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By Colin Moffat
1450: I'll sign off now. Thanks for your company. It wasn't a classic Old Firm encounter but we got four goals, a few tasty tackles and one big talking point with the penalty award. Remember, you can see highlights of the game online from midnight.
1446: Well, that was a strange old match. It started like a runaway train, with a terrible foul on Sasa Papac by Anthony Stokes and Steven Whittaker cracking the post with a shot. A ragged first half then closed with Celtic getting their noses in front thanks to Gary Hooper. However, Rangers controlled the second half and took advantage of some slack defending, and that penalty decision, to take maximum points. The visitors were better organised and played with more cohesion than Celtic, who simply fell apart.
1442: Much of the post-match talk on the radio and in messageboard land is of Kirk Broadfoot's 'simulation' to win the penalty for Rangers' third goal. Just to enrage Celtic further, referee Willie Collum appeared to have his back to the incident.
"Walter Smith's masterplan worked once again. I knew as soon as we went a goal down there would only be one winner." A triumphant Johnny Edgar, via text on 80295.
From JocktheBear On My Sport:
"I see all the conspiracy theorists are out already, take it on the chin for once, Rangers were, by far, the better team."
1434: Full-time: Celtic 1-3 Rangers Rangers make it nine league wins in a row at the home of their fiercest rivals to open up a three point lead at the top of the league.
1433: Rangers are looking very strong and the likelier side to grab another goal. It's been a rip-roaring comeback from Walter Smith's side - not for the first time this season. That's four SPL games in a row that have been won after losing the first goal.
1432: We're getting two minutes of extra time.
1430: Frustrated Celtic forward Georgios Samaras makes a shocking challenge from behind on Steven Naismith and is perhaps lucky just to get a yellow card. James Beattie is on for Rangers, with Kyle Lafferty going off.
"Oh well, at least we can take some comfort that the referee was brave enough to make the wrong decision. And stick to it." says Alan, Penicuik, via text on 80295.
1425: Allan McGregor gets his fingertips to a fine Joe Ledley shot from the edge of the penalty area. There are a few home fans heading for the exits now.
1424: Rangers pass up a great opportunity to add to their lead as Kyle Lafferty fails to pick out Steven Davis with a drilled pass across goal. The visitors outnumbered the home team on that swift counter-attack.
1422:Madjid Bougherra picks up a caution for a barge on Georgios Samaras. The resulting free-kick from Ki is expertly plucked pout of the air by Allan McGregor.
1420: Two-goal hero Kenny Miller makes way for tricky winger Vladimir Weiss. The speedy little Slovak could be a real danger on the counter-attack.
1418: Daniel Majstorovic has a blast at goal as the ball lands at his feet following a corner but the ball is blocked by a man in blue.
"Why didn't the 4th official change that decision? Oh, he can't, its Rangers." says an exasperated John in Aberdeen, via text on 80295.
1414: Rangers custodian Allan McGregor makes an excellent diving save to push away a curling free-kick from Ki.
1413: A promising Celtic attack fizzles out with Efrain Juarez slicing a shot high and wide of the target.
1411: Anthony Stokes has had a poor game and the Celtic striker is replaced by winger Pat McCourt. Can the home side mount a comeback in the final 20 minutes or so?
That was a very soft penalty! Kirk Broadfoot threw himself to the turf after the merest contact with Daniel Majstorovic and Kenny Miller slams the spot-kick high into the net, via the inside of the post.
1408: GOAL! Celtic 1-3 Rangers (Miller)
1407: PENALTY TO RANGERS
1404: Loovens and Majstorovic look rattled in the centre of Celtic's defence. The towering Swede bares some resemblance to Marlon Brando's Colonel Kurtz, with a terrifying wild-eyed stare.
1401: Another minor flashpoint as players exchange a few pushes and shoves right in front of referee Willie Collum. The whistler takes time to calm things down but keeps his yellow card in his pocket.
Maurice Edu surges forward to set up a Rangers attack and Celtic defender Daniel Majstorovic can only loop the ball up in the air for Kenny Miller to crack home a fantastic volley from 15 yards.
1357: GOAL! Celtic 1-2 Rangers (Miller)
1355: Steven Naismith is clipped by Ki and reacts angrily to the challenge, pushing his opponent. It's only the Celtic man that gets booked, with Naismith escaping with a stern ticking off for his petulance.
1354: Rangers captain David Weir is lucky to get away with a handball in the middle of his own half before Madjid Bougherra stops Georgios Samaras in his tracks with a thundering tackle.
It's all square at Celtic Park. Steven Davis whips in a great free-kick, Kyle Lafferty diverts the ball against the chest of Glenn Loovens and the Celtic defender can do nothing to prevent it from creeping over the line.
1350: GOAL! Celtic 1-1 Rangers (Loovens o.g)
1346: The second half is underway. Rangers have replaced Sasa Papac with Kirk Broadfoot. That will be a straight swap at left-back.
1344: A quick warning for Celtic fans. Rangers have trailed in their last three league games and gone on to win.
1340: Also part of the BBC Radio Scotland commentary team, Murdo MacLeod, believes Anthony Stokes was lucky to avoid a straight red card for his late tackle on Sasa Papac inside the first minute.
1338:BBC Radio Scotland pundit Gordon Smith, a former Gers ace, thinks his old team should replace Lee McCulloch with Kirk Broadfoot and push Steven Whittaker into midfield. He reckons McCulloch is "walking a tightrope" to avoid a second yellow card.
1335: Newcastle pair Andy Carroll and Kevin Nolan are watching from the main stand at Celtic Park. The big striker was whooping it up when the goal went in, while the Magpies midfielder looked a little non-plussed.
1330: Half-time: Celtic 1-0 Rangers The home fans are in fine voice as they celebrate Gary Hooper's goal. It had been pretty poor fare before the little striker found the net. Let's hope for better after the interval.
With the first half drawing to a close, Celtic win four corners in quick succession, the last of which finds Gary Hooper all alone at the back post. The Celtic striker controls with his chest and lashes the ball home from inside the six yard box.
1329: GOAL! Celtic 1-0 Rangers (Hooper)
1326: After an enterprising run, Steven Whittaker sets up Lee McCulloch for a shot at goal but the Scotland midfielder can't keep his effort down.
1324: It's a beautiful sunny day, with just the merest hint of a zephyr of wind. Perfect conditions for football. It's just a pity this game has been played in such a 'headless chicken' manner, so far.
1321: Celtic forward Gary Hooper flashes a header across the face of Allan McGregor's goal but none of his team-mates can react quickly enough.
1319: Lee McCulloch, already on a yellow card, escapes further punishment for bringing down Georgios Samaras. Allan McGregor gets down smartly to smother the resulting free kick from Ki Sung-Yueng.
1317: Rangers centre-back Madjid Bougherra finds himself on the edge of the Celtic penalty box but makes a mess of his attempted chip.
1315: Allan McGregor is backpedalling as he watches a long-range drive from Celtic defender Emilio Izaguirre sail over his crossbar.
1313: Steven Davis turns neatyly to fire in a shot from the angle of the penalty area but, once again, the Rangers midfielder's effort flies straight into the arms of Fraser Forster.
1311: Rangers captain David Weir makes a vital block to prevent Efrain Juarez getting a shot away in a congested penalty area.
From maroon1 On My Sport:
"Don't want to tempt fate but the ref looks like he knows what he's doing here, the players are well hyped up but he's keeping them in check"
1307: Efrain Juarez tries his luck with a dipping volley from 20 yards but the ball balloons harmlessly over Allan McGregor's crossbar. The Rangers keeper is yet to get his gloves dirty.
1305: Willie Collum has a pretty 'lived-in' face for a 31-year-old. This game might just age the callow referee further.
1303: The game has calmed down to a mere frenzy. Neither side can keep hold of the ball for long, with tackles flying in and a lot of mis-placed passes.
1259: Kyle Lafferty is caught out trying to usher the ball to safety, with Mark Wilson nipping in to win it but the Celtic full-back's cross is cleared by Rangers captain David Weir, who looks as unperturbed as ever.
1258: We're not going to see Maloney again. Celtic bring on Mexican midfielder Efrain Juarez.
1256: Celtic skipper Shaun Maloney leaves the pitch with a badly swollen eye. He's off up the tunnel to receive some medical attention.
1255: The stats just keep coming... The winners of the first Old Firm derby of the season have gone on to win the title in six of the last 10 campaigns.
1252: Steven Naismith takes a dramatic tumble on the edge of the Celtic penalty box but his appeals are waved away by the referee.
"My prediction is 3-2 to Rangers. That's red cards not goals!" Ross, Perth, via text on 80295.
1250: Fraser Forster gets right behind a 20-yard strike from Rangers midfielder Steven Davis to make a comfortable save.
1248: It's 1-1 on bookings as Rangers' Lee McCulloch goes into the referee's book for hacking down Emilio Izaguirre. It looks like it could be a busy day for whistler Willie Collum.
1247: Rangers full-back Steven Whittaker cracks the base of the post with a raking drive and Steven Naismith's follow-up effort is blocked.
1245: Ouch! We have our first yellow card inside the first minute as Celtic striker Anthony Stokes takes Sasa Papac out with a crude sliding challenge.
1244: We're off a wee bit early. Referee Willie Collum is obviously keen to get his first Old Firm game started. Hold on to your hats!
1243: Who chooses the mascots at Celtic Park? Today's lucky lad is towering above diminutive skipper Shaun Maloney!
1242: Not long to go now. The teams are in the tunnel and the stadium is bouncing...
1240: Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist has fond memories of Old Firm games, having netted a record 17 league goals against Celtic. Hoops coach Alan Thompson holds a less impressive record, as the only player to be sent off three times in the Glasgow derby.
1236: "Everyone in the world knows that Celtic v Rangers is a beautiful derby," Uefa president Michel Platini is a guest at Celtic Park and takes time for a few words with BBC Radio Scotland. It's the Frenchman's first Old Firm experience too.
1233: Fraser Forster, Emilio Izaguirre, Daniel Majstorovic, Joe Ledley, Anothony Stokes and Gary Hooper are all getting their first taste of this fixture. Every Rangers player in the starting XI has some experience of the derby.
1230: Tempers have been known to flare on these occasions, so let's keep it to Queensberry rules over in MySport/606 world. No gouging, grappling, biting, headbutting, fish-hooking or hitting below the belt. Well, we might let a few sneaky below the belt remarks slide...
1226: Referee Willie Collum is taking charge of an Old Firm match for the first time. Let's hope the 31-year-old school teacher is not at the centre of our attention come full time.
From Fog-Dog On My Sport:
"Both teams will fancy their own chances, but it's who keeps the head and takes the chances that come their way who will prevail! A team going down to 10 men is not an option!"
From heezamrchief On My Sport:
"This game will be interesting, Neil Lennon clearly has a fantastic league record since taking over. But he has lost every game that has genuinely meant anything..."
1218: "We want to get all our attacking options on the pitch. We can change the formation if we need to. Rangers are playing with a lot of confidence. They've got a good spine to their team. We're going to have to be patient. When the chances come, can we be clinical? It might have to go to the 92nd minute." Celtic manager Neil Lennon talks to BBC Radio Scotland's pitch-side reporter Chick Young.
"How Neil Lennon can't find a place in the team for Juarez is really surprising. He's just sheer quality. He'll live to regret that decision." John, Arbroath, via text on 80295.
1212: "Celtic have started the season really well. They're playing with a lot of confidence but so are we. Both sides are playing really, really good football. You don't get too many boring Old Firm games. I'm full of confidence about our team. We're just thrilled about how we're playing just now." Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist tells BBC Radio Scotland.
1210: Walter Smith has a fine record in these famous clashes. The Rangers manager, who is stepping down at the end of the season, has won 26, drawn 11 and lost 12. He has been up against seven different Celtic bosses - Liam Brady, Lou Macari, Tommy Burns, Wim Jansen, Gordon Strachan, Tony Mowbray and Neil Lennon.
1208: Neil Lennon played in 33 Old Firm games, winning 18, losing 10 and drawing five. Of course, the Celtic boss is defending a couple of 100% records of his own. He won his only encounter with Rangers as a manager - 2-1 in May. In fact, he has done nothing but win in the league since replacing Tony Mowbray in the dugout, having taken maximum points from 16 successive games.
1205:Teams news: Celtic are unchanged from the side that won 2-1 at Dundee United last Sunday, while Lee McCulloch and Kyle Lafferty return for Rangers. Vladimir Weiss and Richard Foster are the men dropping out from the starting XI that drew with Valencia on Wednesday.
1202: Both Celtic and Rangers boast 100% records in the SPL, with eight wins from eight, so something has to give.
1200: Are you ready to leave the rational world behind and enter the realm of the Old Firm? Anything can happen over the next couple of hours. Just don't say 'it's only a game'. This is sport at its borderline-lunatic best.
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