BT Sport pundit Stephen Craigan believes that Celtic’s “game management and experience” were the main reasons that the Hoops defeated Rangers 3-2 at Ibrox.
The Bhoys responded to the sending-off of Jozo Simunovic in style by taking the lead through Odsonne Edouard’s goal and managing to hang on to record a vital victory.
Former Motherwell defender Craigan, writing on the BT Sport website, was also impressed with the bravery of the Hoops players, who were determined to stand up and be counted and as a result recorded a famous win at Ibrox.
“Celtic’s game management and experience then shone through for me as they managed to see out the game. Yes, they had their moments of luck and good fortune, but with sheer determination and bravery they deserved it,” he said.
The Hoops now hold a nine point lead with a game in hand over their bitter rivals and it is now seems like just a matter of time until the clinch their seventh title in a row.
Football Insider verdict
The Hoops’ game management really made a huge difference on Sunday. As soon as Simunovic was sent-off Brendan Rodgers made changes, whist his Rangers counterpart Graeme Murty dithered. That could be down to experience but Rodgers’ changes worked as the move to 4-3-2 toughened the side up and substitute Edouard scored the winning goal in the game. Whilst there didn’t seem to be a lot between the teams on the pitch, off the pitch there seemed to be a world of a difference as Rodgers’ experience shone through and helped the Bhoys achieve the victory that kills off any talk of a title race.
In other Celtic news, the Bhoys are considering making Odsonne Edouard’s transfer a permanent one