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. Is Mise Neil Lennon on

    No Bobby Does It Petta on 25 March, 2012 at 17:17 said:


    Players let the club down.


    Lennon let the club down.



    Shouldn’t you just be celebrating your team’s win?

  2. Forster and Samaras were the only two players who turned up. For the second week in a row we lost to a team who wanted it more than us. The referee was probably correct in all three red cards but its what he missed/allowed to go unpunished that should come under scrutiny.

  3. philvisreturns on

    truth4767 – Yes, well done.



    12-man Rangers managed to beat 9-man Celtic by a goal.



    You enjoy your bankruptcy and the last hurrah at Ibrox today, and we’ll enjoy our title win and bowlfuls of jelly and ice cream. (thumbsup)

  4. I am trying to understand Neil’s sending off.


    He has words with referee ……. polite or otherwise.


    Ten minutes later he is told that he is not to go to dug out.



    Why the delay in telling him?


    Who told him?


    Why was he not allowed into stand as has always been the case with other mangers?


    Who told him that he could not go to the stand?


    Did the police play any part in these incidents?


    Why did the referee not speak with Neil after the game as requested by match delegate?


    Did Calum Murray feel threatened by him?

  5. ibleedgreenandwhite1 on

    Mick on 25 March, 2012 at 17:08 said:


    Talking about referees!



    When the Sky cameras panned into the crowd to highlight watty did anyone else see the ex ref sitting behind him? can’t remember his name.



    Looks like Neil is going to have another meeting with the ftSFA committee,once for telling Gollum that he’s a crap ref and now murray that he’s a cheat!



    Jim Mc Cluskey



    hail hail

  6. A Son of Dan



    Because we have the look of a team that is running out of steam. We will still win it- but given that Motherwell will no doubt do their usual next Saturday it’ll be a fortnight till all is done



    And I am not being disloyal or defeatist when I say this. I think it is a shame that we are not going to win the Treble and did not claim the title at first time of asking.



    H x 2

  7. paulsatim is neil lennon on 25 March, 2012 at 17:13 said:


    Agent Craig “Green and” Whyte!! on 25 March, 2012 at 17:04 said:



    5live commented that Neil did not go into the stand to watch the game, “he is not the most popular man in Glasgow” they sniggered.



    No comment as to why this should be so. All banter.



    Comments that police would be happy with a draw to prevent violence in the streets. Police happy as long as no Celtic win.



    Roddy Forsythe rattling on about domestic violence after these games. No facts. Anyway I am sure Mrs Hun is a safer woman tonight.



    Once again three Players sent off and Celtic manager.


    What time is the summit this week Mr. Salmond.

  8. Seems there’s a fair few rangers fans unwilling to fly under their own true colours.



    It’s almost as if they are ashamed of their club.



    Why could that be?



    Smile at every miserabilist you see today.



    Celtic FC have never let me down



    Neil Lennon has never let me down



    The fans at Ibrox never let me down.



    There are a few fans on here who “bottle” their Celtic Spirit after a defeat.



    But they cannot bring me down.



    It’s great to be a Tim in these miraculous times

  9. SFTB



    interesting that the comment makes no metion of the MIB involvement



    i suppose they consider themselves entitkled to such assistance

  10. Probably wise but still regretful that Neil didn’t or cannot sit amongst them.



    There would be a few A-Team afficienados in that main stand.

  11. Ordinary Bhoy on

    Every time i go to us v them my dream is always to c us have a dvd game…6-2, 5-1. If i was at a game when we were 3-0 v 9 men i would be beelin if we never made the most of this. Ha ha ha.


    I was there and loved it. Fhans were superb, as always. Win some you lose some. thats football. We were guff. Ref didney help.




  12. There’s some ammount of glory hunters on here today, funny how they all come out of the woodwork when we don’t win, they take what the msm say as a given, and have the neck to call themselfs Celtic supporters.



    The officials controled the game today, the agenda was set before a ball was kicked.



    Personally I would rather we played in any other league than this corrupt one, infact, I would rather we gave in our notice and see where that takes us.



    If they decide to accept it, fair enough, we don’t need to be cheated on a weekly basis.

  13. Steinreignedsupreme on 25 March, 2012 at 16:58 said:


    jmccormick on 25 March, 2012 at 16:37:



    “I respect your opinion, don`t agree with it. I felt let down, our manager allowed himself to become a “story” again, our ackling was inept. We would have demanded red cards for those challenges, Sammi, FF and Brown can all say they gave their all, and the support were magnificent. the rest?”



    I repeat, Celtic never let me down … And I am sure the overwhelming majority of our supporters feel the same way as I do. I am proud of Celtic – champions elect after giving the Huns a 15-point start.



    If Celtic never let you down, I am happy for you, perhaps I am just feeling a wee bit down after watching the game, and last Sunday as well. I cannot feel anything but let down, we are better than Kilie and that lot. As for the 15 point lead we “gave ” them I was a bit pissed off aboutt that as well, we started level back in August.



    And with all due respect I don’t know how you can state that Neil Lennon has ‘allowed himself to become a “story” again’.



    Lenny has been demonised by the Scottish media since he arrived at our club – surely you must have caught on by now that he doesn’t have to do anything to become the story?


    Just heard his interview on RS, he sound reasonable and articulate in that ,so if he has been “Dougied” again I stand shoulder to shoulder with him. I state the fact that he will be the story, I do not say that it is all his fault, he is clever enough to know that they are waiting for him to react, he does sometimes take the bait.


    I appreciate your comments even the “all due respect” bollocks,


    Hail! Hail!

  14. Patrick McGuire* ‏ @paddimir


    we can moan about the appalling refereeing but at the end of the day, the record books will just show the result: Rangers 0-3 Celtic

  15. TJ, neither! It’s easy for NL to say he was polite and respectful, and it’d be easy for Murray to say otherwise. I don’t know. Point being, as I said earlier, leave all that until the game is won. At half time with 10 men and a goal down, stick to making our players play better rather than taking the time to tell the ref how bad at his job he is.



    He shouldn’t have given Murray the chance to send him to the stands.

  16. philvisreturns on

    iki – He has words with referee ……. polite or otherwise.


    Ten minutes later he is told that he is not to go to dug out.



    Calum Murray is a sleekit wee fart of a man, and he couldn’t look Neil Lennon in the eye. (thumbsup)

  17. Fortunes Favour Mibbes on

    iki @ 17:19



    Lenny has done well to keep his opinions to himself in the past year after this fine wee country taught him the lesson that honesty is a punishable offence.



    His coherent but scathing criticisms post-match say a lot.



    We have current context in our favour.



    Time for the Club to go for the jugular now the SFA have marked out their (re)current position.

  18. Steinreignedsupreme on

    truth4767 on 25 March, 2012 at 17:08:



    “Rangers in Administration Reserves 3 Celtic 2”



    Rangers don’t have a reserve team – they can’t afford one. Discuss.



    “You have just been beaten by one of the worst Rangers team in years.”



    We gave you a 15-point start, what more do you want?



    Any kind of a future I suppose. Enjoy your night, you club will be liquidated in the coming weeks while we are still celebrating the title.

  19. ibleedgreenandwhite1



    Thanks for that! Jim bloody McCluskey.



    It must my be my memory but I couldn’t put a name to that face…I wonder if we should have a file on Gollum,Murray,etc

  20. Is Mise Neil Lennon on

    setting free the bears on 25 March, 2012 at 17:21 said:


    Seems there’s a fair few rangers fans unwilling to fly under their own true colours.





  21. Fortunes Favour Mibbes on

    googybhoy @ 17:21



    Anyway I am sure Mrs Hun is a safer woman tonight.





    Only if she doesn’t lose the TV remote.

  22. jimbo67



    “And I am not being disloyal or defeatist when I say this. I think it is a shame that we are not going to win the Treble and did not claim the title at first time of asking. ”



    How about petulant? Or impatient? Who promised you that our team would win everything without setbacks? Can you really not wait till next week? It’s just deferred gratification. Most children over the age of 3 learn the concept easily enough.

  23. Celtic did not let me down



    and our Manager



    Certainly did not let me down.



    All you need to know about this horrible cess pit of a country when Lenny cannot sit in the main stand.

  24. Westim,



    That logic is not far removed from the “he brings it on himsef discourse”



    Our manager had every right to question the ref at half time. He was directing a a WWF match. Why was the decision made to send him to the stand 15 minutes after the conversation? There is another Dougie Dougie here. But still, people like yourself rush to judgement on the greatest living Celt.



    Maybe you would prefer a dishonest, sneaky, artificial manager who waits at the corner of the tunnel to shake hands with the opposition in a pathetic PR move?




  25. JimmyQuinnsBits on




    Cheered me up



    Truce47, who doesn’t get the phrase; pissin against the wind



    Stoopid stoopid hun

  26. ibleedgreenandwhite1 on

    Mick on 25 March, 2012 at 17:25 said:





    Thanks for that! Jim bloody McCluskey.



    It must my be my memory but I couldn’t put a name to that face…I wonder if we should have a file on Gollum,Murray,etc




    No probs m8!



    Hail hail

  27. Cha not a red


    Vic not a red


    Elbows assault on brown.


    Whittaker over ball and vic gets red.


    Wallace a yard off at second.


    Sami kicked frombehind on at least 3 occasions.


    And, to top it off, our manager can’t watchgame from stand for his own safety.


    We will be champions and we’ll be champions on merit regardless what anyone says. And I can’t wait til NL lifts the trophy and sickens all the bigoted, small minded ‘peeple’ of scotland.

  28. A poor start to the game from us but we were denied the chance to get back into it by the performance of the referee. Difficult to know what might have happened with 11 v 11, but i do know we will be champions. That makes the pill that wee bit less bitter. Let them have their hollow victory, they will wake up tomorrow and will be a day closer to liquidation. We will be a day closer to being champions.

  29. Kayal33 on 25 March, 2012 at 17:19 said



    So you think Cha should have been sent off ?

  30. Awe_Naw_No_Annoni_Oan_Anaw_Noo on

    The difference in the length of time it took Calum Murray to decide the red card decisions tells you all you need to know.



    The SFA WWF sideshow finale ?



    The SFA will only be dismantled as we know it if we keep up the onslaught against them. We must keep up this pressure regardless.



    I wonder if Neil has some information that is incendiary. Today was punishment for us especially Neil after his criminal comments last week.



    I wonder if we will hear the name Steven Craven this week.



    Both Collum and Murray have been primed and pruned for both games.



    The second goal was offside.



    The third a criminal waste of a free kick from our knobbled captain. 9 men on the pitch and he elects to take a quick free kick a few yards from their box.



    We need far more experience in this side and it shows badly. We are poor in the air. Toothless in Midfield without Kayal and poor coming out with the ball especially with a 5 man Midfield. Keep losing possession and making poor onfield decisions as well as of of it.



    We have done well and have came a long way but we have a long long way to go if we want to make a genuine fist of the Europa league never mind Champions league.



    The only experienced players we have is Cha and Dan …both not got it imho.



    We need to trade this summer well. I would not be adverse to selling anyone who wants to leave and replacing them with a proven experienced player.




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