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Derby Day Draw And It’s Celtic’s Title

Discussion in 'TalkCeltic News' started by packybhoy, May 2, 2022.

By packybhoy on May 2, 2022 at 7:35 PM
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    Sunday 1st May 2022. K.O. 12 noon

    Celtic Park, Glasgow

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    CELTIC 1-1 RANGERS

    Scorer: Jota (21)
    Sakala. (67)


    There was so much at stake for both teams in this latest instalment of The Glasgow Derby in the hunt for the title. Celtic held the advantage being 6 points clear and * of a healthier goal difference to their rivals.

    Rangers arrived missing some key players with Morelos, Hagi, Roofe and Helander all out through injury. The Hoops were nearly at full strength with only Juranović out from the previous Semi final clash in which he was taken off injured.

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    Ange opted for Kyogo up front and Matt O’Riley in place of Tom Rogic. Although Celtic went in as favourites It was the men in blue who flew out of the traps and tried to gain control of the possession in the first 15 minutes. Ryan Kent twice snatched at opportunities to score within minutes of each other. His first effort flashed past the post and the second long range drive was gathered by Hart.

    For all of Rangers' positive play it was Celtic and that man Jota who broke the deadlock with a great finish on 21 minutes. Greg Taylor picked the ball up on the left flank and passed through to Maeda just inside the box. The Japanese player lifted the ball across the face of goal to see Jota arrive at the back post to spin off his marker and direct it into the net to make it 1-0 Celtic.

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    The relief from the stands was massive after such a nervy opening that seemed to stifle the atmosphere and spread a little panic. Celtic began to press Rangers back into their half and it was much better play by the Hoops as the penny dropped that the title was at stake.

    In 32 minutes Hatate spotted a run by Jota and he pinged a ball over the top, Kyogo stood motionless in an offside position while Jota lost Rangers captain Tavernier to get his head on the ball only to see it fly over the crossbar.

    The next big chance fell to Celtic again in 42 minutes. O’Riley played a pass to Jota who crossed to the back post where Maeda was free. As he attacked the ball Alan McGregor made himself big and seemed to put Maeda off as his header went inches wide of the post. It really could have been the second.

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    The second half was a mystery as far as Celtic were concerned as they looked like a different team out there. Goldson shot over the Celtic bar early on in the second half and Maeda did the same at the Rangers end. There wasn’t much opportunities taken and it was enough for Ange to make a triple substitution on the hour mark.

    Giakoumakis, Rogic and Bitton replaced Kyogo, O’Riley and Hatate who had a pretty poor game overall. It was at this point Celtic started to unravel and the failure to keep the ball and possession cost the Celts dearly as they allowed Rangers to sneak back into the game. These triple substitutions have taken the sting out of a few of our games this season.

    The Ibrox men made their own double subs but that seemed to work for them as they pulled level on 67 minutes with a goal by Sakala. Wright picked the ball up in midfield and fed it to Arfield who back-heeled it into the path of Sakala. He laid on Kent who played it back inside the Celtic box and Sakala lifted his head and lashed home past Hart to make it level.

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    After that it was nearly all Rangers as they pushed Celtic back and we left them plenty of room to roam. It was as if the panic began to spread through the team and it was tough to watch them in the ascendancy. Sakala had another great opportunity to put his team ahead only for Joe Hart to splendidly turn the thunderous shot over his bar. Minutes later and again Sakala put a header over the bar.

    As time ticked down on the clock it looked like Rangers would grab the winner but Celtic stood tall and rode their luck, especially when Sakala had beaten Hart only to see his shot come back off the post. It was a huge, huge let off for the Hoops and someone was watching over us.

    Twenty nine games undefeated in the League is a magnificent run by this newly molded Celtic team. Nothing was expected from Postecoglou and his team this season as long as they showed promise and desire. They have gone the distance and bettered the expectation of the fans and showed up as worthy winners over the last run of games. It also shows how important our victory at Ibrox was in the big picture.

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    Ten titles in Eleven seasons is not to be sniffed at and is a monumental achievement. Hopefully this is a new wave of Celtic dominance under our Aussie Greek manager and hopefully he will get a nice portion of that £40 million bounty that is heading our direction. Well done Bhoys and Big Ange as you have done us proud. Let’s get the three points against Hearts on Saturday and wrap this title up once and for all.


    MOTM: Jota again was dictating the play in the first half and scored another important goal. It is imperative we get the tricky winger signed up permanently.


    LINEUPS:


    CELTIC: Hart, Ralston, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Taylor, O’Riley, McGregor, Hatate, Jota, Kyogo, Maeda. SUBS: Bitton, Giakoumakis, Abada, Turnbull, McCarthy, Rogic, Bain, Forrest, Welsh. (4-3-3)


    RANGERS: McGregor, Tavernier, Goldson, Bassey, Barisic, Lundstram, Davis, Sakala, Arfield, Kent, Aribo. SUBS: Jack, Diallo, Itten, Kamara, Sands, Wright, McLaughlin, King, Lowrey. (4-2-3-1)



    POSSESSION: Celtic 51% Rangers 49%


    SHOTS: Celtic 9 - 14 Rangers


    SHOTS ON TARGET: Celtic 1 - 5 Rangers


    PASSES: Celtic 428 - 423 Rangers


    COMPLETION: Celtic 78% Rangers 73%




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