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PostSubject: Celtic 6 Rangers 2   Sun Mar 23, 2008 12:57 pm


Celtic conjured up a magical six-goal display to leave their arch rivals devastated and give manager Martin O'Neill a memorable victory in his first Old Firm game in charge at Parkhead.

O'Neill was left breathless as his side crushed Dick Advocaat's champions with an awesome display of flair which was inspired by 6million striker Chris Sutton, who also celebrated his first Glasgow derby with two impressive goals.

Swedish international Henrik Larsson helped himself to a magical double while Paul Lambert and Stilian Petrov also hit the target in a magical afternoon for the Hoops.

The victory was all the more satisfying for the green part of Glasgow after over a decade of being in the shadows of the Ibrox giants, who got scant consolation with goals from Claudio Reyna and Billy Dodds.

Rangers also had Barry Ferguson dismissed late in the game to complete the visitors' misery but that was only a small statistic in a thrilling Old Firm classic as the home side maintained their 100% start to the new season while at the same time ending Rangers similar opening to the campaign.

The home side knew from the start of the match that it was going to be their day and Sutton in particularly made a dream start when they took the lead in the very first minute of the game.

Lubomir Moravcik's corner kick came out to Larsson on the edge of the box and the Swede directed the ball to Sutton who fired home from close range.

The home crowd were understandably ecstatic and in the fourth minute Rangers striker Dodds took his frustration out on Alan Stubbs with a late challenge and the Scotland man went into the referee's notebook.

But Dodds should have put his side on level terms moments later when he reached Giovanni van Bronckhorst's cross at the far post but he dragged his header just wide of the mark.

Neil McCann became the second Rangers player to receive a yellow card in the seventh minute after a reckless challenge on Jackie McNamara on the touchline.

But Rangers' misery was compounded in the eighth minute when Petrov appeared unmarked in the box to bundle home Moravcik's corner and Rangers' defensive frailties were again punished.

The home supporters were in a state of shock and in the 12th minute they were in dreamland when they increased their lead.

Moravcik shrugged off the attentions of Ricksen before cutting the ball back into the path of Lambert on the edge of the area and the midfielder fired emphatically into the corner of the net.

The Rangers defence were in total disarray and in the 16th minute Larsson should have made it four when Moravcik lobbed the ball into the path of Larsson but the Swede over-elaborated to give goalkeeper Stefan Klos the opportunity to save at his feet.

Petta was having a field day against Ricksen on the left wing and in the 23rd minute manager Advocaat spared him any further embarrassment when he replaced him with Tugay Kerimoglu and Tony Vidmar switched the left side of defence.

Barry Ferguson and Kerimoglu both went close for Rangers but Celtic's domination continued as they went in search of more glory.

A fourth goal almost came in the 36th minute when Moravcik set himself up to volley Petta's cross, but Larsson managed to take the ball off the end of his foot.

The sight of Lambert leaving the field moments later after collapsing to the ground with a leg injury after an earlier collision with McCann would have worried O'Neill and the manager replaced him with Johan Mjallby.

This was a big blow to the home side and in the 41st minute Rangers dragged themselves back into the game when Reyna got on the end of Rod Wallace's cross at the back post and despite Jonathan Gould's save he could not keep it from creeping over the line.

A minute later and the visiting support were celebrating prematurely when Wallace directed Ferguson's cross over the line but the goal was ruled out for offside much to the home side's relief.

A minute later and Larsson could have restored Celtic's three-goal advantage, but he fired just wide with Klos in no-man's land.

Rangers were committing more men forward in a desperate attempt to haul themselves back into the contest, but their fightback was short-lived as Larsson brilliantly restored their three-goal lead.

Gould's long clearance was directed into the path of the Swede, who was over 40 yards out and still needed to do a lot of hard work, but he picked the ball up and pushed it through Bert Konterman's legs delicately lobbing Klos.

But like true champions Rangers refused to lie down and in the 54th minute they gave themselves a glimmer of hope when Stephane Mahe was adjudged to have bundled Wallace over in the area and Dodds stepped up to fire into the bottom corner.

McNamara went into the book for a late challenge on van Bronckhorst in the 59th minute, but four minutes later the home support were celebrating yet again.

Larsson again supplied a wonderful finish when he rose to meet Petta's free-kick in the box and he glanced a header past the helpless Klos in the Rangers goal.

Rangers were chasing a lost cause but in the heat of an Old Firm battle there was no such thing and Rangers almost pulled a third goal back in the 72nd minute when Ferguson threaded the ball through to Dodds, who fired into the side netting.

Moments later and Ferguson went into the book for a foul on Petrov and the young midfielder was in danger of losing control as their frustrations increased.

Reyna became the next man to see yellow in the 77th minute for a challenge on Petrov and three minutes later the inevitable happened when Ferguson was shown the red card for handling and then petulantly throwing the ball away.

The game was well over by this point but there was still time for Sutton to grab his second in the last minute as he slid to direct Mahe's cross into the net.

The former Chelsea striker wrapped up a dream day for Celtic and while O'Neill will be reluctant to talk about the title at such an early time in the season he has a side that finally look like they can give Rangers a fight for the Premier League crown.

Celtic: Gould, Valgaeren, Stubbs, Mahe, McNamara, Petrov, Lambert (Mjallby 36), Moravcik (Boyd 54), Petta,Larsson (Burchill 87), Sutton.

Subs Not Used: Kerr, Berkovic.

Booked: Moravcik, McNamara, Boyd.

Goals: Sutton 1, Petrov 8, Lambert 11, Larsson 50, 62,Sutton 90.

Rangers: Klos, Ricksen (Tugay 22), Konterman, Amoruso, Vidmar (Kanchelskis 65), Reyna, Ferguson, van Bronckhorst, McCann (Lovenkranes 76), Dodds, Wallace.

Subs Not Used: Charbonnier, Malcolm.

Sent Off: Ferguson (81).

Booked: Dodds, McCann, Ferguson, Reyna.

Goals: Reyna 40, Dodds 55 pen.

Att: 59,476

Ref: S Dougal (Scotland).
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PostSubject: Re: Celtic 6 Rangers 2   Wed Nov 24, 2010 4:53 pm

what a day that was , and what a season it turned out to be .
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PostSubject: Re: Celtic 6 Rangers 2   Thu Nov 25, 2010 1:40 am

Get goosepumps everytime I watch that video.

That. Is. Sensational.
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