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. Tarrant



    The number of the controversial decision caused mess in my head. I mixed all up. That made me look here like Collum on the pitch. You were right. Time calls me up.

  2. Fortunes Favour Mibbes on

    TheOriginalSadiesBhoy @ 23:42



    Nice one :)) They won’t miss it anyway – most of that list will be chewing on succulent undercooked lamb for the duration of Karma 2012..

  3. I remember the t-shirts about the St Patricks Day massacre, we beat a huns team in the SC QF 2-0 and they had 3 English players sent off (Hurlcok Walters and Hateley); the following week NTV gave out red cards before the game and we got to wave them at (I think) Huistra, in a 3-0 league win.



    Two great nights in the pub.



    Of course Motherwell horsed us out in the semis and we came whateverth in the league.



    The huns don;t even have the chance of being horsed ootae the cup.



    I’ve had worse days.



    And as I’ll say to ym hun comrades tomw, I’ve had more painful shites.

  4. Auld Neil Lennon heid on

    hehuddlehound on 25 March, 2012 at 23:38 said:




    Is it true that without audited accounts which are then subsequently accepted by an AGM, that not only can r@angers not play in Europe next year but they shouldn’t be granted license to play in the Scotland either?


    If that’s so, then the only way they can play next season is if they phoenix and come straight back, no?




    The rules say the licence (to play in Scotland) MAY be withdrawn if certain criteria are not met. I could elaborate but not right now. Timing not quite right.

  5. Z’bish



    your honesty immediately makes you better than Collum or Murray or any other ref in Scotland.

  6. MayoD



    We can’t force the change, or we would have done it before now.



    We can force them to change the rules, but we can’t take the hun out of the hearts of the referees, that is our problem, we can’t do it.



    I have read about what is happening in other countries and see that a levelplaying field is the goal, last week Barca refused to attend a meeting cos they are pissed that Real are still the beneficiaries of all the decisions, when will our club grow a pair and do something similar.



    I honestly thought when I heard the words … Those days are gone…I was stupid enough to believe them, the club are still willing to bend over and get shafted I’m afraid.



    Where are they ?, why are they not looking after the supporters ? who, without us there would be no Celtic, unfortunatly I can’t attend these days but I contribute to the coffers re merchandising, and have the right to say my piece.



    I am also scunnered, we have allowed this to get to the hights it’s at, it’s time for the club to do what we pay them to do, forget the hun, they are irrelivent, this is about the integrity of the game.

  7. Margaret McGill on 25 March, 2012 at 23:51 said:


    Actually looks like Celtic really miss Kayal.



    Geezo, how many flags and whistles can one man operate?





  9. Auld Neil Lennon heid on

    setting free the bears on 25 March, 2012 at 23:44 said:



    Yup. Said the same thing earlier in response to another post. Both will provide that creative spark that has been lacking of late.



    Commons was awful v Aberdeen as I recall but he looked well in charge of the ball today and crafty as well. Suckered Whittaker into a foul in a dangerous area for example, then delivered a cracking cross.

  10. Looking back on some of the posts from earlier on this thread, this one wee bit from JQB mad me laugh to no end, and that my friends is what makes us Celtic supporters.



    JimmyQuinnsBits on 25 March, 2012 at 16:47 said:



    Am off t the pub, wen i see them, am goin to smile. They slapped my face today, but when the leagues won, am gonnie kick them in the baws




  11. theweegreenman on 25 March, 2012 at 23:56 said:


    CaltonTongues on 25 March, 2012 at 23:49 said:



    Sorry mate, what do you mean?





    Read and look at the history of the years I previously posted.

  12. Fortunes Favour Mibbes on

    Lenny, AT and Dolph are trying to establish the mathematical equation on all this as we speak.



    How to allow for the various effects of MIBerry.



    Due to the randomness of established well-honed cheating hunnery, it is indeed more complex than rocket science.



    e=mc2 is just the first line. The bottom line is the big hoose must stay open.

  13. Margaret McGill, Kayal is a huge miss. He is our best midfielder at breaking up opposition play even better than Vic or Broonie. He shuts down the space in a clever way. He is the most intelligent of our midfielders as well.

  14. timbhoy2 you are indeed entitled to your opinion.


    However, when you attack the team and manager I’m entitled to put my viewpoint across.


    Like the use of caps, are you ANGRY?




  15. tommytwiststommyturns on

    SFTB – as you were at the game you wouldn’t have seen my post prior to ko where I disagreed with the team selection, particularly the two full-backs, but said that we had to trust Lenny.


    Neil and his backroom team see these players all week at Lennoxtown and Barrowfield and should have a good idea about the best starting eleven. If Izzy was deemed worthy of a place on the bench, then he should have started as he’s our best left-back.



    Adam Matthews is young and has a lot to learn about the defensive aspects of his role, but he should have started at RB today. I don’t even know why Cha merits a squad place, never mind a starting slot. A poor journeyman, who will hopefully be going on a journey quite soon!



    Ki is a perennial disappointment for me, he flatters to deceive when given time & space to show off his range of passing, but he’s playing in the wrong country if he expects those commodities!


    JF has been really poor recently, but would probably have started today if fit.



    Commons and Izzy were two of our three best players from last season (Kayal the other) and look as if they are ready to contribute, somewhat belatedly to this campaign. Commons has hardly been given a chance to shine and something was clearly amiss with Izzy on his return from long-term injury.



    The manager has to take his share of the blame for today and last week…he’s only human after all.




  16. TheOriginalSadiesBhoy on

    Fortunes Favour Mibbes on 25 March, 2012 at 23:50 said:



    Thanks for that. I get really angry when the danders up:-)



    What the whole true blue nation don’t seem to realise is that today was an irrelevance, that they are an irrelevance, we can hear the death rattle in their throat as they croake their last few breaths. Next season, they will be no more. They will be naught but a pernicious stench that too will finally fade. They will fondly remember their world record of tainted trophies, their four stars and an asterisk that they proudly wore on their jerseys but their history will be a bygone thing. No more will their Glasgow Rangers FC be able to play against the famous Glasgow Celtic. Their memory will fade and die.

  17. timbhoy2


    See when you post comments like this –



    so its only neil lennon thats hurting ,no i dont think so im hurting more than him .his problem is his ego ,and its time he came down a peg or 2 ,hurting i your right im hurting just like last week .so dont come on here and say he is hurting ,




    I will jump down your throat! Less of your pish!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!



  18. CultsBhoy loves being 1st on

    some idiot Celtic fans signing daft songs today..don’t understand why we would concede any of the moral high ground..


    tommytwiststommyturns on 26 March, 2012 at 00:03 said:



    Izaguirre’s and Commons’ performance was a silver lining today.

  20. imbhoy2 on 25 March, 2012 at 23:26 said:



    so its only neil lennon thats hurting etc.,etc., etc., etc., etc., etc., etc.,




    What is your problem? Really. In modern psychobabble you are one seriously conflicted imbhoy.

  21. i hope celtic are going to make an appeal on both sending offs….could have a strong case with chas,,,all murray has to say is that he didnt feel inTIMidated then hees sure to get off…..didnt watch the game had a sneaky feeling all would not be well,sometimes you say to yourself whats the point…if thems are allowed to stay in this league im just going to call it a day..been SB holder since MON era…looking forward to winning league at CP roll on roll on……

  22. Ah hiv the sure Fire Cure, fur that horrible Feeling o’ “DOON IN THE DUMPS”…..which we awe hiv experienced after Watchin’ the G.A. win that Game ,the Day.


    A Game of which…



    Ah canny quite Mak up Ma Mind..


    As tae whether..



    Ah jis Watched … A Muggin’.. A Smash and Grab…. A Highway Robbery.. or.. a Criminal Act, under Color of Authority!!…Right afore Ma eyes at Ibrox,the Day!



    Ah leave it tae ma reader tae Pick the Wan which they wid Fancy!






    Be that as it May.. and .. Unaccustomed, as Ah am. Tae Public Speaking..



    Ah am Soon,wance mair.. Revived and Restored tae Ma Normal


    Guid Spirits…


    when Ah tak a Shufti at the Scoattish Premier League Table..!



    A Rare and Most Refreshing sight!





    Not wan thing his Changed.as tae Who wull WIn The League!



    Yep.. Today’s defeat ..is . MEANINGLESS.. it disnae Change Wan thing!



    Celtic, wull Win the League.. which means


    it wull Pit…



    Lotsa Euro Gold intae Oor Piggy Bank..







    Finishing second.. and Being in Administration , tae Boot..






    NO… pit…



    NAE… Euro Gold Intae the G.A.s. Piggy Bank!




    Like Ah always say..



    Every thing,biles doon tae



    Eethur.. tae…



    Hivin Money..or . No Hivin it!






    We hiv Goat it.. and wull soon get .. Mair..






    the G.A…. HIVNAE GOAT IT.. and Wull NO . Get any Mair!






    Sure, Ah am Right.



    Ah always Am!






    Still Laughin’

  23. BIG-CUP-WINNERS on 26 March, 2012 at 00:08 said:



    Art of War



    BDC ?




    Excuse my ignorance……….BDC?




  24. Fortunes Favour Mibbes on




    Bigger job on hand now as the shoot has just hit the fan re the SFA’s reprimanding of Lenny, which he stirred up today, for all the right reasons imo, with an overdue and excellently scathing & eloquent attack on the weirdo crowd.



    I think we’re taking the fight to them now.

  25. Hiv tae Vamoose..


    Good Night Scotland


    Good Night Ireland


    Good Night Wales


    Good Night England


    Good Night Canada


    Good Night New Zealand


    Good Night Australia






    Good Night.. Patty and Jackie.. ye know who ye ur!

  26. Fortunes Favour Mibbes on




    It’s amazing how eloquently we can all express our anger in words while they use violence on wives, TVs and lone polismen to do it ! :)) I liked that paragraph a lot.

  27. CultsBhoy loves being 1st on




    Correct- disappointed, deeply annoying but this defeat is meaningless.



    Celtic had 1 objective this season and that is already acieved.



    That is why I would not have conceded any ground on the moral front. Lenny should have laughed at MIB behaviours today, the fans should have sung Championees all game…



    My post match comments, had I been Lennon would have been


    ” I find it funny the way officials see decisions sometime, but regardless we have won the league’



    We must not sacrice 1″ to these people.