Celtic take on Rangers in the first Old Firm game of the season.
The home side were looking to maintain their 100% record this season whilst Rangers were hoping to avoid falling 5 points behind their rivals.
Never short on drama, Ange Postecoglou was forced into a 3rd minute substitution replacing Kyogo Furuhashi with Giorgos Giakoumakis. The Japanese forward picked up an early shoulder injury following a tackle from John Lundstram.
It didn’t take long for Celtic to continue their scoring form as Liel Abada made it 1-0 to the title holders. A quick throw in by Jota caught the Rangers defence cold and the Isreali winger stabbed the ball beyond the helpless Jon McLaughlin.
Whilst the addition of Giakoumakis changed Celtic’s style, it made them no less potent in attack. By comparison, Rangers front man Antonio Colak often found himself isolated at the other end of the park in the early exchanges.
Both strikers had headed opportunities that they will have thought they could’ve buried as the game began to open up for both sides.
Just after the half hour mark Jota doubled the home side’s advantage with an exquisite chip over the oncoming keeper. The Rangers defence switched off from a quick thinking set piece and Celtic were ruthless.
Celtic had their city rivals in a spin and it was three before half time. Liel Abada continued his fine scoring form from last week and peeled off at the back post before rifling the ball through the legs of McLaughlin.
Postecoglou’s men have ran riot in the first 45, whilst Rangers have failed to get any foot hold in the match. It looks to be a long afternoon for van Bronckhorst’s men.