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By Thomas McGuigan

1432: So, Rangers win the first Old Firm derby of the season and their supporters will have the bragging rights - until the next one rumbles along. Celtic remain top of the table but there must be storm clouds above Tony Mowbray's head over his side's defending. Thanks again for your comments this afternoon. See you soon!

1430: Rangers' goal hero Kenny Miller has just told BBC Radio Scotland that today's derby came under the "must win" category for his side. It was "all hands to the pump" towards the end, the striker added.

1428: BBC Radio Scotland pundit Chick Young defends referee Craig Thomson's performance today. A blizzard of bookings and more than a few penalty appeals for the whistler to consider. Highlights of today's game will be on the website from midnight tonight.

1425:
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From bringthemonjpn on My Sport "A deserved win for Rangers. Puts a much better complexion on the SPL and Ally and Walter's faces, too."

1422: Kenny Miller's double sees Rangers draw first blood in the Old Firm derby this season. The Ibrox outfit narrow the gap on league leaders Celtic to a single point. Tony Mowbray suffers defeat in his first Old Firm game as Celtic manager and faces a headache as to how to stem the flow of goals his side is conceding. Who'd be a manager, eh?

1421: The Champions League theme tune is belted out at Ibrox but there was precious little in the way of champagne football in an eye-wateringly bad second half.

1420:
Full-time
Full-time Rangers 2-1 Celtic

1419: Celtic huffing and puffing but are lacking the invention to pierce the Rangers defence.

1418: Rangers manager Walter Smith has his head in his hands in the stand - he can't bear to look.

1416: Celtic substitute Georgios Samaras is penalised for handball in the Rangers penalty area. We're into three minutes of added time.

1415: Glenn Loovens launches another high ball into the box as Celtic pressure comes to nothing. A couple of minutes to go and Tony Mowbray's side look bereft of ideas.

1412: Paddy McCourt threads a great ball through for Shaun Maloney, but there's too much on the pass and Allan McGregor gathers.

1411 Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc paws away Nacho Novo's attempted lob with the Celtic defence once again posted missing. David Weir heads wide from the corner. Five minutes plus injury time remaining.

1410: David Weir heads straight at Artur Boruc from Pedro Mendes's corner.

1409: Rangers are content to sit deep and hit Celtic on the counter attack. The hosts force a corner after Paul Caddis clears Nacho Novo's cross.

1408:
Yellow card
Celtic defender Glenn Loovens caps a miserable afternoon by receiving a yellow card for dumping Kenny Miller.

1407: Nacho Novo is inches away from heading home Steven Whittaker's cross. Mark Wilson manage to put the Spaniard off there.

1406: Twelve minutes remaining at Ibrox and the ball is still being thumped everywhere by both sides. Someone show a bit of composure!

1404: Celtic force a corner, to be taken by Shaun Maloney. Rangers clear it for another corner.

1403: Paul Caddis comes on for Lee Naylor as Celtic go for broke.

1402:
Yellow card
Time for another booking I hear you say? Scott Brown is the latest man to see yellow for clattering Nacho Novo. I'd love to tell you about some impressive attacking football in this second half, but...

1401: Shaun Maloney fires a shot wide from close range after a great ball from Mark Wilson when it looked easier to score. A howler!

1400:
My Sport
From bringthemonjpn on My Sport "Time for Rangers to turn the screws. Would help if we could get the ball into the Celtic penalty area, though."

1358: Celtic are enjoying the lionshare of possession but have been launching high balls towards goal - easily dealt with by David Weir.

1357:
Yellow card
Nacho Novo goes into the book for a chop on Mark Wilson and Celtic bring on Paddy McCourt for Zheng Zhi.

1355: There's a wall of blue steel between Aiden McGeady and the Rangers goal. The Celtic midfielder sends a daisy-cutter towards goal, but Allan McGregor gathers comfortably.

1353:
Yellow card
Celtic right-back Mark Wilson goes into the book for taking a tumble in the penalty area. Craig Thomson has booked two Celtic players for simulation. The highlights of today's game will be available on this website from midnight tonight and you can make your own mind up!

1352: Sasa Papac clears from inside the Rangers box as Scott McDonald bears down on Allan McGregor's goal.

1350: The ball is being lashed about all over the pitch. Message to both sets of players: calm down, please!

1348: Tony Mowbray shuffles his pack, bringing on Georgios Samaras for Landry N'Guemo. A little under half an hour for Rangers to seal victory or Celtic to find an equaliser.

1347: Hit refresh folks for a quick fix of my 1345 update and an earlier mention about Pedro Mendes. Cheers!

1345: Celtic right-back Mark Wilson blazes high over the bar from about 25 yards.

1344: Celtic growing in confidence with 57 minutes gone. Shaun Maloney fails to connect with Mark Wilson's cross but the visitors are gaining momentum.

1342: Scott McDonald fires the ball straight at Allan McGregor with a hook shot on the turn after being fed by Zheng Zhi.

1340: A win for Rangers today would see them close the gap on league leaders Celtic to a single point. Kenny Miller fires a shot wide of Artur Boruc's left hand post as he looks to complete his hat-trick.

1338: "Real pity Paddy McCourt is not playing. A really talented player." Ray in Derry, via text to 80295

1337: The second half is only four minutes old but it's scrappy stuff. A wee bit of magic is required to light up proceedings.

1335:
Yellow card
Rangers midfielder Pedro Mendes is booked for a poor challenge on Aiden McGeady.

1334: McManus is penalised for a barge on Kyle Lafferty. Dangerous position almost on the touchline, but Steven Smith hits the Celtic wall. Corner, which Artur Boruc punches clear.

David Weir outmuscles Stephen McManus but heads high over the bar.
1332: The second half gets under way. Rangers force an early corner after Loovens blocks Novo's cross.

1326:
My Sport
From memnoch666 on My Sport "It's been a scrappy game, littered with mistakes to create the goals. Rangers sitting far too deep and letting Celtic dictate the game."

1316: There may be little in the way of silky football at Ibrox this afternoon, but it's proving to be compulsive viewing. The predatory Kenny Miller has bagged a double against this brittle Celtic defence and at one stage Rangers looked as though they were going to score at will. Aiden McGeady has dragged the visitors back into the game.

1315: Half-Time. Rangers 2-1 Celtic - The ball will be looking forward to a well-earned rest after taking a bit of a pasting from both sides.

1311: Aiden McGeady and Scott McDonald try to engineer an opening but Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor gathers.

1309: Rangers striker Kris Boyd receives treatment after an accidental clash of heads with Landry N'Guemo. But he's unable to continue and is replaced by Kyle Lafferty.

1307: Seven minutes to go until half time and the derby has become a bit scrappy, maybe understandably so after such a frenetic opening.

1305: Celtic midfielder Aiden McGeady is coming more into the game, but Rangers are looking threatening when they attack against the fragile partnership of Glenn Loovens and Stephen McManus.

1304: Play rages up the other end of the pitch and Mark Wilson has to repel a Rangers attack by heading behind Artur Boruc's goal for a corner. Again, Rangers fail to profit from a set piece.

Referee Craig Thomson blows for a foul on Steven Whittaker and Celtic lose the chance to restore parity.
1300: Rangers are on the back foot as Celtic search for an equaliser. Lee Naylor sends in a wicked free-kick and Steven Naismith heads clear for a corner.

1259: Celtic manager Tony Mowbray looks stunned by his side's inept defending so far. You get the feeling there are more goals in this game.

1258: Scott McDonald loses possession near the Rangers penalty area and fouls defender Steven Smith. Everyone pauses for breath and we're off again.

1257: "Celtic now have their tails up and they are pushing on." BBC Radio Scotland pundit Murdo MacLeod

1256: The visitors are looking to get back into the game but their midfield is struggling to establish any fluency. Rangers striker Kenny Miller is looking razor sharp up front.

Referee Craig Thomson points to the spot after Sasa Papac appeared to foul Zheng Zhi inside the area. McGeady hits the penalty low to Allan McGregor's right, and the goalkeeper gets a hand to it but can't keep it out. Not dissimilar to Miller's second goal when Boruc also got a touch. Three goals in 26 pulsating minutes. This is more like it!
1253: GOAL Rangers 2-1 Celtic (Aiden McGeady)

1252: Zheng Zhi plays a neat one two with Scott McDonald but the China captain is blocked by a swarm of blue jerseys.

1250:
My Sport
From redandblackT1899 on My Sport "Kenny Miller's really having his way with the Celtic centre half pairing - especially Loovens!"

1246: Moments before Miller's second goal, Shaun Maloney received a yellow card for simulation after he tumbled under Steven Whittaker's challenge. Maloney, hands on head, couldn't believe it. It's all happening... 18 minutes into an action-packed first half.

1244: Kenny Miller shrugs off Celtic defender Glenn Loovens and, despite getting a hand to his shot, Artur Boruc can't prevent the ball from sliding into the net. The hosts are turning the screw here. Space at the heart of Celtic's defence is as wide as the River Clyde.

1243: GOAL Rangers 2-0 Celtic (Kenny Miller)

1242: Andrew Little trudges off on his debut to be replaced by Nacho Novo. The Northern Ireland international cuts a forlorn figure.

1240: A penalty appeal for Celtic... Shaun Maloney appears to be chopped down by David Weir, but referee Craig Thomson is having none of it. Ibrox is crackling with controversy!

1238: Where do Tony Mowbray's shell-shocked troops go from here? Calamitous defending has struck his side once again and Rangers' goalscoring problems are forgotten in an instant with a flash of Miller's boot.

1236: Kris Boyd plays a clever pass through the middle of the Celtic defence and Miller collects before threading the ball past Artur Boruc. Dream start for Rangers, with the visiting defence all-at-sea.

1235:GOAL Rangers 1-0 Celtic (Kenny Miller)

1234: Celtic debutant Zheng Zhi plays in Aiden McGeady but his run into the box is matched by David Weir and the veteran shields the ball as it trundles out for a goal kick.

1232: Rangers fans are boiling after Lee Naylor's over zealous tackle on Steven Naismith gets bums off seats. Referee Craig Thomson remains calm in the face of the derby firestorm.

1231: Celtic midfielder Shaun Maloney fizzes in a low shot from the left but Rangers goalkeeper saves well with his legs and the hosts clear the danger.

1229: A rendition of You'll Never Walk Alone from the visiting fans triggers a chorus of boos from the Rangers supporters inside a packed Ibrox. Possession is being surrendered left, right and centre in the nervy opening exchanges.

1227: Celtic debutant Zheng Zhi blows his cheeks and has a quick look at the madness in the stands around him. Pandemonium - hang onto your hats, we're under way!

1226: Ibrox is a riot of colour and noise as we approach kick-off. These two heavyweights are used to slugging it out in Scottish football, but no matter how many times they meet, there's something intoxicating about this fixture.

1223: In 168 Old Firm games at Ibrox ( as I adjust my sheepskin coat) Rangers have triumphed on 82 occasions, Celtic have recorded 43 wins, with 43 draws.

1220: Here's a stat or two to for you to chew over along with your roll and sausage: In 384 head-to-head games across all competitions Rangers have won 153, Celtic 138 and there have been 93 draws.

1219: Text from Michael in Airdrie to 80295: "Did George Burley not say yesterday that Kenny Miller had a hamstring injury and that was why he had not been selected for the Scotland squad? How strange he then turns up fit in an Old Firm match!"

1213: The last time the sides met at Ibrox in May, Rangers midfielder Steven Davis fired the winner with the only goal of the game - a victory that propelled the side to their first SPL title in four attempts.

1212: Tony Mowbray is gearing up for his first Old Firm derby as Celtic manager. His predecessor Gordon Strachan enjoyed only two wins in his eight visits to Ibrox - including a 1-0 win last December, courtesy of a solitary Scott McDonald strike.

1208:
My Sport
From DodgyRivets on My Sport "Just tell me that Caldwell AND McManus aren't starting together... please, tell me!"

You have your wish! Glenn Loovens returns after being dropped for the Europa League draw with Rapid Vienna.

1205: Celtic manager Tony Mowbray makes three changes to his side, giving a debut to China captain Zheng Zhi and left-back Lee Naylor comin g in for the injured Danny Fox. Glenn Loovens returned to partner Stephen McManus with Gary Caldwell and Georgios Samaras starting on the bench.

1204: Rangers defender Madjid Bougherra is out with flu and his likely replacement Lee McCulloch, also fell victim to the bug leaving Sasa Papac to move in alongside David Weir. Rangers manager Walter Smith makes four changes with Kris Boyd, Andrew Little, Kenny Miller and Steven Smith coming in with Kevin Thomson dropping out with a knee injury and Jerome Rothen starting on the bench.

Celtic: Boruc, Wilson, Loovens, McManus, Naylor, McGeady, N'Guemo, Brown, Maloney, Zheng Zhi, McDonald. Subs: Zaluska, Caldwell, Samaras, Crosas, McCourt, Forrest, Caddis.

1200: TEAMS - Rangers: McGregor, Little, Weir, Papac, Whittaker, Davis, Mendes, Naismith, Smith, Boyd, Miller. Subs: Alexander, Novo, Rothen, Lafferty, Fleck, Loy, Wilson.

1150: Good morning. The sun is shining brightly over Ibrox in Glasgow - the calm before the storm of the season's first Old Firm derby.




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Scottish Premier results

4 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Rangers 2-1 Celtic R

Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 4 Oct 2009 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Celtic 7 8 16
2 Rangers 7 8 15
3 Hibernian 7 5 13
4 Dundee Utd 7 3 12
5 Motherwell 7 2 12
6 Aberdeen 7 2 10
7 St Mirren 7 -2 8
8 Hearts 7 -3 7
9 Kilmarnock 7 -1 6
10 St Johnstone 7 -5 6
11 Hamilton 7 -10 4
12 Falkirk 7 -7 3

see also
Rangers v Celtic
13 Feb 07 |  Scottish Premier


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