It’s three years to the day since Celtic thrashed Rangers 5-1 in a Glasgow Derby at Celtic Park.
The match, played at the start of our ‘Invincible’ celtic season, was Brendan Rodgers’ first of 13 derby matches. He won ten, drew two and lost just one of his matches against Rangers, however it was the first win in 2016 that will be remembered most fondly by a lot of Hoops supporters.
The key man that day was Moussa Dembele who netted a hat-trick after coming in last minute for the injured Leigh Griffiths. The official Celtic Twitter account chose to highlight the Frenchman’s contribution that day in a tweet posted on the third anniversary.
🗓️ #OnThisDay in 2016:
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) September 10, 2019
However, the well-intentioned tweet seemed to cause some distress to some Celtic fans who mourned their former son. Dembele is now playing at Lyon after his move last summer, but he has left one heck of a legacy going by some of the replies.
Cheers that's me greeting now
— Glenny (@Glennnny67) September 10, 2019
why would u do that
— . (@jvbba_) September 10, 2019
— Dayle (@Cyrname) September 10, 2019
Bring him home
— Wolfe Of Parkhead 🍀🏴 (@ParkheadWolfe) September 10, 2019
The day I fell in love. Good times😢💚
— Bolingoli Fan (@Celtic12227908) September 10, 2019
Thanks, crying in college now.
— C (@Ceern_) September 10, 2019
Wonderful memories ☺️
— Dane Thompson (@Danethompson10) September 10, 2019
Celtic have found a new scourge of Rangers
Perhaps the effect of Dembele’s absence is lessened by the fact that Celtic have found a new French hero.
Odsonne Edouard has stepped into the shoes of his compatriot and has begun to torment Rangers on a regular basis. He scores pretty much whenever he plays the Gers and it’s got to the stage where they must fear him just as much as his predecessor.
Celtic fans will just pray that there’s another mauling of their rivals around the corner. We beat the hapless Gers by four or more goals on four separate occasions under Rodgers but they have since improved under Steven Gerrard.
However, our recent victory at Ibrox showed that there was still a healthy gap between the teams. If we were to be on our game in December’s meeting then you really wouldn’t back against other annihilation.
Maybe Edouard’s derby day hat-trick is still to come.