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Rangers 0-1 Celtic - Five positives to take from the game

Well, it was hard, but they were there.

Rangers v Celtic - Betfred Cup Semi Final Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images

Some positives to take were in our defending. As is always the case with Andy Halliday the deepest player, the defence was hopelessly exposed by our central midfield. That's not really Halliday's fault - it's just not his game. He's a runner, not a sitter. Despite that, the last-ditch tackling, positioning and clearing of the back four were all generally superb and helped us withstand a real onslaught. The only shame is that the midfield did nowhere near enough in possession to justify their total lack of effectiveness at protecting the defence when out of it.

Matt Gilks put in a very solid performance today, doing nothing truly spectacular but covering every inch of his goal well. Had Wes Foderingham been playing at the same level of form as last season, it would be enough to win him the number one spot. Unfortunately for Gilks, Foderingham has been excellent this season and also possesses vastly superior distribution - he should still keep the jersey, and while Gilks was excellent today, he's succeeded in the real reason he was brought in - to give our real number one a much-needed boot up the arse.

Too optimistic? Try our more sober analysis with our Five negatives to take from the game article.

Lee Wallace has shaken off his early poor form. He might've done better for the goal but it was the only black mark on a generally very good game. Bizarrely, the back four now looks like the area where we have the fewest problems, apart from the necessity of sitting deeper with slower centre-backs involved.

So, Mark Warburton can be a bit more tactically flexible in games. Good to know. The James Tavernier decision may not have worked out, but trying new things instead of sticking to the same doomed philosophy at least shows we're serious about changing things around.

At least we still have the referees on side. Excellent dive by Clint Hill, fair play to him.