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Live - Scottish Cup semi-final

Rangers 1-0 Celtic



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By Saj Chowdhury

1430: On that bombshell, I'm off. Hope you enjoyed the action. But stay across the live Premier League action presented by Caroline Cheese.

BBC Sport Player Rater man of the match: Rangers' Kevin Thomson 7.52 (on 90 minutes).

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  • 1426: "Most undeserved. Celtic will still win the title."
    diamondhotshot on 606

    1422:FULL-TIME Rangers 1-0 Celtic
    It's all over. Rangers now hold a six-point gap over Celtic. There are two more Old Firm games left - both at Celtic Park. But surely Rangers won't let this lead slip?

    1420: Celtic keeper Artur Boruc comes up for a free-kick, but the ball is poor and Boruc comes close to using his hand - you can't do that Artur in the opposition's area.

    1419: Great ball from Nacho Novo finds Charlie Adam in the area but the substitute's low shot is brilliantly pushed away by Artur Boruc.

    1417: The man-of-the-match award goes to Barry Ferguson. Well I think that's what the man on the tannoy said. Of course, it might be that Barry's parked his car in the wrong spot.

    1416: Celtic are feverishly pinging balls into the Rangers area.

    1415: Allan McGregor is on the brink of becoming the first Rangers keeper to keep four clean sheets in a row against Celtic. Won't that be nice for him.

    1412: "Does this mean the end of Celtic's season? And if so what happens then behind the scenes with Strachan?"
    ROCKFMBUS on 606

    I wish I knew mate.

    1410: Scott Brown is booked for a foul on Rangers substitute Nacho Novo. Elsewhere on the pitch, Steven Naismith is booked for a foul on Lee Naylor. Eighth booking of the match - not pretty.

    1408: Steven Davis is replaced by Steven Naismith.

    1406: Scott McDonald - 26 goals this campaign - comes on for the long-named Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink.

    1405: Goalscorer Kevin Thomson is stretchered off - maybe the injury was more serious than most feared. Charlie Adam comes on to replace him.

    1402: Celtic keeper Artur Boruc is booked for protesting that Kevin Thomson dived at the edge of the area.

    1359: "This referee in the Old Firm game is brilliant. Takes no abuse from the players especially in such a high profile game. This guy puts Premier League refs to shame. COME ON RANGERS."
    Lee, Wirral via text on 81111

    1355: Jean-Claude Darcheville, who created the goal, is replaced by Nacho Novo - another great name in football.

    1353: Andreas Hinkel fires in a cracking shot from 25 yards that has to be tipped over by Rangers keeper Allan McGregor.

    1352: "My Old Firm Hero is Wim Jansen. Stopped the 10 in a row attempt and signed Henrik Larsson."
    cfc-mufc-2008 on 606

    1350: Referee Stuart Dougal has a chat with Barry Ferguson after the Rangers man gives away a free-kick - more for his after-foul chat than the foul itself.

    1347: Lee Naylor is booked for foul on Barry Ferguson - although, he may have been shown yellow for his furious gesticulations.

    1344: "How are you all forgetting Enrico Annoni? Now there is a true Old Firm hero."
    Ruari, London via text on 81111

    1342: Regarding the best name in football, what about this A Triallist fella who keeps popping up as a goalscorer? Sorry, was that a Jeff Stelling gag I just nicked?

    1339: Barry Ferguson's turn-and-shot at the edge of the area is deflected wide for a corner. Nothing comes of the set-piece.

    1337: Scott Brown is fouled from 40 yards out. Shunsuke Nakamura floats in a free-kick but the lanky Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink fails to get enough purchase on his header allowing Allan McGregor to comfortably gather.

    1334: It has been 15 years since Rangers lost an Old Firm game after scoring first. Sorry Celtic fans.

    1333: Rangers kick off the second half. No changes made by either side.

    1330: "Regi Blinker, now that's an Old Firm hero."
    Beeswack, Derry via text on 81111

    I liked his hair. Good name too.

    1327: Sorry if I went all bold on you kids. HTML coding eh?

    1324: PLAYER RATER
    Interestingly, Celtic forward Georgios Samaras heads the ratings with 6.66. His team-mate and defender Gary Caldwell is not scoring very highly - down at the bottom with 5.40.

    1317:HALF-TIME Rangers 1-0 Celtic
    Rangers did not produce much in front of goal until just before the break when that one bit of magic more than made amends. Celtic will think themselves unlucky, although Scott Brown could have done better with two chances that came his way.

    1316:GOAL Rangers 1-0 Celtic
    Kevin Thomson scores for the home side. He plays a fantastic one-two with Jean-Claude Darcheville before side-footing past Artur Boruc from six yards out.

    1315: Great chance for Celtic that Scott Brown messes up. A headed pass from Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink finds his team-mate, but Brown fails to collect the ball cleanly inside the six-yard area.

    1311: Rangers' Barry Ferguson gets a first-time effort on target from 10 yards but Artur Boruc dives low to save.

    1310: "It's a shame to admit this, but Rangers are the better side. Get Strachan and that numpty Caldwell out."
    A Celtic fan via text on 81111

    1307: By the way, there is not a massive amount happening on the pitch as regards goalmouth action. A few yellow cards have been dished out.

    1305: "My Old Firm hero is Artur Boruc"
    Rasul, Glasgow via text on 81111

    1303: Aiden McGeady finds Georgios Samaras with a ball from the left. The striker fails to find the target with his head but Scott Brown follows up with a cracking shot that rebounds off the post.

    1301: Christian Dailly goes into the referee's book for a late tackle on Scott Brown.

    "Is there a better name in football than Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink?"
    alan_didak on 606

    I also like Nyron Nosworthy. He sounds like a character from a Dickens classic.

    1255: Celtic's Stephen McManus is handed a yellow card for a late tackle of Jean Claude Darcheville. Before taking the free-kick Rangers' Kevin Thomson also joins the yellow-card club - I think for dissent.

    1252: Georgios Samaras plays in Scott Brown but the Celtic player fails to get the ball out from under his feet and keeper Allan McGregor does enough to scramble the ball away. Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink protests because he believes Brown was clipped by Steven Whittaker. He gets a yellow for his efforts.

    1250: "Saint Mirren to win 5-0 today."
    Sympathy for Gretna from David, Glasgow via 81111

    1248: Celtic's Georgios Samaras gets a shot away, but it's a tame one from the long-haired lad.

    1247: "It's hard to look beyond Henrik Larsson and Paolo di Canio as Old Firm heroes. And of course Chris Sutton!"
    Mick, Belfast via 81111

    1245: Celtic aren't getting much change from their long balls. I don't blame them for playing the long balls with big units such as Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and Georgios Samaras up front.

    1244: "Greatest spectacle in football? Oh yeah they only play each other about six times a year."
    BristolCity_1985 on 606

    1241: Scotland coach George Burley is in the crowd to watch this one. I wonder if he paid for his ticket?

    1239: The live Premier League commentary is up and running. Once again, Caroline Cheese is your lovely host. She's the bestest - yes, I know that's not a word.

    1238: Shunsuke Nakamura fails to test Rangers keeper Allan McGregor with a free-kick from 30 yards out. Should have done better really.

    1235: Typically fiery start to the game. First half chance of the game falls to Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink who gets to Aiden McGeady's ball at the near post but fails to find the target.

    1234: McDonald left on the bench by Strachan? Interesting move.

    1232: "Brian Laudrup was one of the best players to grace the Old Firm. Absolute genius."
    Ben, Glasgow via 81111

    1230: Celtic kick off the derby.

    1229: By the way, anything but a win for Gretna at St Mirren will confirm their relegation. I went to a mate's wedding at Gretna Green - thought I'd add that bit.

    1227: The teams are marching out of the tunnel. This will be a tasty one.

    1226: "Jorg Albertz, his awesome goal against Motherwell was one of the best ever. I'm glad he's back in football to help out Clyde, what a legend."
    Shteland_James on 606 pointing out who his Old Firm hero is

    1223: "Saj, you are my hero. I've never had a text displayed on the Beeb website. Caroline Cheese hates me."
    G Bin, Dundee, via text on 81111

    Thanks G Bin, but I have to tell you that Caroline does not have the ability to hate. She loves you all.

    1221: To all Rangers and Celtic fans, who are/were your Old Firm heroes?

    1220: "Come off your high horses and enjoy THE greatest spectacle in the football."
    'Juice' Terry on 606

    1213: "I want Rangers to win nothing after they so luckily beat the mighty Terrors on pens in the CIS final."
    G Bin, Dundee, via text on 81111

    1210:TEAM NEWS
    Rangers quartet Barry Ferguson, Allan McGregor, Christian Dailly and Lee McCulloch all return from injury. Steven Whittaker takes over from Sasa Papac, who has been suffering from a virus, at left-back. Celtic boss Gordon Strachan has dropped top scorer Scott McDonald to the bench with Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink and Georgios Samaras starting in attack together for the first time.

    1203: "I am not a fan of either Old Firm team so think it would be best if Celtic win today because if Rangers win today the league is over but I hope both teams have some upsets to come and it goes right down to the wire."
    watson 320 on 606

    1200: This is a huge clash. Victory for Celtic will see them take top spot from their Glasgow rivals. But Walter Smith's Rangers have a game in hand and a win for the men in blue will surely make them odds-on for the title.

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    Clydesdale Bank Premier League Table
    30 January 2010 17:38
        P GD PTS
    1 Rangers 23 40 54
    2 Celtic 22 21 44

    3 Hibernian 22 16 42
    4 Dundee Utd 23 4 39

    5 Motherwell 22 0 30
    6 Hearts 23 -5 28
    7 Aberdeen 21 -5 27
    8 St Johnstone 20 -8 23
    9 St Mirren 22 -11 20
    10 Hamilton 21 -18 17
    11 Kilmarnock 22 -15 16

    12 Falkirk 21 -19 14

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