May 18, 2021

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Rangers recorded their biggest win over Celtic in 14 years after hitting Kemar Ruf, Alfredo Morelos and Jermaine Defoe secured a comfortable victory over their exhausted rivals.

The Hoops entered the game in hopes of weakening Gers’ dominant campaign, but it all seemed to go wrong when Roofe opened the scoring and the referee showed Callum McGregor a red card for a cynical foul in the accumulation.

John F. Kennedy’s team responded with a header from Odsonne Edouard, but were back before the break when Morelos fired a stunning shot past Scott Bane into his near post.

Alfredo Morelos
Morelos was smiling at Ibrox Ian McNicoll / Getty Images

Bad got worse when Roofe came to the end of a wonderful header by Borna Barisic, and Defoe intercepted the end of the fourth to add some zeal to the score for Steven Gerrard’s country.

Spare the thought of Scott Brown; it was the last derby of the Celtic captain from Old Firm as he prepares to leave for Aberdeen, and it could hardly get worse for the veteran.

Let’s get into some player ratings!

Kemar Rufus, James Tavernier, Alfredo Morelos
Tavern celebrates with Rufus and Morelos Ian McNicoll / Getty Images

Alan McGregor (GC) – 7/10 – Denies Celtic with a few great stops in the first half, but not much, which you would not expect from the best keeper in Scotland. So unfortunate that he resigned from international staff.

James Tavernier (RB) – 6/10 – Again a little hesitant as he continues his recovery from injury, but a steady performance on the part of the captain.

Connor Goldson (CB) – 8/10 – Absolutely motionless at the base of the Rangers’ back line. He doesn’t get the same amount of admiration as those around him, but does a boy deserve it?

Jack Simpson (CB) – 6/10 – He took an unnecessary reservation for the first half, but otherwise seemed comfortable only in his second start at Rangers.

Borna Barisic (LB) – 7/10 – Vanity, vigorous performance down the left flank. Astute in defense, even if he loses to James Forest once or twice.

Kemar Ruf, James Tavernier, Alfredo Morelos, Borna Barisic, Joe Aribo, Jack Simpson
Rangers celebrate their second goal Ian McNicoll / Getty Images

Joe Aribo (CM) – 6/10 – He tends to blow hot and cold in the big games and it wasn’t the best here. He leads the Rangers forward sometimes.

Stephen Davis (CM) – 8/10 – Another understated but flawless performance of a veteran midfielder.

Glenn Chamber (CM) – 7/10 – Closed between the boxes, they helped the Rangers win the all-out midfield battle.

Alfredo Morelos, Christopher Ayer
Morelos leaves to celebrate his goal Ian McNicoll / Getty Images

Kemar Roofe (RW) – 7/10 – Lucky for his first goal, but a wonderful run and a header to double the advantage and get the Rangers out of sight.

Alfredo Morelos (CF) – 7/10 – His problems with the derby are already behind him. Great finish to bring the Rangers back to the front.

Ryan Kent (LW) – 6/10 – Not in his best shape, but he kept Johnny Joe Kenny busy enough with his drilling movement. I could add a fourth later.

Scott Wright (Barisic, 76) – 5/10

Janis Hagi (Morelos, 84) – N / A

Jermain Defoe (Roofe, 86) – 6/10

Alfredo Morelos
The Celtic back line despairs when Morelos celebrates Ian McNicoll / Getty Images

Scott Bain (GK) – 6/10 – He may have done better with Morelos ‘shot, but otherwise helpless to stop the Rangers’ comfortable victory.

Jonjoe Kenny (RB) – 6/10 – Everton’s mercenary stuck to magic, but Ryan Kent beat him for the most part.

Stephen Welsh (CB) – 6/10 – He didn’t do too much wrong, which was good. Promising young defender who will play a major role next season.

Christopher Ayer (CB) – 5/10 – One or two big mistakes. They caught him under the ball for the Rangers’ third and left Ruf with a free kick to the head.

Greg Taylor (LB) – 5/10 – Really trembling from behind and didn’t do much for Celtic on the ball.

Christopher Ayer
Scott Brown watches Ajer heal Ian McNicoll / Getty Images

Callum McGregor (CM) – 3/10 – A meaningless foul in the accumulation until the first goal of Rangers left his team in an insurmountable disadvantage.

Scott Brown (CM) – 5/10 – Subbed left after an hour in his farewell derby at Old Firm. One to forget about the captain.

David Turnbull (CAM) – 6/10 – Celtic’s most creative threat, but that didn’t say much after a bad day at the office.

Mohamed Elunusi, Alan McGregor
Elunusi is denied by McGregor Ian McNicoll / Getty Images

James Forest (RW) – 6/10 – Broken into several dangerous balls, but obviously do not match. Off for Christy’s an hour.

Odsonne Edouard (CF) – 5/10 – Nice head to level, but otherwise he looked like a man at work who had already given two weeks’ notice. Disinterested presentation.

Mohamed Elyunusi (LW) – 5/10 – The scams created a problem or two for Tavernier, but it didn’t work out much for the Norwegian.

Ismail Soro (Brown, 60) – 6/10

Ryan Christie (Forest, 60) – 5/10