Celtic have opened up a three point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership after winning 2-0 against Rangers at Ibrox on Sunday.
Goals from Odsonne Edouard and Jonny Hayes ensured fans enjoyed a big derby victory after weeks of criticism and unrest.
The recent defeat to Cluj left a lasting mark on the Hoops support but today Neil Lennon and his side produced the perfect performance to turn the page on all that drama.
Although Edouard’s goal will see him hit the headlines again, it was Celtic’s defensive performance that left many fans delighted.
New signings like Hatem Abd Elhamed, Christopher Jullien and Boli Bolingoli were all superb in their first derby, defending robustly and showing the kind of composure needed in these fixtures.
Israeli international Elhamed produced a huge performance to do a job on the right flank as a right-back and in the middle as a centre-back following Nir Bitton’s substitution.
He’s made quite the impact since arriving and looks a capable enough replacement for the long-serving Mikael Lustig, who left the club at the end of last season.
Fans were left absolutely delighted by his display, taking to Twitter to share their thoughts on Sunday…
Elhamed has been unreal
— Rikos (@Rikos67_) September 1, 2019
I’m not saying elhamed is better than maldini but I’m not not saying it
— Jonathan Burns (@twistandturns_J) September 1, 2019
Elhamed played 100 minutes of fitba today with a fracture in his leg. What a find he’s been.
— Martin, but with a hat on. (@terminalboy) September 1, 2019
Elhamed is quality
— Rachael (@maradoddsy7) September 1, 2019
Elhamed emptying his pockets pic.twitter.com/hdCRuvpmws
— Nathan Mcinch (@NathanMcinch) September 1, 2019
Elhamed appreciation tweet! Never seen so much negativity around a signing before and he’s been absolute class since coming in….unbelievable today! 🍀 pic.twitter.com/ODDYmZKPAF
— DarrenD67 (@Darrend67) September 1, 2019
Elhamed is a player.
— Kieran (@Kieran_Celtic) September 1, 2019
— cb73 (@celticbhoy73) September 1, 2019
Elhamed hasn’t put a foot wrong since he joined. Total class.
The other two deserved early criticism, but are slowly improving with game time. Both were excellent today.
— Derek12345 (@Derek123453) September 1, 2019