Celtic ended the decade with their first defeat against their bitter rivals on their own turf since 2010.
For all of the trophies they’ve won over the last several years, it’s unlikely to sting too much in the grand scheme of things but it could still prove telling in the title race.
Steven Gerrard’s Rangers team are now just two points behind the Hoops who hold a slender advantage at the top of the Scottish top-flight.
Sunday’s game was filled with controversy as referee Kevin Clancy dished out red cards to Alfredo Morelos and Gers assistant Micheal Beale while he allowed Odsonne Edouard’s goal to stand despite the ball striking his hand.
Everything but the scoreline seemed to go Celtic’s way as they eventually lost 2-1. Furious with the team’s lacklustre performance, amassing just five shots on target from a possible 11, the hosts’ supporters did at least find some praise for a few of their players.
They felt as though Christopher Jullien, among a few others, were the only players deserving of any pass marks.
Frimpong & Julien the only ones with pass marks for me.
— LOADSA TREBLES (@jrolland115) December 29, 2019
Jullien, Brown and maybe Edouard the only players who deserve pass marks
— Liam 🍋 (@_LG67) December 29, 2019
Frimpong and Jullien gave everything
— Robbie Lynch 🏴 (@RobbieLynch1995) December 29, 2019
Frimpong has earned various plaudits from supporters already this term so it was hardly a surprise to see his name become a discussion point again.
On the contrary, there was one supporter who wasn’t pleased with the young right-back’s display. Instead, he was slated as Jullien was singled out as the solitary player among Neil Lennon’s ranks to do well.
Throughout the encounter, he played a part in ensuring Celtic kept 57% of the possession while he twice had attempts cleared off the line when in the final third. BBC journalist Tom English described him as the club’s biggest threat so it wasn’t a great shock to see Jullien earn positive reviews.
I though Jullien was class today. The rest not so much.
— wardy (@Bogroleum) December 29, 2019
Joke today honestly players went missing only player for pass marks is jullien for me
— Max Watt (@maxwattt) December 29, 2019
Only player who gets pass marks was Jullien. The rest of them were an absolute disgrace today
— TJDSBlog (@TJDSBlog) December 29, 2019
Jullien only player on the park today that deserves any praise
— Jamie Watson (@JamieWatson67) December 29, 2019
Frimpong and Brown were both shocking. Only player who played well was Jullien
— gaz🎄 (@garyrogers67) December 29, 2019
Other supporters were more analytical of the situation as one individual came to the conclusion that he was ten times better than Norwegian Kristoffer Ajer. That feels like quite the statement to make given he’s been linked with the likes of Leicester in recent times.
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A further Twitter user described him as immense and it was clear to see why judging by his performance.
The 26-year-old was the player to earn the Hoops a penalty, only for the spot-kick to be missed while he was unfortunate not to score himself. On another day, the defender could have been the difference for Lennon’s side.
Celtic just not good enough today. Jullien was impressive and was all over Morelos but pretty much the only one that gets pass marks imo 🤷🏻♂️ worst case we are only a point behind so plenty still to play for in the New Year!
— Aidan Condron (@aidan_condron) December 29, 2019
He was immense
— Mark Patrick Finlayson (@markfinlayson) December 29, 2019
Is there people slating Jullien? 10 times better than Ajer and most of the team the day.
— Paul (@P__67) December 29, 2019
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