John Hartson tears into Rangers after derby win

By David Walton

September 4, 2018

Former Celtic hero John Hartson has torn into Rangers after Sunday’s Old Firm derby win.

Celtic overcame their rivals 1-0 at Celtic Park on Sunday to go five points clear of Steven Gerrard’s men. It was a fully merited three points given the domination Brendan Rodgers’ side has in the contest.

Yet, despite that, the game has been remembered for some of the more controversial moments in the match.

John Hartson believes Tom Rogic didn’t foul Ryan Jack on Sunday (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Allan McGregor appeared to kick out at Kristoffer Ajer, whilst Ryan Jack felt he was fouled in the build-up to Celtic’s goal. This has led to an angry reaction from the Rangers camp, with Gerrard irate that play rumbled on.

But Hartson, speaking in his column in the Evening Times this morning, slapped Gerrard down. The Welshman stated that Celtic let Rangers off the hook on  Sunday, and that it should’ve been four of five goals for Rodgers’ men.

I was at the game on Sunday and I have to say that for me the gap is as big as it has ever been. Allan McGregor had a blatant kick at Kristoffer Ajer and there is no way he should have got away with that. But in terms of the game itself, I thought that Celtic were still miles ahead of Rangers. I actually thought that Ryan Jack jumped into Tom Rogic, who then got away from him. Celtic moved the ball well, they commanded the game, they had Rangers all over the place.

Spot on John

Nobody can argue with Hartson’s assessment of the game. The Welshman was an Old Firm talisman during his time at Parkhead, and know  how close this fixture can be.

Celtic totally dominated their Old Firm foes on Sunday, and it was a highly-entertaining affair for supporters. The crossbar saved Rangers on multiple occasions, and it could’ve been well more than one goal.

Hartson was a hero against Rangers for Celtic (Chris Lee/Getty Images)

What will please Hoops fans most, however, is that they picked themselves up when questions were asked. Rangers were expected to put in a real stout display at Parkhead. They failed.

Despite all of the uncertainty and criticism going around the club just now, Celtic picked themselves up and got what they needed from the match.

How they now push forward will be interesting, but one things’ for sure – momentum is all with the Parkhead side.