Celtic were left frustrated as they chucked away a lead to lose 2-1 in the semi-finals of the Scottish Cup against their rivals on Sunday.
The opposition came close to opening the scoring in the first-half as John Lundstram’s effort went past Joe Hart and smacked the woodwork.
Postecoglou’s men rallied and wrestled back control of the game to take the lead through Greg Taylor. A quick free-kick found Callum McGregor and his pass was finished off by the left-back, via the help of a deflection, to make it 1-0.
However, the Hoops were not able to hold out as the organised, persistent, press from Rangers allowed them to dictate the play and they eventually found their equaliser through Scott Arfield.
That goal sent the game to extra time and Gio van Bronckhorst’s side scored the winner in the 115th minute in dubious circumstances. Calvin Bassey appeared to be in an offside position when he was played in down the left and his cross was then turned into his own next by Carl Starfelt.
The Swedish international scored an own goal to seal the win for the Gers but one player who let Postecoglou down badly was central midfielder Tom Rogic.
He put in a disappointing showing as he was left completely ineffective by Bassey’s man-marking of him throughout his time on the pitch. The central defender was constantly stepping out of his line to deal with Rogic and this meant that the £16k-per-week dud had no time on the ball.
Former Hoops ‘keeper Pat Bonner blamed the speed of the match for his display, saying: “The positional play of Rangers has been excellent. Ramsey is almost an inside-right, stopping Taylor getting on the ball. Aribo is high up on McGregor, stopping him influencing the game. The game has been too quick for Tom Rogic so far.”
Journalist Mark Atkinson also criticised the Australian and cited his area of the pitch as one of the reasons behind the loss. He Tweeted: “Celtic will regret letting that slip. Took the lead but ceded midfield battle after arrival of Davis and Arfield. Badly let down by Hatate and Rogic in that department.”
Although he was substituted in the 57th minute, the damage was already done as his dire performance set the tone for the rest of the game. The Hoops were unable to match Rangers’ energy in the middle of the park through Ryan Jack and John Lundstram as Rogic simply could not keep up with them whilst also being marked out of the match by Bassey.