Sunday April 29, 2012 Day 35 Finished Celtic Park

Celtic 3 - 0 Rangers

  • Mulgrew 17’
  • Commons 31’
  • Hooper 53’

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  1. Celtic cruise to Old Firm triumph

    Celtic cruise to Old Firm triumph

    Celtic heaped more misery on their Glasgow neighbours Rangers, barely breaking a sweat on their way to a 3-0 SPL victory at Celtic Park. More

  • Live Commentary

    Time:90'
    • Celtic
    • Rangers
    • 90+3' FULL TIME. An extremely comfortable 3-0 victory for Celtic. Rangers defended terribly throughout while the home side took their chances clinically.
    • 90+2' Kerkar thinks he's scored but he's ruled offside.
    • 90+2' Wallace's shot from distance is blocked.
    • 90+1' Two added minutes to play as Aluko skins three down the right but it comes to nothing.
    • 90' Brown jumps in on Kerkar and earns himself a booking.
    • 89' Tony Watt replaces Hooper.
    • 89' A poor cross from Stokes who was in an excellent position down the right.
    • 88' Izaguirre deserves a goal for his performance today but his attempted chip is optimistic to say the best.
    • 87' Good tackle from Bartley as Izaguirre tries to beat him for pace.
    • 86' Again Rangers' final pass goes astray as they reach a promising position. Whittaker to blame this time.
    • 85' Another change for Celtic. The excellent Commons leaves to be replaced by Paddy McCourt.
    • 84' Lovely play from Commons to evade three Rangers players.
    • 83' A decent effort from Aluko is pushed over by Forster.
    • 83' McCulloch is fouled. That'll be a Rangers free-kick about 30 yards from goal.
    • 82' The ineffectual Samaras makes way for Anthony Stokes.
    • 81' Loovens conquers his bloody nose and returns to the fray.
    • 80' The big centre-half looks a little confused, and seems to have most of a pack of tissues up his nose to stem the bleeding.
    • 79' Glenn Loovens is down after a clash of heads.
    • 78' Rangers deal with a long throw in their box and set out on the counter attack.
    • 77' Lovely football from Celtic comes to an end as Wallace takes the ball from Matthews.
    • 76' Aluko wants a free-kick as Rangers attack but the referee is unmoved.
    • 75' Booking number two as Bartley clatters into Izaguirre.
    • 74' Kerkar is immediately involved, shooting over from close range. That's as close as they've come in this second half.
    • 73' Commons breaks free of the Rangers defence but just can't reach the through ball.
    • 72' Salim Kerkar comes on for Andrew Little. Rangers need a spark from somewhere, can he provide it?
    • 71' Samaras dummies to no one and Rangers attempt another attack.
    • 70' Looks like Calum Murray is determined not to send anyone off today. Just one booking so far.
    • 69' Thwack! Kyle Bartley launches himself into Samaras but no booking.
    • 68' Neither team seem overly keen to attack at the moment. Not much passion on display from Rangers.
    • 67' Aluko miraculously recovers and we're under way again.
    • 66' The ball is knocked out after Aluko goes down under Brown's challenge. Looks like he caught him with an elbow.
    • 65' Rangers are on the attack but they can't get the final ball right.
    • 64' Celtic are strolling here, happy to play keep ball at the back
    • 63' Better from Rangers as Ness puts his foot on the ball but the attack fizzles out.
    • 62' Rangers are struggling to string three passes together as Aluko's long ball flies out of play.
    • 61' Izaguirre robs Jamie Ness but shoots for the near post instead of squaring the ball.
    • 60' Izaguirre's cross is cleared for a Celtic corner.
    • 59' Hooper's bullying the Rangers defence as Celtic attack again.
    • 58' Jamie Ness enters in place of McCabe who was at fault for the third goal.
    • 57' McCulloch puts the ball over after a rare Rangers attack.
    • 56' Chance for Samaras who shoots high and wide.
    • 55' Commons robbed the ball from McCabe in midfield and gave it to Samaras who slid it though to Hooper and he drove it high into the net. That looks like game over.
    • 54' GOAL! 3-0 Celtic. Hooper thumps the ball past McGregor to make it three.
    • 53' What a strike! What a save! Ledley volleys from the edge of the box but McGregor is equal to it, tipping it over for a corner.
    • 52' Commons drifts a free-kick in from the right and Bocanegra clears.
    • 51' Peach of a cross from Izaguirre flies across the Rangers six-yard box.
    • 50' Rangers build slowly from the back but with no real sense of purpose.
    • 49' Strong stuff from Brown in midfield. He's out-muscled Rangers in there today.
    • 48' No changes from either side during the break. Rangers will have to improve considerably if they want to get anything from this game.
    • 47' Forster flaps at a cross from Edu. He's lucky the ball drops to a Celtic defender.
    • 46' KICK OFF!
    • 45+1' HALF TIME. Celtic are 2-0 up and cruising thanks to some terrible Rangers defending.
    • 45' Rangers will be grateful to hear the half-time whistle. A minute to be added on.
    • 44' Things will have to change for Rangers in the second half. Celtic have attacked at will down the flanks in this first period.
    • 43' McCulloch feeds Little on the left but Celtic defend the cross well.
    • 42' The game's hit a bit of a lull as Celtic look happy to contain Rangers for the moment.
    • 41' Rangers try to get Aluko into the game. The livewire forward has been very quiet this afternoon.
    • 40' No expression from McCoist on the bench but he can't be happy with the way this first half is going.
    • 39' Wanyama forces a good save out of McGregor.
    • 38' Little is the latest to escape a booking for an iffy-looking challenge.
    • 37' Finally some possession for Rangers.
    • 36' Ledley gets ahead of his marker but heads over from the corner.
    • 36' Commons is running the show here. His backheel releases Izaguirre yet again. Another corner.
    • 35' Rangers just can't deal with their opponents here. The home side are stroking it about beautifully. Izaguirre's cross goes out for a corner.
    • 34' Samaras gets into a great crossing position but there's too much on the delivery. Rangers are really hanging on now.
    • 33' You get the feeling Rangers need to hit back soon here. They've offered very little so far.
    • 32' Lovely finish by Commons, who dinked the ball over the on-rushing McGregor. He should never have had that much space though. Poor defending again from Rangers.
    • 31' GOAL 2-0 Celtic. Kris Commons doubles the lead.
    • 31' Samaras has a chance to run at the Rangers defence but falls over. Sums up his day so far.
    • 30' Izaguirre with another testing cross, headed over by Ledley.
    • 29' Great ball from Izaguirre across the Rangers defence is cleared for a corner.
    • 28' Amazingly Mulgrew is unmarked again from another Commons corner but he can't control his shot and it flies wide.
    • 27' Celtic are causing problems every time they get their full-backs forward. Both Matthews and Izaguirre look up for it.
    • 26' Scott Brown's lucky to get away with a strong challenge on Edu. From the free-kick Whittaker volleys over from McCulloch's knockdown.
    • 25' Rangers are not showing too much here as they look to get back into the game.
    • 24' All square in the possession stakes thus far.
    • 23' Another Rangers free-kick. Sone Aluko swings it in from the right and McCulloch heads over at the near post. Tough chance.
    • 22' Dear oh dear, a hopeless free-kick from Rhys McCabe goes straight into the wall.
    • 21' Maurice Edu is scythed down on the left edge of the box. Good chance for Rangers.
    • 20' The home fans are really enjoying this, taunting their rivals in the stands.
    • 19' Wallace goes in the book after kicking Commons up in the air. That looked painful.
    • 18' Appalling defending from Rangers for the goal, Mulgrew was in acres of space as the ball came in.
    • 17' GOAL! 1-0 Celtic. Charlie Mulgrew heads Kris Commons' corner past Allan McGregor.
    • 16' Steven Whittaker feeds Andrew Little inside the box but his shot is comfortably saved by Fraser Forster. Should have done better.
    • 15' A blocked shot comes from Sone Aluko's corner leading to another one, which Celtic clear.
    • 14' Great ball from Wallace on the right is headed out for a Rangers corner.
    • 13' Play continues with Rangers on the attack.
    • 12' Victor Wanyama is still down after a challenge from Lee Wallace. Didn’t seem to be anything wrong with the tackle.
    • 11' The Celtic fans are up in arms as a throw-in goes Rangers’ way.
    • 10' Georgios Samaras looks a bit lost out there. He’s lost the ball every time it’s come to him so far.
    • 9' All Celtic now as Rangers are struggling to deal with their movement in midfield.
    • 8' Gary Hooper bulldozes through the centre of the Rangers defence giving away a free-kick on Carlos Bocanegra in the process.
    • 7' Celtic suddenly wake up as Emilio Izaguirre gallops down the left but his cross is pulled wide by Adam Matthews.
    • 6' The ball sits up for Lee McCulloch on the edge of the box who volleys the first shot of the game over the bar.
    • 5' Celtic are yet to find their rhythm here, Rangers continue to keep the ball without creating much.
    • 4' Neil Lennon looks a bit anxious from his seat high in the stands.
    • 3' Rangers get the ball down on the deck for some decent possession until Joe Ledley clatters a challenge in. Free-kick Rangers but nothing comes from it.
    • 2' Still waiting for the first crunching tackle. Shouldn’t be long in coming.
    • 1' KICK OFF!
    • 12:40 The nerves will be jangling as the players prepare to emerge to a huge reception at Celtic Park. Will Rangers put their financial woes behind them or will Celtic exact revenge for that defeat at Ibrox. Find out in a few minutes…
    • 12:35 This game should be a welcome break for Rangers fans as headlines in the past few weeks have been dominated by goings on off the field. Last week the Scottish Football Association slapped a 12-month transfer ban and a £160,000 fine on the troubled club.
    • 12:30 Celtic boss Neil Lennon will be watching from the stands today as he serves the second of his two-game ban for comments he made about referee Willie Collum following Celtic’s Scottish League Cup Final defeat.
    • 12:25 Carlos Bocanegra was one of those to see red last time and the Rangers defender is looking forward to another interesting game today: "It's definitely been a different vibe leading up to this one. This game is just about pride now. Obviously the rivalry is there between the two clubs. We want to win just as much as they do. Every time the Old Firm play it doesn't matter about league position. It will be a great atmosphere."
    • 12:20 Just over a month ago these two fought out a predictably fiery encounter with three players receiving their marching orders and Neil Lennon forced to watch the second half from the stands. The man in the middle on that occasion was Calum Murray, who will also take charge of proceedings today.
    • 12:15 Celtic boss Neil Lennon welcomes Georgios Samaras, Scott Brown and Glenn Loovens back for today's derby while Kirk Broadfoot and Jamie Ness are only fit enough to start on the bench for Rangers. Kyle Lafferty is suspended.
    • 12:10 CELTIC: Forster, Matthews, Loovens, Mulgrew, Izaguirre, Brown, Wanyama, Ledley, Commons, Samaras, Hooper... Subs: Zaluska, Cha, K. Wilson, McCourt, McGeouch, Stokes, Watt /// RANGERS: McGregor, Whittaker, Bocanegra, Goian, Wallace, Aluko, Edu, Bartley, McCabe, Little, McCulloch... Subs: Alexander, Healy, Bedoya, Ness, Kerkar, Perry, Broadfoot.
    • 12:05 Still waiting for team news here as we count down to what could possibly be the last Old Firm derby. Celtic may have won the title but they'll have revenge on their minds after the 3-2 defeat at Ibrox last time out.
    • 12:00 Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the Old Firm game between Celtic and Rangers at Celtic Park. The hosts have already won the title of course, but there is plenty of pride at stake in one of the most bitter rivalries in world football.
  • Summary

    • 54' GOAL! 3-0 Celtic. Hooper thumps the ball past McGregor to make it three.
    • 53' What a strike! What a save! Ledley volleys from the edge of the box but McGregor is equal to it, tipping it over for a corner.
    • 39' Wanyama forces a good save out of McGregor.
    • 31' GOAL 2-0 Celtic. Kris Commons doubles the lead.
    • 17' GOAL! 1-0 Celtic. Charlie Mulgrew heads Kris Commons' corner past Allan McGregor.
    • 16' Steven Whittaker feeds Andrew Little inside the box but his shot is comfortably saved by Fraser Forster. Should have done better.
    • 12:10 CELTIC: Forster, Matthews, Loovens, Mulgrew, Izaguirre, Brown, Wanyama, Ledley, Commons, Samaras, Hooper... Subs: Zaluska, Cha, K. Wilson, McCourt, McGeouch, Stokes, Watt /// RANGERS: McGregor, Whittaker, Bocanegra, Goian, Wallace, Aluko, Edu, Bartley, McCabe, Little, McCulloch... Subs: Alexander, Healy, Bedoya, Ness, Kerkar, Perry, Broadfoot.
    • 12:05 Still waiting for team news here as we count down to what could possibly be the last Old Firm derby. Celtic may have won the title but they'll have revenge on their minds after the 3-2 defeat at Ibrox last time out.

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    • Player Y! Users Expert My Rating
      Goalkeeper
      6.9 6
      Defenders
      6.6 7
      6.8 6
      Goal 7.1 7
      7 8
      Midfielders
      Yellow Card 6.9 7
      6.7 6
      Goal Substitution Out85′ 6.9 8
      6.6 6
      Strikers
      Substitution Out81′ 6.2 5
      Goal Substitution Out89′ 7.1 7
      Subs
      Substitution In85′ 6.1 6
      Substitution In81′ 6.5 6
      Substitution In89′ 6.1 -
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      Goalkeeper
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      Defenders
      Yellow Card 4.2 5
      4.9 5
      4.3 5
      Midfielders
      Substitution Out57′ 5 5
      Yellow Card 5 6
      5 6
      4.7 6
      4.9 6
      Strikers
      Substitution Out72′ 4.6 5
      4.6 6
      Subs
      Substitution In57′ 4.7 -
      Substitution In72′ 5.5 -

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  1. @ comment 137, How do you make this a 'Tainted­ Title'? Forget about the Tainted 10 points we got­ from RFC and remember we won the Title because we have­ 11 points more than RFC. It is mathematically­ impossible with 3 matches remaining for RFC to have won­ this Title, so shove yer 'Tainted 10 points where­ the sun don't shine'. The points gap has­ proved (without the tainted 10 points from RFC) that­ over the season Celtic deserved to win and be­ Champions. AND, don't forget Celtic overcame a 15­ point deficit to eventually run away with the title­ this season. The 'Tainted Title' tag is now a­ misnomer.

    From Margaret M, on Tue 1 May 23:54
  2. the end of a corrupt bigoted football club

    From free willy, on Tue 1 May 22:38
  3. Enjoy your tainted title.... League of 1.... is­ worthless YAWN

    From Farr Cannall, on Tue 1 May 22:31
  4. Well I guess one team is a loose term when looking at­ Scotish football

    From Sadoldgit, on Mon 30 Apr 20:44
  5. How sad. Scotland only have one team now

    From Sadoldgit, on Mon 30 Apr 20:42
  6. this was the begining thanks neil tommo johan the bhoys­ are back in town, now the world .ps i bid 10p rfc

    From GORDON, on Sun 29 Apr 22:57
  7. SPL YER HAVING A LAUGH

    From crosstown rebel, on Sun 29 Apr 20:19
  8. @ Miro, what's up with you?

    From Stunned, on Sun 29 Apr 20:08
  9. @ #28 Hawklords I would rather see Celtic (cheats on­ the park) disappear more than Rangers but maybe Rangers­ going down it will pull Celtic with them and give all­ the real SPL teams an even chance.

    From MARTIN, on Sun 29 Apr 18:43
  10. Well done the Irish having dominated the Scots for most­ of the game. They'll be singing in Irishland­ tonight - extra potatoes for everyone.

    From Eck, on Sun 29 Apr 18:34
  11. Scott Brown the psycho.

    From swanbiff, on Sun 29 Apr 18:18
  12. Talking about bigots include Neil Lennon in that as­ well. From Rob.

    From Robert, on Sun 29 Apr 17:55
  13. Lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol lol rangers­ are a joke

    From Pearse, on Sun 29 Apr 17:38
  14. Champions 3 - Tax Dodgers 0

    From Alan, on Sun 29 Apr 16:01
  15. Champions 3 - Tax Dodgers 0

    From Alan, on Sun 29 Apr 16:01
  16. Champions 3 - Tax Dodgers 0

    From Alan, on Sun 29 Apr 16:01
  17. Well done the BHOYS, good scoreline, Hail Hail. May.

    From McKeen Slayer, on Sun 29 Apr 15:51
  18. The Huns will be at Hampden twice next year: Away to­ Queens Park!!!!!!!! We dont need you nor do the SPL.

    From Walfrid, on Sun 29 Apr 15:21
  19. Ally has demanded to know who the referee was in this­ match!!

    From Steven, on Sun 29 Apr 15:06
  20. Where have all the Rangers fans gone on this page? I­ thought they didn't do walking away!

    From Dylan Morrison, on Sun 29 Apr 15:05
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