By Richard Parks
Kris Boyd has slammed Sean Goss for the “criminal” defending that allowed Odsonne Edouard to score a sensational winner for Celtic in Sunday’s thrilling 3-2 win against Rangers.
Celtic twice came from a goal down to win a memorable Glasgow derby in the biggest domestic match of the season to date.
Goals from Josh Windass and Daniel Candeias had put the home side 2-1 up in a raucous atmosphere at Ibrox, but Celtic added to the early Tom Rogic strike with goals from Moussa Dembele and substitute Edouard to put themselves nine points clear at the Scottish Premiership summit.
The on-loan Frenchman scored the winner after cutting inside from the left flank to wrongfoot Goss before curling a pinpoint shot past Wes Foderingham in goal.
“He makes it so easy for Eduoard,” said Boyd in his post-match analysis on Sky Sports’ football channel of the Old Firm clash. “Goss should have showed him down the left side rather than allow him to cut inside. It’s criminal defending, really.”
Football Insider verdict:
Graeme Murty’s post-match analysis of Rangers’ performance made clear his anger and frustration at the team’s defending and failure to cut down the space in which Celtic could operate. It is likely that Goss’ defending in the build-up to the winner was at the forefront of his mind. The on-loan midfielder looked completely at sea as Edouard ran at him, with his total reliance on his natural left side painfully apparent. Goss has made a huge impression since joining from QPR in January, but he needs to work on the defensive side of his game if Rangers are to push the boat out and offer him a big pay rise to sign him permanently this summer.