Old Firm Derby matches always carry intrigue, but this one carried that from moment one to the final whistle.
James Forrest’s 86th minute goal rescued Neil Lennon’s Celtic from what would’ve been an embarrassing draw against their 10-man rivals Rangers at Celtic Park.
It would’ve been a banner day for Rangers under Steven Gerrard, who weathered a red card to Alfredo Morelos to find an equalizer.
Odsonne Eduoard had a goal and an assist for Celtic, who now lead the table by 13 points.
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The Bhoys, looking to avenge a first Old Firm loss in ages, went ahead through Edouard in the 27th minute and looked to be in fine shape once Morelos earned his fifth (!!!) red card of the season four minutes later when he threw an elbow into Scott Brown.
But absolutely shocking defense from Celtic allowed Rangers to equalize through Ryan Kent, who scored the winner at the Ibrox, with the visitors’ first shot attempt of the match.
The ending was insane. Eduoard set up Forrest for the winner, a composed finish given the atmosphere, but Rangers kept coming forward.
Celtic cleared a goal mouth scramble wide through Kristoffer Ajer, and goalkeeper Scott Bain rescued the ensuing corner.
It all kicked off after the match, with James Tavernier, Bain, Kent, and Scott Brown at the heart of an on-field, post-whistle shoving match.
Here’s the winner.
There was some talk that hot transfer market target Hakim Ziyech might sit out the first leg of Ajax’s UEFA Champions League second qualifying round versus SK Sturm Graz.
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He played, and he scored. Now we wait to see whether cup-tying himself to the Dutch giants affects his season status.
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Odsonne Edouard scored in each half as Celtic controlled the first leg in Glasgow, though it will be disappointed to give away a 16th minute away goal to Birger Meling. Former Man City youth Olivier Ntcham scored Celtic’s other goal.
Ajax 2-0 SK Sturm Graz
Hakim Ziyech and Lasse Schone scored for the Amsterdam set, Schone’s goal a rebound from his own missed penalty.
Ziyech had an out-of-this-world season for Ajax last season, and looks set to keep the standard.
Here’s the goal:
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This was a bit like Manchester City was expecting with their derby a few weeks back, and this is a title Celtic won’t forget any time soon, drubbing their hated rivals to clinch another Scottish Premiership title.
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Celtic beat Rangers 5-0 at Celtic Park in Sunday’s Old Firm Derby, clinching a seventh-straight league title in style.
Rangers are third, 13 points behind their rivals, while Aberdeen is 10 points behind the champions.
Odsonne Eduoard scored twice before James Forrest, Tom Rogic, and Callum McGregor blew the doors off the thing to build a five-goal lead by the 53rd minute.
The win is the 14th-consecutive Old Firm match without a Celtic loss over 90 minutes.
At one point, Celtic defender Mikael Lustig borrowed a police officer’s hat to celebrate a goal.