Celtic 5-1 Rangers: Pat Bonner & Steven Thompson rate the players

Moussa Dembele celebrates after scoring his third goal for Celtic
Moussa Dembele became the first player to score an Old Firm league hat-trick in 50 years

The first league meeting between Celtic and Rangers in four years proved to be a one-sided affair as the Scottish Premiership champions routed their great rivals 5-1 at Parkhead.

French striker Moussa Dembele became the first player to score an Old Firm league hat-trick for 50 years, while Swiss defender Philippe Senderos marked his Rangers debut with a red card.

So how did the players perform individually? Former Celtic goalkeeper Pat Bonner rated the home side, while ex-Rangers striker Steven Thompson gave marks out of 10 for the visitors.

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CELTIC RATINGS - by Pat Bonner

Dorus de Vries (goalkeeper) 7

Dorus de Vries makes a point to Celtic's defender
One way traffic: Dorus de Vries points the way to goal for Celtic

He won't get a quieter game. He was maybe caught a little bit with the goal going over his head, but will be delighted to have made that big save right at the end.

Mikael Lustig (defender) 6

Maybe got caught a bit for the goal, moving out of position, but a steady game. Rangers didn't do too much down his side.

Kole Toure (defender) 7

A very solid display, showing his experience. He gave nothing away and cruised through the game.

Erik Sviatchenko (defender) 7

Same as Toure. Very steady, and they made a good solid partnership in central defence.

Kieran Tierney (defender) 7

Kieran Tierney celebrates Celtic's victory
Kieran Tierney produced another solid display in defence and attack

Didn't give anything away defensively and bombed forward as the creator down the left-hand side for Celtic, giving them width. He was the one who cut the ball back to Stuart Armstrong for the final goal.

Scott Brown (midfielder) 7

Great performance. He won his battle with Joey Barton, although they didn't come into contact too often. He certainly dominated the middle of the park.

Nir Bitton (midfielder) 6

A quiet match for him alongside Brown, but the Israeli was nice and steady.

James Forrest (midfielder) 7

Had an exceptional start to the game, and was a very effective 'out' ball for his side. A very creative player.

Tom Rogic (midfielder) 6

A quieter outing than of late; he looked a bit tired from all his travels during the international break. Didn't quite happen for him but did well enough.

Scott Sinclair (winger) 8

In the first half he was a real creative force, getting in behind the Rangers defence. Has the turn of pace to unsettle anyone and got another goal.

Moussa Dembele (forward) 9

Moussa Dembele celebrates with the match ball and sponsors' bottles of champagne
Dembele took home the match ball and sponsors' man-of-the-match awards

I don't give nines too often but he scored a hat-trick on his Old Firm debut, and that doesn't happen too often. He took all his goals well, especially his second and third, but his all-round game was exceptional - he held the ball up well, brought people into the game and also set up Sinclair for his goal.


Patrick Roberts 5 - Has the ability, but I thought he could have done a bit more later in the game after replacing Forrest.

Stuart Armstrong 7 - A really big impact. Influenced everything in that second half, and took his goal well with a really composed finish. Looked sharp and alert.

Stuart Armstrong celebrates his goal
Stuart Armstrong capped a strong substitute's display with the final goal

Callum McGregor 6 - Came on when the game was almost over, but sat in midfield and helped control the game with his passing.

RANGERS RATINGS - by Steven Thompson

Wes Foderingham (goalkeeper) 5

Didn't really have much chance with the goals but he has eventually conceded five, which will hurt.

James Tavernier (defender) 5

Didn't offer as much of a threat going forward as usual, but put in a good ball that led to Rangers' goal.

Philippe Senderos (defender) 3

Philippe Senderos is shown a red card
Senderos endured a Rangers debut to forget, sent off for a second yellow card

Sent off on his debut for an inexcusable handball. You expect better for a player of his experience.

Rob Kiernan (defender) 3

Was at fault for the second Celtic goal after a terrible pass and never looked truly comfortable.

Lee Wallace (defender) 5

I thought James Forrest got the better of him on a few occasions. Tried his best going forward but lost the battle.

Joey Barton (midfielder) 5

Joey Barton picks the ball out of the back of the net after Celtic's fifth goal
Barton's wretched day included picking the ball out of the net after Celtic's fifth goal

Started the game reasonably well but was eventually overrun by Celtic's dominant midfield.

Josh Windass (midfielder) 6

Was Rangers' best player in the first half. At least he tried to be positive on the ball.

Niko Kranjcar (midfielder) 3

Ineffectual, lost possession regularly, booked and off the pace again.

Barrie McKay (forward) 5

Barrie McKay looks dejected after Rangers' defeat
McKay was left to reflect on a painful afternoon for Rangers

He looked quite bright in the first half and went close with a curling effort in the second half. Tried to make things happen.

Kenny Miller (forward) 5

Did well for the goal, but was played out of position out wide and spent most of the match having to defend.

Joe Garner (forward) 5

He scored the goal - albeit right on the line - and worked hard, but was largely ineffectual.


Andy Halliday (midfielder) 5 - Tried his best to add energy to the Rangers midfield, but lost the struggle, like his team.

Martyn Waghorn (forward) 3 - Came on for the last half-hour. Missed Rangers' best chance in the last minute, but had little impact.

Harry Forrester (winger) 3 -I can't remember him touching the ball. Never got involved.

As It Stood

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5St Johnstone52127707
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