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BBC Sport's Roddy Forsyth
"Celtic didn't falter"
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Celtic manager Martin O'Neill
"Rangers were very strong today"
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Rangers manager Dick Advocaat
"I have to give credit to Celtic"
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Celtic's Alan Thompson
"I thought we did tremendously well"
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Scottish football journalist Jim Trainer
"It's an occasion unlike anything else in sport"
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Sunday, 30 September, 2001, 13:42 GMT 14:42 UK
Joy for Celtic at Ibrox
Celtic's Stilian Petrov celebrates his opening goal
Celtic's Stilian Petrov celebrates his opening goal
Rangers 0-2 Celtic

Celtic opened up a seven point lead at the top of the Scottish premier League with victory over nearest rivals Rangers at Ibrox.

A dreadful blunder from Rangers goalkeeper Stefan Klos allowed Stilian Petrov to open the scoring and a wonderful solo goal from Alan Thompson clinched the victory in the dying seconds.

Celtic could afford the luxury of a missed penalty as Klos stopped Larsson's weak second half spot kick.

Rangers, who had most of the ball throughout the afternoon, had Lorenzo Amoruso dismissed for the foul that led to the penalty.

Rangers made a double gamble by throwing Michael Mols and Claudio Reyna straight into the starting line-up.

Both had been absent through injury for more than a month. Russell Latapy and Neil McCann were the men to make way.

Celtic's team selection was more predictable with only Bobby Petta missing. Alan Thompson was preferred on the left flank.

The home side made a bright start and enjoyed the bulk of possession without creating any meaningful chances.

Petrov strikes the first blow
Petrov strikes the first blow for Celtic
Celtic rarely featured as an attacking force yet found themselves ahead after 14 minutes.

Craig Moore was penalised for grappling with Chris Sutton and Larsson tapped the resulting free kick to Petrov, who blazed in a fierce drive from 22 yards.

The ball flew straight at Klos, but the German keeper could only help it into the net.

Tore Andre Flo almost fashioned an immediate equaliser when he poked a low cross from Arthur Numan narrowly wide of the post.

Five minutes before the interval, Mols found a rare chink of light behind the determined Celtic defence but he ballooned his shot high over the bar.

Rangers were close to leveling the game in the 57th minute when both Flo and Reyna were inches away from connecting with Ronald de Boer's header just a few yards from goal.

Four minutes later, Arthur Numan had a good shot saved by Robert Douglas as Rangers laid siege to the Celtic penalty area.

However, just 60 seconds later, Celtic were awarded a penalty when Larsson was barged off the ball by Amoruso.

Barry Ferguson and Paul Lambert clash
Barry Ferguson and Paul Lambert clash
Former Borussia Dortmund team-mates Klos and Paul Lambert had an ugly scrap for the ball and, with several players involved in the melee, the situation threatened to overheat.

Amoruso was shown the red card for conceding the penalty once order was restored. After a long delay, Larsson's feeble spot kick was easily saved by the diving Klos.

The tiring Mols and Reyna were replaced by McCann and Claudio Caniggia.

Didier Agathe and Lambert both squandered good chances as Celtic hit on the break against their depleted rivals.

With 78 minutes on the clock, Numan was again denied by an excellent Douglas save. Ten minutes from time, Lubo Moravcik came on for goal-hero Petrov.

With injury time being played, Thompson cut in from the left flank, leaving three defenders in his wake and drilled home a low right foot shot to double Celtic's lead.

Rangers: Klos, Ricksen, Moore, Amoruso, Numan, Konterman, Reyna, de Boer, Ferguson, Flo, Mols.

Subs: Caniggia, McCann, Ross, Christiansen, Hughes.

Celtic: Douglas, Balde, Mjallby, Valgaeren, Thompson, Lambert, Lennon, Petrov, Agathe, Sutton, Larsson.

Subs: Hartson, Kharine, Healy, Moravcik, Maloney.

Referee: K Clark

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