Rangers defeated Celtic 2-0 at Parkhead on Saturday afternoon in the first Old Firm of 2020.

The Gers started brightly and opened the scoring in just the 9th minute through a Connor Goldson header.

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Connor Goldson celebrates putting Rangers in front against Celtic. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Steven Gerrard’s men continued to have the better of the play thereafter and while no more clear-cut chances were forthcoming initially, Celtic still hadn’t managed a shot on target by the interval.

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Goldson was at it again less than ten minutes into the second half, with the centre-back doubling Rangers’ advantage at the second attempt following a free-flowing attacking move.

Ryan Jack then replaced Brandon Barker on the hour mark and the visitors saw the game out with surprising ease to go four points clear at the top of the Premiership table.

Here are our Rangers player ratings from the 2-0 win over Celtic:

Allan McGregor – 6

Barely worked in the game so toothless were Celtic in attack. Fortunate that Leigh Griffiths hurdled his panicked challenge in the area with 15 minutes remaining.

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James Tavernier – 7

Excellent delivery for the opening goal and a typically strong performance thereafter. Defended well when called upon, passed incisively and helped drive his team up the park.

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Steven Gerrard and James Tavernier celebrate following the final whistle. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Connor Goldson – 9

Got lucky when Elyounoussi failed to capitalise on his error 15 minutes in but was otherwise outstanding. It’s not often a centre-back bags a brace in an Old Firm and he took his second goal particularly well at the second attempt. Distributed well from the back and contributed to another clean sheet.

Filip Helander – 8

Caught on his heels a little for the Griffiths chance in the closing stages but was rock solid for the rest of the encounter. Made a crucial block from Elyounoussi early on and read the play well, dominating in the air.

 

Borna Barisic – 8

Superb again both in attack and defence. Dealt calmly with anything that came his way at the back and provided a great attacking outlet down the left side. Unlucky not to bag an assist after picking out Kent in the second half.

Scott Arfield – 7

Continued his excellent recent form by competing physically in the middle of the park, making dangerous forward runs and linking the play in the final third.

Steven Davis – 7

Dictated the play, showing composure and a wide range of passing while also sniffing out danger typically well in front of the back four.

Glen Kamara – 9

Outstanding. Possibly his best display in a Rangers shirt. Showed remarkable composure in possession and used his body brilliantly to evade opponents. More progressive with his passing than he has been in the past and looked a class apart.

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Glen Kamara tops the Rangers player ratings from the win over Celtic. (Photo by Fran Santiago/Getty Images)

Brandon Barker – 5

Gerrard showed faith in the winger but nothing really came off for him. Worked hard but struggled to hold the ball up or provide a cutting edge in behind. Subbed on the hour mark.

Ryan Kent – 6

Not his most dynamic performance of the season but showed good movement and some lovely touches in the final third. Unlucky not to score with a guided volley blocked by Ajer.

Alfredo Morelos – 6

The derby drought goes on for the Colombia international who provided threat early in the first half but became distracted by petty tussles at times thereafter and spent much of the game looking to create from wide areas rather than in the box.

Subs: Ryan Jack (6), Cedric Itten and Joe Aribo (N/A)

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