By Graeme Hanna

15th May, 2023 | 1:10pm

BBC Scotland pundit suggests winning at Rangers was not priority for Ange Postecoglou and Celtic

BBC Sport Scotland pundit Rory Loy stated that winning the game on Saturday at Ibrox wasn’t the top priority for Celtic manager Ange Postecoglou, as reported by the Daily Record.

With the title already in the bag at Parkhead, Postecoglou had the luxury of being able to make changes for the last Old Firm clash of the season without any real consequences but his players fluffed their lines.

Rangers convincing 3-0 victory came from a side that collectively had fewer minutes and starts compared to the starting lineup for Celtic.

Former Rangers youth prospect Loy elaborated on his comments in the context of Saturday’s game.

“Rangers were good, but when I say it’s hard to analyse (it’s because) Celtic made changes,” he said

“It’s going to sound like a ridiculous comment but in my opinion it’s true, I don’t think Ange Postecoglou’s priority was to win the game.

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“If his priority was to win the game Kyogo would have played, Taylor would have played, I don’t know the circumstances around Cameron Carter-Vickers’ injury but they possibly would have tried to delay his operation if he thinks he needs a couple more weeks.

“His priority was to take a look at his fringe players and see if they can handle this occasion and this fixture.”

What mattered most

Whilst it is true that the likes of Kyogo, Maeda and Taylor were rested with Johnston and Carter-VIckers unavailable, a similar situation unfolded in the home dressing room.

Alfredo Morelos was left on the bench as was Allan McGregor, whilst Ryan Kent, Malik Tillman, Ben Davies and Borna Barisic were all unavailable for the Gers.

There was an element of experimentation to both sides and Celtic were second best, that is a fact.

It is also true that there was nothing at stake competitively to allow such changes to be made for both teams so what mattered most? In these games, at any time, it is all about the result.

Nothing else matters much and if Rangers had grabbed another one or two goals, which wouldn’t have been undeserved, there would have been little comfort from the supposed priority of giving game time to fringe players who ultimately, didn’t perform.

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