Rangers came close, but the Glaswegian visitors at Celtic Park saw their record of winless performances in the Old Firm Derby extend to 11 in a scoreless draw on Saturday.
Scottish leaders Celtic paced the first half, while Rangers were thwarted by a pair of terrific Craig Gordon saves in the second frame of the match.
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Celtic keeps its 11-point edge on third-place Rangers, while Aberdeen can close to within six points of the leaders with a win on Saturday.
Here’s what Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers admitted after the home stalemate.
“The longer it goes on you give oxygen to the other team but like I say they had one or two chances second. One really good chance where Craig Gordon makes an unbelievable save so for us I’ve seen it over many years in these games that as the home team you can end up losing it 1-0 so for us to keep another clean sheet in our ninth game of the month and there’s probably a bit of tiredness in the performance as well then I can only give credit to the players. It was a brilliant atmosphere today and like I say, a point was probably deserved for both teams.”
Oh, the Old Firm Derby has a way of bringing out the quotes.
Celtic meet Rangers for the second of three league meetings on Saturday at Celtic Park, where the league leading Bhoys will put their 11-point lead on Rangers on the line.
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More than, though, improved Gers will be aiming to get their first win over Celtic in 11 tries — eight losses, two draws — dating back to before their insolvency led to dismissal from the top flight.
Even the keepers are proffering strong words. Here’s Celtic backstop Craig Gordon, admitting the need to play on the edge in order to play with style:
“You have to fight for your right to play football. We know we have to go in there and be strong and physical. That’s what a derby game is always going to entail. We always have to be ready to face that and to play football and let our qualities come through because that’s how we’re going to win the game.
Rangers beat Motherwell on Wednesday to stem a losing streak at two, while Celtic has won three-straight — all clean sheets — since Hearts ended their domestic unbeaten run at 69 matches.
Rangers interim boss Graeme Murty said, “We always have a point to prove against Celtic, not just this game. It is the game, it is the Old Firm derby, it is one of the biggest and best games in the world so we have to, anytime that game comes around, be ready to be at our top level. Let’s not talk about what they’re doing, past history or this year, let’s just acknowledge it for one of the biggest games in the football calendar full stop.”
Celtic’s unbeaten domestic run has ended at 69 matches, and it ended with a thud.
Tynecastle Park was the scene for a 4-0 thumping at the hands of Hearts, a defeat started by a 16-year-old’s first Scottish Premiership goal.
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Harry Cochrane’s his name, and his 26th minute goal gave Hearts the lead, and it was 2-0 by halftime through Kyle Lafferty, the ex-Burnley and Norwich player.
David Milinkovic scored three minutes after halftime, as the wake-up call didn’t arrive at the break, and added a penalty kick late in the match.
Celtic has a two-point lead on second-place Aberdeen with a match-in-hand. Rangers sit five-points back.
Sixty-nine games! Remarkable in any league. Here’s what Rodgers had to say:
“But I also want to congratulate my players. To have gone through 69 games and this to be their first defeat; of course it’s a sore one when you are beaten like that but they can hold their heads up. They have been absolutely amazing over those 18 months.”
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) — Celtic defeated Motherwell 2-0 Sunday at Hampden Park to retain the Scottish League Cup.
The triumph saw Brendan Rodgers become the first Celtic manager since Jock Stein to win four domestic trophies in a row.
James Forrest gave Celtic the lead shortly after halftime and the game was effectively over when Motherwell defender Cedric Kipre gave away a penalty and was sent off just before the hour mark.
Moussa Dembele rolled in the spot kick to ensure Rodgers equaled the record of club legend Stein.
Wednesday featured a dream start for Celtic, however, the delirium didn’t last long for the Scottish side after Neymar and Co. stepped up their game.
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Moussa Dembele had stunned PSG inside of the opening minute after finishing a well-designed corner kick. However, the final shot probably should’ve been handled by goalkeeper Alphonse Areola.
That was about all the excitement though for Celtic in the opening half, as Neymar decided to take matters into his own hands.
The Brazilian scored twice in a span of 13 minutes, before Edinson Cavani restored complete control for the home side in the 28th minute.
Updated: Kylian Mbappe brought the PSG advantage to 4-1 in the 35th minute as the hosts continue their impressive start to the 2017/18 campaign.
As you’ll see below, it doesn’t matter if Neymar is forced onto his weaker left foot, because well, his left foot is still pretty darn good.
And for good measure… Neymar added an assist to his total on this third PSG goal.