Player Ratings: Celtic 1-2 Rangers

By David Walton

December 29, 2019

Celtic produced yet another dreadful Glasgow derby performance as we lost 2-1 at Parkhead to our rivals.

Ryan Kent and Nikola Katic got the goals that gave the Ibrox side a deserved three points. Odsonne Edouard scored a fortuitous equaliser, but even he was one of many underperformers for the Hoops.

Here, we take a look at the player ratings on a real day to forget as our lead at the top gets cut to two points.

Fraser Forster – 6

Fraser Forster had no chance for the goals (Matteo Ciambelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Can’t be blamed for either goal. For the first he had no chance to get across in time, whilst Nikola Katic’s header was always too powerful for him. Made one or two decent stops, but nothing to shout about this time around.

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Jeremie Frimpong – 3

Too hesitant today from Jeremie. He collected the ball on plenty of occasions down the right side but just didn’t seem keen to be as direct as he normally is. Caught out of position on occasion too in a derby to forget for him.

Christopher Jullien – 5

Dealt well to an extent with Alfredo Morelos. Gave away some cheap fouls that allowed Rangers the chance to get crosses into the penalty area. Had a header cleared off the line in the first half, but just couldn’t do enough to keep Rangers out.

Kristoffer Ajer – 4

Beaten far, far too easily for the second goal. Katic towered over him with ease to nod Rangers in front. Did try to carry Celtic forward with some runs through the middle, but it never led to anything. Wasn’t anywhere near his top level in a poor all-round display.

Boli Bolingoli – 3

Boli offered nothing (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Offered nothing positive today. Never looks comfortable on the ball, and it’s no wonder that there wasn’t much happening down the left. Had a decent effort that had to be swatted away by McGregor. Didn’t offer what we needed in at left-back.

Scott Brown – 5

Anonymous. In a game he almost always dominates, the captain just couldn’t make himself a prominent figure. Didn’t do anything noticeably poor, but didn’t stand out. Did spread the ball about well as per usual and won the occasional second ball. Didn’t win the midfield battle though.

Callum McGregor – 5

You’re expecting more. Not many in green and white ran more than the midfield dynamo. Also managed to set-up the goal with his effort that rattled off Edouard and into the net. However, despite his enthusiasm, not much else came off for McGregor. Short passing was decent enough, but a real lack of quality overall.

James Forrest – 2

Jimmy too often disappears in this fixture, and today was another one of those occasions. Didn’t provide Frimpong with any support, and on the rare occasion he did have a chance to run at Barisic, he simply lost the ball. Was hooked in the second half and deservedly so. Needs to be a key-man in this fixture and continuously fails to do so.

Ryan Christie – 3

Ryan Christie missed a penalty that could’ve changed the game (Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Missed the penalty and it clearly got to him. Never looked confident on the ball and didn’t seem to have the usual eagle-eye or yard of pace we’re used to seeing from him. Wasn’t the worst penalty in the world, but it was a great height for McGregor to save. Had another effort fly over early on. Rightfully came off for Leigh Griffiths.

Mikey Johnston – 5

Hot and cold from Mikey. Had a few moments where he beat his man down the left and put the odd decent cross in. Had a real lack of help from Boli that minimised his effect to an extent. Linked up well on occasion and ran his heart out. Picked up an injury which hopefully isn’t serious.

Odsonne Edouard – 4

A rare off-day for the Frenchman. Scored the goal via a lucky deflection and didn’t manage much else. Had a great chance to score at 0-1 when it opened up for him, but much like his overall performance, he was hesitant. His flicks and tricks didn’t come off today, but wasn’t the worst on the pitch.

SUBSTITUTES:

Nir Bitton – 3

Difficult to work out what he was supposed to add to the game. Came on and didn’t do anything of note. Did give the ball away cheaply to Kent for the opener.

Olivier Ntcham – 3

Again, came on and was quiet. Did provide Eddy with a decent chance minutes after coming on, but it was wasted. After that – anonymous.

Leigh Griffiths – 2

Again, will always run, but not enough time to make an impact for Griff. Fired a free-kick well over the bar as the game got away from us.