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.
Could Steven Gerrard‘s first foray into management come against his old manager and in one of the most heated derbies in the world?
The BBC is reporting that the Liverpool legend is on the shortlist for Rangers as the Glaswegian side prepares to hire a new manager in its bid to reverse Celtic domination of the Scottish Premiership and the Old Firm Derby.
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Brendan Rodgers has engineered a marvelous run of form for Celtic, who went unbeaten in the league last season. Rodgers is also a sought-after managerial candidate for bigger jobs in Europe, and may not be at Celtic if and when Gerrard is hired by its rivals.
Either Celtic or Rangers have won the Scottish top flight title dating back to 1984-85, when champions Aberdeen were led by some guy named Alex Ferguson.
Rangers are facing a Manchester United moment this weekend, traveling to Celtic Park for a Sunday derby against Celtic which would see their rivals clinch the Premiership with a win.
Celtic has a 10-point lead on Rangers and Aberdeen, and is extremely likely to win its seventh-straight Premiership title. The record for most consecutive Scottish titles is nine, shared by Celtic (1966-74) and Rangers (1989-97).
Tom Rogic scored twice and Moussa Dembele converted a pair of penalties as Celtic knocked Rangers out of the Scottish Cup with a 4-0 semifinal win on Sunday at Hampden Park.
Celtic moves on to play Motherwell in the final on May 19.
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Celtic went ahead through Rogic, who made a strong cutback after a trio of good passes through the right of the box.
It was 2-0 through a fine Rogic finish again, the Australian taking advantage of a mishit clearance in the box which may as well have been a pass.
Ross McCrorie was sent off in the 51st minute after conceding a penalty, and Dembele converted to clinch another Old Firm Derby win for Celtic.
Scott Brown is one of the top villains in the world of football.
From his hard-edged play to his sharp tongue — not to mention his famous celebration in front of El-Hadji Diouf — the longtime Celtic midfielder does not shy away from drama.
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Few moments carry more of that than those within an Old Firm Derby, and Celtic has not lost one outside of penalties in 12 outings.
That continued with an outstanding display on Sunday, with Brown assisting the second of Celtic’s two equalizers before the 10-man Bhoys won 3-2 at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow.
Brown then gleefully entertained microphones (from the BBC):
“We’ve come here four times and won four games, so we believe we can win here all the time now.
“They did a lot of talking beforehand – we stayed quiet. We usually do our talking on the park.”
Clearly cognizant that he was talking — there’s an adverb usually there — Brown had no problems antagonizing Rangers and his detractors. He even celebrated on the pitch sans shirt and avec sunglasses.
Manager Brendan Rodgers didn’t shy away from a confident reply to the win, either, saying:
“There was a lot of noise before the game, but that’s natural – they’ve been on a good run and at home, thinking they could get the victory. But I think the players today showed their quality and that real champion mentality.”
For Rangers there’s little comfort in knowing they are closing the gap on their rivals after a long drop out of the top flight and a quick battle back, but Sunday’s match was a thriller. One day, celebrations will be sweet on a day Glasgow turns blue.
Odsonne Edouard’s second-half goal defied a Celtic red card as the 10-man visitors claimed all three Old Firm Derby points with a 3-2 comeback win over Rangers on Sunday at the Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow.
Celtic is unbeaten over 90 minutes in 12-straight against their Old Firm rivals, winning eight times including five at the Ibrox. Rangers won a League Cup match in penalty kicks.
Rangers led 1-0 and 2-1 through Josh Windass and Daniel Daneias, but Celtic found answers through Tom Rogic and Moussa Dembele before halftime.
Jozo Šimunović was sent off with 33 minutes to play, but Celtic found its winner and went nine points clear of their historic rivals with a match-in-hand. Rangers remain second, five points ahead of Aberdeen.
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An awful giveaway from Dedryck Boyata allowed Windass to put Rangers ahead after three minutes.
But the champs answered through Rogic’s classy finish to level the score in the 10th.
That wasn’t it for the insane stanza, and Rangers capitalized on sloppy Boyata defending to retake the lead through Daneias.
But ‘Gers killer Dembele got on the end of a Scott Brown long ball to have it 2-2 at the break.
Šimunović was shown a red card by referee Willie Collum in the 57th minute, a high elbow ending his day and putting the visitors in a bad place.
Yet, somehow, the reigning champions found the next goal through Edouard, set up by Dembele and scoring from just inside the 18.