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Rangers   0 - 0   Celtic

Rangers v Celtic

Highlights - Rangers 0-0 Celtic

By Clive Lindsay
BBC Scotland

Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor produced a superb penalty save to give the reigning champions a draw with Celtic and keep the title race alive.

Steven Davis was ruled to have fouled Anthony Stokes, but McGregor pushed Georgios Samaras's late spot-kick wide.

The sides kept a lid on a potentially feisty derby during a lively first half that nevertheless produced few chances.

Rangers' Kyle Lafferty flashed a header wide after the break, while McGregor also thwarted Daniel Majstorovic.

And the Scotland goalkeeper's penalty save prevented Celtic securing a victory that would have sent them to the top of the Scottish Premier League by two points with a game in hand.

The build-up to the game had been overshadowed by parcel bombs sent to Celtic manager Neil Lennon and two other prominent fans.

Walter Smith went into his final Old Firm game as Rangers manager hoping to even up the scores with Celtic having won three and lost two of the previous Glasgow derbies this season.

But an even game that ended both sides' five-match winning run concluded with Lennon the happier of the managers as his side will now win the title if they win all five of their remaining fixtures.

Sasa Papac congratulates Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor
McGregor (right) superbly saved a penalty by Georgios Samaras

Smith had returned to the line-up that overcame Celtic in the Co-operative Insurance Cup final, with the exception of McGregor being preferred to Neil Alexander in goal.

That meant Gregg Wylde coming in for Kyle Hutton, but the Celtic midfield provided the bigger pre-match surprise.

Joe Ledley, who was expected to miss out through injury, and Ki Sung-Yueng were preferred to Kris Commons, who scored two goals in midweek against Kilmarnock, and James Forrest.

Samaras, who had caused Rangers problems in earlier encounters, was chosen ahead of Stokes up front.

However, it was Rangers on the front foot in the early stages as Ibrox shuddered in a cauldron of noise produced by both sets of fans, with Wylde and Davis delivering dangerous crosses into a Celtic box nervously patrolled by punch-happy goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

Ledley had claims for a penalty correctly waved away by referee Craig Thomson after running into Steven Whittaker.

Rangers, though, were first to threaten and a Maurice Edu shot deflected a foot wide off Charlie Mulgrew.

The first flashpoint came after 22 minutes, with a spot of mutual shoving from Samaras and David Weir, but a yellow card each calmed what can so often be volatile proceedings.

Scott Brown had Celtic's first effort on goal with a low drive from 20 yards that curled a few yards wide after Mark Wilson dispossessed Davis.

Steven Naismith wildly sliced wide from 12 yards at the other end when found in the clear at the far post by a long Sasa Papac diagonal ball as the first half deteriorated into a midfield war of attrition.

Weir had the first chance of the second half but headed over from 14 yards after climbing well to meet a Davis corner, while Daniel Majstorovic did well to deflect a Naismith drive wide.

Kyle Lafferty squandered a great chance to give Rangers the lead when he beat Mulgrew to a Wylde cross to the front post, but the forward flashed his header just wide.

Celtic responded and a 22-yard Beram Kayal drive flew inches wide then McGregor produced a breathtaking finger-tip save to deflect a close-range Majstorovic header for a corner.

Lafferty flashed a free-kick wide of the far post, while Naismith fired across the face of goal and narrowly past from the edge of the box.

McGregor did well to tip an Emilio Izaguirre chip over the crossbar after the full-back had stepped inside Whittaker.

It looked like Celtic would secure the victory when Thomson pointed to the spot after 83 minutes.

The decision looked harsh, with Davis at most being guilty of obstruction, but McGregor was on hand to save the day for a Rangers side who remain top by a point.

Stokes went down again in the box in the dying seconds under a John Fleck challenge, but this time Thomson booked the substitute for diving.

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Sunday, 24 April 2011

Scottish Premier

Home Team Score Away Team Time
Rangers 0-0 Celtic FT
(HT 0-0)

      Rangers

      • 01 McGregor
      • 03 Weir yellow card
      • 05 Papac yellow card
      • 16 Whittaker
      • 24 Bougherra
      • 39 Wylde (Fleck 73)
      • 07 Edu (Diouf 84)
      • 08 Davis
      • 11 Lafferty
      • 14 Naismith
      • 18 Jelavic

      Substitutes

      • 25 Alexander,
      • 12 Foster,
      • 10 Fleck,
      • 15 Healy,
      • 17 Diouf,
      • 28 Kerkar,
      • 41 Hutton

      Celtic

      • 26 Forster
      • 03 Izaguirre
      • 05 Majstorovic
      • 12 Wilson
      • 21 Mulgrew
      • 08 Brown
      • 16 Ledley (Commons 55)
      • 18 Ki Sung-Yeung
      • 33 Baram Kayal yellow card
      • 09 Samaras yellow card
      • 88 Hooper (Stokes 75 yellow card)

      Substitutes

      • 24 Zaluska,
      • 25 Rogne,
      • 07 Ljungberg,
      • 10 Stokes,
      • 13 Maloney,
      • 15 Commons,
      • 49 Forrest
      Ref: Craig ThomsonAtt: 50,248
      RANGERS
      CELTIC

      Possession

      • Rangers 50%
      • Celtic 50%

      Attempts on target

      • Rangers 4
      • Celtic 9

      Attempts off target

      • Rangers 9
      • Celtic 4

      Corners

      • Rangers 8
      • Celtic 8

      Fouls

      • Rangers 14
      • Celtic 21
      • Final Result
      • Full Time
      • 90:00+3:03 The referee brings the game to a close.
      • 90:00+2:38 A cross is delivered by John Fleck, Charlie Mulgrew makes a clearance.
      • 90:00+2:34 Centre by Steven Naismith, clearance by Sung-Yeung Ki.
      • 90:00+0:57 Free kick awarded for a foul by Charlie Mulgrew on Kyle Lafferty. Strike on goal comes in from El-Hadji Diouf from the free kick.
      • 90:00+0:04 Booking Anthony Stokes is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
      • 88:49 Beram Kayal gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sasa Papac. Direct free kick taken by Sasa Papac.
      • 88:05 Anthony Stokes produces a drilled left-footed shot from 20 yards. Blocked by Steven Whittaker.
      • 87:49 The ball is delivered by Mark Wilson, clearance by Nikica Jelavic.
      • 87:27 Corner taken by Sung-Yeung Ki from the left by-line to the near post, Steven Naismith manages to make a clearance.
      • 87:18 The ball is sent over by Kris Commons, David Weir gets a block in.
      • 86:13 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Steven Naismith by Sung-Yeung Ki. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Davis, Fraser Forster makes a save.
      • 85:04 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Madjid Bougherra by Georgios Samaras. Allan McGregor restarts play with the free kick.
      • 84:43 El-Hadji Diouf challenges Beram Kayal unfairly and gives away a free kick. Daniel Majstorovic takes the direct free kick.
      • 83:51 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Emilio Izaguirre by El-Hadji Diouf. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
      • 83:01 Substitution El-Hadji Diouf comes on in place of Maurice Edu.
      • 82:40 Kris Commons decides to take the corner short.
      • 82:23 A brilliant save by Allan McGregor from penalty by Georgios Samaras. Rangers 0-0 Celtic.
      • 80:54 Penalty awarded for a foul by Steven Davis on Anthony Stokes.
      • 79:58 Nikica Jelavic is ruled offside. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.
      • 78:58 Free kick crossed left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew, clearance made by Madjid Bougherra.
      • 78:58 Booking Sasa Papac shown a yellow card.
      • 78:49 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras by Sasa Papac.
      • 77:51 Shot by Georgios Samaras from outside the area goes high over the crossbar.
      • 76:30 Unfair challenge on Sung-Yeung Ki by Maurice Edu results in a free kick. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the free kick.
      • 75:31 Corner taken left-footed by Kris Commons, free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Majstorovic on Nikica Jelavic. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
      • 75:16 Emilio Izaguirre has a curled shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.
      • 74:15 Substitution Anthony Stokes comes on in place of Gary Hooper.
      • 73:56 Maurice Edu has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 73:21 Gary Hooper delivers the ball, Allan McGregor makes a comfortable save.
      • 72:19 Substitution John Fleck comes on in place of Gregg Wylde.
      • 71:11 Foul by Kyle Lafferty on Scott Brown, free kick awarded. Charlie Mulgrew fires a strike on goal direct from the free kick, comfortable save by Allan McGregor.
      • 70:54 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line to the near post, Sasa Papac manages to make a clearance.
      • 70:29 Outswinging corner taken by Kris Commons from the left by-line, Charlie Mulgrew takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
      • 70:18 Gary Hooper takes a shot. Blocked by David Weir.
      • 69:33 Kyle Lafferty produces a cross, save made by Fraser Forster.
      • 67:46 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Maurice Edu by Gary Hooper. Direct free kick taken by Madjid Bougherra.
      • 67:28 Centre by Emilio Izaguirre, clearance made by David Weir.
      • 66:01 A cross is delivered by Mark Wilson, David Weir makes a clearance.
      • 64:24 Shot from just outside the box by Steven Naismith misses to the left of the goal.
      • 61:01 Strike on goal comes in from Kyle Lafferty from the free kick.
      • 61:01 Booking Beram Kayal receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.
      • 60:53 Beram Kayal concedes a free kick for a foul on Nikica Jelavic.
      • 60:02 Beram Kayal has a drilled shot. Comfortable save by Allan McGregor.
      • 59:28 Maurice Edu concedes a free kick for a foul on Kris Commons. Free kick crossed by Kris Commons, clearance by Gregg Wylde.
      • 58:25 Georgios Samaras gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on David Weir. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
      • 55:40 Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by David Weir.
      • 55:23 Corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew to the near post, clearance by David Weir.
      • 53:29 Sung-Yeung Ki delivers the ball, Daniel Majstorovic takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.
      • 53:29 Substitution Kris Commons comes on in place of Joe Ledley.
      • 53:29 Steven Naismith concedes a free kick for a foul on Joe Ledley.
      • 52:56 Kyle Lafferty is ruled offside. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
      • 52:10 Beram Kayal produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.
      • 51:09 The ball is sent over by Gregg Wylde, Close range headed effort by Kyle Lafferty goes wide of the left-hand post.
      • 50:49 The ball is crossed by Emilio Izaguirre, Allan McGregor makes a comfortable save.
      • 49:22 Steven Whittaker crosses the ball, Charlie Mulgrew makes a clearance.
      • 48:17 Corner taken left-footed by Gregg Wylde, clearance made by Georgios Samaras.
      • 48:05 Steven Naismith takes a shot from 20 yards. Daniel Majstorovic gets a block in.
      • 47:46 Scott Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Madjid Bougherra. Free kick taken by Sasa Papac.
      • 46:40 Outswinging corner taken by Steven Davis, David Weir produces a header from inside the area that goes over the bar.
      • 45:01 The game restarts for the second half.
      • Half Time
      • 45:00+0:21 The ref blows to end the first period.
      • 44:49 Kyle Lafferty is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Indirect free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.
      • 41:55 Foul by Nikica Jelavic on Daniel Majstorovic, free kick awarded. Beram Kayal restarts play with the free kick.
      • 40:36 Scott Brown gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Sasa Papac. Free kick taken by Sasa Papac.
      • 38:32 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis from the left by-line, Headed effort from inside the box by Madjid Bougherra misses to the right of the target.
      • 37:39 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on David Weir by Georgios Samaras. Allan McGregor takes the free kick.
      • 36:35 Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Steven Davis played to the near post, Shot from just outside the box by Gregg Wylde misses to the left of the target.
      • 35:57 Sung-Yeung Ki gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Madjid Bougherra. Gregg Wylde crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from right wing, Georgios Samaras manages to make a clearance.
      • 34:21 Free kick awarded for a foul by Maurice Edu on Emilio Izaguirre. Emilio Izaguirre takes the direct free kick.
      • 32:19 Gary Hooper produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
      • 31:25 Free kick awarded for a foul by Daniel Majstorovic on Nikica Jelavic. Free kick taken by Nikica Jelavic.
      • 27:18 Shot by Steven Naismith from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.
      • 26:53 Steven Davis fouled by Gary Hooper, the ref awards a free kick. Direct free kick taken by David Weir.
      • 26:09 Scott Brown produces a left-footed shot from just outside the box that goes wide left of the target.
      • 25:19 Free kick awarded for a foul by Kyle Lafferty on Scott Brown. Charlie Mulgrew delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from right channel, save by Allan McGregor.
      • 24:33 Free kick awarded for a foul by Gregg Wylde on Scott Brown. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
      • 22:17 The ball is swung over by Kyle Lafferty, save made by Fraser Forster.
      • 21:41 Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
      • 21:41 Booking Caution for David Weir.
      • 21:16 Booking The referee books Georgios Samaras for unsporting behaviour.
      • 21:03 Foul by Georgios Samaras on David Weir, free kick awarded.
      • Correction - 20:20 Emilio Izaguirre sends in a cross, clearance by Madjid Bougherra.
      • 20:20 Emilio Izaguirre produces a cross, Madjid Bougherra manages to make a clearance.
      • 18:30 Steven Whittaker takes a shot from 20 yards. Daniel Majstorovic gets a block in.
      • 17:19 Foul by Beram Kayal on Nikica Jelavic, free kick awarded. Nikica Jelavic has an effort direct from the free kick.
      • 16:14 Inswinging corner taken by Gregg Wylde from the right by-line, save by Fraser Forster.
      • 16:04 Madjid Bougherra sends in a cross, blocked by Emilio Izaguirre.
      • 15:18 Inswinging corner taken by Steven Davis, save by Fraser Forster.
      • 15:03 Gregg Wylde takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Scott Brown.
      • 14:52 Drilled right-footed shot by Maurice Edu. Blocked by Emilio Izaguirre.
      • 14:00 Daniel Majstorovic concedes a free kick for a foul on Kyle Lafferty. Steven Davis restarts play with the free kick.
      • 11:39 A cross is delivered by Emilio Izaguirre, free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Sasa Papac by Gary Hooper. Allan McGregor takes the direct free kick.
      • 10:52 Beram Kayal fouled by Maurice Edu, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.
      • 9:43 Joe Ledley takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Madjid Bougherra gets a block in.
      • 9:11 A cross is delivered by Steven Davis, Fraser Forster makes a save.
      • 7:31 The assistant referee signals for offside against Kyle Lafferty. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
      • 6:13 Beram Kayal crosses the ball, save made by Allan McGregor.
      • 5:48 Sung-Yeung Ki takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line played to the near post, Kyle Lafferty makes a clearance.
      • 5:39 Shot by Emilio Izaguirre. Steven Whittaker gets a block in.
      • 5:14 Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras by Madjid Bougherra. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the direct free kick.
      • 4:36 Sasa Papac sends in a cross, Emilio Izaguirre manages to make a clearance.
      • 3:36 Corner taken by Steven Davis, save made by Fraser Forster.
      • 3:32 Gregg Wylde produces a cross, Emilio Izaguirre manages to make a clearance.
      • 2:22 Georgios Samaras concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Naismith. Madjid Bougherra takes the free kick.
      • 1:14 Kyle Lafferty fouled by Sung-Yeung Ki, the ref awards a free kick. Madjid Bougherra restarts play with the free kick.
      • 0:13 Kyle Lafferty fouled by Charlie Mulgrew, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick crossed left-footed by Gregg Wylde, Sung-Yeung Ki manages to make a clearance.
      • 0:00 The game kicks-off.

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