Rangers suffered a heart-breaking 2-1 defeat against Celtic away from Ibrox in the Scottish Premiership clash on Saturday (30 December).
Under Phillipe Clement, the Bears have improved rapidly and they have already won one trophy this season. This game was massive for both the managers, but in the end, it was once again a familiar story for the Gers.
Rangers skipper James Tavernier scored a magnificent goal from free-kick to give the visitors a glimmer of hope towards the end of the game.
Apart from missing several clear-cut opportunities in the first half, Rangers lacked discipline as well after Leon Balogun picked up a red card giving Celtic more advantage.
There was one controversial incident in the game at Parkhead where Rangers should have got a penalty and many pundits also felt that it was a wrong decision.
Chris Sutton was blown away by Tavernier’s striker. He said on Sky Sports (live blog, 14:21): “The quality of the strike was phenomenal.”
Wide open title race
Rangers will be very disappointed with this defeat. Celtic haven’t been at their best in recent months, and this was a glorious opportunity for them to beat them and take charge of the title race on their own hands.
They are still within their range to catch the Bhoys but a win would have given them a massive psychological edge. A defeat in Old Firm can have a demoralizing effect on the team, and fans will hope that they can bounce back from it quickly.
What has been really frustrating is that Rangers failed to take their chances, and in big games that always comes back to haunt you. Clement probably will point out to the VAR decision and that the game could have gone the other way had the penalty been given.
Once again, Tavernier stood up to the plate and produced a top-quality finish when it really mattered.
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