Rangers 3-2 Celtic


Celtic will have to keep the Champagne on ice for a while longer after failing to collect the three points required to win the league at Ibrox this afternoon.  The champions-elect looked nervous early on with few looking comfortable in possession, allowing Rangers significant periods of possession.  After only 10 minutes Rangers were ahead when Sone Aluko beat Thomas Rogne before cutting inside Charlie Mulgrew and firing a shot past Forster in the Celtic goal.

Celtic scarcely featured as an attacking threat in the first half but moments after going behind Georgios Samaras produced one of the most scintillating pieces of skill on the day.  The Greek international collected the ball 70 yards from goal, beat four opponents before his shot from 12 yards was saved by Alan McGregor.  Anthony Stokes mishit the rebound allowing McGregor to tip over.

Stokes forced a further save from McGregor with a fine volley after controlling on his chest but the game was soon to look ominous for Celtic.  Cha Du-Ri was caught wrong side of Lee Wallace and made the slighted touch on the Rangers player who went to ground two yards outside the penalty area.  Referee Calum Murray sent Cha off despite the covering attendance of Charlie Mulgrew.

Despite their numerical advantage Rangers seemed content to prevent Celtic scoring, Fraster Forster didn’t make a single save while Celtic were numerically on level terms or only a single man down.  Ten minutes after the break Victor Wanyama was red carded for a two footed tackle on Steven Whittaker.

Lee McCulloch was fortunate to remain on the field after elbowing Scott Brown on the head.  In a carbon copy of the incident which ended Beram Kayal’s season in December, McCulloch went to ground after the incident until attended by a physio, which perhaps tempered the referee’s response.  Clever, if predictable.

With things clearly not going their way Celtic then lost an offside goal.  Celtic had an opportunity to make an attempt on goal when they won a free kick 28 yards out.  With Charlie Mulgrew still running into position Scott Brown played a quick pass to Kris Commons but Celtic players were crowded out by a number of opponents and lost possession.  Rangers broke forward and applied pressure which brought the best out of Fraser Forster but Andrew Little put Rangers two ahead from what was clearly an offside position.

A further breakaway on the 77th minute resulted in Lee Wallace putting Rangers three goals ahead.

Despite being two goals down substitute Kris Commons started to dictate play and brought Celtic their best period of possession.  In the 89th minute Georgios Samaras broke through the Rangers defence but was scythed to the ground by Bocanegra.  The referee awarded a penalty and ordered the Rangers player off.  Scott Brown scored the penalty

Moments later Commons got the better of Whittaker on Celtic’s left before being brought down by the Rangers player.  Commons found Thomas Rogne with the resultant free kick which the defender powered home.

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  1. Watch whittaker’s reaction after the tackle by Victor, and you can clearly see he is expecting to be pulled up by the ref for going over the top

  2. HT, I think that’s sometimes what you get with young players and don”t forget that’s what we are. Witness Rory McIlroy last year and how he moved on,we’ve a whole team barely more than his average his age. We’ll come good big style very soon.


    They’ve no where to go.



    Let’s Stick Together – Bryan Ferry

  3. antrimkev on 25 March, 2012 at 22:11


    philcool on 25 March, 2012 at 22:10



    Cheers guys.


    No i didn’t know about Windsor Park, loaded dice every season.


    When i found out a few years back that linfield were 2nd to the huns, i just thought 2 bigoted countries with the 2 bigoted teams winning league after league.


    I knew the cheating and corruption that goes on over here to help the huns and just thought it must be the same with linfield.


    I realise the money every season gives them a massive advantage but is it to the extent that no ‘honest mistakes’ are needed, or do they still need refereeing preformances like todays to help them over the line.



  4. WWC



    Funny how we all see the same incident differently :>)



    Personally I am happy to believe what my Mrs saw, and that was the hun tried to break Vic’s leg, it was as deliberate as I type this post, but I agree Vic gave the hun ref the oportunity to send him off, it would never have resulted in a hun sending off, that’s my gripe.






    We obviously see things through green tinted specs, unlike the hun ref who is sponsered by specsaver if I’m not mistaken sees things through what his orange masters decree.



    In my green tinted outlook I honestly thought that the cheats with the whistles and flags had turned a corner and were jumping on the bandwagon of fairness, what a feckin plonker to think that, they last few weeks have been but a blip, today they resorted to type.



    I firmly believe this is the way it will always be, for me then, I would rather we didn’t play their corrupt game.



    Leave them all to steep in their own crap, we would be all the better for it, we are Celtic and we are honest.

  5. Margaret McGill on

    hamiltontim on 25 March, 2012 at 22:23 said:



    kegs doon and bent over..no really…yerself?

  6. I’m not psychic, so why did I have areally bad feeling about what was going to happen after 10 minutes last week and today? Why do we inevitably start so slowly almost every game? We never seem to be mentally up for the big games, (ICT and Ross County last season, and the last 2 weeks).


    We were cheated today by Murray and his linesmen. If we are not ready to start against Hearts at Hampden ( where we have been dreadful 3 of the last 4 games), the MIB will have the opportunity to influence the game the way they did today.


    I am so tired of our sideways passing like a crab – apart from Commons, we do not have a midfield player who consistently passes forward.


    Many on this estimable blog forecast an easy win against Kilmarnock. Still others were forecasting ludicrous scores today. (0-3, 1-7 etc). Now we are dismissing St. Johnstone, who have lost fewer away league games than us and fewer away goals than us.


    Today could have been magic. Once again, it’s a huge disappointment. At least, it wasn’t a total humiliation. At 3-0, I feared the worst. The sooner these scum are liquidated, the better I’ll feel.

  7. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    Ive just watched the vic “tackle” 20 plus times. The wrong man got sent off!!!!!

  8. Just watched the BBC highlights. Pretty much confirms my thoughts from watching the game in the pub.



    Sone Aluko good goal – Rogne should have prevented it though.



    Cha sending off. The ball had been played ahead of Wallace and both he and Cha were running onto it. Wallace hadn’t yet touched the ball nor was he close to touching it when he went down – I would have thought you would need to be within kicking distance of a ball to be able to be having a goal scoring opportunity. My first thoughts at the time were that Wallace was going to get booked for diving.



    Wanyama red-card? It looks to me that Whittaker knows he’s not getting the ball so stamps on Victor’s leg. Wanyama has both feet on the ground, clearly takes the ball although his studs are showing. Should have been red-card for Whittaker too.



    At the second goal there is an absolutely clear off-side in the lead up play (not discussed in the studio). Sadly, it is not incomprehensible why the offside is not given.



    Two major events not shown by the highlights are the McCulloch assault on Brown and there was an incident (from memory) where Whittaker pulled down Ledley in the box at a corner or free-kick.



    I cannot criticise our players and management when these decisions have rendered any gameplan or ability to judge their performance redundant.



    In the words of the Scotland manager ‘there is no point in us turning up’.




  9. ArranmoreBhoyLXV11 on

    HH.. Night all… Onward to greater things.. This is our destiny as Celtic supporters.. Along the road we will be tested.. We will be abused. We will be cheated and lied to..



    However we will stay strong together .. We move on now. We will claim our title and it will be a joyous day..



    In addition , there will be a day of reckoning ahead for the tax dodging , bitter ones..



    Celtic family.. Sleep well and remember,


    being a Celtic supporter wherever you are , means you waken every day, good looking , kind of heart and following the greatest football team on this planet..



    That’s good enough for me..




  10. Celtic wur too Flat, right fae the Start…in today’s Confrono Supreemo!



    Flat! Flat! Flat!



    That is the Trewth ,the whole Trewth..and Nothing But the Trewth.. so help me, Godot!



    We are in a Deep Slump.. and..



    Ah am waiting, as anxiously..like an expectant Daddy.. tae find oot if it wull Continue..


    agin.. the St. Johnnies.



    We are awfully Peely Wally aboot the Wings.. and that is no a guid sign..



    Fur, if ye dinna Get the Crosses in.. how kin ye expect tae


    Distoib the enemy defenders?



    We need tae get Much Mair Ba’s Flighted intae the Box.. and we jist. Urnae getting those.



    We missed.. Forrest.. he is Aff the Bile.. Ah know..



    But even.. inasmuch as he is a wee Bit Tepid,the Noo..



    He still kin… Change the Game..wi’ wan o’ his Dartin’ Runs.



    Ah am a great believer in ..


    “Dartin’ Runs”.. and it is no often we get wan..



    Although, in today’s Game.. we did..



    Sammi, Took wan o’ his Teraveeves…. and almost..


    Darted his wey intae Blazin’ Glory!



    Tough luck, ma Son.. Tough Cheese~


    Ye nearly did it!



    Yep.. Ah wonder if we wull emerge fae the Doldrums.. and


    Gie collie a Chance tae wag his tail.. wance Mair?



    It his bin a Long, Long time.. since collie his hid a chance tae


    waggle his Beafter!



    Come oan Celtic




    Snap oota it!






    Stilll Laughin’

  11. Margaret McGill on

    JimmyQuinnsBits on 25 March, 2012 at 22:34 said:



    yer right! sorry! I just goaty get over myself!

  12. midfield maestro on

    Josef K & Prestonpans



    Both of you seem to have a wee thing for eyeing up the talent at ipox, me thinks…

  13. West Wales Celt on



    Don’t think we’re far apart.


    The point is Vic could get sent off for the challenge. In that context he will get sent off…

  14. Fortunes Favour Mibbes on

    philcool @ 21:56



    Never believe a word the chubby funster says!! :)) Every word he says is a lie to conceal his rationality disorder.



    Josef K



    Demand a refund from the royal tax dodgers. Sounds like the bellies of the peepil were projecting too far onto the pitch and obscuring the view of many tax paying Tims. Possibly part of a cunning plan to alllow Brother Callum to conduct his evil sorcery unchallenged. That would explain why he was looking 2 stone lighter for this weekend, but actually weighed in heavier due to brown envelopes and fat wads of unpaid taxes which were in the way of his yellow card pocket.

  15. leftclicktic on 25 March, 2012 at 20:22 said:



    Sorry dude, had to go out and only noticed your comments when i scrolled back.


    Thanks for that I think I will try and do as you say.



    Seems to be a lot of sniping on here tonight. Chill guys n girls.



    I might actually buy a rag tomorrow to see their objective reporting, haha!


    My guess is that C Murray will get MOM and Fat Sal manager of the month.



    Countdown to liquidisation has now started!




  16. JimmyQuinnsBits on




    ah now yer goin all huffy oan me… yev been lookin for a barney aw night… yer aimin at the wrong target

  17. A tale of two decisions



    Cha was on the wrong side to make a challenge a tactical mistake rather than breaking a rule, at no time did Wallace have control of the ball, he was running onto a forward pass, Fletcher in the BBC studio says as soon as Lee feels Chas contact on his arm he goes down, apparently by the letter of the law? Cha deserves his red card and Rankers get a free kick



    Lets get the Law now to consider the Stokes penalty


    A sliding tackle is not in itself foul play, however there are a number of fouls that commonly occur during the execution of a sliding tackle.


    Examples of such fouls punishable by a direct free kick or penalty kick include:


    When a player tackles an opponent to gain possession of the ball, making contact with the opponent before touching the ball; Slide tackles from behind or with both legs extended have now been outlawed due to the injury and danger to other players that it causes. These tackles generally earn the player who commits them a straight red card, even if the ball is won cleanly and the tackle is not technically a foul.



    Stokes has possession of the ball he as he bears down on goal


    Kilmarnock player makes a slide tackle from behind, a tackle which is against the law.


    Kilmarnock player makes a sliding tackle in which he makes no contact with the ball, again its against the law


    Kilmarnock player makes contact with Stokes, who goes down after the contact, a penalty kick and a red card for the Kilmarnock player.



    Why wasnt the letter of the law applied evenly

  18. prestonpans bhoys on

    midfield maestro on 25 March, 2012 at 22:36 said:


    yur right smashing bird off BF5 to the left with orange top, pity she wiz a hun:)

  19. THE EXILED TIM & others


    When asked last night in the pubs in Castlebar “how much should I put on Celtic”, I told them don’t back Celtic they will not be allowed to win the title at Ibrox.




    I wasn’t wrong.

  20. Jinky's A Legend on

    We ARE a young team, but we need to start learning bloody quickly and that includes management. This is the second Sunday in a row that I feel like shit

  21. Foreign refs or a foreign league one of these routes is our future that’s what we should be saying to the other 10 hun suckers.


    Anything else and we’re accepting the status quo which i couldn’t accept as it’s a hun pantomime.

  22. Margaret McGill on

    JimmyQuinnsBits on 25 March, 2012 at 22:39 said:



    No worries mate! Just disgusted with what I saw today. 3-2 w/9 men I think Celtic would have won it today if the game had been played fairly. The truth of the matter was the result had been decided before kick off from a bunch of ascendant huns that Celtic supporters FUND!

  23. Avon Barksdale on

    Margaret McGill – How many more times do we need to see your “wacky” cynical posts where everybody’s wrong except you ? Most Celtic fans are hurting and want to see positives, even when it’s not easy – like today. Why not go on to some “bears” sites where they’d love your anti – Celtic slant.

  24. Paul67



    Pretty good summing up from where I was sat. I felt like I was the only person in the ground who saw mcculloch elbow broonie. The one player who I was hoping would lose his livelihood in the cull so he wasnt able to end another footballers career before his came to an end. The quintessential hun who will be remembered by nobody






    I can’t see much of a difference between victor and whitaker and McCullough and kayal One is apparently a full blooded challenge between two committed players he other is a two footed lunge that could have caused injury. Hold on…..

  25. I remembered why I dont usually listen to these phone in shows today when I was driving back from the game and radio scotland show was on….A guy Gerry challenged the ‘experts’ and was not for backing down….the wee guy Young who was hosting was really getting agitated and the some pathetic woman called Ann from Cambusland or Rutherglen came on, claiming to be a Celtic fan and having a go at Lennon, saying she would not be sure we would win the league……if anyone knows this female please tell her she is a bigger disgrace to our club than Biggens, Mo Johnston or even Michael Kelly…..a shocking woman…..or maybe a hurting rangers fan at the wind up…..

  26. Elbows is the biggest shoite bag and plastic hardman I have ever seen. It would have been worth getting sent off for giving him a bit of his own medicine today. He has ended the season for one of our team and tried it with another today. As for bigf Vic’s tackle, he won the ball with no danger to Whittaker who was should have been booked all day long but much like the shame game Murray simply bottled it.



    We need out of this league !




  27. Margaret McGill on

    Avon Barksdale on 25 March, 2012 at 22:44 said:



    Avon yer barking up the wrong tree !

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