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  • Hat-trick delight for Dembele in derby rout for five-star Celts

    Hat-trick delight for Dembele in derby rout for five-star Celts

    By: Martin Dalziel on 10 Sep, 2016 13:51

  • SPFL Premiership
    Celtic Park, Glasgow
    Saturday September 10, 2016

    (Dembele 33, 42, 83, Sinclair 61, Armstrong 89)

    (Garner 45)

    A MAJESTIC hat-trick from Moussa Dembele helped Celtic to a 5-1 victory in the Glasgow derby at Paradise today (Saturday) as the clinical Scottish champions went four points clear at the top of the table with a game in hand.

    The young French striker was in imperious form, powering Celtic into a two-goal lead before the interval with a header and a classy right-footed effort before Joe Garner pulled one back for the visitors on the stroke of half-time.

    Dembele was not finished, however, and his unstoppable run towards the penalty box on 61 minutes drew out the Rangers defence, allowing him to pick out Scott Sinclair in the box with an excellent pass which the winger dispatched with ease to put the Bhoys firmly on top.

    Philippe Senderos’ dismissal for a second yellow card after a handball late on was followed swiftly by David Weir’s, with the Rangers assistant manager sent to the stands for his touchline protests, but the day finished with the sun shining on Celtic and Paradise, as Dembele bagged his hat-trick, controlling an exquisite pass from Mikael Lustig at the back post before rifling a left-footed shot past Foderingham.

    Substitute Stuart Armstrong then made it a fantastic five with a patient and angled finished on the stroke of full time to cap off an outstanding afternoon for the Bhoys, who ran their Glasgow rivals ragged with a truly top-class performance.

    Dembele was the only change Celtic made for the game, with the striker replacing the injured Leigh Griffiths up front. The Frenchman started well, helping the Hoops link up the play as the Bhoys took the game to the visitors down the flanks.

    The first 10 minutes were frenetic, with both teams trading corners and Nir Bitton writing himself into the referee’s book with a foul on Niko Kranjcar, but Celtic soon began to assert themselves, with Tom Rogic trying his luck from distance with a first-time shot over the bar.

    Dembele then made the home side’s pressure count when the Hoops won a corner on the left which Sinclair delivered with accuracy into the box.

    The Frenchman made a late run towards the six-yard line to meet the cross and thundered a header straight into the net past Wes Foderingham to make it 1-0 and turn Paradise into a mass of green and white euphoria.

    Mark Warburton’s team came forward after conceding in search of a reply but they offered little in way of a threat as a packed Celtic Park roared the Bhoys on after opening the scoring.

    And it wasn’t long before the home support had another excellent goal to savour as Dembele doubled his tally with under five minutes left in the first-half. The forward showed incredible pace to latch on to Nir Bitton’s threaded pass before leaving Senderos tumbling with a neat turn in the box. Dembele then looked up and curled a shot beyond Foderingham with the outside of his foot to make it 2-0 to the Hoops.

    Celtic were still in dreamland as half-time approached and they were caught out before the break, with Garner grabbing a goal for his side after Kenny Miller headed the ball back across box for his strike partner.

    The goal spurred the visitors on after the restart and they controlled possession for large periods as the game got back underway, having changed Kranjcar with Andy Halliday at half-time. Kolo Toure was booked for a late challenge on Garner as the Ibrox side sought to expose Celtic on the break while Barrie McKay went close to finding the net with a curling shot from the left of the box.

    Rogic was replaced  by Armstrong and Celtic soon extended their lead. The Bhoys held the ball patiently before Lustig unleashed Dembele from the right flank, allowing him to drive at the box and draw out the visiting defence.

    His hold-up play was timed to perfection and as Senderos came out to meet him, he slipped a pin-point pass in for Sinclair, who made no mistake with a classy left-footed shot past Foderingham, which re-established Celtic’s dominance.

    Brendan Rodgers brought on Patrick Roberts for the industrious James Forrest in the search of more goals, while Martyn Waghorn replaced Miller.

    The champions were then forced into one final change when Scott Brown made way for Callum McGregor but the captain’s departure was followed swiftly by Senderos’, with the Rangers defender shown a second yellow card for a deliberate handball with 15 minutes left.

    David Weir soon followed him after being ordered to the stands by the referee and the Ibrox side’s terrible afternoon was then compounded further when Dembele stepped up to grab his hat-trick after collecting a wonderful long ball from Lustig in the box and rattling a shot past Foderingham with his left foot.

    Armstrong then sealed a five-star performance for the Celts with an angled finished after Tierney’s cut-back to make it a fantastic 5-1 to the Hoops.

    The final whistle sounded shortly after but it could barely be heard through the roar of the Paradise faithful as they celebrated a resounding win over their city rivals.

    CELTIC (4-2-3-1) De Vries; Lustig, Toure, Sviatchenko, Tierney; Bitton, Brown (McGregor 74); Forrest (Roberts 63), Rogic (Armstrong 54), Sinclair; Dembele.
    Not used: Gordon, Ciftci, Izaguirre, Gamboa

    RANGERS (4-3-3) Foderingham; Tavernier, Senderos, Kiernan (Forrester 71), Wallace; Barton, Kranjcar (Halliday 46), Windass; Garner, McKay, Miller (Waghorn 63).
    Not used: Gilks, Hill, O’Halloran, Hodson

    Website Man of the Match: Moussa Dembele


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