Rangers midfielder Scott Arfield stole the show as Steven Gerrard’s side wrapped up a comfortable 2-0 Old Firm win in their last home game of the season.
Gerrard’s side dominated their rivals from start to finish for the second time at Ibrox this season – no doubt sending fans away feeling much more confident of a title challenge next season.
The game got off to an incredible start with James Tavernier opening the scoring after less than 90 seconds with a free-kick which Bain made a complete mess off.
The Celtic keeper seemed to expect one of his defenders to clear the ball and Tav’s free-kick bounced into the back of the net and lifted the roof off of Ibrox.
Conceding an early goal appeared to rattle Celtic and Rangers dominated much of the early possession and probe the visitor’s defence looking for a second goal.
The Gers were snapping into every challenge, passing crisply and looking very much like the only team looking to win the game.
Celtic eventually started to get a foothold in the game as the opening 45 minutes ticked down but never really tested Wes Foderingham.
There was almost a second Rangers goal just before the break after some nice counter-attacking play involving Ryan Kent but once the winger played in Scott Arfield, Bain did well to deny the Gers – with Connor Goldson’s header from the resulting corner going just over the bar.
Celtic started the second half looking a little bit more lively but Rangers were able to deal with whatever was thrown at them.
Goldson and Katic, in particular, looked really impressive as they cleared their lines with little problem.
The Gers finally got the second when Arfield fired beyond the helpless Bain.
Glen Kamara’s fantastic bit of skill on midfield started the whole thing as he left Scott Brown chasing his shadow before Arfield was picked out with a delightful pass.
With the Gers looking comfortable, the fans were in party mood as Ibrox rocked in the sunshine.
Defoe had a chance to get his name on the scoresheet before being replaced by Alfredo Morelos but Bain saved well before the rebound crashed off the crossbar.
As the game ticked away, Celtic had no answer for Rangers as they sealed a sixth win from their last six games.
Here we look at how Steven Gerrard’s side performed against Celtic.
Wes Foderingham – 7
Barely involved and Steven Gerrard could have kept Ross McCrorie in goals. One big save late in the game. If this ends up being his last appearance at Ibrox for Rangers then he couldn’t have picked much better.
James Tavernier – 8
A fantastic opener from an early free-kick and the skipper really looked up for this one as he surged down the right regularly. A really impressive afternoon’s work from Tav and well deserved his goal.
Connor Goldson – 8
Absolutely strolled it again. Goldson looks to relish these games and he appears really comfortable beside Niko Katic. Gerrard might bring a new defender in this summer but he already has his first-pick pairing.
Niko Katic – 8
Arguably Katic’s best performance for Rangers. Croatian defender barely put a foot wrong all afternoon and will be delighted at his afternoon’s work. Needs to be given a prolonged run in the first-team next season.
Jon Flanagan – 7
Another solid performance from the former Liverpool man as he continues to fill in at left-back. Booked for an altercation with Scott Brown – although the Celtic captain made a bit of a meal of it.
Glen Kamara – 8
Dominated Celtic’s midfield as the Gers trio of Kamara, Davis and Jack dictated the tempo and forced the visitors into long balls forward. Such a clever player and his use of the ball is absolutely fantastic. Made the second goal with a brilliant bit of play.
Steven Davis – 8
Northern Irishman looks like he’s never been away now. Since returning to form, the veteran has been head and shoulders above most and continued that again today with another excellent performance.
Ryan Jack – 8
The former Aberdeen captain does all the dirty work for Kamara and Davis – and it is paying dividends for Rangers. Jack had Scott Brown in his back pocket as he
Scott Arfield – 9
The best player on the pitch. Gers midfielder will still be giving Celtic’s players nightmares as they head home later tonight. Took his goal brilliantly and deserves every bit of praise his performance gets. Replaced by Candeias.
Ryan Kent – 8
On-loan winger tormented Celtic’s defenders with his runs as he showed exactly what he is capable of. It would be brilliant to have him back at Ibrox next season but every performance like this makes it look even harder to keep him.
Jermain Defoe – 8
Linked up well and caused a lot of problems for Celtic’s centre-backs. Will be disappointed not to have had more chances to get on the scoresheet. His best chance came late on but Bain saved well at close range. Offers something so different from Morelos but he causes just as many headaches for defenders. Replaced by the Colombian late on.
Substitutes: Alfredo Morelos (6), Daniel Candeias (6), Ross McCrorie (6)