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Celtic   2 - 1   Rangers

Celtic v Rangers

Highlights - Celtic 2-1 Rangers

By Andy Campbell

Celtic triumphed in the final Old Firm game of the season as Rangers sustained a first derby defeat in over a year.

Lee Naylor's deflected free-kick gave the hosts an eighth-minute lead and Marc-Antoine Fortune headed Celtic's second after Kenny Miller had levelled.

Robbie Keane and Scott Brown threatened to add to Celtic's advantage.

Miller almost equalised for a second time when he struck the post before Rangers' Lee McCulloch was sent off after receiving a second booking.

Celtic's seventh straight Scottish Premier League win under interim manager Neil Lennon meant a third loss in the division for Rangers, who retained the championship last month.

Rangers were dealt an early injury blow when goalkeeper Allan McGregor landed awkwardly and was replaced by Neil Alexander.

And the substitute quickly had to pluck the ball out of the back of the net as Naylor's driven free-kick nicked off David Weir and flew into the corner.

The visitors looked for a quick reply and Miller's cross was nudged wide at the near post by Kyle Lafferty.

The Rangers players belied suggestions of the season's final meeting of the two sides being a meaningless match when they crowded referee Calum Murray to appeal against the award of a Celtic corner midway through the first half.

An incisive pass by Landry N'Guemo put Keane in on goal but Steven Smith's last-ditch tackle prevented the home side doubling their lead.

At the other end, Miller exchanged passes with Lafferty and evaded his marker, but the striker could not get his shot away before Boruc came off his line to scramble the ball clear.

However, Rangers kept up the pressure and Steven Whittaker's superb cross was headed past Boruc by the leaping Miller in the 43rd minute.

Rangers striker Kenny Miller
Miller had several chances to add to his solitary goal

Almost immediately, Celtic were back in front as another excellent delivery, this time by Naylor, was met by Fortune's downward header, Alexander unable to stop the ball as it squirmed through his legs.

A short passback by Darren O'Dea allowed Maurice Edu to steal the ball before it reached Boruc, but the American's cutback was blazed over by Steven Davis to keep Celtic's lead intact at half-time.

Miller's shot was deflected wide by Mark Wilson minutes before the match's second goalkeeping substitution saw broken-finger victim Boruc replaced by Lukasz Zaluska.

Keane got another sight of goal when found by Diomansy Kamara's intelligent pass, but the on-loan Tottenham striker's tame shot with the outside of the right foot posed few problems for Alexander.

Miller, who had just fired over from another dangerous Whittaker delivery should have levelled after playing a one-two with Edu, the former Celtic man volleying wide from the edge of the box.

Brown was also guilty of a glaring miss when he headed over from point-blank range after O'Dea had nodded Naylor's corner back into the six-yard box.

Zaluska palmed out a deflected Davis shot as Rangers continued to press.

Lafferty's replacement Novo had a shot that appeared to strike the arm of O'Dea and, as the ball went loose, Miller drove against the post from a tight angle.

Aiden McGeady curled a shot over and was then fouled by McCulloch, prompting the Rangers player's second caution and subsequent dismissal near the end.

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Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Celtic 2-1 Rangers FT
(HT 2-1)
  • Naylor 8
  • Fortune 45
  • Miller 43

Celtic

  • 01 Boruc (Zaluska 53)
  • 02 Hinkel yellow card
  • 03 Naylor (Braafheid 78)
  • 12 Wilson
  • 48 O'Dea yellow card
  • 06 N'Guemo
  • 08 Brown yellow card
  • 46 McGeady
  • 07 Keane
  • 10 Fortune (Samaras 74)
  • 15 Kamara yellow card

Substitutes

  • 24 Zaluska,
  • 21 Braafheid,
  • 38 Thompson,
  • 17 Crosas,
  • 18 Ki Sung-Yeung,
  • 09 Samaras,
  • 19 Rasmussen

Rangers

  • 01 McGregor (Alexander 5)
  • 03 Weir
  • 16 Whittaker
  • 26 Smith
  • 02 Edu
  • 06 McCulloch two yellow cards, red card
  • 07 Davis
  • 08 Thomson yellow card
  • 14 Naismith yellow card
  • 18 Miller yellow card
  • 27 Lafferty (Novo 77)

Substitutes

  • 25 Alexander,
  • 21 Broadfoot,
  • 51 Stirling,
  • 09 Boyd,
  • 10 Novo,
  • 29 Fleck,
  • 48 Little
Ref: MurrayAtt: 58,000
CELTIC
RANGERS

Possession

  • Celtic 50%
  • Rangers 50%

Attempts on target

  • Celtic 3
  • Rangers 3

Attempts off target

  • Celtic 5
  • Rangers 6

Corners

  • Celtic 10
  • Rangers 4

Fouls

  • Celtic 16
  • Rangers 14
  • Final Result
  • Full Time
  • 90:00+3:23 The referee blows for the end of the match.
  • 90:00+3:10 Booking Darren O'Dea receives a caution for dissent.
  • 90:00+2:27 Diomansy Kamara takes a short corner.
  • 90:00+0:56 Booking Kenny Miller goes into the book for dissent.
  • Correction - 90:00+0:12 Sent off Lee McCulloch sent off.
  • 90:00+0:12 Edson Braafheid restarts play with the free kick.
  • 90:00+0:12 Sent off The referee sends off Lee McCulloch for serious foul play.
  • Correction - 90:00+0:01 Aiden McGeady fouled by Lee McCulloch, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 90:00+0:01 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Aiden McGeady by Lee McCulloch.
  • 88:55 Shot from just outside the area by Aiden McGeady goes over the bar.
  • Correction - 85:41 The ball is sent over by Steven Whittaker, clearance by Andreas Hinkel. Corner taken by Edson Braafheid, save by Neil Alexander.
  • 85:41 A cross is delivered by Steven Whittaker, clearance by Andreas Hinkel. Inswinging corner taken by Edson Braafheid, save by Neil Alexander.
  • 83:25 Unfair challenge on Steven Naismith by Georgios Samaras results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Kevin Thomson. Kenny Miller takes a shot. Scott Brown gets a block in. Kevin Thomson takes the inswinging corner, Georgios Samaras makes a clearance.
  • Correction - 82:19 Diomansy Kamara is caught offside. Neil Alexander takes the direct free kick.
  • 82:19 Diomansy Kamara is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Neil Alexander takes the free kick,
  • 81:42 The ball is crossed by Robbie Keane, Lee McCulloch manages to make a clearance.
  • 80:38 Shot from just outside the area by Georgios Samaras goes over the bar.
  • 79:50 Steven Whittaker challenges Robbie Keane unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Edson Braafheid.
  • 78:47 Steven Davis produces a drilled right-footed shot from 20 yards. Save made by Lukasz Zaluska. Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis, clearance made by Georgios Samaras.
  • 77:54 Substitution Lee Naylor leaves the field to be replaced by Edson Braafheid.
  • 76:23 Substitution Nacho Novo on for Kyle Lafferty.
  • 76:05 The ball is delivered by Lee Naylor, save by Neil Alexander.
  • 75:18 Lee Naylor crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, Maurice Edu makes a clearance.
  • 75:18 Booking Steven Naismith is shown a yellow card.
  • 75:13 Steven Naismith concedes a free kick for a foul on Aiden McGeady.
  • 73:30 Substitution Georgios Samaras is brought on as a substitute for Marc-Antoine Fortune.
  • 73:06 Effort on goal by Kenny Miller from 18 yards. Lukasz Zaluska makes a comfortable save.
  • 70:23 Corner taken left-footed by Lee Naylor, Scott Brown produces a header from inside the six-yard box that clears the bar.
  • 69:47 Robbie Keane delivers the ball.
  • 69:03 Steven Naismith crosses the ball, clearance by Andreas Hinkel.
  • 68:10 Kenny Miller produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the goal.
  • 67:23 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Naismith by Marc-Antoine Fortune. Lee McCulloch takes the direct free kick.
  • 66:41 The ball is delivered by Steven Whittaker, Effort from deep inside the area by Kenny Miller misses to the left of the target.
  • 65:03 Marc-Antoine Fortune has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.
  • 63:56 The ball is swung over by Robbie Keane, Steven Smith makes a clearance.
  • 63:02 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kenny Miller on Mark Wilson. Free kick taken by Lukasz Zaluska.
  • 61:10 Kenny Miller is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Lukasz Zaluska.
  • 60:41 The referee gives a free kick against Diomansy Kamara for handball. Kevin Thomson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 58:22 Marc-Antoine Fortune gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Kevin Thomson. Free kick taken by Lee McCulloch.
  • 56:54 Free kick crossed by Steven Davis.
  • 56:54 Booking Andreas Hinkel goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.
  • 56:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Andreas Hinkel on Maurice Edu.
  • 55:33 Foul by Marc-Antoine Fortune on Steven Naismith, free kick awarded. Steven Davis takes the direct free kick.
  • 54:53 Robbie Keane takes a shot. Save made by Steven Whittaker.
  • 54:15 Centre by Scott Brown, clearance by David Weir.
  • 52:51 Substitution Artur Boruc leaves the field to be replaced by Lukasz Zaluska.
  • 52:14 Kenny Miller takes a shot. Mark Wilson gets a block in. Corner taken by Steven Davis.
  • 51:10 Unfair challenge on Maurice Edu by Landry N'Guemo results in a free kick. Steven Davis crosses the ball in from the free kick, Mark Wilson makes a clearance.
  • 49:47 Neil Alexander takes the free kick.
  • 49:47 Booking Scott Brown shown a yellow card.
  • 49:41 Kyle Lafferty fouled by Scott Brown, the ref awards a free kick.
  • 47:33 The assistant referee signals for offside against Robbie Keane. Indirect free kick taken by Lee McCulloch.
  • 46:25 Aiden McGeady concedes a free kick for a foul on Kenny Miller. Free kick crossed by Kevin Thomson, David Weir makes a clearance.
  • 45:43 The ball is crossed by Marc-Antoine Fortune, Kyle Lafferty manages to make a clearance. Lee Naylor takes a outswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Kenny Miller manages to make a clearance.
  • 45:01 The second half has started.
  • Half Time
  • 45:00+3:07 The ref blows to signal half-time.
  • 45:00+2:12 Free kick taken by Neil Alexander.
  • 45:00+2:12 Booking Diomansy Kamara receives a yellow card.
  • 45:00+2:06 Foul by Diomansy Kamara on Steven Whittaker, free kick awarded.
  • 45:00+0:48 Shot by Steven Davis from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the goal.
  • 44:43 Assist on the goal came from Lee Naylor.
  • 44:43 GOAL - Marc-Antoine FortuneCeltic 2 - 1 Rangers Marc-Antoine Fortune finds the net with a headed goal from inside the box. Celtic 2-1 Rangers.
  • 44:41 Lee Naylor produces a cross,
  • 42:38 Assist on the goal came from Steven Whittaker.
  • 42:38 GOAL - Kenny MillerCeltic 1 - 1 Rangers Kenny Miller finds the net with a headed goal from inside the area. Celtic 1-1 Rangers.
  • 42:32 Steven Whittaker crosses the ball,
  • 41:43 The official flags Robbie Keane offside. Kevin Thomson restarts play with the free kick.
  • 40:49 Centre by Steven Davis.
  • 39:47 Foul by Andreas Hinkel on Steven Naismith, free kick awarded. Steven Smith takes the free kick.
  • 38:18 Corner taken by Lee Naylor from the right by-line, Maurice Edu manages to make a clearance.
  • 37:10 Unfair challenge on Steven Naismith by Marc-Antoine Fortune results in a free kick. Maurice Edu takes the direct free kick.
  • 36:15 The ball is swung over by Steven Davis, Artur Boruc fouled by Steven Naismith, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Artur Boruc.
  • 35:09 Free kick awarded for a foul by Scott Brown on Kevin Thomson. Kevin Thomson takes the direct free kick.
  • 32:54 David Weir challenges Marc-Antoine Fortune unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Lee Naylor, save by Neil Alexander.
  • 31:18 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Lafferty on Landry N'Guemo. Free kick taken by Mark Wilson.
  • 30:42 Mark Wilson produces a cross.
  • 29:38 Lee Naylor decides to take the corner short.
  • 29:10 The ball is swung over by Aiden McGeady, clearance by Lee McCulloch.
  • 28:35 Aiden McGeady produces a cross, clearance made by Lee McCulloch.
  • 28:06 The ball is delivered by Aiden McGeady, save by Steven Whittaker.
  • 25:41 Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Kevin Thomson from the left by-line, clearance by Scott Brown.
  • 24:25 Effort on goal by Landry N'Guemo from 20 yards. Lee McCulloch manages to make a clearance. Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Lee Naylor, Unfair challenge on Neil Alexander by Marc-Antoine Fortune results in a free kick. Neil Alexander restarts play with the free kick.
  • 23:45 Corner taken by Lee Naylor from the right by-line, save by Neil Alexander.
  • 23:25 Centre by Robbie Keane, Lee McCulloch manages to make a clearance.
  • 21:21 The ball is delivered by Lee Naylor, David Weir makes a clearance.
  • 20:59 Corner taken by Diomansy Kamara played to the near post, Steven Davis manages to make a clearance.
  • 20:19 Lee Naylor restarts play with the free kick. A cross is delivered by Diomansy Kamara, clearance made by Lee McCulloch.
  • 20:19 Booking Lee McCulloch is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 20:15 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Marc-Antoine Fortune by Lee McCulloch.
  • 18:56 Lee Naylor crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing, clearance made by Lee McCulloch.
  • 18:56 Booking The referee shows Kevin Thomson a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
  • 18:41 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kevin Thomson on Aiden McGeady.
  • 17:59 Maurice Edu gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Landry N'Guemo. Artur Boruc takes the direct free kick.
  • 17:42 The ball is sent over by Steven Davis, clearance by Mark Wilson.
  • 17:06 Foul by Scott Brown on Steven Naismith, free kick awarded. David Weir takes the free kick.
  • 16:06 Kyle Lafferty challenges Andreas Hinkel unfairly and gives away a free kick. Direct free kick taken by Mark Wilson.
  • 13:43 Steven Smith sends in a cross, Darren O'Dea manages to make a clearance.
  • 13:16 Andreas Hinkel challenges Steven Naismith unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kevin Thomson takes the direct free kick.
  • 12:27 Diomansy Kamara is caught offside. Neil Alexander takes the indirect free kick.
  • 10:58 The ball is delivered by Kenny Miller, Shot from close range by Kyle Lafferty misses to the left of the target.
  • 9:39 Steven Davis fouled by Scott Brown, the ref awards a free kick. Neil Alexander restarts play with the free kick.
  • 8:38 Kenny Miller challenges Darren O'Dea unfairly and gives away a free kick. Artur Boruc restarts play with the free kick.
  • 7:28 GOAL - Lee NaylorCeltic 1 - 0 Rangers Lee Naylor finds the net with a goal direct from the free kick from just outside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Celtic 1-0 Rangers.
  • 6:50 Steven Naismith challenges Aiden McGeady unfairly and gives away a free kick.
  • 4:48 Substitution Neil Alexander joins the action as a substitute, replacing Allan McGregor.
  • 1:51 Corner taken left-footed by Lee Naylor.
  • 0:34 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Robbie Keane by Kevin Thomson. Direct free kick taken by Lee Naylor.
  • 0:00 The match begins.

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Scottish Premier results

4 May 2010 23:59 UK


Scottish Premier table snapshot

As it stood on 4 May 2010 23:59 UK

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Rangers 37 54 86
2 Celtic 37 35 78
3 Dundee Utd 36 10 62
4 Motherwell 36 -2 51
5 Hibernian 36 1 50
6 Hearts 36 -10 47
7 St Johnstone 36 -3 46
8 Hamilton 36 -8 45
9 Aberdeen 36 -16 38
10 St Mirren 36 -12 33
11 Kilmarnock 36 -23 29
12 Falkirk 36 -26 29

see also
Old Firm win gives Lennon relief
04 May 10 |  Celtic
Smith challenges Hinkel's claims
04 May 10 |  Rangers
Ellis would offer Smith new deal
04 May 10 |  Rangers


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