Surprisingly quiet: Three worst Celtic players from demolition of Rangers
By Will Butcher
Football Insider analyses the three worst players from Celtic’s comfortable 5-1 victory over Rangers at Ibrox on Saturday afternoon.
The 26-year-old was caught on his heels on numerous occasions at Ibrox by an out-of-form Martyn Waghorn throughout the match, as well as producing a number of tackles that may have seen the referee brandish a red card on another day. With the Hoops looking to compete in the Champions League next season for a second successive year, Brendan Rodgers needs his defenders to be on the top of their game, but careful and mature too. Simunovic was none of these things and would be torn apart by Europe’s top players next year if he cannot up his performances, or steer clear of a rush of blood when tackling.
Other than assisting Leigh Griffiths for his goal with a simple pass, the former Dundee United midfielder was surprisingly quiet against Old Firm rivals Rangers. Playing deeper than his preferred number 10 role, the Scotland international struggled to get himself involved in the game as he is known more for his attacking exploits rather than alongside captain Scott Brown. Despite the form of Callum McGregor, Armstrong needs to be pushed further into a number 10 role if Rodgers is to get the best out of him.
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Although slightly harsh, Sinclair did very little other than opening the deadlock from the penalty spot. James Tavernier had a solid game at right-back, and kept the former Aston Villa and Manchester City attacker largely quiet throughout the match. In a match that was completely dominated by Rangers, Sinclair showed glimpses of quality but would have liked to have been more involved throughout the Glasgow showdown.