John Hartson says that it was “about time” Rangers secured a derby win with regards to their 1-0 success over Celtic.
The Ibrox side dominated the match between the two teams back in December. In what was perhaps Celtic’s worst performance ever under Brendan Rodgers, the Hoops looked clueless.
Ryan Jack’s goal was enough to give Rangers the points, but the fallout of the match was over-the-top. Rangers went into the winter break feeling good about themselves, but everyone got a little too excited by the result.
Hartson doesn’t believe the win represented anything special. Instead, he told the Daily Record that it was simply about time Rangers had done something against Celtic.
“I think Rangers got carried away. If you look at the results since then, I don’t know if they took their eye off the ball. Maybe they went away on the winter break and felt they had Celtic’s number.
“You have to ask, where’s it gone? They were almost challenging after that win but they have fallen back and gone out the cup.
“But it was about time Rangers stepped up and performed at a level and actually beat Celtic. But is that enough? Just turn up and beat Celtic in one Old Firm game? Does that make you happy? If it does, then you have a problem, because Rangers should have been looking to kick on from there.”
A bad day at the office and nothing more
The defeat at Ibrox simply looks, at this point, to have been nothing more than a bad day at the office for Celtic. They were second best in every department, but considering they had gone 12 Glasgow derbies undefeated under Brendan Rodgers, they could be forgiven for their blip.
There were so many underperformers on the day that will want to step up at Parkhead. Scott Brown, James Forrest, and Scott Sinclair must be itching to make their mark.
There’s also the extremely valuable aspect that Callum McGregor will be part of Celtic’s midfield at Parkhead. At Ibrox, he was shoehorned into an unfamiliar left-back role. Despite being the only outfield player to impress, it took away from Celtic’s midfield influence.
Injuries struck Celtic hard on December 29th. It was the perfect storm for a defeat, and that’s what happened on the day. Rangers got carried away and perhaps allowed some complacency creep into their game.
But on Sunday, three points for the Hoops and that December defeat will feel like a long time ago.