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THE GOAL FIRM

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* CELTIC’S 5-0 victory over Rangers at Parkhead on April 29 this year was their biggest winning margin against their old rivals since they overwhelmed them 7-1 in the 1957 League Cup Final. Brendan Rodgers has also enjoyed three four-goal gaps in his first two seasons.

* JAMES FORREST scored his first goal against the Ibrox side after nine years of trying. Odsonne Edouard managed it in two minutes in Govan in March  11 when he came on a 67th substitute for the Scotland winger with the game poised at 2-2 and scored the winner.

* RANGERS have claimed six goals to Celtic’s 31 over the past two years with Kenny Miller netting two and Joe Garner, Clint Hill, Josh, Windass and Daniel Candeias sharing the others.

* TOM ROGIC, who will be missing due to Australian commitments, has scored five goals against Rangers. The midfielder claimed his first in the 2-2 Scottish Cup semi-final draw on April 17 2016. He missed a crucial penalty-kick as the Ibrox men won 5-4 in the shoot-out. The playmaker got the opener in the 2-0 win at Ibrox on September 23 last year, added another in the 3-2 win in Govan in March 2018 and slotted in the opener in the 4-0 semi-final success at Hampden a month later. He notched the Hoops’ fourth in the 5-0 in the title-clincher in April.

* JOSH WINDASS did something in three minutes at Ibrox on March 11 that Rangers couldn’t manage in three hours – score against Celtic. Following a 2-0 loss and a goalless stalemate at Parkhead, the midfielder thumped in the opener against Hoops debutant keeper Scott Bain. The champions rallied to win 3-2.

* CELTIC’S 5-1 triumph on April 29 2017 was the first time they had scored five goals in a league game at Ibrox in their history.

* IT was only the second occasion there had been five different Celtic goalscorers in an Old Firm game – Sinclair, Griffiths, McGregor, Boyata and Lustig. The other time was in December 1895 when the Hoops won 6-2. Sandy McMahon (2), Barney Battles, Jimmy Blessington, Tommy Morrison and Allan Martin scored.

* THE four-goal winning margin last season equalled Celtic’s 4-0 win at old Ibrox in 1897. They also won 4-0 at Ibrox in a Glasgow Cup-tie in 1966 when Bobby Lennox claimed a hat-trick. Billy McNeill netted the other.

* CLINT HILL became the oldest Rangers goalscorer in an Old Firm game when he claimed the equaliser in the 1-1 draw at Parkhead in March last year. The Englishman was 38 years and 113 days old.

* KENNY MILLER was 37 years and 127 days old  when he netted in the 5-1 loss in April last year. He also scored in the 2-1 reverse at Hogmanay 2016. Rangers’ only other marksman two seasons ago was Joe Garner in the 5-1 loss at Parkhead. Miller is now with Dundee, Garner is at Ipswich Town.

* MOUSSA DEMBELE, at the age of 20 years and 60 days, scored the first league hat-trick in the Glasgow derby in 50 years on September 10, 2016. He claimed the perfect trio with a header and right and left-foot shots in the Hoops’ 5-1 win. He left the Hoops in a £19.8million move to Lyon in August.

* STEVIE CHALMERS held the previous league record when he hammered in a second-half treble as Jock Stein’s men won 5-1 on January 3 1966. Bobby Murdoch and Charlie Gallagher claimed the others after Davie Wilson had given the Ibrox side the lead in 90 seconds.

* CRAIG GORDON has shut out Rangers seven times in his 10 games over the past two-and-a-half seasons. He has been beaten three times – Miller (2) and Hill. Dutch No.1 Dorus De Vries conceded to Garner in the 5-1 win in September 2016 and Scott Bain, on loan from Dundee at the time, lost two to Windass and Candeias in the Hoops’ 3-2 victory in March this year.

* TOM FORSYTH scored only two goals in 218 appearances for Rangers between 1972 and 82 – and one was the Scottish Cup winner against Celtic in 1973. The game was deadlocked at 2-2 – with Derek Parlane and Alfie Conn scoring for the Ibrox side and Kenny Dalglish and George Connelly (pen) replying – when the defender grabbed the winner in the 61st minute. He was only two yards out when he tapped in a rebound from a Derek Johnstone header that had struck the post.

* RANGERS’ Danish right-back Kai Johansen became the first foreign player to score in a Scottish Cup Final when he drilled in the winner against Celtic in the replay in 1966 following a goalless draw.

* THERE were seven goals scored when the teams first met at Parkhead on May 28, 1888. Celtic won 5-2 in front of 2,000 fans.

* ALLY McCOIST scored three in Rangers’ 3-2 League Cup Final victory in the 1983/84 season.

* HARRY HOOD was Celtic’s goal hero when he netted a hat-trick in a 3-1 League Cup semi-final win in 1973.

* GREGORY VIGNAL’S strike in the 2-0 victory at Parkhead in season 2004/05 was Rangers’ 200th league goal against Celtic.  David Hislop and Andrew Beattie scored the Ibrox side’s first counters in the 2-2 draw in 1891.

* THERE has been one eight-goal Old Firm game in the Premier League. The clubs drew 4-4 at Ibrox in March 1986.  Cammy Fraser (2), Ally McCoist and Robert Fleck netted for Jock Wallace’s side and Brian McClair, Mo Johnston, Tommy Burns and Murdo MacLeod were on target for the Parkhead outfit. Celtic had Willie McStay sent off.

* CHRIS SUTTON netted the fastest-ever Old Firm goal, timed at 19 seconds, in Celtic’s 3-2 defeat at Ibrox in 2002. Ally McCoist scored Rangers’ fastest-ever league goal against Celtic in 33 seconds at Parkhead in August 1983. The Parkhead side won 2-1.

* JOHN HARTSON, once rejected by Rangers, scored eight goals against the Ibrox outfit.

* FORMER fans’ favourite Henrik Larsson netted 11 league goals against Rangers – a post-war record for a Celtic player. He also claimed three League Cup goals and his winner in the 2004 Scottish Cup-tie was his only effort against the Ibrox outfit in that tournament.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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