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Sunday, 10 March, 2002, 13:47 GMT
Old Firm are inseparable
Stilian Petrov celebrates his goal
Petrov celebrates the opening goal of the game
Rangers 1-1 Celtic

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Rangers earned a draw against the league leaders with a superb strike from Arthur Numan cancelling out Stilian Petrov's first-half goal.

But the point did Celtic more good than the home side with the 10-point difference between the sides maintained.

Celtic had the ball in the net with their first clear-cut opportunity, but it was incorrectly ruled out for offside.

Amoruso misjudged a free kick and although Larsson scuffed his shot, Hartson was on hand to turn the ball into the net.

But the assistant referee had his flag raised against the Welshman despite Numan playing him onside.

Numan was next to try his luck, a right-foot effort flying over Rab Douglas' bar.

The opening goal arrived in the 23rd minute. Konterman allowed Petrov to escape his attentions and Larsson found the Bulgarian's run.

Larsson goes down under Ricksen's challenge
Larsson goes down under Ricksen's challenge
Stefan Klos rushed out to block but Petrov slid the ball under the keeper.

Larsson almost doubled the lead with an incredible effort, back-heeling a Petrov corner, but the ball went just too high.

As the half drew to a close, Rangers pushed for an equaliser and Douglas had to be sharp to prevent Flo getting on the end of Numan's through ball.

Moments later, Balde had to clear when Douglas missed Caniggia's cross.

Seven minutes into the second half, a flick from Flo set up Konterman for a shot at goal, but Stephen Crainey charged his effort down.

Rangers had plenty of possession at the beginning of the second half but were finding it impossible to get in behind the Celtic defence.

Numan solved that problem by hitting a superb equaliser from 25 yards past the despairing dive of Douglas.

Numan fires in his unstoppable goal
Numan fires in his unstoppable goal
A driven cross by Neil McCann had Douglas scrambling and Celtic just managed to get the ball clear.

Lennon then had to be alert to take the ball off the toes of Lovenkrands in the Celtic area.

Hartson passed up an excellent opportunity in 66 minutes after Mjallby played him in on Klos only for the German to block his shot.

An in-swinging corner from Guppy was knocked down by Hartson but no Celtic player was on hand to capitalise.

Ferguson tried to emulate Numan's effort with a long-range drive that Douglas did well to beat away after 75 minutes.

The Rangers captain almost surprised Douglas 10 minutes later with a left-foot shot from distance, but the keeper got down to turn the ball round the post.

At the other end, Amoruso did superbly to head clear from Agathe's shot.

Rangers: Klos, Ricksen, Vidmar, Amoruso, Numan, Ferguson, Konterman, McCann, Caniggia (Arveladze 46), Flo, Lovenkrands.

Subs not used: McGregor, Kanchelskis, Wilson, Hughes.

Booked: Ferguson.

Celtic: Douglas, Mjallby, Balde, Crainey, Agathe, Lambert, Lennon, Petrov, Guppy (McNamara 76), Larsson, Hartson.

Subs not used: Gould, Boyd, Moravcik, Smith.

Att: 49,765

Ref: Hugh Dallas

BBC Sport's Roddy Forsyth
"Celtic continue to prosper under O'Neill"
Rangers manager Alex McLeish
"Second half we were great, first half we were fragmented"
Celtic manager Martin O'Neill
"I'm pleased we've come away unscathed"
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