SHELLSHOCKED new boy Aaron Ramsey looked to be pondering why he chose Rangers over top European clubs as Celtic crushed their big rivals to go top of the Scottish Premiership.
The Arsenal legend, on loan from Juventus. watched from the Celtic Park stands as the home side killed off Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s champions with a first-half triple.
Israeli attacker Liel Abada smashed two goals and Japan defender Reo Hatate made it 3-0 from close range as Celtic leapfrogged Celtic at the summit for the first time since August.
Ramsey wore a stunned expression as Celtic never looked back from Abada’s fourth-minute opener
The Wales midfield superstar, 31, revealed he rejected several clubs to make his surprise deadline-day move north of the border.
And the 45 minutes was an equal shock – albeit for very different reasons.
But luckily for Rangers, Celtic failed to keep up their intensity after the break as the hosts cruised home.
But ex-Hoops’ keeper Pat Bonner turned up the heat for Ramsey’s upcoming debut.
The ex-Ireland stopper told BBC Sportsound: “This game doesn’t decide the title but it puts Celtic in a position they haven’t been in for a long time. It gives them confidence
“The next few games for Rangers – Hearts and Hibs at home – are huge.”
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Just 48 hours earlier Ramsey had bigged up his decision to join Gers.
He told the club website: “I had a number of offers on the table, but none matched the magnitude of this club, with European football and the chance to play in front of 50,000 fans every other week.
“I have had some fantastic conversations with the manager and Ross Wilson, and I’m really looking forward to working with both of them, and to meeting the supporters.”
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