Saturday’s programme was highlighted by the Scottish derby for Glasgow. Celtic welcomed Rangers to their home ground. The goal was clear for both teams. Celtic wanted to defend their lead, Rangers wanted to extend it. It was a hard-fought battle from the start, with a wonderful first half goal.
The best Scottish football has had to offer for a long time. A battle of one against the other. One of football’s great derbies. All of this is on offer in the battle between Celtic and Rangers, two clubs from the city of Glasgow.
And it was no different on Saturday afternoon, when another battle between these teams took place at Celtic Park. Celtic led the Scottish League by nine points just ahead of Rangers before the match. After the match there will be only two games left in the regular season, then comes the group title.
So the game was extremely important. Celtic needed to at least defend their lead, optimally increase it. Rangers, on the other hand, wanted to close it. And that’s why the size and importance of this battle was clear from the start.
It was a hard-fought game. Pretty soon, two goals were scored that didn’t count. One because of an offside, the other because of a foul. Already the first half offered five yellow cards, and if this game had been played in another league, it might have been red. But this is Scotland.
But there was some footballing beauty to be seen. Firstly, after some wonderful action, Celtic took the lead in the 26th minute, with Kyogo Furuhashi getting the assist. But the end of the half went better for the visitors.
After an unnecessary foul in front of Celtic’s sixteen, Rangers were given the opportunity to play a direct kick and none other than James Tavernier, the Rangers captain, stepped up to take it. He is renowned for his kicking technique and now he showed why again.
Tavernier didn’t mess around too much. He shot straight away and his shot bounced off the crossbar and over the bar. Joe Hart had no chance in the Celtic goal.
Source: Scottish Premiership, Twitter
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