Rangers 1-5 Celtic: League champions thrash Old Firm rivals at Ibrox
By Patrick Surlis
Last Updated: 30/04/17 6:20pm
Celtic remain on course for an unbeaten season after the Scottish Premiership champions thrashed Old Firm rivals Rangers 5-1 at Ibrox on Saturday.
Scott Sinclair put the visitors on their way from the penalty spot on seven minutes after Patrick Roberts was tripped by Myles Beerman's reckless challenge.
Leigh Griffiths doubled Celtic's lead before half-time and three goals after the break by Callum McGregor (52), Dedryck Boyata (61) and Mikael Lustig (87) completed their scoring.
Kenny Miller, who signed a one-year contract extension with Rangers on Friday, netted a consolation for the hosts (81).
Celtic dominated throughout at the home of their fierce rivals and are now five matches away from ending the domestic campaign without defeat.
The champions, who beat Rangers 2-0 in their Scottish Cup semi-final last Sunday, have won five of the six Old Firm meetings this season.
Brendan Rodgers made one change from the semi-final victory as Griffiths replaced Moussa Dembele, who suffered a hamstring injury at Hampden.
And the visitors controlled the game from the off, going close through McGregor before a rash Beerman tackle handed Sinclair the chance to open the scoring.
The winger made no mistake with his spot-kick, sending Wes Foderingham the wrong way for his 21st league goal of the season.
He could have had a hat-trick in the first half as he squandered two more golden opportunities.
The first came after Griffiths struck the crossbar but Sinclair dragged his follow-up wide, and the second saw the former Man City winger badly miscue when unmarked at the back post.
By that stage, Celtic already had a two-goal cushion thanks to Griffiths' superb strike.
Stuart Armstrong set the forward away down the left channel and his left-footed blast beat Foderingham to the top corner.
That momentum continued into the second half as the visitors made it three seven minutes after the break.
Roberts teed up McGregor, who took a touch before firing low through the legs of James Tavernier and into the far corner.
Boyata headed home his third league goal of the season as Celtic punished poor Rangers marking and hesitant goalkeeping to further stretch their advantage.
Martyn Waghorn spurned a glorious opportunity to pull one back before Old Firm stalwart Miller restored a modicum of pride for the hosts.
But there was more pain to come as Lustig danced past Danny Wilson to curl in Celtic's fifth.