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Strachan praises Celtic recovery

Celtic Manager Gordon Strachan
Strachan was impressed with his side's comeback at Celtic Park

Celtic manager Gordon Strachan was full of admiration for his side after they came from behind to defeat Rangers.

The 3-2 victory was Celtic's second in 11 days over their Old Firm rivals and keeps them in the title race, putting them five points ahead of Rangers.

"After scoring the first goal it kind of spooked us," Strachan said.

"We sat a bit too deep but sorted it out in the second half and it worked well for us. When we played I thought we made some excellent chances."

David Weir and Daniel Cousin headed Rangers in front at Celtic Park but Scott McDonald added to his fourth-minute goal just before half-time.

And Barry Robson blasted home a 70th-minute winner from the spot after Kirk Broadfoot had hauled down McDonald.

Celtic have three matches fewer to play than Rangers.

"Rangers are physically a big, big side and they have good deliveries. They were two good deliveries and great headers, although we think we could do better," Strachan continued.

The Celtic boss is hopeful the injury that forced captain Stephen McManus off midway through the second half is not too serious.

"It's more of a tightness rather than that instant stab in the calf you get sometimes," he said.

see also
Celtic 3-2 Rangers
27 Apr 08 |  Scottish Premier
Old Firm photo gallery
27 Apr 08 |  Scotland
Celtic 3-2 Rangers as it happened
27 Apr 08 |  Scottish Premier
BBC pundits on the Old Firm
27 Apr 08 |  Scottish Premier
SPL title race on a knife edge
27 Apr 08 |  Scottish Premier
Smith rues sloppy Gers defending
27 Apr 08 |  Rangers

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