Bragging rights are firmly in Celtic’s court after their 5-1 mauling of Rangers this afternoon.
It was Celtic’s biggest ever win over their rivals at Ibrox and moved Brendan Rodgers’ side to within six points of the 100-point mark in the Scottish Premiership.
Scott Sinclair gave the champions the lead in the seventh minute and Lee Griffiths made it 2-0 shortly afterwards.
Callum McGregor and Dedryck Boyata made it 4-0 before Kenny Miller scored for the hosts.
Celtic weren’t done, though, with Mikael Lustig adding a fifth in the closing minutes of the match.
Celtic wasted no time in rubbing it in at full-time, tweeting: “What a great time to be a Celt, Glasgow belongs to US!”
“Outstanding team performance from the first whistle,” Rodgers said at full-time, via the Telegraph. “We could have had more goals. We made a great start in the game.
“I said before the game I thought they would play a diamond and we could exploit that. Our tactical organisation and getting the ball back was excellent.
“We’ve had to improve as the season goes on. We’ve had to earn it and work hard. There is a big difference with this 5-1 to the one earlier in the season against them.”
Brown: The pitch helped us
Meanwhile, Celtic captain Scott Brown believes the Ibrox surface helped his side.
“The pitch helped, it was great,” Brown said. “It played into our hands. The lads were outstanding from start to finish.”
There was a ferocious tackle
One moment Celtic fans loved, besides the goals, of course, was Jozo Simunovic’s crunching tackle on Miller in the first half.
Check it out below.
Talk about a no nonsense challenge. Simunovic sent Miller flying!
Here’s how fans reacted on Twitter:
Caixinha: It’s my fault
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha took responsibility for the defeat.
“It was not about being disappointed, it’s about being realistic,” Caixinha said.
“They were better and they deserved to win. All the things changed [after the second goal]. The players were doing what we worked on during the week but it all changed in those five minutes [after the second goal].
“The players did everything they were asked. I assume all the responsibility. I take the responsibility for everything.”