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STRACHAN VERDICT ON CELTIC PROBLEM

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GORDON STRACHAN witnessed Celtic outplay Steven Gerrard’s side for the second successive game – and have to be satisfied with one point from six.

The former Hoops gaffer watched his old side boss the Glasgow derby at the start of a year for an hour before the game turned on its head with the red card for Nir Bitton.

The Israel international was dismissed after a challenge on Alfredo Morelos and four minutes later Callum McGregor deflected a right-wing corner-kick beyond Vasilis Barkas for the only goal of the encounter.

It was tough luck on 10-man Celtic and it didn’t get much better in the 1-1 draw at Parkhead yesterday.

Mohamed Elyounoussi scored a picture-book header to put John Kennedy’s side ahead in the 23rd minute, but that was nullified by some wretched defending when the side failed yet again to deal with a set-play and the visitors claimed a gifted leveller.

Opposing keeper Allan McGregor was the busiest man on the pitch with a handful of good stops as the Hoops searched for the winner, but it was another story of missed opportunities and slack defending.

Strachan, speaking to Celtic TV, said: “The only problem that worries me is: ‘Can we get any better than this?’

“That’s the only thing. That’s two games now where everybody goes on about Rangers tactically – and they’ve been great, they’ve been smashing for the last couple of years.

“However, tactically in the last two games, Celtic have made better chances and had more possession.

“They’ve been the better team on these occasions.

“Celtic don’t get the credit sometimes for what they do tactically.”

The Hoops have now failed to beat their Glasgow rivals in three consecutive games in the east end of Glasgow – losing 2-1 in December 2019, flopping 2-0 in October last year and now this 1-1 stalemate.

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