25-year-old out of his depth: The three worst Celtic players v Rangers in Old Firm stalemate
COMMENT By Danny Wright
Celtic surrendered a one goal lead to draw 1-1 with Rangers at Parkhead on Saturday.
Clint Hill scored a late tap-in to grab what was probably a deserved point for the visitors, who were managed by Graeme Murty for the final time before Pedro Caixinha takes the reins.
Stuart Armstrong opened the scoring with a powerful low drive in the first half after he was picked out by James Forrest.
Rangers massively improved in the second half and finally broke through the Celtic defence in the final stages when Hill scored from close range after a fantastic save from Craig Gordon left him an empty goal to shoot at.
It was one of Celtic’s poorest domestic performances of the season and here, Football Insider takes a look at the three worst performers from the stalemate.
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The Danish centre-back was completely useless on Sunday and looked out of depth against his Glasgow rivals. Martyn Waghorn tormented him all afternoon with both his pace and strength. The 25-year-old put in what was perhaps his worst performance in Scotland this season and was probably lucky that Craig Gordon put in such an impressive display in goal, as the goalkeeper made a string of great saves to keep Gers at bay. Hill’s equaliser came after a massive defensive lapse from the Bhoys and Sviatchenko was definitely culpable for that.
For all the great work he has done this season, the 27-year-old had a torrid game against Rangers. Sinclair has been widely tipped to win the player of the season award in the Scottish Premiership but on Sunday he showed a bleak reminder as to why he endured such a tough few seasons in England. The winger was all skill and dribbling but showed no end product whatsoever. He made one great pass to Armstrong in the second half, whose resulting shot was tipped wide, but throughout the game he did not do enough for his side when they needed him to.
The 20-year-old is human after all. In four games against Rangers, it’s the first time Dembele has failed to find the net after scoring five against them in his previous three. It was definitely a game to forget for the former Fulham man as it was one of those days where nothing was happening for him. His touch was often poor and he didn’t really look like scoring. He wasn’t helped by the sub-par performance of Sinclair, but Rangers played really well in the second half and didn’t give Celtic a lot of chances to press forward.
In other Celtic news, Neil Warnock has said what he believes has transformed this in-form 27-year-old.