Match Day Live: Celtic v Rangers

Moussa Dembele celebrates opening the scoring against Rangers. Celtic 5 Rangers 1. Picture SNS
Moussa Dembele celebrates opening the scoring against Rangers. Celtic 5 Rangers 1. Picture SNS
  • Celtic 5 Rangers 1
  • Dembele scores perfect hat trick for Celtic
  • Goals from Dembele (x3) Sinclair, Armstrong give Celtic 3 points. Garner scores for Rangers, Senderos sent off on debut
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Celtic beat Rangers 5-1 in the first Glasgow Derby of the season with Moussa Dembele securing a perfect hat trick as Celtic win their first four games of the season for the first time since 2011. All the reaction and follow up here.

14:42 Well that’s all for me, I’m signing off following an amazing match between Celtic and Rangers. While Mark Warburton may have a magic hat, it’s Moussa Dembele that has the match ball following his hat trick for Celtic. Thanks for all your input and for joining me for the game.

14:35: In the battle of signings, I think it’s fair to say that Brendan has less to be worried about. Sinclair continued his fine form, Dembele bagged a hat trick and Kolo Toure looked realtively at ease. From a Rangers point of view, Kranjcar walked a fine line, there concerns over the defence and Senderos is now facing a match ban for a foolish decision. Let us know your thoughts on the game.

14:25: According to Mark Warburton, David Weir was sent off due to being frustrated that a Rangers player was taken out by a Celtic player already on a booking...

14:24: Mark Warburton “Thought we were in good shape but gave away cheap goals and made poor decisions”

14:20: Congratulations to 70% of the readers who believed that Celtic would beat Rangers. I don’t know if many people predicted 5-1 however!

14:17: MATCH REPORT Celtic 5 - 1 Rangers: Moussa Dembele hat-trick destroys Gers

14:14: Brendan Rodgers “We scored 5 and could have had two or three more” Safe to say the Celtic manager is elated!

14:08: Celtic fans, how do you rate your team today? Rangers fans, is there a need to be concerned? What did you make of Senderos and the other new players? Get in touch via Twitter.

14:02: “Men against boys” says Scott Brown. Celtic captain also described his battle against Joey Barton as “easy”.

14:01: Moussa Dembele in an interview “When you score against Rangers it’s something huge”. Scott Brown describes performance of hat trick hero as “exceptional” Anyone care to guess who the Man of the Match will be?

13:56: I think I need to lie down after that. A game that had it all. Rangers asked the question with a goal just on half time, but Celtic really did answer. A sublime second half showing gives Celtic the three points, and wins in their first four league games. The first time they have achieved that 2011.


13:50: GOAL! Celtic 5 Rangers 1. Stuart Armstrong rounds off a sublime day for Celtic

13:41: What play for Dembele, Lustig with a sublime ball across which he controls expertly before blasting into the back of the net for Celtic’s 4th. A perfect hat trick for Dembele. Then again, from a Celtic point of view any goal against their rivals would be perfect. The first hat trick for Celtic against Rangers since 1966!

13:41: GOAL! Celtic 4 Rangers 1. A hat trick for Moussa Dembele

13:35: This day for Rangers is getting worse and worse. David Weir has been sent to the stands. Ten minutes to go. 3-1 Celtic.

13:34: Mark Warburton called for “heads to rule hearts” before the game, Senderos clearly did not get the memo. He’s been dismissed for a deliberate handball. Rangers are down to ten men. Foolish from the defender.


13:29; A great hit from Armstrong from 20 plus yards is palmed away by the Rangers keeper. A great save.

13:26: Rangers are desperately trying to get into this game, but Celtic are happy to put fewer men up at freekicks and try and dictate the pace of the game. Rangers have 20 minutes to save themselves.

13:21: Senderos has been booked and Forrest has been subbed for Patrick Roberts who makes his return. Celtic fans may not know as they are doing the huddle.

13:20: A wonderful break from Celtic and Dembele plays a sublime pass to Sinclair who scores in off the post. he’s now scored in every league match for the Champions. Talk about prolific.

13:19: GOAL! Celtic 3 Rangers 1 Sinclair scores a lovely goal after great play from Dembele

13:17: Handbags alert. A clash between Garner an Sviatchenko leads to a small “debate”, Didn’t look like anything too serious. Play continues

13:12: Armstong makes a great run into the box only to be tackled. Celtic think they have won the corner but the referee points for a goal kick much to the annoyance of the home fans.

13:10: Stuart Armstrong comes on to replace Tom Rogic.

13:09: A shot from McKay flashes inches wide. Rangers thought they were back level there. Celtic on the back foot for now in this half.

13:05: Kolo Toure gets a yellow card for a foul on Garner.

13:04: A half time substitute for Rangers. Andy Halliday replaces Niko Kranjcar. No surprise there. Kranjcar had been in the book.

13:03: We’re back underway

13:00: Oh my word, what a game so far, and it’s only half time! It started off slow but the end more than made up for it. Demebele scoring twice and Garner giving Rangers hope towards the end. It’s certainly all to play for still. Celtic have been more dominant, with Rogic, Forrest and Dembele all playing very well, but Rangers are still in it thanks to that last gasp goal.


12:47: A great header from Kenny Miller flicks the ball into the danger area to allow Garner to head home from a yard out. Celtic will be reeling but is it a vital lifeline for Rangers?

12:46: GOAL! Celtic 2 Rangers 1. Garner gets the final touch following a Miller header.

12:43: What can you say about that goal. A wonderful ball forward and Dembele twists and turns, leaving Senderos in a heap, before finishing with the outside of his foot to make it 2-0

12:42: GOAL! Celtic 2 Rangers 0. A wonderful goal from Dembele again!

12:39: Krancjar has made a few rash tackles since Celtic took the lead. He’s already on a yellow so he really needs to be careful.

12:35: The first attempt on target leads to the first goal. Sinclair put a wonderful cross into the penalty area from a corner and Dembele rises to put Celtic ahead. Rangers will be asking questions though, There was no one near him!

12:34: GOAL! Celtic 1 Rangers 0. Demebele heads home from six yards to give Celtic the lead.

1230: Kranjcar goes into the book following a foul on Rogic. It probably wasn’t a bookable offence, but it wasn’t the midfielders first foul either.

12:28: 26 minutes played and I believe we are still to have a shot on target... Rangers are sitting deep and defending well while looking to pounce of the counter,

12:24: Joey Barton is down clutching his face after running into the body of Tom Rogic as he spun. Sympathy at Celtic Park is in short supply... Anyone really surprised?

12:20: Celtic spread the ball wide to the main man at the moment, James Forrest. He is however flagged for offside when he looked to be on. Poor decision.

12:15: So close to an own goal! A Joey Barton back pass almost trickles in. It was going wide with the ball spinning and losing pace, but any heavier and it could have been the opener!

12:11: A looping header from Kiernan is safely seen over the bar by De Vries.

12:08: Nir Bitton gets booked after a sly trip during a Rangers counter attack. A team foul is the phrase I believe...

12:06: The hosts have started on the front foot and look relatively comfortable knocking the ball around, however, Rangers are putting bodies on the line and defending well.

12:03: A predictable fast start from both teams, wwith both sides pressing each other. Three Celtic moves have all ended up with dangerous balls in from James Forrest.

12:00: The whistle blows and we are off. Buckle up...

11:59: A Garner goal for Rangers? Dembele to deliver for Celtic? We’re moments away!

11:55: 74% of you have said that you believe Celtic will win the game today in our poll. Is the pressure on the Champions?

11:53: We’re so close to kick off! Anyone care to share predictions with us @ScotsmanSport?

11:50: Celtic fans have been paying tribute to their former manager, and one of the greatest Scottish managers, Jock Stein, who died on this day in 1985.

11:49: The North London Derby. The Manchester Derby, The Merseyside Derby... The list is endless for Kolo Toure, and today he adds Glasgow to the list.

11:45: Mark Warburton has called for his Rangers side to be focussed and “let the head rule the heart”

11:43: Senderos starts for the first time for Rangers as Josh Windass also makes his league debut. Rangers fans, with four changes to the team are you happy with the starting eleven?

11:40: Leigh Griffiths has told Sky that he is also out of the Barcelona match on Tuesday.

11:34: We’re unsure how you could have missed it, but if you did, Erik Sviatchenko’s postie wrote “A hattrick on Saturday please”. That’d be quite a delivery for Celtic fans today!

11:26: Neil Lennon believes that Joey Barton has put pressure on himself by making bold comments before the game today. Lennon even said that the Rangers midfielder wouldn’t have been in his league. For more on the “mid life crisis” of Barton as dubbed by Neil Lennon, check out the full story here.

11:21: Celtic fans, what do you make of Griffiths not starting for Celtic? Could it prove the difference today?

11:15: Could there be cards? No referee has awarded more penalties (32) or shown more red cards (26) than Willie Collum in the three years of the Scottish Premiership.

11:05: Rangers XI to face Celtic: Foderingham, Tavernier, Senderos, Kiernan, Wallace, Barton, Kranjcar, Windass, Garner, Miller, Mckay.

11:02: Celtic XI to face Rangers. De Vries, Lustig, Toure, Sviatchenko, Tierney, Bitton, Brown, Forrest, Rogic, Sinclair, Dembele

10:54: According to Neil McCann, Kieran Tierney is integral to the way Celtic play. Celtic fans, who would be your first name on the team sheet?

1046: Will Leigh, won’t Leigh? That’s the question on everyone’s lips prior to the kick off. Leigh Griffiths has been spotted entering Celtic Park, but having missed training this week, will he feature?

10:40: It’s finally here. The Old Firm, The Glasgow Derby, The Big Yin, regardless of what you want to call it, one thing is for sure. Today, Glasgow comes to a standstill. I’m Stephen Mcilkenny and I’ll be with you every kick of the way so stay tuned for updates, team news and all things inbetween.