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First blood to Rangers as they run out deserved 4-2 winners

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Rangers came from a goal behind to win the first Glasgow derby at Ibrox 4-2, a win that sees them go four clear at the top of the SPL over rivals Celtic.

Steven Naismith gave Rangers the lead on 22 minutes after a poor clearance from Kelvin Wilson, but goals from Gary Hooper and Badr El Kaddouri – whose long range shot slipped through the hands of Allan McGregor – to give Celtic a Half Time lead.

Into the Second Half and goals from Nikica Jelavic, Kyle Lafferty and Naismith secured Rangers’ deserved comeback as Celtic saw Charlie Mulgrew sent off in the 75th minute for a second bookable offence.

Match Report to follow….

Post-Match Comments

McCoist after the match told Sky Sports that he thought Rangers deserved the win. He said: “I thought the second half, I thought the Rangers were terrific, I really did. Came out of the traps, they did effectively exactly what we asked them to do second half and we had numerous chances and I felt ran out deserved winners.”

On Allan McGregor’s gaffe in the first half, McCoist said: “I couldn’t believe it, but we did mention at half time that if anybody deserved a break, it was Allan McGregor. You know because you only have to look at last season how vital he was in our championship winning team, saving penalties here and making numerous, numerous saves.

“So if anybody deserved a break from the rest of the lads, it was Allan McGregor and we asked the lads to go out and give Allan that break in the second half and they certainly did that.”

He added: “It’s the first Old Firm game of the season and it’s a great result for us. That’s all it is – there’s miles and absolutely miles of this campaign to go. They’ll be lots of twists and turns between now and then obviously but it is a big three points and a deserved three points.”

His Celtic counterpart Neil Lennon told Sky Sports after the game: “We had a good spell in the game for 15 to 20 minutes at the end of the first half, but we never came out in the second half, we went into our shell and didn’t compete physically and that’s what you have to do in these games. When we got it down and played, but you have to gain the right to play, once we done that and moved the ball around like we can then that’s where the goals came from.

“But we had none of that in the second half and didn’t earn the right to play, didn’t compete and on too many second balls we were short and too many aerial challenges we were short, and if you don’t compete like that in these games them you get punished for it.”

Match Highlights

Match Information

Rangers XI: McGregor, Whittaker, Goian, Bocanegra, Papac, Naismith, Davis, Edu, Wylde, Jelavic, Lafferty.
Subs: Alexander, Broadfoot, McCulloch, Fleck, Healy, Juanma Ortiz and Perry.

Celtic XI: Forster; Mark Wilson, Kelvin Wilson, Loovens, El Kaddouri, Brown, Kayal, Ki, Mulgrew, Hooper, Samaras.
Subs: Zaluska, Matthews, Forrest, Bangura, Stokes, Wanyama, Ledley.

Referee: Craig Thomson

Att: 50,221

Scotzine Man of the Match: It was a toss up between Kyle Lafferty and Steven Naismith. In the end the bubbly will be shared between both of them.

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Andy Muirhead is the Editor of Scotzine and the Scottish Football fanzine FITBA. He is the Scottish Football columnist for The Morning Star and has written for a number of other publications including ESPN, Huffington Post UK, BT Life's a Pitch and has had his work featured in the Daily Record, The Scotsman and the Daily Mail.

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