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Sunday, May 3, 1998 Published at 17:21 GMT 18:21 UK



Sport: Football

Celtic must fight on for Scottish title
image: [ Celtic boss Wim Jansen, right, might be smiling but Rangers' boss Walter Smith knows he still has a chance ]
Celtic boss Wim Jansen, right, might be smiling but Rangers' boss Walter Smith knows he still has a chance

Celtic fans were denied their moment of glory on Sunday after their team failed to clinch the Scottish league title.

The Glasgow side looked clear to triumph at Dunfermline Athletic and so win the crown that has eluded them for 10 years. Rangers have won the title nine years in succession

A shot from Simon Donnelly put them in front in the 35th minute and the 0-1 scoreline looked like holding right to the end.

Celtic pressed forward in the second half as they struggled to widen the gap.


[ image: Celtic coach Wim Jansen]
Celtic coach Wim Jansen
But they failed to convert one of their many chances and paid the price six minutes from time when Craig Faulconbridge headed in a late equaliser.

It leaves the hotly-contested Premier Division title open and arch-rivals Rangers will hope to capitalise on Celtic's misfortune. Rangers must have thought they had thrown their chances away when they went down 1-0 to Kilmarnock 24 hours earlier.

Celtic's fans turned out in force to form a sea of green and white on a sunny May day at East End Park.

Scrappy start

The match got off to a scrappy start but Celtic soon knuckled down and created some strong chances before Donnelly finally delivered.

Swedish star Henrik Larsson released Donnelly with a precise through-ball. He took it on and rattled an unstoppable shot from just inside the penalty area, past keeper Ian Westwater.

Donnelly tested the keeper again two minutes later, but this time Westwater managed to tip the ball clear at the foot of the post.

Celtic set pace

Celtic almost added a second goal four minutes after the interval when Westwater turned away a shove from Phil O'Donnell.

They continued setting the pace and Alan Stubbs saw a header go narrowly over the bar after O'Donnell had floated in a corner.

But they were clearly shaken when substitute Faulconbridge converted a free-kick with a looping header over keeper Jonathan Gould.
 





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