CELTIC stumbled rather than sauntered out of the decade with a suprisingly inept peformance as they lost 2-1 to Steven Gerrard’s Ibrox outfit.
There can be no excuses, either, for a defeat that cost the eight-in-a-row champions their 100 per cent unbeaten domestic record at Parkhead.
It was an afternoon to forget as Ryan Christie missed his second consecutive penalty-kick after also having one saved at Ross County earlier in the campaign, although he did follow up to slam in the rebound. There was no such luck on this occasion as Allan McGregor dived low to his left to push the ball clear.
Christopher Jullien was denied twice by midfielder Steven Davis who cleared headers off the goal-line.
Odsonne Edouard was credited with the team’s goal when he deflected a shot from Callum McGregor into the net to make it 1-1 at the interval.
However, the defence’s infuriating inability to deal with set-plays cost them dearly when the visitors scored from a left-wing corner-kick with Nikola Katic outjumping Kristoffer Ajer to bullet an effort past the stranded Fraser Forster.
At the end, three points were lost and Alfredo Morelos made another early departure – his SEVENTH in his Ibrox career – after a lamentable dive in stoppage-time as he attempted to con referee Kevin Clancy into awarding a penalty-kick.
It was just one of those crazy days in the east end of Glasgow.
CQN‘s ace lensmen were there to capture the best of the action. Here is the pick of the pics.
REMEMBERING DUNKY…the teams line up to applaud the memory of former Celtic skipper and right-back Dunky MacKay who passed away recently.
ON THE BALL…Odsonne Edouard takes on Ryan Jack and Nikola Katic.
PUSH OFF…Boli Bolingoli is challenged by midfielder Steven Davis.
ON THE RUN…Ryan Christie attempts to race past Nikola Katic.
HE WENT THATAWAY…Jeremie Frimpong prepares to leave Ryan Jack in his tracks.
CONCENTRATION…Mikey Johnston is about to be tackled by Steven Davis.
FRENCH FANCY…Odsonne Edouard tries to dazzle Nikola Katic.
TOUCHLINE TACTICS…Neil Lennon gets his message across.
IT TAKES TWO…Callum McGregor races away from James Tavernier.
YIPPEE…Callum McGregor celebrates Celtic’s goal as his shot takes a deflection off Odsonne Edouard.
A BIG HAND FOR THE FANS…the Celtic players applaud the efforts of the Hoops support.