Celtic defeated Rangers 1-0 at Ibrox on Sunday afternoon, as Celtic won the first Glasgow Derby of the season.

Brendan Rodgers elected not to include any of his new signings in the starting line-up, with Nat Phillips and Paulo Bernardo both not quoted, and Luis Palma having to settle for a place on the bench. Because of this, Liam Scales was afforded another opportunity in the defence alongside Gustaf Lagierbielke, whilst David Turnbull and Daizen Maeda remained despite the new transfer reinforcements. There was one change from the St Johnstone game in total, with Liel Abada coming into the side in place of Yang Hyun-jun on the right wing.

It was a frantic first half, with chances for both sides. Rangers put the ball in the net twice - both ruled out with assistance from VAR - before Celtic took the lead through Kyogo in stoppage time. Celtic would go in at the break ahead, after a largely positive opening 45 minutes. Backs to the wall for much of the second half, Celtic managed to cling on, in what was a massive victory for Rodgers and his team.

With that being said, here are the key points of discussion from this afternoon's game in Govan...

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Clinical Kyogo

The talismanic Japanese striker has scored three goals this season with just four touches of the ball. His goal to give Celtic the lead was exquisite. There seemed nothing on as Kyogo latched on to Matt O'Riley's forward header, one touch later and bang it was flashing past the outstretched hand of Jack Butland. It was an outstanding strike of stunning quality. It was cold, calculating and clinical and it was the hallmark of an attacker who knows exactly where the goal is. That's 57 Celtic career goals and counting for the darling of the green and white faithful and he ain't stopping anytime soon. Just wait until Kyogo and Brendan Rodgers team finally hit their stride.

Tony Haggerty

Captain fantastic

Celtic played the better football in the first 45 and nobody typified the visitors fighting spirit more than captain Callum McGregor. The skipper was imperious in the middle of the park as he dominated from start to finish. He was a massive driving force and he led by example in the white-hot heat of the Ibrox cauldron. He always seemed to be available for a pass and he was coolness and calmness personified when it came to his distribution. He was dogged, determined and laser-focused in everything that he did. After a more than sluggish start to the campaign by his exceptionally high standards, it was a welcome return to form for the man with the armband. McGregor played out of his skin as he used all his experience to outshine the likes of Todd Cantwell and Nicolas Raskin in the Ibrox sun as the champions showed once again that they will take a bit of shifting from their lofty perch at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Tony Haggerty

Turgid Turnbull

Despite the deadline day signing of Bernardo, Turnbull started today’s match, with regular central midfielder Reo Hatate still out due to injury. Playing as the furthest forward midfielder, it was a big vote of confidence yet again from the manager to a player who has not set the heather alight. This positional change allowed O’Riley to play alongside McGregor in the double pivot, which worked to the Dane’s advantage, but to the detriment of Turnbull. The first half passed the midfielder by, in all honesty, with the player essentially a spectator in today’s proceedings. Not for the first time, Turnbull allowed this particular fixture to affect him for whatever reason, in what was a tough afternoon for the clearly talented Scotland international. With Hatate due to return after the international break and Bernardo keen to break into the first team, Turnbull’s spot in the squad from the start is certainly in jeopardy. At home, Celtic can get away with the player’s lack of pace and vigour, but he is effectively a man down when the team is under pressure in the big games at the moment. With his contract up at the end of the season, it is up to Turnbull to show that he is able to play in these vital games over the course of a season, or he may have to ply his trade elsewhere. Talent only gets you so far, and Turnbull may find this out the hard way in the very near future, which is unfortunate.

Ryan McGinlay

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O'Riley runs the show - again

In what is becoming quite the occurrence this season, the midfielder completely ran the show in the middle of the park. At the end of last season, many spoke about how this was going to potentially be a big season for the dynamic O’Riley, and they were right – if early performances are anything to go by. Getting the assist for Kyogo’s goal with a lovely, weighted header, the 22-year-old was imperious in the busiest area of the park, asserting himself into the fixture effortlessly. Perhaps the deeper role should be the one which Rodgers looks to position O’Riley in the future? He played even further back with distinction last season when McGregor was injured, so this may suit him in the long run. Not afraid to put in the hard yards for the benefit of the team, his work both on and off the ball was a joy to watch, in what was a breakout performance from the young prospect. An early contender for Player of the Year, with displays like this making it very hard to argue otherwise.

Ryan McGinlay

Makeshift backline manages

The Celtic supporters could be forgiven for thinking they were up against it from the off when the makeshift central defensive pairing of Gustaf Lagerbielke and Liam Scales was announced before kick-off. On loan Liverpool defender Nat Phillips was nowhere to be seen and that filled those of a green and white persuasion with dread. The duo also had to cope with the Rangers pairing Cyriel Dessers and Kemar Roofe. It looked like it was going to be a long day when Scales was beaten to the jump and Dessers squared for Rabbi Matondo to score but the Irishman was spared by the assistant's flag. Scales looked like a bag of nerves every time he got the ball but his partner Lagebielke wasn't instilling much confidence either and he copped a major break when he was dispossed by Dessers and Roofe lashed the ball home but VAR ruled it out for a foul on the Swede. If anything was going to prevent Celtic from winning the game it was lapses of concentration and mistakes at the back of the pack. Amazingly Lagerbielke and Scales stuck doggedly to the task at hand and whilst at times it was unorthodox it also proved to be effective, but only just.

Tony Haggerty