It all went as planned – kinda. Ten-man Celtic won the league and we didn’t need a Murdo McLeod rocket to set up a championship party. The big talking point before the game was no Dorus de Vries and Scott Bain in goals. There was a sense of jubilation about this. I’ve never seen Scott Bain play in goals, but having seen Dorus was enough. That was a good start for Celtic and a bad start for Celtic. Two absolute howlers from Dedryck Boyata the first of which Josh Windass pounced on after all of three minutes had the Ibrox hoard believing. An absolute classic from Tom Rogic restored parity and then another Keystone Cops moment with Morelo holding off Boyata to allow Daniel Candeias to score from six yards had Rangers looking as if they would have a half time lead. Moussa Dembele, despite the Keystone Cop’s defending, had the last laugh, rolling Cardoso and slotting home. And at the end, the very end, when ten-man Celtic looked like holding out and Alfredo Morelo – once more—contrived to miss from four yards and Bain smothered the mishit on the line, well we might well have put up a statue of Bain, but de Vries is statuesque enough for us to be going on with.
If Boyata was having the howlers of all howlers, Jozo Simunovic was having his usual test of invisibility scrutinised. Usually, it’s him wearing the dunce’s hat at the back. He kept it simple here, putting his first pass out for a shy and, ten minutes into the second half, raising an elbow up to Morelo’s face and getting sent off. It was an easy decision for Willie Colum to make, everything up to then had favoured the home team. The sending off was no different, at best a yellow card. He flashed red. Rangers are at their weakest when they have to attack, because quite simply, they don’t have the quality players for it. Celtic bring on their third-choice striker Odsonne Edouard and he comes up with the goods to make it 3-2 with twenty minutes remaining. Rangers huffed and puffed, but never looked like scoring, until that miss. There’s no defence for that Celtic defence. Rip it up and start again, the league is over and I too was cheering when I heard we’d Rangers in the Scottish. A boggy Hampden park will suit Rangers better and if Celtic give them gift-wrapped goals then sure the Gers can win. But, really, all those stupid pundits, Rangers are miles behind.