Rangers

By Danny Wright

Football Insider rates the Celtic players for their performances in the 4-1 win against St. Johnstone at Parkhead on Saturday.

Craig Gordon 6 – The goalkeeper made an incredible save at the beginning of the first-half but couldn’t do anything about the follow up in which St. Johnstone equalised. Gordon did not have a lot else to do all game.

Anthony Ralston 8 – Despite being a surprise inclusion in Brendan Rodgers’ starting line-up, Ralston did a good job and could cast some doubt over the future of Cristian Gamboa. The teenager looked like he was always capable of causing trouble whenever he got forward.

Jozo Simunovic 6 – The Croat put in a beastly display against Rangers last week but didn’t cover himself in much glory against the Saints on Saturday. At times Simunovic looked out of position when the visitors good forward and will have to improve against Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup final.

Dedryck Boyata 7 – After scoring the winner against the Saints in January, Boyata was at it again to score a brilliant header to score Celtic’s second of the game. A solid display from the centre-back.

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Kieran Tierney 6 – It was not the best performance of the season from the young full-back, but he didn’t exactly put a foot wrong throughout the game. It’s still imperative that Celtic keep hold of Tierney in the summer.

Nir Bitton 5 – Celtic fans will be getting more and more frustrated with the midfield enforcer, who simply doesn’t do enough to break down opposing attacks. Whenever the 25-year-old is in the side, the Hoops seem to concede goals, even against some of the league’s weaker teams.

Stuart Armstrong 6 – It was an unusually average day at the office for Armstrong, who struggled to find the right pass at times and his shooting was also wild.

Patrick Roberts 8 – The Manchester City loanee had a quiet first half, but wasted no time to come out of the blocks after the break as he scored his eighth and ninth goals of the season. The Hoops will definitely miss Roberts next season.

Tom Rogic 8 – The Australian international was always at the centre of attention whenever Celtic got forward and was unlucky not to get himself on the score sheet. Rogic caused the away side all sorts of problems throughout the fixture.

Michael Johnston 8 – It took a lot for Johnston to step up into Scott Sinclair’s place on the left winger, but the teenager did a great job in the Hoops attack. He always looked lively and looks to be a big prospect for the future.

Leigh Griffiths 7 – The striker’s display in front of goal wasn’t the best but his link up play with his wingers and Rogic was brilliant. His pinpoint corner provided the assist to Boyata’s headed goal.

SUBS:

Scott Sinclair (on for Michael Johnstone 57min) – 7

Callum McGregor (on for Tom Rogic 70min) – 7

James Forrest (on for Patrick Roberts 83min) – 6

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