Celtic's Tom Rogic Scores A Beauty From Distance Against Rangers

Randy Kelley
March 12, 2018

Both those strikes were quickly cancelled out by Tom Rogic and Moussa Dembele and despite Jozo Simunovic's red card just before the hour mark, Celtic still found the victor thanks to substitute Odsonne Edouard.

Rodgers singled out Scott Bain for special praise, with the goalkeeper marking his debut with a crucial save from Morelos when the score was still 2-2, though he was fortunate to see a point-blank effort from the same player deflect off the post and into his grasp in the closing stages.

"I thought we thoroughly deserved the victory, we made some mistakes in the first half but I still thought we were the better football side".

"I'm delighted for Scott Bain", Rodgers, who drafted in the on-loan keeper after Dorus de Vries failed a fitness test, said.

Meanwhile, David Bates was sent to hospital after going off with a damaged anklel. We went down to 10 men but we dug deep.

"It's incredibly tough, but we were punished by not doing the basics very, very well - passing the ball, shifting the ball and defending", the Rangers boss said on Sky Sports. "We needed the points and I'll be trying to forget this and look forward to the next one".

And it was Edouard, a minute after coming on a sub who danced into the box to curl in a beauty past Foderingham to clinch the win that all but ends Rangers title hopes. 'You're excited with the emotion of the game, you're excited with some of the play, not all of it, and you've got a real good opportunity.

"We'll focus on our team and how we play".

Asked if the nine-point margin was enough to prompt him to concede the title to Celtic, Murty replied: 'I haven't talked about the title once. We want to push on, narrow the gap, push up the league and be competitive. Sometimes these knockbacks actually make you stronger as a group and make you a little bit hungrier to go and succeed.' Bates was injured trying to prevent Rogic from curling home the spectacular finish that gave Celtic their first equaliser.

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