Fireworks all over town signaled the end of this Old Firm derby that was missing from a game that hissed like a cheap Roman candle

Of course, the 1-1 draw was a far more satisfying result for the Rangers fans, who swept the blue afternoon sky with all sorts of artillery, as they stayed on track to end the Scottish Premiership season unbeaten >

Your team was second best for significant periods of this encounter, but they left Celtic Park for the third time in a row to show for their efforts

It has been Celtic’s duty to describe itself better than most of the time this season in order to restore some level of pride

And sometimes they did. The time around their opening target was a time of real dominance The association between Odsonne Edouard, Mohamed Elyounoussi, Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie caused the champions real discomfort

But the inability to convert that dominance into commanding leads has become a recurring topic one of several problems that ultimately cost Neil Lennon his job

Sure, they can point to a good goalkeeper from Allan McGregor and a 1-0 penalty that could have gone their way if referee Willie Collum had the feeling that Borna Barisic had contacted Edouard

On its own, you might agree with this argument, but if it happens multiple times over the course of a season, it’s not simply a case of bad luck that day

Nor did it have much to do with a fabulous defensive performance from Rangers, who had repeatedly invaded the right side and were also unable to control their own area from set pieces

But with McGregor in good shape, they remain on track to improve on the 107-year record for the lowest number of goals conceded in a league season

Elyounoussi’s header was only 10 Goal that Rangers lost in the league So if they take three or less in their last five games, they’ll beat Celtic’s 1914 record of 14 against

That’s a pretty phenomenal position in a season that has exceeded all Rangers’ expectations

After the physically and emotionally stressful events on Thursday and the consequences of the defeat against Slavia Prague, the Rangers in Celtic Park were understandably not as good as best

That does not mean that they were subdued. Beyond compensation, they had their own opportunities to amass the misery of their hosts

Your hard work was already done and you will be going on your international break very satisfied with your afternoon work – none more than Alfredo Morelos

His joy in finally breaking his duck against Celtic was clear and with five goals in his last five league games, the Colombian has returned to form in front of goal to complement his improved links play
Interest in him will return this summer, and while Rangers fans will be excited to see him lead their Champions League challenge, few would give him a step if anyone can get the club’s rating

A Scottish Cup Trifle Before That After Steven Gerrard finishes Celtic’s stranglehold in the league, he will be desperate to do the same in the Cup, and this is where attention is turning after the upcoming internationals

Similarly, Celtic wants some solace from this tumultuous season, and if John Kennedy has ambitions to take on the managerial job on a permanent basis, what better way to represent your case than a Scottish Cup win?

Sure, he can point to some decent advertisements in his responsible games, but a piece of silverware would underscore his references

One problem he should address well before the end of the season is Celtic’s persistent fragility in set games, which they haunted again when they lost that balance

Kennedy insisted that another dominant performance on his part would be compromised, but he and his coaching staff need to get to the bottom of why so many of the goals they conceded this season were scored in such situations

As it was, the champions made the nine consecutive winners pay and the boastful rights remain entirely with them

There may not be an honor guard before the game, but Celtic captain Scott Brown showed a greater show of respect and class as he sought out Glen Kamara to give a pre-game hug in solidarity to a rival who had suffered so inhumanly on Thursday

Love will never be lost between the two clubs, but Brown’s act went beyond the pettiness of a football rivalry and sent the message that the fight against racism is bridging this particular divide

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