Scottish Ladbrokes Premiership Matchday 4 Review

Premiership

Sportsgrape presents a round-up of all this week’s action from the Scottish Premiership

Aberdeen 0-2 Kilmarnock

Aberdeen were unbeaten in their last 18 league matches and 24 in all competitions against Kilmarnock on a run stretching back nearly six years. But all good things come to an end with Killie responding following last week’s narrow loss to Hearts at home. Aberdeen made three changes following last week’s trip to Easter Road to take on Hibs.

In came Shay Logan, Niall McGinn and Max Lowe, making his debut after signing from Derby County on loan.  They replaced Dominic Ball, Frank Ross and Tommie Hoban, who’s out long-term following a shoulder injury and has returned to parent club Watford. As for Killie, they too made three changes. Out went Michael Ndjoli, Kris Boyd and the suspended Gary Dicker. They were replaced by Eamonn Brophy and two loanees, Aaron Tshibola returning to the club from Aston Villa and Greg Stewart, signing from Birmingham City.

It didn’t take long for the first talking point of the match. Eamonn Brophy and Michael Devlin were tugging on one another’s shirts, the Aberdeen centre back hauling the Killie striker to the ground and Craig Thomson quick to brandish the red card after just four minutes. Harsh given that Kilmarnock still had about 45 yards to travel to goal, not really making it a clear goalscoring opportunity being denied.

Kilmarnock know all about a controversial sending off, having had the same happen to them with Gary Dicker at home to Hearts last week and they nearly punished the ten men of Aberdeen from the resulting free kick. Chris Burke delivered to Eamonn Brophy, instrumental in giving Michael Devlin an early bath, but the former Hamilton striker nodded goalwards for Joe Lewis to tip round his left hand post as the boos rang round Pittodrie, the home fans less than impressed.

Eamonn Brophy was at the heart of the action, going close shortly after with a strike from about 25 yards but his shot rebounded off the crossbar and away from danger. Aaron Tshibola, who was excellent throughout, fed the ball through for Chris Burke as the away side looked to make the numerical advantage count but he couldn’t round Joe Lewis and was denied twice by the Dons keeper.

The home side struggled to carve any real opportunities out in the first half but went close through a Niall McGinn free kick which was destined for the top corner but brought a wonderful save from Jamie MacDonald.

Killie could’ve easily been 1-0 down due to that McGinn free kick but right before the interval would go 1-0 up thanks to an Eamonn Brophy free kick of their own. Stephen O’Donnell had done terrifically on the right hand side before feeding the ball inside to Greg Stewart, the Birmingham man was brought down by his former teammate of last season, Graeme Shinnie, who was adamant he had won the ball. Up stepped Brophy with a superb effort, curling and dipping into the bottom left hand corner, leaving Lewis no chance and resulting in the striker moving into double figures for the club since signing from Hamilton Accies.

It was from an Aberdeen half-chance that Kilmarnock would break away and nick their second goal. Stevie May fed the ball out wide to Gary Mackay-Steven who looked to nip inside and feed a couple of bodies at the back post in Cosgrove and Lowe but Kilmarnock would clear to find Greg Stewart inside his own half. Stewart brought the ball down with his chest before beginning a run, that had it been completed by Lionel Messi, would’ve been talked about all season. He escaped the attention of Shinnie, Considine and Dominic Ball off the bench before making his way into the box and lobbing the onrushing Joe Lewis. His first goal for Kilmarnock, haunting the club that he was on loan at last season, with what must be a goal of the season contender already.

Killie could’ve made it three later on. The hugely impressive Tshibola found Jordan Jones on the left hand side and it seemed as though the Northern Irishman had all the time in the world to cut inside before opening up his body and looking to slot past Lewis but the keeper denied him with his feet as Jones looked to score at Pittodrie again having done so last season.

No doubt that the complexion of the game changed with the sending off but take nothing away from Kilmarnock who thoroughly deserved the three points and ended their Aberdeen hoodoo in some style.

Dundee 1-3 Motherwell

Motherwell had won their last three matches against bottom of the table Dundee and strolled to make it four wins from four, picking up their first league win this campaign in the process.

Neil McCann made four changes from the loss at St Johnstone last week. Kenny Miller was handed his debut up front, Genseric Kusunga and Cammy Kerr were reinstated in the defence with Lewis Spence replacing club captain Glen Kamara in midfield. No changes for Motherwell following their dramatic 3-3 draw at home to Rangers last week as they looked to build on their first point of the season.

First notable chance came for the visitors with Gael Bigirimana, proving last week that his set pieces are key, whipping in a corner to find Andy Rose with a towering header bringing a great save out of Jack Hamilton in the Dundee goal.

Curtis Main was next to try his luck. Josh Meekings and Cammy Kerr both failing to clear the ball from out of the Dundee box. Andy Rose looked to turn provider this time, swinging a ball in for the former Portsmouth striker but his header looking to find the far corner deflected off Kusunga and out for a corner. Bigirimana nearly scoring from the resulting corner, looking to curl under the crossbar but Hamilton again denied the Steelmen from taking the lead.

Dundee had done next to nothing in the first half but could well have had a penalty before the break. A long ball forward from Jesse Curran looked to find debutant Kenny Miller but the former Livingston player-manager couldn’t quite get on the end of it and appeared to be nudged down by Richard Tait.

It remained goalless at Dens Park until Elliot Frear came on for Chris Cadden. His ball from the left hand side which Genseric Kusunga looked to clear was instead almost killed dead by the Dundee defender before dropping to Danny Johnson, the Motherwell striker netting for his third game in a row from no more than six yards out. Questionable defending but the former Gateshead striker was there to pounce and fire the Well in front.

Previously I mentioned how key Gael Bigirimana’s set pieces were and that’s how Motherwell would double their advantage. On loan full back Calvin Miller came off the Dundee bench before being booked for a late challenge on Tom Aldred. From the resulting free kick, former Newcastle midfielder Bigirimana stepped up and fired low into the bottom corner to extend the visitors’ lead netting his third Motherwell goal and strangely none of them have come at Fir Park.

Calvin Miller would make amends for conceding the free kick as he floated in a corner which found the onrushing Benjamin Kallman as the young Finn grabbed his first goal for the club since arriving on loan from FC Inter Turku in his homeland with a fantastic header across Trevor Carson and into the far corner to half the deficit.

Calvin Miller proved a threat down the left hand side, making you wonder why he didn’t start the match. He nipped past Richard Tait before putting in an excellent cross, just too high for Kallman before it fell to Paul McGowan as the former St Mirren man looked to slot it beyond Carson into the far corner, only for the Englishman to deny him with a great save with his right foot before Motherwell cleared.

Dundee really should’ve been back on level terms. They had another opportunity with Miller again crossing for Kallman but the cross took a little deflection and slightly evaded the young Finn as Dundee somehow remained behind.

Ryan Bowman came on for Curtis Main, a welcome sight for the Motherwell faithful, and drew a foul from Ryan Inniss, the young Crystal Palace loanee arriving at Dens before the deadline. Again it was a Bigirimana free kick which cost Dundee as Motherwell took back their two goal cushion. Bigirimana fed Conor Sammon down the right hand side with his shot deflecting to find Allan Campbell in the box, the Dundee defence remained static as Motherwell wrapped up their three points with Campbell’s first goal away from Fir Park and got their first league win of the 2018-19 season.

Hamilton Academical 1-2 St Johnstone

Hamilton had managed just four shots on target in their first three Premiership games, facing a St Johnstone side short of league goals themselves. Accies also winning just one of their last 11 meetings with St Johnstone, their only win coming when the Perth side were reduced to nine men on 1st April 2017.

Accies made just the one change following last week’s narrow loss at Parkhead, Rakish Bingham replacing Dougie Imrie up front with Saints doing exactly the same as their hosts, Murray Davidson dropping out through injury with Blair Alston coming into the midfield to replace him.

Hamilton would have the first opportunity of the match as Darian MacKinnon played it forward in search of Rakish Bingham, using his pace to nip in behind, but his shot was straight at Saints keeper Zander Clark.

Steven Boyd was next to try his luck. A Ziggy Gordon pass which is fair to say wasn’t intended for Boyd, found him on the edge of the area and as he looked to send a curling effort into the top corner, it had Clark beaten but unfortunately couldn’t quite curl on target after Joe Shaugnessy’s glancing header sent it wide.

Accies, despite having the better of the earlier opportunities, won’t want to see St Johnstone’s first goal again. Tony Watt broke free down the right hand side before looking to find Matty Kennedy. Kennedy tried a wee one-two with Alston on the edge of the box. It didn’t come off and found Drey Wright on the edge of the box. His shot broke the way of Kennedy who tried to shoot himself and his shot fell to David McMillan at the back post who sent a diving header goalward only for Gary Woods to temporarily bail Hamilton out as his palm away was turned home eventually by Blair Alston with St Johnstone eventually getting the ball over the line and taking the lead with one of the messiest goals you’re likely to see in any division this season.

Saints could’ve doubled their lead shortly after. Liam Craig found Richard Foster on the right hand side, sending a cross from deep for McMillan who controlled with his chest before unleashing a volley on the edge of the box, comfortable in the end for Woods in the Accies goal.

A minute into stoppage time at the end of the first half and St Johnstone would extend their lead. Richard Foster crossing for David McMillan to nod back Woods and into the far corner and despite Accies’ best efforts to clear off the line, the Irishman grabbed his fourth goal in 13 appearances since arriving from Dundalk in the summer.

Only David McMillan will be able to tell you how St Johnstone didn’t go 3-0 up shortly after half time. A long ball forward from Liam Craig was flicked on by Tony Watt who chased after his own flick on down the left hand side. He cut inside before finding McMillan all alone at the back post with a right footed cross and with the goal gaping, he couldn’t convert and he knows he should’ve done better and grabbed a brace.

Some tidy build up play from a Richard Foster throw, revolving around three players saw the ball come back to Foster who’s cross from the right hand side found Blair Alston, looking for his second goal, who controlled sweetly to take him away from MacKinnon set himself up for a volley inside the Accies area but the strike was gratefully gathered by Woods who had a pretty busy afternoon.

Hamilton would grab themselves a goal and a potential route back into the match. MacKinnon found Bingham who played it back towards Sam Kelly who found Dougie Imrie out wide onto Steven Boyd inside the area returning the ball to Bingham to sweep home with a right footed shot into the bottom left hand corner as the South Lanarkshire side looked to get themselves back into the game, the Englishman grabbing his third goal in seven matches this season and first of the league season.

However St Johnstone should’ve really wrapped up the three points more convincingly. Alston’s header found Chris Kane off the bench. After some good hold up play, he fed it through to the former Falkirk man looking to round the oncoming Woods but the ball dropped back to the previously mentioned Kane who couldn’t direct the ball goalwards with the keeper off his line.

A deserved win for St Johnstone, who felt as though their margin of victory should’ve been greater before facing a tough run of fixtures. For Accies, their poor record against the Perth side continuing with some questionable defending at times and not being able to take their few chances.

Heart of Midlothian 4-1 St Mirren

Table topping Hearts welcomed St Mirren to Tynecastle without manager Craig Levein in the dugout following a serious health scare in a match which proved to be Alan Stubbs’ last in charge of St Mirren.

The Jambos handed a second debut to Demetri Mitchell, returning on loan from Manchester United, and Steven MacLean came back into the side, the duo replacing Calumn Morrison and Jake Mulraney. Two changes for the Buddies, Ryan Flynn and Danny Mullen making way for Jack Baird and Cammy Smith.

It didn’t take long for the Gorgie side to take the lead. As Michael Smith’s cross entered the box, Uche Ikpeazu was brought down by with Kevin Clancy pointing to the spot. Steven Naismith, back in the Scotland setup as a result of this match and a superb start to the season stepped up to dispatch past Craig Samson as Hearts took the lead after just four minutes with his fifth goal of the season.

St Mirren could’ve been back on level terms when Michael Smith’s wayward pass looking for Peter Haring broke for Cammy Smith who looked to feed club captain Stephen McGinn but he dragged his effort wide of the mark.

The Paisley side would be back on level terms shortly after. Cammy Smith doing really well to wriggle away from Naismith and Smith before feeding a cross which deflected off John Souttar before it deflected off fellow centre back Jimmy Dunne too, in just his second appearance for Hearts on loan from Burnley, and past his own goalkeeper Bobby Zlamal as the Renfrewshire team made it all square in the capital.

Fortunately for the league leaders, they would be back in front pretty shortly after that. Dunne’s ball forward was flicked on by Ikpeazu towards Naismith who nodded over for Olly Lee to half-volley home from all of six yards out, the midfielder scoring his first league goal since arriving on a pre-contract from Luton Town in the summer as the men in maroon retook the lead.

Demetri Mitchell would’ve been absolutely gutted not to have scored in his return to Gorgie. Even more so, when it would’ve been an overhead kick. Michael Smith’s throw in on the right flank was returned to the fullback by Naismith. His left footed cross was met by Ikpeazu, whose header found Mitchell at the back post who sent an impressive acrobatic effort onto the crossbar before it bounced out and away from danger.

Hearts would extend their lead through the ever-impressive Naismith. Olly Lee’s corner looking for the handful that is Uche Ikpeazu found the big striker, who nodded towards Jimmy Dunne. After the ball bouncing around in the box, it broke for Naismith, off Matty Willock, who nodded home from inside the six yard box with St Mirren no doubt disappointed to concede a goal of that magnitude and put Hearts two ahead for the first time in the match.

It wasn’t to be long before the former Everton man grabbed his hat trick, his first since scoring a treble for the Toffees in a famous 3-1 victory over then reigning English champions Chelsea. Olly Lee booted the ball aimlessly high into the air before an intelligent header from Steven MacLean broke for Peter Haring, the Austrian sending Naismith through to slot beyond Samson, his shot kissing the inside of the post having gone across the St Mirren goalkeeper to seal his hat trick, his first in maroon and white and third of his career, to put the Jambos in cruise control.

Struggling St Mirren were looking for a consolation to take back through west, firstly through a Lee Hodson shot that hit the side netting. Then a loose Dunne pass towards Ben Garuccio was pounced on by Matty Willock who coasted through before looking to lob a shot over Bobby Zlamal from a tight angle but John Souttar, captain in Christophe Berra’s long-term absence, was there to clear off the line as Hearts remained 4-1 in front.

What was pleasing to see from a Hearts perspective, was Arnaud Djoum’s return to first team action following an long-term injury. Although it should’ve only lasted for three minutes as the Cameroon international should’ve been shown a red card for a frankly horrendous challenge on Ryan Flynn.

The Buddies really should’ve had a consolation goal ten minutes from time. Kyle Magennis swung in a free kick and found Nicolai Brock-Madsen, the Danish striker and Birmingham loanee, knocking down for Alfie Jones as the centre back couldn’t convert an absolute sitter as he missed the ball. It wouldn’t have changed the outcome of the match but it was a glaring miss from the Southampton loanee.

Hearts delighted they could put in a performance for Craig Levein, who says he was blown away by the support from fellow Scottish clubs, as they made it seven straight wins. Steven Naismith proved unplayable and therefore forced his way back into the Scotland squad, saying he was “without a doubt” wanting to return to the national team fold after the match and before his call up through Oli McBurnie’s withdrawal.

As for St Mirren, they really were the masters of their own downfall and are now on the lookout for a new manager, Jim McIntyre being installed as the bookies’ early favourite.

Livingston 2-1 Hibernian

Tests don’t come much bigger for Livingston after last week’s superb win in Paisley as they faced a Hibernian side who felt as though they dropped two points last week at home to Aberdeen.

Two changes for Livi in Gary Holt’s first match at home since his appointment as manager, in came Keaghan Jacobs and Dolly Menga was handed a debut up front. They replaced Steve Lawson and Jack Hamilton. Hibs also made two changes for their trip to West Lothian, Jamie Maclaren reinstated and a first start for young Lewis Allan, the strike duo replacing David Gray and Oli Shaw.

First chance came for the Hibees as Stevie Mallan’s delivery fell to Steven Whittaker at the back post but the full back, playing in this match as a holding midfielder, saw his shot deflected by Declan Gallagher and Craig Halkett was able to clear.

The home side’s first chance also came from a set piece. Scott Robinson’s corner met by Ricki Lamie who in turn flicked it to Dolly Menga but the Belgian-born Angolan international couldn’t quite flick his header net bound but Adam Bogdan wasn’t taking any chances and flicked it behind for another Livi corner.

The visitors then went close to taking the lead. Martin Boyle looked to wriggle free of firstly Shaun Byrne and then Ricki Lamie. The resulting free kick was taken quickly and Efe Ambrose found Daryl Horgan down the right hand side, his cross may well have come off a hand even though it would’ve been harsh before the ball broke to Martin Boyle and his shot deflected into the path of Lewis Allan who stretched to try to direct an acrobatic effort goalwards, comfortable save for Liam Kelly in the Livi goal however.

The hosts will probably feel they could’ve taken the lead themselves after catching Hibs on the break. A clearance broke to Menga inside his own half who knocked the ball past Ryan Porteous in the Hibs defence before racing into the box, he had Scott Robinson free in the box but just couldn’t find the former Hearts midfielder and Paul Hanlon was able to intercept and clear.

Hibernian up the other end spurned the best opportunity of the lot in the first half as they should’ve taken the lead. Again it was Ambrose and Boyle linking up, the latter cutting back for firstly Lewis Allan who missed the ball and then Lewis Stevenson, arriving virtually in line with the penalty spot but the long-serving left back blazed over in first half stoppage time, the Leith side should’ve been ahead.

In the second half though, they would take the lead at the Tony Macaroni Arena. Efe Ambrose’s throw caused all sorts of havoc in the Livingston area. As the ball was bumbling around, it dropped to Jamie Maclaren who couldn’t quite pull the trigger. Daryl Horgan picked it up and impressively, in very little space took a touch to set himself before coolly slotting into the far corner with the outside of his right foot, sort of lifting it beyond Liam Kelly to put the Hibees in front. The Irishman has looked impressive since arriving from Preston North End, scoring his first league goal for Hibernian.

This was also the first top-flight goal at Almondvale since David Clarkson scored in a 1-0 win for Motherwell.

The lead was to last all of six minutes. A curling ball into the Hibs box wasn’t dealt with properly by Efe Ambrose. Shaun Byrne received it on the edge of the area before he jinked past Mallan and Boyle, only to release a fantastic left footed finish beyond Bogdan, across the goalkeeper into the bottom corner.

The Lions nearly turned the game on its head in an instant. Ricki Lamie’s cross from the left found Scott Pittman, whose header was superbly saved by Adam Bogdan to deny the former Alloa man. Great save from the Hungarian, on loan at Hibs from Liverpool.

However, it was Pittman who would give Livi the lead shortly after, Hibs been left trailing in three of their four Premiership matches this season as a result. After initially looking to feed a teammate, he got a bit of luck with the ball rebounding in his path before slaloming round three Hibs players in the shape of Whittaker, Porteous and Hanlon before smashing the ball beyond Bogdan, giving him no chance whatsoever.

Nicky Cadden off the bench could’ve secured the three points for Livingston. Paul Hanlon clearing the cross into the path of the winger who stepped inside Steven Whittaker before smashing a left footed curling shot to the right of Bogdan, who pushed his effort away to keep Hibs in the game but they couldn’t conjure a response, giving newly promoted Livingston their second top-flight win in as many weeks.

Neil Lennon, often vocal in his frustrations, branded his side’s performance as “unacceptable” and was understandably upset with the goals that Hibs conceded before giving credit to Livingston whose manager Gary Holt has looked to warn his side against complacency and has asked for consistency throughout the season. Livingston, seemingly inevitable favourites for relegation, looking to prove as many people as they can wrong. In their quest to survive, they’ve got off to an excellent start, good luck to them.

Celtic 1-0 Rangers

Catholics vs Protestants, Green vs Blue, Brendan Rodgers vs Steven Gerrard. The eyes of the country watching on as the first Old Firm clash of the season took place at Parkhead, seeing if the gap was closing between last season’s double-treble winners and their seemingly newly revamped rivals.

One change for Celtic, one striker for another in the first match after Moussa Dembele’s transfer to Olympique Lyonnais, Leigh Griffiths dropping to the bench to be replaced by departing Dembele’s fellow Frenchman Odsonne Edouard.

The Frenchman making his first appearance since the Hoops defeat at Tynecastle against Hearts, looking to build on three Old Firm goals last season as Brendan Rodgers named the same side which tore Rangers apart 5-0 to seal the league title.

James Tavernier was the sole Rangers representative to be involved in that match, highlighting the changes ringing round the club throughout the summer. There were six Old Firm debutants for Rangers including three of the back four and three in the midfield appearing to start as a 4-5-1 or possibly an attacking 4-3-3.

The first major talking point a potential stamp on Mikael Lustig from Kyle Lafferty in a fixture which both players relish, Celtic winning the free kick but Willie Collum opting not to book the Northern Irishman for his challenge on the Swede.

The first major chance in the match was also of Rangers’ doing. Ryan Kent’s cross looked to find Alfredo Morelos but the Colombian couldn’t make any contact with Lustig eventually clearing, only as far as Tom Rogic on the edge of his own area. He and Scott Brown seemingly looking to link up but resulting in the captain leaving the ball behind and as it broke loose for Ryan Jack, his dipping effort failed to test Craig Gordon between the sticks.

From a Callum McGregor free kick, the major talking point of the first half came. Allan McGregor dealt with the free kick with a punch out of his own area but in doing so, became tangled with Kristoffer Ajer and appeared to lash out at the young Dane after escaping his attention. No SFA punishment as a result, with many having their say and wondering how McGregor has done exactly that.

Scott Arfield can consider himself lucky to escape a booking following a strong challenge on Kieran Tierney. Olivier Ntcham took the resultant free kick and went for goal from a tricky angle but McGregor was able to deal with the Frenchman’s whipping effort with the resulting corner breaking the way of James Forrest sending an absolute rocket crashing off the crossbar with a superb half-volley.

Rangers, who have only conceded more than once in one match so far under Gerrard, seemingly couldn’t cope with set-pieces coming from Olivier Ntcham. This time the Frenchman found Dedryck Boyata, coming together with Kyle Lafferty from a corner. The ball deflected off the pair of bodies and found Lustig, who having evaded his marker, nodded onto the bar from just outside the six yard box and Rangers scrambled clear.

If there was one player in green and white who the fans wanted a chance to fall to, it was Odsonne Edouard. Kieran Tierney skipped past Scott Arfield down the left hand side and after pulling back to escape Ryan Kent found Callum McGregor inside who’s cross towards the back post was met by the club’s record signing but he was to be denied by Allan McGregor, who had a busy afternoon and first period in particular, looking to be an absolute steal from Hull City on a free transfer. It was a fabulous save from the Scotsman but the young striker will feel he really ought to have given the Hoops the lead.

Olivier Ntcham was next to hit the woodwork for the hosts, McGregor tipping a long-range effort onto the bar and as the longer the game went on you wondered if it was going to be Celtic’s day at all or if their rivals could nick their first derby win since Brendan Rodgers took over as Celtic manager.

Rangers had sat deep first half and it seemed as though the game plan was to get to half time with it being poised at 0-0 and take things from there. As Allan McGregor found Kyle Lafferty with a long ball forward, the Ulsterman shrugged off Lustig before releasing Borna Barisic down the left, looking for Morelos but the Colombian, who’s recently signed a new contract tying him down to the Gers til 2022 as the club look to dismiss interest from Bordeaux and Fenerbahce amongst others, couldn’t connect with the Croat’s cross.

It was from here that Celtic would break and change the game. The ball fell to Jack on the edge of the area, he was dispossessed by Tom Rogic who advanced near the entire length of the pitch past a seemingly jaded Rangers team before finding Edouard who noticed Forrest overlapping the Australian so fed it out wide to the right again and as James Forrest crossed, it seemed to nearly go behind Olivier Ntcham but the midfielder was on hand to blast the ball beyond McGregor and kill off Rangers’ resilience as Celtic looked to extend their unbeaten run in this fixture to 12 matches.

Leigh Griffiths replaced Edouard up front and very nearly grabbed himself an assist from yet another Celtic corner, one of Celtic’s 14 in the match. His cross found Mikael Lustig, who should’ve scored in the first half but was very unlucky not to do so here, his header beating McGregor and nipping just wide of the far post.

But Celtic haven’t lost domestically when they’ve grabbed the first goal under Brendan Rodgers and this feat would continue. Alfredo Morelos had done well to shrug off Dedryck Boyata before trying to beat Craig Gordon at his near post but the keeper was having none of it.

Leigh Griffiths also looked to try to beat another former Scotland no.1 up the other end but his effort struck the bottom of McGregor’s left hand post, the fourth time Celtic had hit the woodwork.

Griffiths had another chance after what was a shambolic success at conning the officials from Ryan Christie. He looked to run past Connor Goldson and after succeeding in doing so, dived to win a free kick and allowed the Rangers centre back to be booked in the process, right on the edge of the area. Griffiths stepped up to blast it past the wall but McGregor was equal to it to deny the Scottish striker yet again.

But even at 1-0 you’re not out of sight, certainly not in a derby. Rangers had one last major chance up the other end. Morelos chased down a seemingly lost cause, perhaps looking to usher it out for a corner but instead fed Daniel Candeias, the substitute playing a great pass inside to find the always overlapping James Tavernier but the club captain’s shot, despite being from a tight angle, dragged well wide of the mark.

Allan McGregor, having performed so well, unlucky to be part of a Rangers side that came away with nothing. Celtic bossed Rangers from start to finish and were able to reap the rewards much to the dismay of Gerrard, adamant that in the build-up to the goal there was a foul on Ryan Jack, and his Rangers side. A first defeat for Steven Gerrard as Rangers manager but the scoreline flattered them in truth.

SPFL Premiership Week 5 Fixtures:

St Mirren vs Celtic Friday 14th September 19:45

Hibernian vs Kilmarnock Saturday 15th September 15:00

Livingston vs Hamilton Academical Saturday 15th September 15:00

Motherwell vs Heart of Midlothian Saturday 15th September 15:00

Rangers vs Dundee Saturday 15th September 15:00

St Johnstone vs Aberdeen Saturday 15th September 15:00

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