Celtic clobbers Rangers behind Dembele hat trick; Senderos sent off

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Give Round One to the Bhoys.

Brendan Rodgers‘ Celtic rudely welcomed Old Firm rivals Rangers back to Scotland’s top flight with a decisive 5-1 win at Celtic Park on Saturday.

It’s the 12th time Celtic have beaten Rangers by four or more goals, compared to seven in the other direction.

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Rodgers’ surprising capture of Moussa Dembele is paying dividends, as the ex-Fulham man recorded the first Old Firm hat trick in 43 years.

Stuart Armstrong and Scott Sinclair also scored for Celtic, who led 3-1 when Philippe Senderos was sent off for Rangers. Joe Garner scored the lone goal for the visitors.

Celtic remains perfect on the Premiership season, and has a four-point lead on Rangers, Hearts, and Dundee despite playing a match less than the trio.