Philippe Clement sparks Rangers code red on quivering Hotline as he's hit with dead man walking claim

Beaming Brendan Rodgers stayed true to his word as he delivered fun at full-time for the jubilant Celtic faithful.

But while Saturday’s Old Firm triumph means another title is all but in the bag, the Hoops faithful weren’t quite so enthusiastic about the second half performance which left them sitting deep as 10-man Rangers chased a season-saving strike. David Bryce, Troon, was first up on the Hotline, saying: “My overriding feeling today as a Celtic fan is delight at almost securing the title.

“However, the way we managed the second half against 10 men was an absolute disgrace! It is typical of a Rodgers side. The players simply can’t pass the ball forward, there is no skill set and we need a huge rebuild. Reo Hatate and Liam Scales were absolutely woeful. I must commend James Forrest who played the finest Old Firm game in his career and the tremendous Matt O’Riley, who was sublime bar a woeful penalty!”

Denis Bruce said: “Celtic should have put the game to bed instead of having to cling on to the one-goal lead.” Scott McAdam added: “Celtic made it wee bit harder than it should have been but I would like to know what game Philippe Clement was watching as I don’t remember Joe Hart making a save of note in the 90 minutes. Big Phil is starting to sound like Eric ten Hag down at Man United, both like talking nonsense after a game and both could be dead men walking. If we lift the Scottish Cup then Clement and ten Hag could be sacked on the same day.”

Charles Maxwell said: "So Brendan’s Bhoys had fun right enough. John Lundstram went for an early sun lounger and left Philippe's flops to get sand kicked in their faces. No doubt there will be a few one way tickets out of Ibrox this summer, just mind the gap getting on the train.”

Arrin Geddes, Irvine, said: “Celtic haven’t played at their best in any of the derbies this season but if it wasn’t for a 93rd minute wonder goal at Inbox they would have taken 12 points out of 12. Celtic’s quality and belief compared to a fragile Rangers hope is what ultimately makes the difference.”

Gordon Ashley, Ayr, emailed in: “What a fantastic position the champions are in now, when It matters we come out on top every time. Gary Stevenson, George Wilson and Chris Lowe can have no more poor excuses, their team has bottled it once again. Another £60million in the bank and a chance to overtake their claimed trophy haul by securing 118 unshared in the final. Once again we are having a party.”

Pandemonium at Parkhead, gloom in Govan. Rangers fan Andrew Lamb, Fraserburgh, said: “Disappointed but not really surprised at a Celtic’s triumph on Saturday. Rangers did well to keep up, but quite simply, Celtic had the better quality to see it through. Hoping for a Scottish Cup redemption.” Linda Gray said: “If we’re honest, we lost the league at Dingwall and Dundee. Yeah it hurts but the Cup final is a one off game and hopefully lessons have been learned.”

Rangers will have another crack at their bitter rivals at Hampden on May 25. But the Ibrox supporters calling in insist Lundstram should leave his boots at home on Cup final day after compounding his OG with a needless derby red card.

Andrew Adams, Kirkcaldy, said: “Thank goodness Lundstram is leaving, he’s a liability. We get back in the game just before half-time and he makes a stupid tackle like that 25 yards from their goal. It was totally irresponsible.” Jamie Thompson, Yoker, said: “Lundstram should be dropped from the team at Hampden. He gives nothing to the team and should go now. Clement needs to get quality players, not passengers picking up wages for nothing.”

Kevin Kean, Inchinnan, added: "Clement has a lot of work to do with that squad over the summer. You’ve got the likes of Ryan Jack, Kemar Roofe, Borna Barisic and a few others leaving. He’s been left with Michael Beale's duds - Nico Raskin, Kieran Dowell, Tom Lawrence - and a list of loanees who are on their way out too. All this with no money to rebuild.”