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Sunday, 7 November, 1999, 19:19 GMT
Rangers draw first derby blood
Johansson scored Rangers' first after some awful Cetlic defending

Rangers 4-2 Celtic

Rangers survived a pulsating six-goal derby clash with Old Firm rivals Celtic to move four points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Ibrox was treated to a feast of goals as four of Dick Advocaat's legion of foreign imports shared one apiece after Celtic's Israeli international Eyal Berkovic had put his side ahead with a well-taken double.

Goals galore

Jonatan Johansson opened the scoring for Rangers but Berkovich's brace put Celtic ahead only for German Jorg Albertz to level the scores from the spot just seconds before the end of a rivetting first half.

Rangers then took full advantage of their Ibrox luck, taking the lead through a deflected free-kick from skipper Lorenzo Amoruso and sealing the win with a fortunate solo goal from Gabriel Amato.

Scotland manager Craig Brown watched his five internationals nervously in advance of next week's momentous first-leg tie against England.

Claudio Reyna congratulates Johansson
Celtic's Paul Lambert was the only casualty, forced to leave the field with concussion after conceding a penalty.

He lost several teeth and suffered a broken jaw and will now miss both games against England because of strict Uefa rules governing concussion.

But it was an accidental injury andin general both sides looked more eager to knock the ball around than each other. As a result the 50,000 fans were treated to end-to-end action.

Referee Kenny Clark waited a full 35 minutes before issuing the first yellow card, to Lambert for a late challenge on Amoruso.

Advocaat, forced to do without Michael Mols who is to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury, opted for Amato and Johansson as his stand-in frontmen.

Johansson was in impressive form and found the net after eleven minutes.

His goal came from the most innocuous of moves. Rangers tossed a hopeful long throw into the box but with their twin strikers outnumbered two to one, Celtic were seemingly in control.

Berkovich and Wright celebrate taking the lead but it was short-lived
However, when Amato beat Alan Stubbs to the flick on, panic set into the visitors' defence.

Riseth found only air with his attempted clearance and then keeper Jonathan Gould spilt the ball for Johansson to prod home from inside a yard.

It was a well-deserved lead and Rangers might have expected to consolidate but instead Celtic earned themselves an unlikely equaliser within two minutes.

New striker Ian Wright was having a quiet game and Celtic's few promising moves came from their hard-working midfield.

Berkovich, playing just beind the front two, played a clever ball into the feet of Mark Viduka. He played a first-time ball back to the advancing Berkovich - who swiftly side-footed the ball through the legs of Stefan Klos and into the empty net.

The visitors took the lead in the 43rd minute and again it was against the run of play.

Amoruso hit the bar before his free-kick was deflected into the net
Amato lost the ball 35 yards out to Viduka, who shrugged off his challenge and surged goalwards before holding it up for the galloping Berkovich to stroke calmly home.

The clock showed three minutes of normal time before the break but when the touchline official signalled a further six minutes, one sensed Rangers might make their pressure pay.

With the Celtic defending becoming increasingly desperate, Albertz showed all his experience when he pushed the ball dangerously into the box and simply waited for the challenge.

It came from Lambert, who flew in at full stretch - conceding the penalty and a facial injury which saw him stretchered from the field to be replaced by Johan Mjallby.

Albertz slid home the spot-kick to take the scores to 2-2.

The Rangers fans sensed blood and when Celtic centre back Alan Stubbs gave away a free-kick 25 yards out just four minutes after the break, it arrived.

The wall disintegrated in front of Amoruso and though his shot was not the best, it took a deflection off the foot of Wright and spun past Gould to give Rangers the lead.

At just one goal behind Celtic had every chance of taking something from the game but once again fortune conspired against them.

With Amato a good two yards offisde, the ball fell at his feet after rebounding off a Celtic defender.

The flag stayed down and he skillfully rounded Gould before chipping in Rangers' fourth from the acutest of angles.

Celtic coach John Barnes switched formation with 15 minutes to go, 19-year-old Mark Burchill replacing the 36-year-old Wright, while Rangers brought on home-grown striker Neil McCann and Gordon Durie for their foreign imports. Their work was done.


Rangers: Klos, Porrini, Moore, Amoruso, Numan, Reyna, Ferguson, Albertz, Van Bronckhorst, Amato, Johansson.
Subs: Vidmar, McCann, Charbonnier, Nicholson, Durie.
Celtic: Gould, McNamara, Stubbs, Tebily, Riseth, Burley, Lambert, Petrov, Berkovic, Wright, Viduka.
Subs: Kharine, Blinker, Moravcik, Mjallby, Burchill.
Referee: Kenny Clark (Scotland)

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