Celtic had to overcome a spirited effort from 10-man Rangers to see them off 2-1 at Parkhead. Despite bossing the first half they should've scored more in, Celtic looked shaky in the second, with Rangers creating one or two big chances of their own. In the end, Celtic just had that bit of extra quality to nick the game.
Celtic were dictating things from the start. It started with Ajer and Boyata confidently keeping the ball from Morelos and bullying him at every 50-50.
Celtic's football was quick and accurate in the first 45, with Tierney a big threat down the left and Forrest dropping into the number 10 position.
Edouard bossed the Rangers defence all afternoon. It was no surprise his run from deep on to a Forrest ball led to the opener, and combined with Morelos' elbow on Brown, Celtic were in the driving seat.
Lennon's men had chances either side of half-time to wrap this up. Lustig, Tierney, Sinclair, and Boyata all came close.
Rangers came into the game more as Celtic failed to kill them off. Their combination play between Tavernier and Candeias was a constant threat, and that led to Kent's wonderful equaliser.
It looked like going away from Celtic when Tierney and Boyata had to go off injured. With all subs used before Boyata went off, it went down to 10-vs-10.
Celtic's extra quality won out, however. A Tavernier error allowed McGregor and Edouard to combine and set up Forrest, who slotted home confidently.
Halliday's red came during a post-match fight.
Big win for Celtic, but they should've had this dead and buried. Rangers rallied after the hour mark, and their combinations down the right impressed. But the truth is they didn't have the quality to overcome a confident Celtic who bossed 60 minutes of the game.