Three worst Celtic players during win over Rangers
COMMENT By Matt Farr
Celtic moved one step closer to sealing a first domestic treble haul since the 2000/01 season with a priceless 2-0 win over rivals Rangers on Sunday.
Goals from Callum McGregor and Scott Sinclair sealed the win for Celtic, who booked their place alongside Aberdeen in the Scottish Cup Final.
However, despite Rangers offering little resistance against a dominant Celtic side, there were still a few unconvincing displays within the winning camp at Hampden.
Here, Football Insider names the three worst Celtic players during the victory.
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Restored to the starting eleven following the 2-2 draw with Ross County, Mikael Lustig had a nervous game at right-back; despite the absence of any real potency from the Rangers attack.
His desire to replicate fellow full-back Kieran Tierney’s bombing runs on the right flank threatened to leave Celtic exposed, but Rangers failed to capitalise.
His positioning was at times questionable, although he played a superb long ball to set Celtic’s opening goal in motion.
The 25-year-old has been a central figure in Celtic’s midfield this season, and has enjoyed a particularly influential role as an attacking-midfielder of late.
However, he slotted back into a central midfield three on Sunday to accommodate Rangers’ packed engine room, and he had a much quieter game.
That is at least, compared to midfield partners Scott Brown and Callum McGregor.
Brown dominated the midfield as he has so often done for Celtic, while McGregor proved to be a surprise game-changer with his running and finishing ability.
It wasn’t a terrible display so much as a welcome rest from the spotlight for Armstrong.
Handed the defensive responsibilities in place of Erik Sviatchenko, Simunovic strolled through the first-half with relative ease.
However, as the game progressed, and Rangers pressed harder for a way back into the tie, Simunovic was presented with a number of problems.
Kenny Miller found more room around the Celtic defence, while Martyn Waghorn also managed to break the shackles on at least one occasion. Neither though, could hit the back of the net.
Simunovic was also booked for a wild tackle on Rangers winger Barrie McKay in the second-half, although Andy Halliday’s horror challenge on Patrick Roberts was considerably worse.
In other Celtic news, Andy Walker has shared what can wreck Celtic’s domestic treble dream.