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Rangers boss Dick Advocaat
"I don't think there was much between the teams"
 real 14k

Celtic manager Martin O'Neill
"We played very well and deserved the victory"
 real 14k

Celtic's Henrik Larsson
"The team are playing well - that gives me the chance to play well"
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Sunday, 29 April, 2001, 15:16 GMT 16:16 UK
Celtic crush Rangers
Celtic's Tommy Johnson is challenged by Lorenzo Amoruso
Celtic's Tommy Johnson is challenged by Amoruso
Rangers 0-3 Celtic

Henrik Larsson's 50th goal of the season and two from Lubomir Moravcik put the icing on Celtic's championship cake at Ibrox.

Martin O'Neill's team had rarely threatened the Rangers goal until Moravcik put them ahead in the 61st minute.

He burst into the home side's box onto a lay-off by Larsson and slotted coolly past Stefan Klos.

  Key incidents
7 mins: Ferguson booked
21 mins: Ferguson's run and shot nearly puts Rangers ahead
23 mins: Wallace misses sitter
49 mins: Moore booked for foul on Larsson
57 mins: Lennon yellow carded for foul on Ferguson
61 mins: Moravcik puts Celtic ahead
74 mins: Moravcik bags his second
87 mins: Larsson makes it 3-0
The Slovakian's second on 74 minutes was even better.

The midfielder ran onto a long pass, checked inside Fernando Ricksen and thumped the ball home from eight yards.

Larsson completed the rout in the 87th minute after Jackie McNamara dispossessed Tugay and supplied the Swedish goal machine.

He rounded the hapless Klos and tucked the ball away in front of Celtic's ecstatic followers.

Moravcik's first strike had breathed life into what had been a poor game notable only for a glaring first-half miss by Rod Wallace.

Fast and furious

He somehow headed wide inside the Celtic six-yard box from Arthur Numan's cross in the 23rd minute.

A typically fast and furious Old Firm encounter also saw Rangers defender Lorenzo Amoruso stretchered off in the 71st minute.

Celtic substitute Shaun Maloney, on in the 67th minute, nearly made a dream Old Firm debut seven minutes from time.

He found himself on the end of an Alan Thompson pass into the Rangers area but saw his close-range shot saved by Klos.

Johan Mjallby (right) battles for the ball with Rangers Tore Andre Flo
Celtic's Johan Mjallby clears from Tore Andre Flo
The game was O'Neill's 50th in charge of the Parkhead outfit and gave him his 41st win. It was Rangers' eighth defeat this season.

Rangers should have been ahead at half-time, having fashioned more chances, but Celtic maintained their composure.

Rangers captain Barry Ferguson was the first player to be booked on seven minutes, going in on Alan Thompson with his studs showing.

Ferguson nearly put the home side ahead in the 21st minute after robbing Paul Lambert and setting off on a 40-yard run.

His lofted shot from 20 yards looked to be going just wide, but Celtic keeper Rab Douglas took no chances and tipped over.

Rangers went even closer two minutes later, as Jorg Albertz set up Numan to deliver a dangerous cross into the Celtic area from the left.

Wallace rose unchallenged but put his header outside the upright.

His miss summed up a dismal afternoon for Rangers.

Rangers: Klos, Moore, Konterman, Amoruso, Ricksen, Ferguson, Albertz, Numan, Wallace, Flo, Dodds. Subs: Christiansen, Tugay, Wilson, Leven, Fernandes.

Celtic: Douglas, Mjallby, Vega, Valgaeren, Agathe, Lennon, Lambert, Moravcik, Thompson, Johnson, Larsson. Subs: Gould, Boyd, McNamara, Healy, Maloney.

Referee: S Dougal (Scotland)

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