How the Rangers players rated in vital 1-0 Old Firm win against Celtic

Rangers were far from their best against Celtic, but it was a different type of performance required to grind out three points against their Old Firm rivals and open up a 19-point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Rangers' James Tavernier carries a wreath as he leads the home team out on the 50th anniversary of the Ibrox Disaster  (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)
Rangers' James Tavernier carries a wreath as he leads the home team out on the 50th anniversary of the Ibrox Disaster (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)

In the end it was decided by Calum McGregor’s second-half own goal, when Joe Aribo flicked James Tavernier’s corner onto the unwitting Celtic captain with 20 minutes to play.

Celtic had enjoyed a dominant first half but a half-time change from Steven Gerrard improved Rangers’ fortunes, aided further when Nir Bitton hauled down Alfredo Morelos after an hour and was shown a red card by Bobby Madden.

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Here’s how the Rangers players rated in the win, their third against Celtic in a row.

At times it was a one-man mission to keep Celtic out in the first half as the visitors overloaded the home penalty area. Unbelievable double stop early on and then even better tip to deny Griffiths. Would have been a different result without him.

Player ratings scale - 10: One of best performances you've seen. 9: Outstanding. 8: Very good. 7: Good. 6: Average. 5: Poor, 4: Very poor. 3: Terrible day at office. 2: Abysmal. 1: One of worst performances you've seen.

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Quiet again and unable to get forward as much as usual, but showed his worth with his wicked delivery that brought the goal off McGregor's shoulder
Shackled Edouard on all but one occasion and then recovered well, brave in the blocks under pressure in a manic first half for the home side's defence, improved once space opened up after the red card.
Preferred to Helander for his pace and it came in useful at times, but shaky moments in the defence early on with Celtic camped in the area just outside Rangers' box. Excellent in the end as he shut Celtic down in closing stages.
Busy with Frimpong for the first half but like Tavernier his attacking impetus was reined back more than usually allowed. When he did get forward his delivery was dangerous - just a bit too seldom.
One of many Rangers players caught up in the frantic nature of the first half, but always available for a pass to ease pressure and clever moves. Took a caution for the team
Fantastic footwork from the Nigerian international hypnotised Celtic's midfield, but the final pass was too often off the mark to the point he contributed to the goal and surge in confidence made a big impression on his afternoon.
Big first half from the midfielder on left of Rangers middle three, but quieter second half sweeping up with Davis in the half-time change to Gerrard's formation.
Key moment in spinning Bitton for the red card but guilty of losing concentration in melee following Duffy foul on Kent. More threatening then Roofe but not the goalscoring threat he has been to oppositions. Denied by Laxalt in first half.
Sharp and dangerous after sitting out at St Mirren last week. May not have tested Barkas as often as he could have but a persistent nuisance to Celtic's back-line and lifted his performance to levels lesser seen this season.
Disappointingly quiet first half for the in-form striker and hooked at half-time.
Half-time change in tactics and substitution stifled Celtic's dominance and turned the game in Rangers' favour. Quick and decisive to substitute Morelos and with a clean sheet, made the right call at the back too.
Unlucky to have missed out on a start but made an impact coming on in the second half for the disappointing Roofe. Impressed again and edging towards the top form he enjoyed around a year ago.
On for Ryan Kent with three to play.
On for Morelos with 13 minutes to go with the Colombian booked and went close with a snapshot on the turn
On for Joe Aribo to help run down the clock