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Rangers took an enormous step towards its first top-tier title in a decade after Steven Gerrard’s crew beat Glasgow rival Celtic 1-0, with the Old Firm derby performed precisely 50 years because the Ibrox catastrophe.
- Associated Press Glasgow
- Last Updated: January 02, 2021, 23:07 IST
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Rangers took an enormous step towards its first top-tier title in a decade after Steven Gerrard’s crew beat Glasgow rival Celtic 1-Zero on Saturday, with the Old Firm derby performed precisely 50 years because the Ibrox catastrophe. A story of two McGregors got here collectively to increase the Light Blues lead on the high of Scotland’s Premiership division to 19 factors. The end result positioned Neil Lennon’s future as Celtic boss in recent doubt.
It may need been a distinct story had Gers keeper Allan McGregor not pulled off three world-class saves, together with good finger-tipping Leigh Griffiths strike onto the publish.
Celtic was unable to capitalize on a dominant first half. The guests left themselves weak to a sucker punch and so it proved after the break. Callum McGregor put the ball into his personal web simply seven minutes after Nir Bitton had been despatched off.
Lennon’s crew nonetheless has three video games in hand and two Old Firm video games through which to claw themselves again into the title race but it surely appears more and more doubtless this will probably be Rangers yr.
There was a short offended alternate between Lennon and the Rangers bench after Alfredo Morelos planted his studs onto Jeremie Frimpong’s foot.
Rangers obtained an enormous serving to hand on 63 minutes when Bitton obtained his marching orders after tugging again Morelos because the Colombian appeared set to dart onto a cross in behind.
The remaining whistle introduced a firework show from jubilant Rangers followers exterior the bottom and a snarl from Lennon as he got here face to face with Gers technical coach Tom Culshaw earlier than being led down the tunnel.
Gerrard had urged Rangers followers to remain away on Saturday because the membership marked the 50th anniversary of the Ibrox catastrophe.
The coronavirus pandemic noticed Gers chiefs planning a scaled-back tribute to recollect the 66 followers who misplaced their lives in a crush on Jan. 2, 1971.