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RANGERS END CELTIC’S WINNING RUN, BENFICA DELIGHTED!

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RANGERS’ late leveller derailed Celtic’s remarkable march towards Europe’s record books.

The Hoops were looking for their 23rd successive Premiership triumph this term in the duel with their Ibrox rivals.

A victory would have edged them closer to breaking Europe’s all-time record of 29 consecutive league wins set by Portuguese giants Benfica in 1971/72.

If Brendan Rodgers’ men had picked up three points yesterday, they would have equalled Swedish side Malmo’s 23-game winning streak in 1949/50.

But Clint Hill’s equaliser in the fading moments denied the champions who were leading with a first-half strike from Stuart Armstrong.

However, Celtic are still unbeaten against domestic opposition in 35 games during this campaign.

They can lift the crown for the sixth season in a row if they emerge triumphant from their next two games against Dundee and Hearts.

In fact, Celtic and Rangers have won the league undefeated in 1897/98 and 1898/99, respectively – but both were during 18-game seasons compared to the current 38-game campaign.

Rodgers’ side are 25 points ahead of second-placed Aberdeen – and 33 better off than the Ibrox outfit – as they eye their first treble in 16 years.

The Parkhead men could still smash Europe’s largest ever title-winning margin of 31 points, currently held by Paris Saint-Germain (2015/16) and Egyptian side Al Ahly (2004/05).

The Hoops set a Scottish record in 2013/14 with a 29-point title-winning margin.

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