In a pulsating Old Firm clash at Parkhead, Celtic emerged triumphant with a 2-1 win, ending Rangers’ 16-game unbeaten run under manager Philippe Clement and extending their lead to eight points in the Scottish Premiership.
Celtic’s pressure was palpable from the start, with Kyogo Furuhashi threatening early on, but Rangers showcased resilience with Ross McCausland’s low cross and efforts from Cyriel Dessers and Todd Cantwell.
Paulo Bernardo broke the deadlock with a powerful strike from 20 yards, giving Celtic the lead. Despite Leon Balogun’s red card for fouling Daizen Maeda, Rangers fought back as James Tavernier scored a stunning free-kick, setting up a tense finish.
Kyogo Furuhashi, continuing his stellar performances against Rangers, added a second with a sublime curled finish, doubling Celtic’s lead. Despite Rangers’ missed chances, including Dessers’ golden opportunity, and claims for a penalty, Celtic held firm.
James Tavernier’s late free-kick brought hope for Rangers, but Celtic secured the critical victory. This result not only reaffirms Celtic’s quality but also serves as a timely reminder of their championship credentials.
The win ended Philippe Clement’s unbeaten record as Rangers manager, highlighting Celtic’s ability to find the required quality in crucial moments. For Rangers, this defeat serves as a reality check, emphasizing the need for reinforcements and time for Clement to shape the team in his image. The race for the title remains competitive, but Celtic’s performance showcased their determination to maintain their lead in the Scottish Premiership.