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‘DEFINITELY BE RECTIFIED,’ STRACHAN’S POSITIVE VERDICT

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FORMER Celtic boss Gordon Strachan believes all is not doom and gloom at Parkhead.

The one-time Parkhead gaffer, who won a hat-trick of titles in 2006 to 2008, saw his old club topple out of the Scottish Cup at Ibrox yesterday with two first-half strikes, an overhead-kick from Steven Davis and a dreadful own goal from Jonjoe Kenny.

It means the Hoops will finish the season from hell without a trophy for the first time in 11 years.

Keeper Scott Bain wasn’t exactly overworked. but his opposite number Allan McGregor had to earn his bonus with a string of stops, including a penalty-kick save from the lethargic Odsonne Edouard.

FOILED…Allan McGregor prepares to save Odsonne Edouard’s feeble penalty-kick.

For the third successive derby, the veteran netminder has been Steven Gerrard’s top performer, but he should have been left helpless on at least four occasions when Stephen Welsh, Mohamed Elyounoussi and the French frontman (twice) failed to register after being presented with excellent chances.

Strachan saw a glimmer of hope for the Hoops and, as reported in the Daily Record, said: “I think if you’re the Celtic manager and said: ‘Listen we’re going to have 12 or 13 attempts at goal and five of them are going to be great ones’, you’d be happy with that.

“I agree that Celtic are not as compact as Rangers in general. But for them to make all of these chances and who was man of the match? Allan McGregor.

“If I was John Kennedy I would think: ‘What can I say to these lads? Apart from their defensive shape let them down a couple of times’. And that can definitely be rectified.”

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