BBC pundit delivers instant verdict on Rangers display against Celtic
By Harvey Byrne
BBC pundit and former striker Steven Thompson has declared Rangers’ defensive display against Celtic on Saturday afternoon as “abject.”
Pedro Caixinha’s side suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat at Ibrox against the Hoops, who dominated the play and limited Rangers to just one shot on target, which they ended up finding the back of the net from.
The defeat has seen Celtic now move a clear 36 points of their Glaswegian rivals, who sit in third place and nine points behind Aberdeen in second with just four matches left.
It was a poor result from the Rangers men in front of their own crowd in one of their biggest matches of the season and ex-forward Thompson was not shy of laying into the team after the game, calling them “abject” defensively and all over the place.
“For a lot of the goals Rangers have been the architects of their own downfall,” told Thompson to BBC Sport’s live match blog (1.53pm).
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“They have been abject defensively., all over the place. And apart from one moment of quality from Kenny Miller, they have carried no threat offensively. It has been a really poor afternoon.”
This is the sixth time that Rangers have played Celtic this season and Brendan Rodgers’ men have been able to strike 16 goals past them, while the Gers have hit just four themselves.
It is however the Ibrox club’s first season in the Premiership since being demoted in 2012 and it is clear that vast improvement is needed from the Glasgow club if they are to reclaim their position alongside the Hoops in the Scottish football pyramid.
In other Rangers news, here are three things learned about the Gers after their defeat against Celtic.