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The Old Firm of Glasgow had yet another interesting chapter come to a close on Sunday, as Glasgow Rangers and Glasgow Celtic went head to head in a match that could have secured Celtic the league championship. But Rangers were able to come up with the victory with a final score of 3-2.
Although they are going through a rough financial situation which have led to massive wage cuts and league penalties, Rangers were the first to get on the scoreboard thanks to a great run by Sone Aluko that ended with the ball in the back of the net, giving Rangers a 1-0 lead only 11 minutes into the first half.
The tension between the two clubs can be felt and seen throughout the entire pitch, and it all seemed to peak once Celtic’s Du-Ri Cha brought down a Rangers forward inches away from the box, leading to an instant red card that sent Cha from the game and left Celtic with only 10 players on the field. Although being shorthanded throughout the rest of the first half, Celtic was able to hold off an ever-growing Rangers offensive.
The second half opened up not with a goal but with two more ejections. Celtic manager Neil Lennon had a verbal confrontation with one of the Rangers players during halftime, leading to Lennon being ejected from the match. Also, 12 minutes into the second half, a clumsy two-footed tackle by Victor Wanyama made him the second Celtic player to receive a red card and be removed from the game.
Rangers respond to their two man advantage by scoring their second goal off the boot of Andrew Little in the 72nd minute of the match. Five minutes later, Lee Wallace was able to get behind the Celtic defenders and score Rangers third goal of the match.
The last ten minutes of the match were filled with action when Celtic was awarded a penalty kick and Rangers defender Carlos Bocanegra was given a straight red card. Scott Brown was able to convert the penalty, bringing Celtic only two goals behind.
Thomas Rogne made things even more interesting during injury time by scoring Celtic’s second goal off a beautiful header, showing a glimmer of hope that Celtic might be able to comeback from such a rough start. However, Rangers were able to hold off the Celtic attack for the remaining amount of injury time to secure the victory.
Rangers travel to Fir Park on March 31 to face Motherwell, while Celtic head back home to face St. Johnstone on April 1.