Celtic’s season is done and dusted and for the first time in over a decade, a campaign will end without a trophy entering the Parkhead cabinet.
This has been a season to forget for the Bhoys as they’ve not only lost their grasp on the league but also their stranglehold over the cup.
The Hoops will now go back to the drawing board and ramp up their search for a new manager. After all, the showing from their interim coach hasn’t been too impressive.
Celtic may have defeated Livingston 6-0 last time out but as they travelled to Ibrox, it was their turn to be swept aside.
It was an afternoon to forget for John Kennedy’s team who were knocked out of the Scottish Cup at the hands of Rangers following a 2-0 loss.
The visitors had plenty of chances, namely through Odsonne Edouard. He missed a golden opportunity to score in the second half before he also saw a penalty saved.
That moment just about summed up what was a torrid day for Celtic. Although they failed to find the net, they were arguably worse from a defensive point of view.
Diego Laxalt was turned inside out by Joe Aribo for the Gers’ second goal but Jonjoe Kenny didn’t particularly set the world alight either.
In fact, in the two Old Firm matches he’s now played in, the defender has been particularly abject.
Last month it was Kenny’s woeful back pass that led to the corner from which Alfredo Morelos scored but on this occasion, he was even worse.
The Everton loanee set the tone from the very first goal. Rangers broke down the right-hand side and with Laxalt caught further up the pitch they had the whole of that flank to attack.
Consequently, Aribo was able to move into the area and then fire a shot towards goal. It was deflected into the path of Steven Davis who fired home acrobatically. The reaction was slow from Kenny, who should have done more to prevent the shot from even taking place.
His arduous day was then typified for the second strike, putting the ball into the back of his own net.
The creator was Aribo again as he got down the right once more and then fired in a dangerous cross for Ryan Kent. However, as the winger looked to slide the ball home it came off Kenny and found its way past Scott Bain.
The defender failed to track Kent which would have done a lot to prevent the goal from occurring.
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Kenny was given a scathing assessment by plenty during the game. Speaking on Premier Sports’ live coverage of the match, John Harton said he was “absolutely nowhere” for the goals.
Celtic podcaster Paul John Dykes added on A Celtic State of Mind that the loanee had a “horror show”, describing it as a “nightmare of a first-half” for the 24-year-old.
After his first two Old Firm matches, Kenny will be sweating over the prospect of having to play another one at the beginning of May.