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Scottish League Cup highlights - Celtic 1-2 Rangers

League Cup Highlights - Celtic 1-2 Rangers

By Andy Campbell

Nikica Jelavic grabbed an extra-time winner as Rangers triumphed against Old Firm rivals Celtic in the Co-operative Insurance Cup final.

Rangers took the lead through Steven Davis' 20-yard strike but Joe Ledley headed Celtic level on 31 minutes.

The second half was tense with Celtic's Fraser Forster saving from Steven Whittaker and Rangers keeper Neil Alexander denying Ledley.

But Jelavic fired in off the post in the 98th minute to win it for Rangers.

Rangers' win ends Celtic's hopes of a domestic treble but, with both sides chasing the Scottish Premier League and Celtic still in the Scottish Cup, each Old Firm club remains in contention for a trophy double.

And the victory also means a 20th trophy win for Walter Smith as Rangers boss, the manager stepping down at the end of the season.

Captain Scott Brown and defenders Thomas Rogne and Mark Wilson returned to the Celtic line-up, replacing Ki Sung-Yeung, Glenn Loovens and Efrain Juarez, all of whom featured on the substitutes' bench.

Goalkeeper Alexander retained his place in the Rangers team, Allan McGregor left out as is custom in this competition, while there were also starts in attack for Steven Naismith and Jelavic as the cup-tied Richard Foster and injured Kyle Bartley dropped out.

After the previous Old Firm match's highly-publicised flashpoints, referee Craig Thomson's first big decision came on the quarter-hour mark.

Wilson burst into the Rangers box and went to ground as Davis and Sasa Papac closed the Celtic full-back down but no penalty was forthcoming.

Celtic almost went in front when Kris Commons' teasing cross found Brown diving in but the skipper's header flew past the post.

And it was Rangers who got their noses in front when Davis pounced upon Charlie Mulgrew's defensive header, drove at the Celtic defence and guided a low left-foot shot into the net via the post in the 24th minute.

Gary Hooper, Scott Brown and Joe Ledley
Ledley (far right) drew Celtic level after Davis' opener for Rangers

But Neil Lennon's side levelled when Emilio Izaguirre's deflected cross was nodded on by Georgios Samaras and Ledley arrived to glance the ball past Alexander.

Rangers thought they had been awarded a penalty when Jelavic went to ground following Rogne's tackle and referee Thomson initially appeared to point to the spot. However, after advice from one of his assistants, the whistler changed his mind and booked the Rangers striker for simulation.

The Ibrox side started the second period positively and Whittaker forced Forster into a save with a stinging drive.

Celtic went back on the attack and Papac was inches away from scoring an own goal after his attempted clearance from Commons' centre spun across the face of goal.

Maurice Edu tried to force his way past Wilson and the Rangers players claimed in vain that the Celtic defender had used his arm to block the ball's path but referee Thomson again waved play on.

Gregg Wylde's delivery from a free-kick nearly caught out Forster, the Celtic keeper retreating to palm the ball over.

Brown and Rogne had made way for Ki and Loovens respectively and Rangers made an enforced change of their own when Madjid Bougherra came off to be replaced by Kyle Hutton.

Loovens' presence at a Celtic corner caused problems for the Rangers defence and Ledley got a shot away only to be foiled by Alexander's positioning.

Vladimir Weiss came on for the final seconds of regulation time and, after the match moved into extra-time, the winger played a big part in the final reckoning.

The Slovakian was fouled on the edge of the box and Jelavic's effort from the free-kick was deflected off the wall but Forster reacted superbly to claw the ball over.

Steven Naismith and Nikica Jelavic
Jelavic (bottom) edged Rangers ahead in extra-time

But Jelavic was not to be denied with his next attempt, the striker brushing off the challenge of Mulgrew to latch on to Weiss's quickly taken free-kick and sliding a shot past Forster, the ball rebounding off the right-hand post but spinning back over the line.

Jelavic tried to get the better of Mulgrew again as the pair went one-on-one at a Rangers attack and, though the Celtic man committed a foul on the edge of the box, referee Thomson produced a yellow card, not judging the offence the denial of a clear goalscoring opportunity.

El-Hadji Diouf replaced Jelavic for the closing stages and set up Weiss for a shot that required a last-ditch save by Forster.

Diouf was then booked for simulation near the halfway line.

Celtic pressed for late leveller and Gary Hooper was denied by an excellent sliding block by Whittaker.

Celtic were reduced to 10 men when Izaguirre was shown a straight red card for barging Weiss over as the Rangers player tried to take advantage of Forster's absence from his goal, minutes before the final whistle.

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Sunday, 20 March 2011

CIS Cup

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Celtic 1-2 Rangers FT
(HT 1-1)After Extra Time
  • Ledley 31
  • Davis 24
  • Jelavic 98

Celtic

  • 26 Forster
  • 03 Izaguirre red card
  • 12 Wilson yellow card
  • 21 Mulgrew yellow card
  • 25 Rogne (Loovens 73)
  • 08 Brown (Ki Sung-Yeung 65)
  • 16 Ledley
  • 33 Baram Kayal yellow card
  • 09 Samaras
  • 15 Commons (McCourt 103)
  • 88 Hooper

Substitutes

  • 24 Zaluska,
  • 22 Loovens,
  • 18 Ki Sung-Yeung,
  • 20 McCourt,
  • 10 Stokes

Rangers

  • 25 Alexander
  • 03 Weir
  • 05 Papac yellow card
  • 16 Whittaker
  • 24 Bougherra (Hutton 82)
  • 39 Wylde
  • 07 Edu
  • 08 Davis
  • 11 Lafferty (Weiss 90+3)
  • 14 Naismith
  • 18 Jelavic yellow card (Diouf 117 yellow card)

Substitutes

  • 01 McGregor,
  • 20 Weiss,
  • 15 Healy,
  • 17 Diouf,
  • 41 Hutton
Ref: Craig ThomsonAtt: 51,181
CELTIC
RANGERS

Possession

  • Celtic 50%
  • Rangers 50%

Attempts on target

  • Celtic 6
  • Rangers 9

Attempts off target

  • Celtic 6
  • Rangers 6

Corners

  • Celtic 6
  • Rangers 9

Fouls

  • Celtic 25
  • Rangers 20
  • Final Result
  • Extra Time Complete
  • 120:00+2:32 The whistle goes and the game ends after extra time.
  • 120:00+0:39 Free kick awarded for a foul by Emilio Izaguirre on Vladimir Weiss. Free kick taken by Sasa Papac.
  • 120:00+0:39 Sent off Emilio Izaguirre sent from the field by the ref for professional foul.
  • 120:00+0:13 Outswinging corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki.
  • 119:36 Corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki from the right by-line, clearance by Vladimir Weiss.
  • 119:25 Gary Hooper takes a shot. Blocked by Steven Whittaker.
  • 118:22 Foul by Gary Hooper on Kyle Hutton, free kick awarded. Neil Alexander restarts play with the free kick.
  • 117:39 Unfair challenge on Charlie Mulgrew by El-Hadji Diouf results in a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick.
  • 117:39 Booking El-Hadji Diouf is cautioned.
  • 117:11 A cross is delivered by El-Hadji Diouf, Vladimir Weiss takes a shot. Save by Fraser Forster.
  • 116:01 Substitution Nikica Jelavic leaves the field to be replaced by El-Hadji Diouf.
  • 113:11 Kyle Hutton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras. Free kick taken by Sung-Yeung Ki. Beram Kayal gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Whittaker. Neil Alexander takes the direct free kick.
  • 112:28 Shot by Sung-Yeung Ki from a long way out goes over the crossbar.
  • 112:06 Mark Wilson sends in a cross, clearance made by Sasa Papac.
  • 111:45 The ball is crossed by Emilio Izaguirre, clearance made by Sasa Papac.
  • 109:33 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic by Charlie Mulgrew. Direct free kick taken by Steven Naismith. Sasa Papac takes a shot. Sung-Yeung Ki gets a block in.
  • 109:33 Booking Charlie Mulgrew booked.
  • 108:59 The ball is delivered by Sung-Yeung Ki, clearance made by Kyle Hutton.
  • 108:25 Corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki to the near post, clearance by David Weir.
  • 108:03 Mark Wilson produces a cross.
  • 107:47 Steven Davis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Beram Kayal. Beram Kayal takes the free kick.
  • Extra Time Started
  • 105:01 The game restarts for the second half of extra time.
  • Extra Time Half Time
  • 104:45 The ball is swung over by Charlie Mulgrew.
  • 104:15 The ball is swung over by Emilio Izaguirre, Steven Whittaker manages to make a clearance.
  • 102:45 Substitution Patrick McCourt comes on in place of Kris Commons.
  • 100:56 Unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras by Steven Naismith results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
  • 100:18 Emilio Izaguirre sends in a cross, clearance made by David Weir.
  • 98:54 Georgios Samaras gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Weir. Neil Alexander restarts play with the free kick.
  • 97:39 Assist on the goal came from Vladimir Weiss.
  • 97:39 GOAL - Nikica JelavicCeltic 1 - 2 Rangers Nikica Jelavic fires in a goal from just inside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 1-2 Rangers.
  • 97:22 Glenn Loovens gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vladimir Weiss. Vladimir Weiss takes the direct free kick.
  • 94:52 Unfair challenge on Vladimir Weiss by Mark Wilson results in a free kick. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Nikica Jelavic, fantastic save by Fraser Forster. Gregg Wylde decides to take a short corner.
  • 94:52 Booking Mark Wilson is given a yellow card.
  • 93:59 The ball is swung over by Georgios Samaras, Sasa Papac manages to make a clearance.
  • 93:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic by Glenn Loovens. Direct free kick taken by Sasa Papac.
  • 92:32 Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Whittaker on Georgios Samaras. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
  • 92:00 Maurice Edu crosses the ball, Joe Ledley gets a block in.
  • 90:46 Glenn Loovens gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vladimir Weiss. Direct free kick taken by David Weir.
  • Extra Time Started
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+5:03 The referee blows for the end of normal time.
  • 90:00+2:59 Glenn Loovens gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vladimir Weiss. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Vladimir Weiss.
  • 90:00+2:13 Sasa Papac fouled by Gary Hooper, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by David Weir.
  • 90:00+2:13 Substitution Vladimir Weiss joins the action as a substitute, replacing Kyle Lafferty.
  • 90:00+1:38 The ball is swung over by Beram Kayal, clearance by Steven Whittaker.
  • 90:00+1:20 The ball is swung over by Kris Commons, blocked by Kyle Hutton.
  • 90:00+0:34 Corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki from the right by-line, clearance by David Weir.
  • 90:00+0:25 The ball is swung over by Beram Kayal, Sasa Papac gets a block in.
  • 90:00+0:06 Kris Commons sends in a cross, David Weir makes a clearance.
  • 89:55 The ball is sent over by Mark Wilson, Steven Whittaker manages to make a clearance.
  • 88:22 Emilio Izaguirre crosses the ball, clearance by Steven Whittaker.
  • 86:51 Sung-Yeung Ki sends in a cross, clearance by David Weir. Kyle Hutton gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Emilio Izaguirre. Sung-Yeung Ki has a direct shot on goal from the free kick, save made by Neil Alexander.
  • 85:49 Centre by Kyle Hutton.
  • 84:50 Corner taken right-footed by Sung-Yeung Ki. Joe Ledley has an effort at goal from 6 yards. Save by Neil Alexander.
  • 84:46 The ball is crossed by Emilio Izaguirre, clearance made by David Weir.
  • 84:27 Mark Wilson crosses the ball, Steven Whittaker makes a clearance.
  • 84:14 Mark Wilson crosses the ball, clearance made by Steven Whittaker.
  • 81:34 Substitution Kyle Hutton joins the action as a substitute, replacing Madjid Bougherra.
  • 81:16 The ball is sent over by Gary Hooper.
  • 80:17 Joe Ledley fouled by Sasa Papac, the ref awards a free kick. Fraser Forster takes the direct free kick.
  • 79:30 Unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic by Mark Wilson results in a free kick. Gregg Wylde delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Charlie Mulgrew makes a clearance.
  • 77:44 Kris Commons is adjudged to have handled the ball. Neil Alexander restarts play with the free kick.
  • 76:32 Shot on goal by Gary Hooper from just inside the area clears the crossbar.
  • 76:02 Unfair challenge on Sasa Papac by Kris Commons results in a free kick. Free kick taken by David Weir.
  • 73:02 Steven Naismith challenges Emilio Izaguirre unfairly and gives away a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
  • 72:33 Substitution (Celtic) makes a substitution, with Glenn Loovens coming on for Thomas Rogne.
  • 69:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras by Madjid Bougherra. Joe Ledley takes the free kick. Long range effort from Kris Commons misses to the left of the goal.
  • 68:47 Thomas Rogne fouled by Maurice Edu, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Wilson. Georgios Samaras is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
  • 67:51 Gregg Wylde has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand upright.
  • 66:49 Steven Naismith is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
  • 65:59 Corner taken by Gregg Wylde.
  • 65:17 Foul by Beram Kayal on Steven Naismith, free kick awarded. Strike comes in from Gregg Wylde from the free kick, save by Fraser Forster.
  • 65:17 Booking Beram Kayal is cautioned.
  • 64:05 Substitution Sung-Yeung Ki on for Scott Brown.
  • 62:55 Foul by Maurice Edu on Kris Commons, free kick awarded. Kris Commons crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Maurice Edu.
  • 60:52 The assistant referee flags for offside against Gregg Wylde. Indirect free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
  • 60:13 Corner taken left-footed by Gregg Wylde to the near post, Charlie Mulgrew manages to make a clearance.
  • 60:00 Gregg Wylde sends in a cross.
  • 59:31 Shot from outside the area by Georgios Samaras misses to the left of the goal.
  • 59:07 Kyle Lafferty is caught offside. Indirect free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
  • 57:53 Sasa Papac concedes a free kick for a foul on Emilio Izaguirre. Beram Kayal restarts play with the free kick. Georgios Samaras is adjudged to have handled the ball. Neil Alexander restarts play with the free kick.
  • 57:53 Booking Sasa Papac receives a yellow card.
  • 57:09 Thomas Rogne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic. Free kick crossed left-footed by Gregg Wylde, Charlie Mulgrew makes a clearance.
  • 55:40 Gary Hooper is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Neil Alexander restarts play with the free kick.
  • 55:04 A cross is delivered by Madjid Bougherra.
  • 54:32 Inswinging corner taken by Gregg Wylde from the right by-line played to the near post, Mark Wilson manages to make a clearance.
  • 53:46 Unfair challenge on Steven Whittaker by Emilio Izaguirre results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Neil Alexander.
  • 52:37 A cross is delivered by Sasa Papac, Thomas Rogne makes a clearance.
  • 51:38 Outswinging corner taken by Gregg Wylde from the left by-line, Thomas Rogne manages to make a clearance. Nikica Jelavic produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that goes over the bar.
  • 51:08 Gregg Wylde sends in a cross, Scott Brown gets a block in.
  • 50:06 Corner taken by Kris Commons from the right by-line, save by Neil Alexander.
  • 49:56 The ball is crossed by Kris Commons, clearance made by Sasa Papac.
  • 46:52 Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Gregg Wylde, Headed effort from inside the penalty area by David Weir misses to the right of the target.
  • 46:45 Steven Naismith delivers the ball, Beram Kayal manages to make a clearance.
  • 46:14 Corner taken left-footed by Gregg Wylde from the right by-line, save by Fraser Forster.
  • 46:05 Effort from 25 yards by Steven Whittaker. Fraser Forster makes a save.
  • 45:52 Centre by Gregg Wylde.
  • 45:01 The referee blows his whistle to start the second half.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+0:15 The referee blows for half time.
  • 44:53 Gregg Wylde crosses the ball, Headed effort from inside the area by Kyle Lafferty misses to the right of the goal.
  • 44:02 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kris Commons by Steven Whittaker. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.
  • 42:18 Foul by Georgios Samaras on Steven Davis, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Neil Alexander.
  • 40:37 Nikica Jelavic fouled by Mark Wilson, the ref awards a free kick. Sasa Papac delivers the ball, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Madjid Bougherra misses to the left of the goal.
  • 39:45 Foul by Kyle Lafferty on Kris Commons, free kick awarded. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.
  • 39:02 Gary Hooper takes a shot. Save made by Neil Alexander.
  • 38:18 The ball is swung over by Nikica Jelavic, clearance made by Thomas Rogne.
  • 38:07 The ball is crossed by Steven Davis, blocked by Emilio Izaguirre. Steven Whittaker crosses the ball, clearance made by Thomas Rogne.
  • 37:57 The ball is sent over by Steven Davis, blocked by Charlie Mulgrew.
  • 37:08 Kris Commons takes a shot. Save made by Neil Alexander.
  • 35:47 Madjid Bougherra delivers the ball, save by Fraser Forster.
  • 34:58 Corner taken by Gregg Wylde from the right by-line to the near post, clearance by Joe Ledley.
  • 33:38 Gregg Wylde crosses the ball, Fraser Forster makes a save.
  • 33:20 David Weir fouled by Georgios Samaras, the ref awards a free kick. David Weir takes the direct free kick.
  • 32:42 Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikica Jelavic on Thomas Rogne. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
  • 32:42 Booking The referee shows Nikica Jelavic a yellow card.
  • 30:25 Emilio Izaguirre provided the assist for the goal.
  • 30:25 GOAL - Joe LedleyCeltic 1 - 1 Rangers Joe Ledley finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Celtic 1-1 Rangers.
  • 28:45 The ball is crossed by Kyle Lafferty, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew.
  • 28:16 Steven Davis gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Beram Kayal. Beram Kayal takes the direct free kick.
  • 27:32 Beram Kayal delivers the ball.
  • 27:22 Emilio Izaguirre produces a cross.
  • 25:16 Centre by Kris Commons. Scott Brown takes a shot. Save made by Neil Alexander.
  • 24:39 Steven Davis concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Ledley. Charlie Mulgrew takes the direct free kick.
  • 23:06 GOAL - Steven DavisCeltic 0 - 1 Rangers Steven Davis fires in a goal from just outside the box to the bottom right corner of the goal. Celtic 0-1 Rangers.
  • 21:52 Centre by Gregg Wylde.
  • 20:53 The ball is delivered by Kris Commons, Scott Brown has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.
  • 19:49 A cross is delivered by Emilio Izaguirre, clearance by David Weir.
  • 17:59 Unfair challenge on Steven Naismith by Emilio Izaguirre results in a free kick. Steven Davis restarts play with the free kick.
  • 16:34 Free kick awarded for a foul by Thomas Rogne on Nikica Jelavic. Free kick taken by Sasa Papac.
  • 15:36 Free kick awarded for a foul by Emilio Izaguirre on Kyle Lafferty. Gregg Wylde delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, save by Fraser Forster.
  • 13:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kris Commons on Madjid Bougherra. Free kick taken by Neil Alexander. The assistant referee signals for offside against Steven Naismith. Indirect free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.
  • 12:30 Joe Ledley challenges Nikica Jelavic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Steven Davis takes the free kick.
  • 11:21 Mark Wilson crosses the ball, save made by Neil Alexander.
  • 10:25 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Kris Commons by Kyle Lafferty. Direct free kick taken by Emilio Izaguirre.
  • 9:10 Centre by Steven Whittaker.
  • 9:01 Centre by Sasa Papac, Thomas Rogne manages to make a clearance.
  • 7:37 Kyle Lafferty takes a shot. Blocked by Charlie Mulgrew. Gregg Wylde takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Georgios Samaras.
  • 7:07 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nikica Jelavic by Thomas Rogne. Steven Davis restarts play with the free kick.
  • 5:32 Unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras by Maurice Edu results in a free kick. Kris Commons takes the direct free kick.
  • 4:58 Gregg Wylde delivers the ball, Thomas Rogne manages to make a clearance.
  • 4:12 A cross is delivered by Sasa Papac, Shot from 12 yards from Nikica Jelavic. Save by Fraser Forster.
  • 2:19 Nikica Jelavic produces a cross, Emilio Izaguirre gets a block in.
  • 0:22 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Wilson by Steven Naismith. Mark Wilson takes the free kick.
  • 0:00 The game gets underway.

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