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.

Issue 7 of CQN Magazine is out now! Go to the dedicated magazine site here to read it properly (which you’ll not be able to do below).

Thanks to everyone who has bought a hard copies of the magazine, it looks like the sold out sign will go up again.  Order your copy for delivery by clicking on the link below for news and views from Celtic supporters.

Pay by card or Paypal.

Ship to:

Click Here for Comments >

About Author

  1. Pages:
  2. 1
  3. ...
  4. 19
  5. 20
  6. 21
  7. 22
  8. 23
  9. 24
  10. 25
  11. ...
  12. 30

  1. Murray will get the usual “He got all the main decisions right” and a 8/10 mark in the rags!!

  2. JimmyQuinnsBits on

    Avon Barksdale on 25 March, 2012 at 22:44



    Mags has been postin on here since I was a young, lithe, athletic, and (if I say so myself), buxom boy.



    She’s the queen of the nightshift… and a mighty fine poster

  3. Ladies and gentleman, did any of you hear tanner today at 3rd goal, rangers are champions lol lol lol lol.



    Lads today proved that they are all Hun lovers.



    Bhoycott away clubs and bankrupt them all, only way forward and if we dont we will regret it.

  4. CultsBhoy loves being 1st on

    even allowing for Ref decisions…I thought Huns were more ‘up for it’..



    We also fielded Cha and Ki – both not suited to OF football.Cha arguably not suited to football of any type involving Celtic.



    We blew it today imo. We should have gone there and totally poned them, rendering even the best efforts of MIBs pointless. We didn’t.

  5. Fortunes Favour Mibbes on




    Was most bizarre to see him being handed the MOM bottle of champers.



    He knew it as much of the rest of us…..it was a tainted bottle.



    Brother Callum chugged it down many hours ago and is now spending the rest of the night hiding in a cupboard at the biggest but most cleverly disguised masonic lodge in Govan, until rationale overcomes his fear of oor Lenny, who is takin no prisoners from this debacle.

  6. MayoD



    Like yourself I never dreamt of betting us today, I did have a bet on more than 2.5 goals, not much but enough to cover the weekends other losses.



    For someone who has banged on for long enough about the oo, and how they and their goaty brothers control what happens in scotland, I actually feel so feckin stupid that I even considered that they may be for changing

  7. CultsBhoy loves being 1st on 25 March, 2012 at 22:11 said:



    fair comment, but if we are going to give captaincy to anybody else it will have to be a new signing of some quality.



    to my mind we don’t have a more driven determined player in our team than brown and kayal and i think he is still to young to be our captain

  8. Casesar67



    “Close, but the referee just gets it right,” is the 2012 version of “honest mistake”.



    Stewart Regan tweeted the above regarding the penalty Celtic should have got at the league cup final.



    You cannot reconcile, “Close, but the referee just gets it right,” with a yellow card for a striker hypothetically trying to win a penalty. What does that mean? That he almost succeeded in winning the penalty but the ref just managed to rumble him in the end?



    They are making it up as they go along. They always have. Get them gone.



    If we never have to play at Ibrox again, if we never have to play Rangers anywhere again I will not miss them. Not for a second.

  9. Fortunes Favour Mibbes on




    Goaty brothers :)))



    A bizarre bunch indeed who are unlikely to change any century soon.

  10. Margaret McGill on

    The commentator mentioned today that Celtic have won the league twice at Ibrokes but never again. Lets hope he is right!

  11. celtic40me on 25 March, 2012 at 22:45 said:



    I see what you’re saying. Victor should have rolled around like a greetin wee wean that’s dropped his ice-cream so giving the ref adequate time to forget what had just happened. Except the card was out so quick he must have had his hand in his pocket before the challenge went in – and he’d have booked Victor for simulation before showing the straight red.




  12. Cults, I don’t normally bother, but …



    “both not suited to OF football …”



    Holy Mother of God.



    “OF football …” ça n’existe pas.

  13. it is worth remembering that we will win this league even though we have lost our two best players from last season to severe injury and one to poor form



    we have a young team that will get better and we have the potential to improve with much opportunity to improve the squad



    compare and contrast that to the ageing goveners who need to cut their wage bill by 10 million a year just to say alive and that before anything else happens

  14. Fortunes Favour Mibbes on




    If we are lucky and this whole stinkin mess is exposed for what it is…



    It would be interestin to see the hun staff do a barefooted penance walk from CB all the way to the top of Croagh Patrick, where the man himself can re-enact his historic moment.




  15. jude2005 is Neil Lennon \o/ on

    I know 2 Tims who work beside Murray at Sky in Bathgate or Livingstone canny mind. Need to get them to wind him up!!

  16. If Ah wur King..






    It is a Given.. that .. Celtic ur in Thur.. ” Spluttering, tae Decieve.. “Mode,at this Time







    Being Cognizant o’ that… Inelucable, Obvioiety…



    Ah Propose.. and Because Ah am King..



    Propound,as weel..






    Lenny, should Pit oot Celtic’s Full Under Nineteen Squad.


    in oor Next Game.



    Noo.. those Kids are.. No…. in Thur…


    “Spluttering Tae Deceive” Mode.



    oan the Contrary.. they Young Guns are in thur..



    “We are oot tae gie Ye a Big Bashin'” Mode!






    It wid Behoove Lenny.. tae Drap his Present Team of Nambies and Pambies.. and



    Bring oan the Kids..



    Heck.. the wey we are playing the Noo..



    The Kids couldnae dae any Worser.






    Of course, Ah am right.. Ah always Am!





    Still Laughin’ like Heck.

  17. CultsBhoy loves being 1st on 25 March, 2012 at 22:51 said:



    Don’t you feel though that if we came out ‘up for it’ that this would somehow make the referee honest? Neil spoke to the ref at half-time – didn’t swear, didn’t shout, didn’t point – and ended up where?




  18. At least by not winning the league today there were no riots, something I was actually very afraid for the fans going to the game, we saw today what the huns are like.



    And also I thought Kris Commons played very well when he came on, should see him start the vast majority of games in the next few weeks once league is wrapped up, hopefully that will kick start him for next season. Also Izzaguirre looked very good in some stages, along with Broony and Sammy. Not too disappointed by the defeat, league will be one before the split, either by us collecting the four points required in the next two games (which I’m sure we will, if not the maximum 6) or the huns dropping points in their two tough games.



    Glasgow Celtic Champions!!!!




  19. did Provan really say on their 2nd goal



    “wallace nearly onside”?



    even if he didnt and i’ve had 1 Coors light too many



    why should all Celtic players not get involved or “needlessly get involved”?



    Alouko chases Brown and squares up to him – according to the baul Davy Brown should walk away and not get needlessly involved – Aloku squares up but its Browns fault



    i actually think i hate provan too

  20. Celtic_First on 25 March, 2012 at 22:53 said:,



    Just tweeted something similar. If I had my way we would never play this vile institution ever again.



    Árd Macha

  21. We as Celtic fans are key to what happens to Newco.



    Stay strong and remember boycott is our most powerful weapon.



    If we dont do it we will regret it.

  22. FFM



    It’s getting to the stage, for me that I am no longer caring, we can’t win, today proved that, it was as blatent as it comes, what is the point.



    Jock said we have to be better than the rest as to take the referees out of the equation, why should it be like that ?



    This has been going on for ever, playing against 14 men each week, why should we put up with it.


    I would rather not bother, it’s no doing my stress levels any good.



    It reminds me of when they were wining their tainted 0iar, and the meja were harping on about how thew lack of quality in scotland prevented them from progressing in europe.


    They never progressed in europe cos of honest referees.

  23. Cultsbhoy






    I strongly recommend that you lose it from your lexicon. It does not exist.

  24. JimmyQuinnsBits on




    its an ineluctable fact, that my wife, is always… right



    an she is in the habit of disagreeing with me, and – she tells me – with you



    Therefore, as logic goes, you cannae always be right, otherwise



    you’d have tae tell her… and let me help you here… you. will. not.




  25. Fortunes Favour Mibbes on

    antrimkev @ 23:03



    he also said that Murray had done his best to keep his cards in his pocket for the whole game. The English co-commentator was quick to mention the two reds straight away out of sheer embarassment.

  26. I realise many will put their usual positive spin on events but here’s where my disappointment stems from.



    Firstly, last week saw us blow the chance of a treble. It may not be a big deal to some but the chance to win one does not come along very often. This season we had an excellent chance and blew it. Hopefully we will have another very soon but prior to last Sunday I was hopeful the manager could emulate a couple of his predecessors. On top of that, the chance to win one as a manager as well as a player was lost.



    Secondly, results conspired to give us the chance to win the title at Ibrox. For some it may not be a big deal. Some people referred to today’s game as meaningless. In the context of where the title is going, that is true but the chance to win the title at Ibrox does not come along very often.In fact, every couple of generations would appear to be the case and with the current format,the league try to avoid the likelihood of it happening so today may have been a once in a lifetime opportunity for us all to see it happen. If some of you are not on a downer that it didn’t happen then lucky you.



    It’s not quite up there with losing in Seville(and for those who wax lyrical about that event, we did actually lose) as I think that is as close as I am likely to get to seeing Celtic winning a European trophy but it’s still a bummer.



    Over the next couple of weeks we will cross the line to win the league and hopefully a cup to follow but we could have had so much more.



    Their slow death is a joy but we lost the chance to torture them one more time before their heart stops beating. I would have enjoyed that. I would have enjoyed it so much I think I’ll apply for a job as the guy who pulls the switch on the electric chair!

  27. Ard Macha



    We may have to play the awful institution one more time, although this is not certain. It will be worth it if we win 7 (Samaras, Hooper, Stokes, Commons, Brozek, Wanyama, Forster)-1 (Brown, og, deliberate). But failing that, God spare us from the sight of them. Ever again. Ever.

  28. Glendalystonsils likes a mr whippy with his lime green jelly on

    Alex Salmond, Kenny McKaskill, Chick Young, Ned, Jabba, Dallas,Peat and many others too obnoxious to mention, your boys did you proud today. Brother Murray, take a bow. Brother Collum, learn from the master

  1. Pages:
  2. 1
  3. ...
  4. 19
  5. 20
  6. 21
  7. 22
  8. 23
  9. 24
  10. 25
  11. ...
  12. 30