BARRIE MCKAY was left wondering what might have been after Celtic battled back from being a goal down to claim a Hogmanay victory over Rangers at Ibrox.
Kenny Miller’s close-range finish after 13 minutes put the Light Blues ahead after excellent build-up play, but Moussa Dembele equalised in the first half before Scott Sinclair netted the winner with 20 minutes remaining.
After Miller’s goal Rangers looked likely to increase their advantage but they were unable to take their chances, which gave the visitors the opportunity to level.
In the second half Brendan Rodgers men were dominant for the first 15 minutes but after Sinclair scored Miller was guilty of hitting the post with just Craig Gordon to beat, a miss which was to prove crucial.
McKay said: “We’re very disappointed. We came out the traps flying and we obviously got the first goal. It was up to us to go and get the next one and that wasn’t to be.
After we got the first goal we had another couple of chances to get the second. but the luck wasn’t really on our side today.
“Kenny’s chance near the end as well, you would fancy him 10 times out of 10 really to put that away. Even with that it wasn’t to be.
“I think first half we did well. After the goal [from Dembele] we went a wee bit shaky and then we got it together just before half time.
“First 15 minutes after half time they got on the front foot and created a lot of chances. After that I think we think controlled it and then it went end-to-end again.”
McKay was happy with his own performance this afternoon but admits that is little consolation after an Old Firm defeat before the winter break.
He added: “I was happy with what I could bring to the game, but at the end of the day we didn’t get the three points.
“I think every player is the same. After a defeat they want the games to come as soon as possible, so maybe the break has come at the wrong time for us.”