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Sunday, 21 April, 2002, 12:59 GMT 13:59 UK
Old Firm end all square
Thompson slots the ball past Stefan Klos
Alan Thompson scored for Celtic just before half time
Celtic 1-1 Rangers
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Celtic's 100% home record for the season was broken as a resilient, injury-hit Rangers side held on for a draw.

In what was Lubo Moravcik's last appearance at Parkhead, the visitors took an early lead through Peter Lovenkrands only for Alan Thompson to level on the stroke of half time.

But an entertaining match was sullied in the closing minutes when a violent melee ended with red cards for Johan Mjallby, John Hartson and Fernando Ricksen.

Rangers enjoyed the better chances in the first half, relying on a swift counter-attacking strategy, but as the game wore on Celtic's grip tightened.

Rangers made the perfect start with a goal after just one minute, when Lovenkrands took advantage of a misjudged header from Tom Boyd to send a shot over Robert Douglas via a deflection off Mjallby.

Lubo Moravcik made his final Parkhead appearance
Celtic responded with a period of concerted pressure but the pace of Lovenkrands and Kanchelskis on the Rangers flanks provided a dangerous outlet.

Lovenkrands could have had a second goal after 15 minutes, but with just Douglas to beat he screwed effort just wide of the target.

Neat work from Russell Latapy on the edge of the Celtic penalty box saw the midfielder curl a shot inches past the post as Rangers hit on the break once again.

Moravcik went close for Celtic with a free kick which flew narrowly over the bar after Lorenzo Amoruso was punished for handball 20 yards from goal.

The Slovak was involved in Celtic's 43rd minute equaliser when he headed a deep cross into the path of Hartson. The Welsh striker's shot on the turn was foiled but the ball fell into the path of Thompson and the former Aston Villa man calmly slotted it home from close range.

Henrik Larsson almost embarrassed Stefan Klos from a free kick early in the second half but the German keeper, who had set off the wrong way before the strike, recovered in time to make an awkward save.

Moravcik again went close when he surprisingly rose above towering Tore Andre Flo to head over the bar.

Johan Mjallby tracks Lovenkrands
The pace of Lovenkrands was a first half menace
With 20 minutes remaining Moravcik left the field to rapturous applause from the Celtic fans.

Klos made a great save to deny Thompson a second goal when he got down to push away a fierce free kick and when the ball broke back to Celtic's scorer Amoruso was on hand to block the ball on the goal-line.

The Rangers keeper made another stunning stop with four minutes remaining to stop Hartson's powerful close range header.

All hell broke loose as Klos gathered the ball under great pressure and a huge brawl developed which saw Harton, Mjallby and Ricksen all receive red cards.

With tempers still simmering, referee Kenny Clark blew the final whistle right on 90 minutes.

Celtic: Douglas, Mjallby, Boyd, Crainey, Agathe, Lambert (Petrov 47), Lennon, Moravcik (Guppy 72), Thompson, Larsson, Hartson.

Subs Not Used: Gould, McNamara, Smith.

Sent Off: Mjallby (89), Hartson (89). Booked: Lambert, Boyd, Thompson.

Rangers: Klos, Ross, Malcolm, Amoruso, Numan, Ricksen, Latapy (de Boer 61), Nerlinger, Kanchelskis, Flo (Mols 70), Lovenkrands.

Subs Not Used: McGregor, Dowie, Dodds.

Sent Off: Ricksen (89). Booked: Amoruso, Kanchelskis.

Att: 59,384

Ref: K Clark

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BBC Sport's Roddy Forsyth
"There was nothing at stake - or so some said"
Celtic boss Martin O'Neill
"The game was marred by the sendings off"
Rangers boss Alex McLeish
"The players were fantastic today"
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