Celtic domination leaves van Bronckhorst all over the place; moans about decisions

By David Walton

April 4, 2022

Celtic absolutely dominated Rangers at Ibrox yesterday and it’s clearly left Giovanni van Bronckhorst a desperate man.

Indeed, Tom Rogic and Cameron Carter-Vickers’ efforts were enough to take a 2-1 win from Govan. The victory ensured we stretched our lead at the top to 6 points with only 6 games remaining. Rangers have now been left praying for favours from elsewhere.

The game itself yesterday went without too much controversy in truth. Daizen Maeda could’ve had a penalty in the first half whilst Ryan Jack was lucky to get away with an off-ball incident involving Giorgos Giakoumakis.

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And evidently, the result has left van Bronckhorst in total desperation as he tried to highlight certain decisions not going in Rangers’ favour as a reason they lost the game.

As quoted by the Scottish Sun, van Bronckhorst said: “They watch the games, no? [the fans]. They watch the games and saw what happened in those games. We didn’t take the chances we had.

“We had some decisions not go in our favour and then in the end, when you draw and lose points, you don’t take the chances you get.

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“That’s why we lost a lot of points, which was unnecessary, I think. If you keep losing points like that then you are trailing Celtic now by six points. Those are the facts and we cannot change them.”

Giovanni van Bronckhorst left all over the place; can’t explain his Celtic disaster

This wasn’t supposed to happen if you’re a Rangers fan. This was supposed to be the reverse game from Celtic Park. Ange and his Bhoys were supposed to crumble inside the Ibrox atmosphere and the title-race was to go to the wire. That was the idea being drummed up by the media in the build-up.

It’s a shame that van Bronckhorst has to then resort to highlighting certain decisions. After all, it’s not as if we got away wth anything too serious in the derby. Nothing that suggests we were fortunate to come away with the result at least.

Some may argue that Connor Goldson could’ve had a penalty for Cameron Carter-Vickers’ shirt-grab. But let’s get real, they both had a grip of the other before Goldson decides to let go. If anything, they were both at it.

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You also can’t ignore the fact that Allan McGregor clearly fouled Maeda in the box. It doesn’t matter how late the Celtic player fell. He knocked the ball past the Rangers goalkeeper and was then clipped. How on earth can that not be given as a penalty?

So let’s get it right Gio. Some decisions certainly went for you. And it’s hardly a key reason as to why you lost the game yesterday.

Neither is this idea that they didn’t take their chances. Did Joe Hart even have a big save to make outside of Fashion Sakala’s half-chance in the second half? They were just bossed by a dominant looking Celtic side. That pretty much sums it all up.

In other news, Michael Stewart calls out ridiculous and immature Ryan Jack moment against Celtic