Giovanni van Bronckhorst was left fuming with his Rangers squad later their first-half Old Firm capitulation against Celtic.

Celtic blew Rangers away in the second Old Firm clash of the season to seal a iii-0 win. The result means Celtic are one point higher up Rangers and top the Scottish Premiership for the showtime time since Baronial.

The platform for their dominant victory was laid in the first one-half where 2 goals from the impressive Reo Hatate and Liel Abada’s strike just before the break put Celtic firmly in command.

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Van Bronckhorst, who was suffering his starting time defeat as Rangers boss, was left dumbfounded and angry regarding his team’s offset-half performance.

“It’s very disappointing. It seemed similar information technology was the start Former Firm derby nosotros played,” Van Bronckhorst told
Sky Sports

“We know what the environs is, the ambiance, the pressure level. But information technology seemed similar nosotros weren’t ready for it. The way we gave the goals away, information technology’s sharpness. I can’t say otherwise. Not going with your man, not ready for the battles. Information technology was an unbelievable first-half performance. We were much better in the 2d half.

“That’s where our Old Firm derby started. We were much more aggressive. Only in the get-go half nosotros gave the game away.

“We had an honest conversation in the locker room after the game, it’s obvious we weren’t the way we wanted.

“These kind of games are always hard. All we take to do is stick together and make sure nosotros look frontward and be fix for Sun against Hearts.

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“Information technology’southward a very tough environment to come to, simply nosotros’re non the get-go Rangers squad to lose. I lost very big here when I was a player only we eventually became champions that year.

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“Of grade we wanted to win but these games don’t decide a championship. We still have many games to play and nosotros have to be ready.”

Postecoglou: We are not the finished article

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Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou was proud of the way his players handled the pressure level in their dominant three-0 victory over One-time Firm rivals Rangers.

Celtic dominate Ange Postecoglou was full of praise for his squad’southward performance just warned there is still much more to come up.

“I’ve had some special moments in football but that’south one I’ll remember,” he told
Sky Sports.

“I’m very proud. The first one-half was outstanding. Nosotros scored three goals and the football game we played was just brilliant. We could take had a few more but Allan McGregor was outstanding in their goal. In the 2d one-half we showed we tin defend if we demand to, full credit to the players. We knew the consequences. There was pressure on us and the players handled it superbly.

“We’re not the finished article. We’ve changed the whole team. Guys accept come in without having a bedding-in procedure. We’ve got some quality players unavailable at the moment. We’re going to be stronger, we take to be stronger and we want to be stronger. That’south the fundamental for us. We desire to be better.

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“Information technology’s a sign of our progression. We lost three of our offset six games. Everyone knows how the Scottish Premiership works. We couldn’t beget not to get out of that quickly. We’ve been nether pressure level for a long time. The players haven’t been focused on points or position in the table. Our focus is on playing our football, whether we are first won’t matter.”

Postecoglou praised Hatate, signed from Kawasaki Frontale in January, simply, once more, warned that improvement is to be expected one time the player gets upward to full fitness.

He said: “He’ll get amend. It’due south only his third game. He’s nowhere almost the levels of fitness that are required only nosotros’ll build him up slowly. It was great for him to get his goals.”

Pundit reaction: Celtic accept laid down a marker

James McFadden
said: “It’s a phenomenal transition for Celtic to get to where they are. To put a performance in like that in the first 45 minutes was absolutely incredible baring in listen Rangers won the league by 25 points terminal flavour. This team is all the same improving. And they won’t terminate. They won’t relent. It’due south the way the manager plays. They have laid a marker down. The challenge is now for Rangers to take hold of them. They were really soft tonight. They were miles off it.

“I think they were intimidated tonight. Some players didn’t cope with the demands of the game. Rangers came into the game with the force per unit area of losing summit spot if they lost and they didn’t cope. Ryan Jack came on and had that mentality to bargain with it but too many players didn’t take it and that would worry me looking ahead for the residual of the season.”

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Ally McCoist
said: “Rangers were abysmal tonight, especially in the commencement 45 minutes. They were slightly better in the second one-half when Ryan Jack came on. But that is a major wake-up call for Rangers. They were fashion off this evening and beaten by a far, far amend side. Van Bronckhorst will accept to take a meeting with those lads and regroup. He needs to sit them downwards, show them that video because they were outplayed and worryingly outfought.”

Kris Boyd
said: “If it wasn’t for Allan McGregor, Rangers could accept been on the cease of a v-0 or 6-0 defeat. That’due south how ascendant Celtic were. Rangers really struggled to cope with Celtic’s movement. That has happened before against other teams only when you look at the players Rangers have got they would accept been able to understand Celtic’s play. The dorsum 4 were really poor. The night belongs to Celtic.”