): The big striker ran about in the final stages to no avail. 

AARON NEMANE 4 (on for Candeias, 84): Game was gone by the time the youngster came on.

CELTIC

CRAIG GORDON 6

The Scotland keeper had little to do until he made a fantastic save from Morelos. 6.

MIKAEL LUSTIG 6

Was constrained mostly to defending and could not get up the pitch as often as he would have liked until the latter stages. 6.

JOZO SIMUNOVIC 6

Returned after recovering from a swollen knee and was given a hard time by Morelos when Rangers enjoyed their best spell before the break. 6.

DEDRYCK BOYATA 6

Making only his second start of the season after picking up a knee injury in the summer, the Belgian stopper strolled most of the game. 6.

KIERAN TIERNEY 7

The young left-back demonstrated his growing maturity and came out on top after a good battle with Candeias. 7.

SCOTT BROWN 6

The Hoops captain dictated Celtic's tempo and got involved with Pedro Caixinha as the players went up the tunnel at the interval 6.

STUART ARMSTRONG 6

Workrate was high as usual but slipped at a crucial time when he could have opened the scoring when played in by Rogic in first half. 6

TOM ROGIC 7

Returning to the side, the Australia midfielder he had a couple of lovely touches before he slammed in his goal from 12 yards. 7.

PATRICK ROBERTS 8

Pick of the Celtic players. Looked lively, energetic and was involved in both goals. 8.

SCOTT SINCLAIR 6

A couple of dynamic early runs in both halves but his threat was more sporadic than normal. 6.

LEIGH GRIFFITHS 8

He came close with a free-kick, missed a header and had a drive saved in the first-half. Missed the target with a drive just after the break before drilling in his goal to seal the points, all the time winding up the home supporters. 8

Substitutes:

CALLUM MCGREGOR 6 (On for Rogic, 63: The midfielder clicked right into position as Celtic coasted the second-half.

JAMES FORREST 6 (for Roberts, 65 mins): The winger worked hard for the team and had a late shot saved by Fotheringham.

MOUSSA DEMBELE 5 (on for Griffiths, 80): Dembele came on when Griffiths had softened up the Gers defence and will be glad of the minutes as he returns to full fitness following a hamstring injury.

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