Glasgow Celtic unfurled their league-winning flag on Saturday and went on to annihilate St Johnstone 7-0 in a great performance with an array of quality goals.
Mikey Johnston scored Neil Lennon’s Celtic opener in only nine minutes and they never looked back against Tommy Wright’s Perth side.
The Hoops No.10 Ryan Christie was man of the match and made a sensational start to the season with a hat-trick in their title defence. He has also been outstanding in the Champions League matches.
Olivier Ntcham replaced Christie and with his first touch scored No. six and Leigh Griffiths finished the scoring at seven, without a reply.
On Sunday, Steven Gerrard’s Glasgow Rangers made heavy work of defeating a very defensive Kilmarnock 2-1 on Rugby Park’s new pitch.
Centre-half Filip Helander, who cost the Gers £3 million, was not match fit to play and George Edmundson was on the bench.
Arfield had a tap in for Rangers first goal after Killie ’s keeper parried an accurate Nikola Katic header.
Referee Willie Collum denied James Tavernier a clear foul just seconds before awarding Kilmarnock one. Chris Burke sent it into the box and O’Donnell scored in 83 minutes to make it 1-1.
The winner came from a Tavernier corner placed flush on the head of Connor Goldson, late in the day, to give Rangers a late victory.
Gerrard was pleased to be on the right side of a late win at Rugby Park, having this week bemoaned Rangers’ tendency to lose points to late goals.
“We’re obviously delighted with how it’s finished – it’s a big three points for us,” he said, according to The Telegraph.
“We were comfortable for large spells of the game, then we give away a free-kick. Credit to them for the free-kick but we fall asleep at the back post.
“Kilmarnock were themselves and when they are organized, they are a tough nut to crack.”
Too many players did not excel for Rangers, but they did achieve what Celtic did several times last season – they won ugly and eventually gained all three points.
Celtic played one, won one – 3 points
Rangers played one, won one – 3 points.