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Celtic managed to bring in six players during the summer transfer window. AC Milan left-back Diego Laxalt was the final addition, arriving on a season-long loan deal. The Uruguayan joins Vasilios Barkas, Albian Ajeti, Shane Duffy, Moi Elyounoussi and David Turnbull through the door at Celtic Park, and the Hoops’ recruitment team will more than likely be turning their attention to the January window. The turn of the year also gives the club the opportunity to explore pre-contract agreement deals with players who are out of contract at the end of the 2020/21 season.
The post-mortem from Celtic’s defeat tocontinues with Hoops fans citing a range of causes for their defeat.
There was also a consensus that losing to the Light Blues was a wake-up call for their Ten In A Row ambitions which lie ahead.
Gordon Ashley, Ayr, said: “No team can go into a game without their three top scorers from last season without being majorly affected. We went to Ibrox and dominated the last time and will next time. Steven Gerrard will be made to regret belittling our injury crisis.”
Kevin Kean, Inchinnan, said: “This is deja vu from Rangers fans as they went overboard last December with Gerrard screaming into the camera when they won an Old Firm game and then the roof came in, the wheels came off and the walls collapsed.and Connor Goldson were hounded most of last season now they’re Dani Alves and Sergio Ramos.”
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The old rivals meet in Glasgow's East End and it should be a fascinating affair.With no fans inside the stadium, it will be like nothing we've ever witness before when Celtic take on Rangers in Glasgow's East End at lunchtime on Saturday.
Denis Bruce, Bishopbriggs, said: “Rangers looked the part of the hungry challengers while Celtic looked lethargic. They need more than a wake-up call if they want to win the title in this season of all seasons.
“Being serial winners does not give you the right to win, you have to work for it.
“Their last three performances against Rangers must have inserted doubt into their minds and that they must banish if they hope to triumph this season.”
Steve McSherry, Uddingston, said: “Ifdon’t win the league this year then they will have no one to blame but themselves.
“As Scotland’s biggest and richest club, and also when you look at the competition, this season should be a walk in the park. However, they seem intent on making it harder than it should be.”
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For Alfredo Morelos, this chance to reshape an anguished Old Firm record is one few predicted he would receive. Morelos is yet to score having taken on Celtic twelve times in his career.Sent off on each of his last two visits to Celtic Park, the Colombian striker has endured a dozen derby appearances — nine of them starts — without scoring once.
Stevie Delaney, St Andrews, said: “Following defeat to their greatest rivals, Celtic must regroup and kick on.
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“League titles aren’t won in October but quadruple trebles are still possible in November.”
Steve Macleod, Wokingham, said: “I noted Rod Stewart’s comments about how Rangers would be decimated without several players but looking at the strength and quality on our bench, I still think we’d have won at a canter. Is Celtic’s real problem a lack of depth?”
Seamus Gallagher, Govan, said: “Fair play to Rangers for beating us very easily, however nothing is lost except three points.
“In the last couple of seasons we have needed a kick and I still expect Celtic to go forward from this”
“Everyone knows getting 10 In A Row isn’t going to be easy but there’s everything still to play for and time to show we are and will be worthy champions again.”
Quiet bars and empty stadiums replace raucous crowds on derby day
Outside both stadiums - Everton's Goodison Park and Celtic's Celtic Park - police had to stop desperate fans from gathering en-masse ahead of their team's derby games.Football fans have not been allowed back into stadiums since football restarted in June and August for England and Scotland respectively.
Stefan Lomako, Whitburn, said: “Rangers are the best side in Scotland at the moment and are worthy league leaders because of their form. They kept every Celtic player where they wanted them, didn’t take any chances to go for a high score and ensured the three points. That’s good management and was very disappointing for Celtic but there’s a long way to go and we will most certainly improve.”
Sean Campbell, Alexandria, said: “Despite what the pundits are saying, Rangers were not excellent on Saturday and that has to be the biggest concern forbecause they still won easily. Yes, players were missing but it was a gutless performance from those who played.”
Joe Smith, Coleraine, said: “Celtic haven’t scored a legitimate goal against Rangers in over a year and have been outplayed in four of the last five games. Lennon’s chickens are coming home to roost.”
Paul McCormack, Coatbridge, said: “If this season was a game of poker, Lennon has blinked twice.
“His interview after European exit was incredible, he threw unnamed players under a bus and still has to try and get them to play for him as they are all still there and we wonder why players don’t look up for it.
“His second blink came on Saturday when he was talking about a mole but he sounds like a busted flush.”
Paul Egan, Glasgow, said: “How many times have Rangers threatened to do something only to fall away? Celtic will still win the title by a comfortable margin, there’s no need to panic as it’ll be business as usual when we get our key players back into the side.”
Rangers have got under Celtic’s skin and Steven Gerrard can smell blood in title race - Hugh Keevins .
Hugh reckons the Ibrox boss will have been quietly delighted to see Neil Lennon rally agianst the media and former players last week.Neil Lennon’s side thought a positive corner had been turned in the first half – only to find it had been a false dawn by time-up.