Former Rangers striker Derek Johnstone has declared that Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers deserves the credit for deciding to make a tactical change which won the Hoops the latest Old Firm derby at Ibrox.
With Jozo Simunovic sent-off early in the second-half, Rodgers resisted the temptation to shut up shop and settle for a point, bringing on Odsonne Edouard to partner Moussa Dembele and the substitution paid off as the Frenchman scored the winning goal in the 3-2 victory.
“His experience shone through there. He doesn’t park the boss Brendan Rodgers, he brought on another striker and in the end, that was the doing of Rangers, when Edouard scored a magnificent goal” Johnstone said, as quoted on Sky Sport Scotland’s Twitter page.
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Rodgers has far more experience than the current Rangers boss Graeme Murty, whose lack of experience perhaps showed as the Gers failed to really impose themselves on the game after the sending-off of Simunovic.
The Old Firm are set to do battle again twice in April, and the tactics employed by both managers will be well-worth examining.
Football Insider verdict
Rodgers really must have massive confidence in the ability of his players, when he makes the kind of substitution like he did at Ibrox. Despite the Hoops being reduced to 10 men he must have thought that his players would have the belief to win the game – and they did. The experience in the dug-outs seems to be a huge factor in the Bhoys’ current domination over the Light Blues, perhaps once Rangers appoint a manager who has the relevant experience then the gap between the teams might close, but until then as long as Rodgers is in charge the Bhoys will seemingly always have an advantage.
In other Celtic news, Paul Merson has tipped Brendan Rodgers to become the next Arsenal manager