Ally McCoist has hailed Callum McGregor and Kyogo Furuhashi for their performances following Celtic’s 1-0 against Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday.

The former striker thinks Celtic’s man with the armband was ‘excellent’ in the first half and Kyogo Furuhashi’s first-half and first-time finish was ‘superb’.

But McCoist was also forthright in his opinion by claiming that, the Rangers and Celtic teams yesterday, ‘might be the worst I have seen in a while’, as he added that they were ‘bang average at best’, as he told talkSPORT Breakfast (04/09/23 at 8:40 am).

It needs to be noted that Brendan Rodgers has a number of key players out of action, not forgetting the inexperienced duo that started at the heart of defence – Gustaf Lagerbielke and Liam Scales – the latter was hailed by Neil Lennon after the game.

The Bhoys are only going to get better from here, especially with Rodgers, in his second stint as manager, trying to get to grips with his new squad.

Nonetheless, this is what McCoist had to say about Celtic’s win at Ibrox and the quality of both sides.

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“Cards out on the table right now, I thought both teams were bang average, at best,” said McCoist. “It might be the worst Rangers-Celtic team I have seen in a while.

“The only real bit of class in the game was the finish from Kyogo. A tremendous finish. I thought Callum McGregor in the first half was excellent. And the finish was superb.”

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Celtic mount pressure on Michael Beale

Getting smashed in midweek at PSV, then followed up by a defeat to an injury-stricken Celtic side, it’s a week to forget for the man in the Ibrox dugout.

Celtic showcased their class and proved that, even when questions were being asked of them, they are still the dominant force in Glasgow.

This isn’t good reading for Michael Beale and if Celtic really get their engines going, post-international break, then that four-point lead at the top is only going to increase.

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