Andy Gray has told BeIN Sports that he reckons Celtic were lucky to beat Rangers 2-1 in Sunday’s Old Firm Derby at Parkhead, in what was a feisty, controversial encounter.
Referee Bobby Madden had his work cut out as Rangers looked to keep their Scottish Premiership hopes alive. The loss, though, sees them fall to 13 points behind Neil Lennon’s Celtic.
Alfredo Morelos was shown his fifth red card of the season for an elbow on Hoops skipper Scott Brown. The Celtic star was involved in an altercation with Ryan Kent, and then with Andy Halliday after the full-time whistle.
Former Rangers striker and Scotland international Gray spoke of how Celtic had got away with claiming the three points because he feels Steven Gerrard’s men were the better side in the second half.
“Celtic will come out of that game, I think, feeling really fortunate to have won the match,” Gray said. “They were second best in the second half, for the majority of it. But they have to take it on the chin.”
Despite going down to 10 men, Rangers rallied and equalised through Ryan Kent after Odsonne Edouard’s opener. It saw the Gers dominate the match, and have chances to win.
Kent was the best player on the park, and his cutback should have been converted by Ryan Jack. With the score at 1-1, it was a crucial chance. Certainly, the Gers’ season depended on that kick of the ball.
It ballooned over Scott Bain’s bar and Rangers now have little to play for with 13 points separating them and Celtic. If Morelos had stayed on, it would have been in the back of the net.