Celtic continues Old Firm Dominance over Rangers with 5-1
Celtic F.C. remained unbeaten domestically after a 5-1 Old Firm rout of Rangers at Ibrox Stadium on Saturday.
Brendan Rodgers‘ side, who have already clinched their sixth consecutive SPFL title earlier this month rolled to their biggest ever win over Rangers at Ibrox.
The Hoops had defeated Rangers last weekend at Hampden Park in a Scottish Cup semifinal showdown, booking a spot into May’s Final against Aberdeen.
Scott Sinclair opened the scoring for the visitors, slotting home from the penalty spot after seven minutes. Patrick Roberts drew the spot-kick after being clipped by Rangers wingback Myles Beerman.
Leigh Griffiths marked his return to the Celtic line-up rifling home a goal after 18 minutes. Griffiths’ left-footed effort found the top-right corner for a 2-0 lead.
Following the halftime break, Callum McGregor made it 3-0 to Celtic, scoring his fourth goal of the season. The midfielder’s effort beat Wes Foderingham to the bottom-right corner.
Dedryck Boyata‘s 66th-minute header made it 4-0 to Celtic, as the Belgian international got on the end of Griffiths’s free-kick cross.
The lone cheer from the Rangers fans came in the 81st-minute when Kenny Miller finished off Joe Garner‘s pass for a consolation goal.
Mikael Lustig added salt in the wound for Rangers as the Celtic defender weaved his way through several challenges, and curled home the visitors fifth goal of the match.
At the final whistle, Celtic moved their record to 5-1-0 against Rangers this season across all competitions. Rangers recorded only one shot on goal, while Celtic had seven.
Following the match, Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha told BBC Sport that the ‘blame was on him’. “We played well but I am to blame, it is my total responsibility,” Caixinha said. Things didn’t go in the direction we were supposed to have planned so I am the man responsible.”
Celtic, who are 30-4-0 in the SPFL this season, face a road test at St. Johnstone next Saturday. Rangers, who are still clinging to the final European qualification spot, travel to Partick Thistle a day later.