Celtic 2 Rangers 0 – Three Duds of the Game

Nicky Law, courtesy of Julian Finney (Getty Images)

Three Stars Duds of the Game

Inspiration:  After each National Hockey League game — the local media votes for the ‘Three Stars of the Game’ — basically the Man of the Match — but as a treble!  So in that spirt – normally we discuss Rangers Three Stars of the Game.  But when they play like this – we must focus the attention to the Three Duds of the Game.


First Star Dud:  Nicky Law – when Lewis Macleod was sold from the discount bin, it could have been an opportunity for Nicky Law to establish himself as Rangers best attacking player.  Instead, he continues to disappear from matches for long stretches while randomly appearing in search for  that timely goal.

Against Celtic, Law looked timid.  He made an absolute mess of the ball at the top of the box which led to Kris Commons’ goal.  Of course, Law had no support & nobody in a blue shirt seemed bothered to close down on Commons – so the blame is not Law’s alone.   But Law provided nothing in this game, while symbolically, & figuratively, being tossed aside by the occasion.  When a team manages only one shot & one corner in an entire match, the ‘best attacking player’ needs to be singled out.

Ian Black, courtesy of Julian Finney (Getty Images)


Second Star Dud:  Ian Black –  switched off at the wrong moment, only to be awoken by Lee Wallace shouting for him to close down Stefan Johansen who just received the throw-in.  Five seconds later the ball was in the back of the net & Celtic had their opener.  There was a mess on the other end of the ball as well, but Black could have shut down that cross if he was more locked into what was happening.  Throughout the match, Black was apprehensive & looked scared to get engaged physically – knowing a booking would be around the corner.  His counterpart, Scott Brown, completely overwhelmed Black & was the biggest difference maker in the match.  Black could have been a poor man’s Brown but instead he was simply a passenger in his Old Firm debut.

Darren McGregor, courtesy of Getty Images

Third Star Dud:  Darren McGregor – looked out of his depths against improved competition.  Was caught ball watching on the opener & was beaten a couple of other times in aerial battles that led to Celtic chances.  Not the worst outing but the theme of the day was – ‘not good enough’.

Fraser Aird, courtesy of Julian Finney (Getty Images)

Dishonorable Mentions

Fraser Aird tried but simply wasn’t good enough to play in a match of this magnitude.  His effort was there & he has room for improvement but muffed his set piece opportunity & nearly set up a Celtic goal with a poor giveaway in the 27th minute…Did Richard Foster actually complete a pass today?…Steven Smith seemed more composed then most Rangers players but his final ball wasn’t up to par.  At this point he is Rangers set-piece specialist & he failed to capitalize on those few chances he had.


Kyle Hutton, courtesy of Jamie McDonald (Getty Images)

A bright spot?

Kyle Hutton really wasn’t that bad.

courtesy of Reuters

14 thoughts on “Celtic 2 Rangers 0 – Three Duds of the Game

  1. Celtic didn’t need to get out of second gear today. They ran the show from start to finish and Rangers are what we all know they are, a poor side devoid of fight, pace, invention and quality. Let’s be honest, the pitch was terrible and clearly Celtic came out in the second half and thought this game is won, we don’t need to go chasing anything, and let’s not pick up any injuries. Barry Ferguson on Radio Scotland said Celtic completely took their foot off the gas in the second half, probably just as well because if they really wanted to they could have scored 5 or 6. 12 players are out of contract in the Summer, good ‘bosmans’ are already going to other clubs e.g Billy McKay of Inverness now away to Wigan……….how will Rangers build a team to compete next year?


  2. Three duds for the day, now let me see.
    1. Thomson a joke of a referee who did his utmost to keep sevco in the game.
    2. The Sevco team, if that is what you call them.
    3. Finally and not least, the peepul in the stands, what a shower, truly an affront to humanity.

    I truly hope the tribute act disappear as soon as possible.


  3. I really think the comments about the newco players is a bit harsh, they were signed to win lower division games etc, to step up to the top of the top tier was plain to see, Kenney Miller according to press statements thinks there is not much of a gulf between the two teams, one shot at goal, not even on target and one corner, endless aimless punts up the park suggest differently, the chosen team to play Celtic today was to prevent damage limitation, nothing more unless one of the punts up the park worked. Why else play a left back in left midfield?


  4. The Rangers International FC are awful. I can’t see them getting promotion. Even if that is achieved (somehow), they’ll be nowhere near Celtic, Aberdeen or even the top half of the Prem table.

    I just can’t see why Mike Ashley is sniffing round this Club. They need to spend £30 million maybe more to challenge Celtic. How does any investor get that money back ? It ain’t gonna happen. This Club will not mount a challenge to Celtic for many years – if they survive that long.


  5. The really terrible thing was that Rangers were awful against a poor Celtic side and it certainly wouldn`t take £30mill to challenge this Celtic team.There are guys in there who wouldn`t have got near a Celtic team of a couple of years ago.
    As for 3 duds , I thought McGregor settled down after the first goal which was Smiths fault for relaxing after he had knocked the ball out ..never heard of the multi ball system Stevie ??? At both goals Simonsen was culpable , a cross into the six yard box and a powerful shot that he somehow managed to parry high into his own net .The worst keeper I have ever seen at Rangers , never mind waiting for Bell ,if Robinson is not better than him then he should be freed immediately.Only Miller , Wallace and to a lesser extent Hutton even tried to compete and there must be serious questions about McDowell and the players who cannot get motivated for a game against Celtic.
    A special word for the SFA ……why is it that every year when Hampden needs to be used for the occasional big game the pitch is a disaster , don`t blame the Commonwealth games , because this is a regular occurrence.Its time you started earning the money that you are paid ,Regan and co. by sorting out these things things that give Scottish football a showing up.


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