Ryan Jack seals first Rangers win over Celtic since top flight return
The Old Firm derby takes place on Saturday and might already be Celtic’s final chance to make a real fight of retaining their Scottish Premiership title.
Steven Gerrard’s Rangers side have not lost in the league or in Europe this season, with just five goals conceded in 21 matches – and they have a 16-point lead at the top heading into this fixture. Even factoring in Celtic’s three games in hand, a gap of 19 would surely be insurmountable if the Gers claim the spoils today – but if it’s Neil Lennon’s side who triumph, the gap could be down to just four if they also win their games in hand.
Celtic have won nine titles in a row and are three behind Rangers’ all-time record of 54 championships, but no club has ever won 10 straight titles – and Gerrard’s team are doing their best to ensure that remains the case after 2020/21 comes to a close. Follow all the latest updates below.
86’ – Rangers 1-0 Celtic
Time ticking down and Celtic have had no response since going down to 10 and falling behind. Tough afternoon for them.
CEL sub: Rogic on for McGregor
Karl Matchett2 January 2021 14:16
82’ – Rangers 1-0 Celtic
Duffy gives the ball away on the edge of his own box and Kent immediately drives toward goal, but his eventual shot is blocked. A really poor clearance from the sub at the back. Brown then fouls Barisic and the free-kick is worked to Itten, but his effort goes over the bar.
Karl Matchett2 January 2021 14:11
78’ – Rangers 1-0 Celtic
Bad tackle from Duffy on Kent. Yellow card comes out. Morelos and Brown predictably clash in the ensuing melee and the Rangers man is also carded. Callum McGregor is also booked.
RAN sub: Morelos off, Itten on.
Karl Matchett2 January 2021 14:08
74’ – Rangers 1-0 Celtic
Elyounoussi knees one down and half-volleys over the keeper – but also just over the bar. Good hit, almost an equaliser.
CEL subs: Brown on for Christie, Soro off and replaced by Abd Elhamed.
Karl Matchett2 January 2021 14:03
GOAL! 69’ – Rangers 1-0 Celtic
And the home side lead! A corner is swung in near post, Aribo attacks it and gets a slight touch – but it’s captain McGregor who inadvertently diverts it into his own goal to open the scoring. Huge in the title race.
Karl Matchett2 January 2021 14:00
68’ – Rangers 0-0 Celtic
Changes for Neil Lennon in response to that red card. Can Celtic still push on for the win they need? Tavernier gets forward for about the first time all game and is fouled – free-kick chance for Barisic…and it’s deflected just wide of the top corner.
CEL subs: Elyounoussi and Duffy for Turnbull and Griffiths
Karl Matchett2 January 2021 13:58
RED CARD! 64’ – Rangers 0-0 Celtic
Out of nothing! A simple ball down the right wing sees Morelos spin in behind Bitton and dart toward the penalty box on the angle, the defender hauls him down and it’s a straight red! That could change everything.
Karl Matchett2 January 2021 13:53
60’ – Rangers 0-0 Celtic
Over an hour played now and no shots on target for the home team. Morelos’ effort there would have been, but it was blocked so doesn’t count. Aribo takes out Edouard for another foul.
Karl Matchett2 January 2021 13:51
56’ – Rangers 0-0 Celtic
Morelos spins on the edge of the box and tries to shoot left-footed, but Ajer makes a huge block and celebrates as if he has just scored. Celtic must win really, so asking them to score twice against a team who have conceded only five all season would be a massive ask.
Karl Matchett2 January 2021 13:46
52’ – Rangers 0-0 Celtic
The home side still lacking a spark. The game still lacking a red card compared to usual meetings. Both a consequence of no fans in the ground?
Karl Matchett2 January 2021 13:43