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Sunday, 26 March, 2000, 14:16 GMT
Celtic's misery completed

Albertz put Rangers on course from the fourth minute
Rangers 4-0 Celtic

Rangers comfortably won the final Old Firm game of Celtic's miserable season to take a 15-point lead in the Scottish Premier League.

The game Celtic had to win to have any chance of making a fight of the championship race started badly for the Bhoys and got worse.

Jorg Albertz scored the first of his two goals after four minutes, before Andrei Kanchelskis and Giovanni Van Bronckhorst helped hand Rangers the title of champions-elect.

Key moments
3 mins: Albertz nods home from corner
7: Mahe is stretchered off
41: Kanchelskis makes it two
84: Albertz cannot believe luck as he hits another open goal
87: Van Bronckhorst curls in the fourth
The home side made three changes to their starting line-up with Celtic restricting themselves to just one before the kick-off.

But the visitors were soon forced into another when Stephane Mahe was stretchered off in the early stages and replaced by Oliver Tebily.

By then their season had taken yet another turn for the worse with Albertz nodding into the goal from just a yard out.

Van Bronckhorst's corner was headed back across goal by the unmarked Kanchelskis, and Albertz was left alone in front of the line.

Viduka challenges Wilson
The visitors responded well with Mark Viduka setting up Lubomir Moravcik for a blocked shot.

But Celtic still appeared shaky in defence, with keeper Jonathan Gould flapping away at a series of corners which were scrambled clear.

Tackles began to fly in and there were complaints from Rangers when Barry Ferguson was booked for fouling Paul Lambert.

But as is so often the case, the team in blue remained more focused in the fierce Old Firm atmosphere.

Kanchelskis applies his finish after sprinting clear
They went two ahead when Johan Mjallby disastrously gave the ball away in midfield.

Van Bronckhorst picked up possession and played in Kanchelskis clear to slot the ball underneath the helpless Gould.

Rangers might have been three goals up less than three minutes after the break as Billy Dodds put the ball into the net at the second attempt.

But the Scottish international was flagged for offside, although the chance followed what appeared a foul by Rod Wallace on Mjallby.

Celtic's complaints over referee Willie Young also intensified when Viduka was booked for diving inside the Rangers area.

But their own sub-standard play gave them greater problems as Van Bronckhorst, Dodds and Wallace were all allowed space to test Gould.

Celtic also struggled when attacking, and actually came closest to scoring when Scott Wilson sliced a clearance over Klos, and Reyna cleared off the line.

Midway through the half Dodds was replaced by Neil McCann as Rangers looked to shore up the midfield.

The winger almost marked his arrival with a goal, chipping over the bar after being given an alarming amount of space.

Rangers exploit gaps

Celtic then went for broke with Lambert making way for a third striker, Mark Burchill.

The extra attacker gave Johnson and Viduka chances to reduce the deficit, but Celtic's finishing let them down.

Viduka shot over from eight yards while Johnson's snap shot was comfortable gathered by Klos.

And as Celtic steamed forward they were inevitably caught at the back in the later stages.

Albertz ended the afternoon as he had begun it, scoring into an empty net after Gould had rashly charged out to challenge McCann.

Finally Van Bronckhorst made Celtic's misery complete when he curled home from just inside the D with three minutes to go.


Rangers: Klos, Amoruso, Numan, Ferguson, Kanchelskis, Van Bronckhorst, Wallace, Albertz, Reyna, Wilson, Dodds. Subs: McCann, Charbonnier, Nicholson, Tugay, Penttila.

Celtic: Gould, Riseth, Mahe, Boyd, Mjallby, McNamara, Lambert, Petrov, Viduka, Moravcik, Johnson. Subs: Kerr, Tebily, Berkovic, Burchill, Healy.

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