Celtic's kick off against Rangers is getting good reactions

By Connor Gordon

September 2, 2019

Celtic silenced the doubters yesterday by beating Rangers by two goals at Ibrox.

A makeshift back four aided the team to their first win in a while at their rivals’ stomping ground.

Now the dust is settling, it’s one forward, Odsonne Edouard, who is rightfully getting all the plaudits.

However, fans are still dithering on his first piece of action in the match.

Bizarre Celtic kick off by Odsonne Edouard

The old saying is the derby matches are usually won at the start, sometimes even before kick off.

Odsonne Edouard celebrating the opener for Celtic. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The norm is to kick the ball back into your own half and keep possession and settle the early nerves.

Yesterday proves that it’s not always going to be the case when it comes to Celtic and Rangers games.

Fans will have noticed that Edouard launched the ball as closest to the Rangers corner flag as he could. It won his opponents a throw-in but it allowed Celtic to push right up the pitch. The Bhoys were also unlucky not to score from the proceeding throw in, but for some strong defending by the Gers.

This kick off was arguably Neil Lennon’s way of showing that his side weren’t for backing down.

Neil Lennon is the mastermind behind bizarre kick off. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Fans with a longer memory will know, though, that they have seen this done against them before.

Celtic copying a tactic from previous opponent

Supporters only need to look to the previous Sunday to see a team do it against Celtic.

Craig Levein’s Hearts started their match at Parkhead in a similar manner.

Is Craig Levein the true mastermind behind Celtic’s success? (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

Eyebrows will have been raised by some in the 60,000 in attendance and maybe thought nothing of it.

Even the Edinburgh journalists were on it like a flash:

It just goes to show that perhaps there may be something in perfecting Craig Levein’s wheel.

But just how did the fans react to Celtic’s new forward way of thinking before kick off?

Celtic fans react to kick off stunt

Some of the Hoops faithful took to Twitter to react to the kick off routine by Edouard.