In a dazzling Old Firm showdown, Glasgow Rangers snagged a well-deserved victory against Celtic, marking Michael Beale’s first triumph in this iconic fixture.
Bathed in the warm Glasgow sun, Rangers outshone the Premiership champions with their hunger for victory, evident in every duel and sprint for the ball.
The Gers seized the moment early on, capitalizing on Celtic’s lackluster performance. John Lundstram’s shot was deflected by Joe Hart, only to land at Todd Cantwell’s feet, who masterfully slipped the ball through Hart’s legs.
John Souttar’s powerful header added to Rangers’ lead before the break, and Fashion Sakala sealed the deal with a well-earned third goal. Though it didn’t affect the title race, the win was a huge confidence booster for Beale, with pride on the line.
Souttar’s performance was particularly noteworthy as he bounced back from a dismal showing in a prior match against Celtic.
With a Sofascore rating of 5.8/10 after his previous encounter, the Scot redeemed himself in a big way at Ibrox.
His solid display, despite being only his fifth start for Rangers this season, demonstrated maturity and composure beyond his experience.
At 26 years old, John Souttar was a force to be reckoned with, making four clearances and committing just one foul.
His tactical prowess was evident as he was dribbled past only once, opting to stand his ground when Celtic attacked.
John Souttar shines in Rangers’ victory over Celtic
Dominating the air, the £8.1k-per-week gem succeeded in all his aerial duels, lost possession just four times, and registered 27 touches throughout the match.
Souttar’s towering header capped off his splendid performance, solidifying his place in Beale’s plans for the upcoming season.
Overcoming a season riddled with injuries, the Scot’s display against Celtic surely instilled newfound confidence in himself and his ability to play a pivotal role for the Gers in the future.
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