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Celtic 2-1 Rangers: Matt O’Riley shows Old Firm rivals what they’re missing

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Celtic’s game management was poor, which was a reminder that though they will win the league, and deservedly so, they still have a lot of improving to do. Some holes to plug with better players for next summer.

Rodgers might start talking again about getting quality into the club, his plaintive cry during the January window.

If Celtic are to kick on, his words need to be acted upon this time. He’ll hope O’Riley is part of the push domestically and in Europe next season, but it wouldn’t be a shock if he exited to a bigger league in the coming months.

With a lusty transfer fee (if it comes) and increased guaranteed riches from the Champions League, Celtic could be in an even better financial position than they already are.

Their fans are entitled to believe that with ambitious, but not bank-busting spending, things won’t be as close in the league next season as they have been this.

Clement has done an excellent job in making it close, but just didn’t have the tools to see it through.

Rodgers was measured in the aftermath. There was no talk of the league being won or fun being had, but after the latest round of the one-sided game that is Rodgers versus Rangers, everybody now knows how this is going to end.

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