Celtic and Rangers produced stunning victories to produce one of Scotland’s best ever night in European football with wins over Lazio and FC Porto respectively – prompting reaction from Gary Lineker and widely-renowned Celtic fan Andrew Robertson.
Celtic kicked off in the early round of fixtures and came from behind to secure a 2-1 win. James Forrest’s piledriver cancelled out Ciro Immobile’s tidy opener. Just like at Parkhead, Celtic scored an injury-time winner through Olivier Ntcham.
Odsonne Edouard capitalised on a poor Lazio pass before feeding substitute Ntcham, who chipped the on-rushing Thomas Strakosha to win 2-1. Rangers then kicked off, tasked with beating last season’s Champions League quarter-finalists.
A stunning left-footed effort from Alfredo Morelos was followed moments later by a deflected effort from Steven Davis to give Steven Gerrard’s side a 2-0 win. Celtic qualify, while Rangers are close. Lineker and Robertson reacted on Twitter.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) November 7, 2019
Very good night for Scottish football!! 🙌
— Andrew Robertson (@andrewrobertso5) November 7, 2019
TBR’s view – Long shot for both Celtic and Rangers to qualify
When the draw was announced that Celtic would face Serie A giants Lazio, French side Rennes and Romanian champions CFR Cluj, many believed Celtic would be in for a tough challenge. Lazio are a class above, while Rennes are also very handy.
Even more so, Rangers were drawn against Porto, Feyenoord and Young Boys. It was a group that many believed they could finish bottom of. But Celtic have qualified, and Rangers are withing touching grasp.
It shows just how much Rangers and Celtic have come on leaps and bounds, with the Old Firm sides pushing eachother since Steven Gerrard came in. It will be interesting to see how European football after Christmas affects the title race.