Balogun, Aribo Returns As Rangers Signal Intent With Victory In Old Firm Derby

Leon Balogun was an unused substitute while Joe Aribo entered in the 90th minute as Rangers got the better of bitter rivals Celtics in the Old Firm Derby at Celtic Park.

Aribo was making his first appearance since picking up a knock in the 3-0 defeat of St. Johnstone in mid-August and entered the fray as in the dying minutes as Rangers drew first blood against their city rivals.

In the first Glasgow derby without fans, Steven Gerrard’s side were dominant and utterly outclassed Neil Lennon’s side who were missing four players due to Covid-19 protocols

Centre back Connor Goldson was the hero as his brace handed Rangers all three points and laid down a marker in the battle for the Scottish Premiership.

Goldson headed in James Tavernier’s free-kick to give Rangers a 9th minute lead before tapping in after the break to finish off a lacklustre Celtic.

It was a statement win for Rangers as the Ibrox side attempt to prevent their city rivals winning an unprecedented 10th consecutive title.

Celtic, though, still have a game in hand and were without star striker Odsonne Edouard and midfield regular Ryan Christie and would know there still is significant time to right the course of their season.