Ragdoll facility

Detailed Celtic player notes as Jota and Abada ragdoll Rangers in devastating derby

Joe Hart: The Celtic goalkeeper’s role on occasions like these is more than just making saves – although he has done so on the rare occasions when he has been asked to do so too. Hart picked up well, hit well and spoke well. His urgency remains contagious and sets the tone from the start of the moves, something Ange Postecoglou has been keen to emphasize again in recent weeks amid goal-laden scores. 8

Josip Juranovic: Facing Ryan Kent again, the Croatia international was his usual lingering self and seemed to be actively relishing his second Parkhead derby atmosphere. While Rangers undoubtedly have more joy on his flank than the other – Borna Barisic managed to get three or four decent balls in the first 45 – he handled his compatriot well in one-on-ones. Going forward, he was relentless, like the whole team, and even as the game wore on, he seemed limitless in his energy. 8

Cameron Carter Vickers: Reunited with central defensive partner Carl Starfelt, Carter-Vickers worked to ensure that Rangers top scorer Antonio Colak wouldn’t have the freedom from Parkhead as he appeared to have against Ross County at Ibrox a week ago. He was successful in that regard – as Starfelt was – even if there wasn’t too much to deal with in practice. The American was booked for a trip attempt on Ryan Kent when he passed him too easily. All in all, it was a good performance rather than a great one from the centre-back, with good composure and timely blocking worthy of note in the second 45. 8

Carl Starfelt: Preferred to Moritz Jenz as right centre-back in a move that ultimately proved justifiable. We must not forget that he is still in great shape after a long injury which impacted his pre-season. That said, the one or two questionable moments he endured – for example, misjudging the situation by choosing to return the ball into the scrum rather than leaving it for Hart or calling off a routine clearance – cannot not really be attributed to a lack. of preparation. He was otherwise healthy and played his part in subduing Colak. He strode forward and missed his tackle attempt which allowed a counter-attack that ultimately came to nothing. He got injured in the process and was taken off for Moritz Jenz in the 55th minute. seven

Greg Taylor: Taylor was a standout performer in more than one Glasgow Derby last season and he largely continued that run on a bright afternoon in Paradise. The Scotland international showed his budding passing ability (the ball to clear Jota’s early gates which resulted in a corner) and defended well at the back post when Rangers received balls in front of the opposite flank. Malik Tillman and James Tavernier’s cancellation was of course team-induced, but Taylor was important in his execution. 8

Callum McGregor: The captain and midfield kingpin has plenty of history in derby clashes, but last season, with the armband strapped around his bicep, he at times seemed to step up to a new level entirely. It continued unabated against the Light Blues at Parkhead. It was his quick free-kick that led to the second goal as he usually ran through his park with complete authority. Arguably the biggest compliment he can give his teammates is that the times Rangers made Glen Kamara or someone else sit on him during the build-up, his men didn’t left disturbed. His influence in this is clear and evident. 8

Reo Hatate: Going into his fifth derby game in nine months at Celtic, Hatate was the game’s top scorer throughout last season. He hasn’t particularly threatened to add to that tally, but his willingness to patrol dangerous areas and take risks with his passing becomes increasingly difficult for opponents to handle, while his understanding with Matt O ‘Riley is growing with the games. a relationship worthy of a flagship show in its own right. He allowed Lundstram to snatch the ball from him in his defensive third at one point in the second half, but posed very little problem by any of the Light Blues midfielders beyond that. 8

Matt O’Riley: The calmest man in the building, as usual, O’Riley’s demeanor and utter conviction on the ball seemed to frustrate the Rangers midfielder and John Lundstram in particular seemed to find it incomprehensible, resorting as he made to transport and fault whenever he was in his general vicinity. Players like O’Riley take those tactics as a compliment, however, and he continued to probe and create as much as possible, including putting the cross for the opener. He was also the one to play Jota for the second and graze Greg Taylor’s cross for Liel Abada’s second shortly before half-time. He entered this derby without goals or assists in his four appearances… perhaps he took it as a personal affront. Exceptional. 9

Liel Abada: A hat-trick and an assist in Dundee United’s 9-0 defeat last weekend earned the Israel international his place in the starting XI against Daizen Maeda and he capitalized on it in eight minutes by staying alert to beat all Rangers defenders. the ball and score the opener. He was straight up against Barisic and beat him from the start – even deep in his own half when he lit a sixpence and was fired by the Croatian, who picked up the game’s first booking in response. Abada was tenacious in and out of possession as his killer instinct returned five minutes before half-time when he rummaged through McLaughlin’s legs to make it 3-0. At his electric best as he was here, the 20-year-old is out of control. 9

Kyōgo Furuhashi: Within the first minute he was beaten on the shoulder by John Lundstram and sent off shortly after with Giorgos Giakoumakis entering the fray.

Jota: Back on the left and with the potential to give James Tavernier all sorts of trouble, Jota once again lit up Paradise. It should be noted that Postecoglou’s philosophy is based on the fact that its players continue to play “their football” regardless of the occasion, adversity or consequences. It would then have made his heart swell with pride, you imagine, that not only did his men play the ball with inherent confidence when pressed, but it was Jota’s adherence to the quick throw-in edict which proved absolutely essential to the first goal. . The anticipation when he collected the ball himself was palpable in the stands but also, it seemed, among the frightened opposing players. His second goal – a brilliant run and dink over Jon McLaughlin – was nothing short of what he deserved and underscored his status as Scottish football’s premier light. An irrepressible threat. 9


Giorgos Giakoumakis (for Kyogo 5): The Greek was thrown into the arena much earlier than he expected and immediately set about hurting himself. This term perhaps does him a disservice as his particular type of anarchy is deliberate and calmly administered. He missed a chance with a header in the first half and didn’t really have another one after that. seven

Moritz Jenz (for Starfelt 57): FC Lorient loanee Jenz replaced Starfelt after the Swede’s move and slotted in alongside Carter-Vickers, pulling off a fine interception within seconds. He did the same later in the half to calmly reject a cutback from Scott Wright and happily carried the ball forward when possible, even playing a fine pass through two rushing Rangers players for the out of the game and allow Hatate a deep run into the opposition. half. seven

Aaron Mooy (for O’Riley 73): He made his derby debut and took on the role of 6, which allowed McGregor to advance slightly further. 6

David Turnbull (for Hatate 73): Introduced into midfield for the final 15-20 minutes and got on the scoresheet after taking advantage of a howler from McLaughlin. Although most of his work was off the ball, he was a willing worker in that regard when the team saw the game. 6

Daizen Maeda (for Abada 73): Seeing Abada finally leave the game to see Maeda replace him must have been a frightening prospect for Barisic to calculate. In training, it was Lundstam and Connor Goldson who felt the brunt of his brutal pace when he took the ball on a quick breakaway from a Rangers corner. The defender escaped with just a caution for his cynical foul while Maeda was industrious on the relatively unknown right flank without threatening the goal. 6

Unused substitutes: Benjamin Siegrist, Anthony Ralston, Sead Haksabanovic, James Forrest.