Celtic 1-1 Rangers: Player ratings as Alfredo Morelos earns visitors point in Old Firm derby

Celtic 1-1 Rangers: Player ratings as Alfredo Morelos earns visitors point in Old Firm derby

Rangers kept their hopes of an unbeaten league campaign alive by coming from behind to draw with bitter rivals Celtic at Parkhead on Sunday afternoon.

The hosts’ bright start was rewarded when Mohamed Elyounoussi stretched to nod in Odsonne Edouard’s cross, but Alfredo Morelos levelled things up later in the first half when he headed in at the back post from a corner.

Celtic earned more of the ball and created more chances though Rangers looked a decent threat on the counter, with a point apiece about right on the day. Steven Gerrard’s side remain 20 points ahead of their Glasgow rivals.

Right, let’s get into the player ratings.

Scott Bain (GK) – 6/10 – Produced a top stop to keep out Kent’s thumping volley. Wasn’t tested as much as his opposite number.

Jonjoe Kenny (RB) – 5/10 – A bit too passive down Celtic’s right. Seemed to stop moving whenever he approached Rangers’ defensive third. Smacked a shot straight at McGregor late on.

Stephen Welsh (CB) – 6/10 – A decent enough showing from the 21-year-old. Read the game nicely and distributed the ball well.

Kristoffer Ajer (CB) – 5/10 –
The Norwegian wasn’t dominant in the air, which is odd considering he’s about 7’6.

Diego Laxalt (LB) – 6/10 – Made some good attacking bursts down the left in the second half but picked up a booking when baited into a foul by Morelos.

Scott Brown (CM) – 5/10 – A pretty agricultural display from Celtic’s captain, who earned himself a yellow card for persistent fouling, but it did show his appetite for this fixture remains as strong as ever. Had a touching moment with Glen Kamara before kick off.

Callum McGregor (CM) – 7/10 – Played an important pass to send Edouard away in the buildup to the first goal. An efficient defensive presence in midfield, making three tackles.

David Turnbull (AM) – 6/10 – Influence grew as the game wore on. Forced McGregor into a decent save with a low drive and was later taken off for James Forrest.

Ryan Christie (RW) – 5/10 – Tidy in possession but never did anything threatening with it. Typing his name into Twitter won’t result in too many positive comments – fans were pretty scathing.

Odsonne Edouard (ST) – 7/10 – Produced a great cross for Elyounoussi’s header and often drifted out wide to expose Balogun. A few nice dribbles as he looked to run at the Rangers defence but also missed a header when well placed. Booked for a dive.

Mohamed Elyounoussi (LW) – 7/10 – Stormed into the box to head in Edouard’s cross. Took on four shots in total and looked threatening until his late withdrawal.

James Forrest – 6/10

Tomas Rogic – N/A

Ismaila Soro – N/A

Leigh Griffiths – N/A

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McGregor made seven saves | Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Allan McGregor (GK) – 8/10 – Called into action with alarming regularity and Celtic may have been out of sight without McGregor’s interventions.

Leon Balogun (RB) – 5/10 – Was pulled all over the place as Celtic targeted the out-of-position defender. Did get the assist for his flick which led to Morelos’ goal but never truly looked comfortable and was brought off before the hour mark.

Connor Goldson (CB) – 6/10 – Snapped into some tackles and sent a looping header wide late on.

Filip Helander (CB) – 6/10 –
Decent enough in the air and made a few tackles.

Borna Barisic (LB) – 6/10 – Sent in the corner that led to Morelos’ equaliser. provided a decent outlet down Rangers’ left.

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Kamara warming up | Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Glen Kamara (CM) – 6/10 – A pretty quiet afternoon for the 25-year-old. Got around the park but nothing particularly eye-catching.

Steven Davis (CM) – 6/10 – The former Southampton man enjoyed an interesting tussle with Brown and was generally efficient in the middle of the park.

Joe Aribo (CM) – 5/10 – A few nice touches and quick turns. More prominent in the first half before he quickly drifted out of the game in the second.

Ianis Hagi (RW) – 5/10 – Quite a subdued outing from the Romania international. Couldn’t get himself into any threatening positions and was brought off in the 65th minute.

Alfredo Morelos (ST) – 7/10 – Emerged unmarked to nod in Rangers’ equaliser. Earned himself a booking for a late barge.

Ryan Kent (LW) – 6/10 – A typically busy and all action performance from the former Liverpool winger. Made three dribbles, though came out with no solid attacking contribution to show for his efforts.

Nathan Patterson – 6/10

Scott Arfield – 5/10

Scott Wright – 5/10

Kemar Roofe – 5/10

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