Celtic midfielder Calum McGregor has suggested that his side were tactically outclassed by Rangers over the weekend.
Speaking after the Gers beat Celtic 2-0 at Celtic Park courtesy of a Connor Goldson double, McGregor gave the Ibrox club credit and admitted Rangers were the better side.
But the midfielder has also praised Rangers’ tactical approach to the game which saw their flying wing-backs resist the urge to consistently flood forward.
This decision meant that Celtic’s wing-backs – either side of a three in defence – had to come out and press James Tavernier and Borna Barisic, opening up space in behind.
It was a smart move and one of the reasons why the Gers managed to win the day and McGregor swallowed his pride at full-time.
“Credit to Rangers as they changed their game-plan,” said Mcgregor [Scottish Sun].
“Every week we see them with their two full-backs really high. But they sat in and protected the middle of the pitch.
“So they did their homework as well and we have to be honest in that sense.
“They set up their game-plan and they carried it out well to win the game.
“For us, we have to be more on the front foot when it comes to these games.
“We’re a little bit in between at the minute, albeit we were missing a lot of key players.
“The fact there were no fans probably made them feel a little bit more comfortable, but that’s the situation and it’s no excuse.
“We can’t look at that as we have to perform better on the pitch.”
McGregor’s comments are in contrast to several Celtic voices in the press and online who’ve claimed that Rangers’ victory was against a reserve side.
But it’s hard to argue against this being a deflection tactic with Rangers looking to overtake their biggest rivals.