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  • Date:28 Dec 2011
  • Kick-off:19:45
  • Venue:Celtic Park
  • Attendance:58,658
  • Ledley (51)
Goal!

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94:40 +4.40

The referee blows for offside. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.

94:33 +4.33

Sasa Papac delivers the ball, Joe Ledley manages to make a clearance.

94:22 +4.22

Kirk Broadfoot crosses the ball, clearance made by Thomas Rogne.

93:42 +3.42

Kyle Lafferty fouled by Anthony Stokes, the ref awards a free kick. Anthony Stokes is given a yellow card. Kirk Broadfoot takes the free kick.

92:48 +2.48

Foul by Kirk Broadfoot on James Forrest, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.

91:18 +1.18

Centre by Kyle Lafferty, Adam Matthews gets a block in.

90:40 +0.40

The referee blows for offside against Anthony Stokes. Allan McGregor takes the indirect free kick.

89:21

Georgios Samaras challenges Kirk Broadfoot unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kirk Broadfoot restarts play with the free kick.

88:50

Kirk Broadfoot concedes a free kick for a foul on Georgios Samaras. Indirect free kick taken by Fraser Forster.

88:33

The ball is swung over by Kyle Lafferty, Charlie Mulgrew makes a clearance.

86:56

Unfair challenge on Scott Brown by Nikica Jelavic results in a free kick. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.

85:14

Kyle Lafferty challenges Adam Matthews unfairly and gives away a free kick. Kyle Lafferty goes into the book. Anthony Stokes on for Gary Hooper. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.

83:36

Shot by Sung-Yeung Ki from outside the box goes over the net.

83:25

The ball is delivered by Georgios Samaras.

81:40

Unfair challenge on James Forrest by David Healy results in a free kick. David Healy receives a caution. Charlie Mulgrew takes the indirect free kick.

81:25

The ball is sent over by Sasa Papac, clearance made by Scott Brown.

80:28

Maurice Edu is adjudged to have handled the ball. Sung-Yeung Ki takes the free kick.

80:22

Centre by Joe Ledley, Sasa Papac manages to make a clearance.

80:06

James Forrest crosses the ball, clearance made by Kyle Lafferty.

79:36

Scott Brown fouled by Kyle Lafferty, the ref awards a free kick. Adam Matthews takes the direct free kick.

78:13

Maurice Edu comes on in place of Lee McCulloch. Lee Wallace leaves the field to be replaced by David Healy.

77:21

Adam Matthews crosses the ball, Carlos Bocanegra manages to make a clearance.

73:07

Free kick awarded for a foul by Lee McCulloch on Beram Kayal. Beram Kayal leaves the field to be replaced by Sung-Yeung Ki. Indirect free kick taken by Adam Matthews.

72:48

Foul by Georgios Samaras on Kyle Bartley, free kick awarded. Carlos Bocanegra takes the indirect free kick.

71:45

Steven Davis delivers the ball, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew.

70:34

Nikica Jelavic challenges Beram Kayal unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.

70:13

Overhead kick right-footed shot by Nikica Jelavic. Fraser Forster makes a save.

69:45

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Gregg Wylde, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew.

69:37

Kyle Bartley produces a cross, clearance made by Adam Matthews.

69:23

Foul by Georgios Samaras on Lee McCulloch, free kick awarded. Carlos Bocanegra takes the indirect free kick.

68:51

Nikica Jelavic takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.

68:10

The assistant referee signals for offside against Victor Wanyama. Indirect free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

68:06

The ball is delivered by Beram Kayal.

67:48

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Charlie Mulgrew.

66:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Davis on Charlie Mulgrew. Charlie Mulgrew produces a strike on goal direct from the free kick, Allan McGregor makes a comfortable save.

65:43

The assistant referee flags for offside against Nikica Jelavic. Gregg Wylde joins the action as a substitute, replacing Sone Aluko. Charlie Mulgrew takes the free kick.

64:39

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Victor Wanyama by Nikica Jelavic. Free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.

63:50

Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew, Victor Wanyama has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the target.

63:37

The ball is sent over by Scott Brown, Carlos Bocanegra manages to make a clearance.

63:30

Georgios Samaras sends in a cross.

63:08

The ball is delivered by Kirk Broadfoot, clearance by Thomas Rogne.

61:19

The offside flag is raised against Gary Hooper. Carlos Bocanegra takes the indirect free kick.

60:20

Nikica Jelavic handles the ball and concedes a free kick. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.

59:58

Free kick awarded for a foul by Victor Wanyama on Lee McCulloch. Indirect free kick taken by Carlos Bocanegra.

58:55

Carlos Bocanegra challenges Gary Hooper unfairly and gives away a free kick. Carlos Bocanegra is given a yellow card. Beram Kayal takes the free kick.

57:34

Beram Kayal gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch. Indirect free kick taken by Carlos Bocanegra.

57:00

Foul by Gary Hooper on Carlos Bocanegra, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Carlos Bocanegra.

56:05

Scott Brown takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.

55:26

Centre by James Forrest, Sasa Papac manages to make a clearance.

51:38

Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew, Joe Ledley scores a headed goal from inside the penalty box. Celtic 1-0 Rangers.The assist for the goal came from Charlie Mulgrew.

51:18

James Forrest has an effort at goal from 25 yards. Save by Allan McGregor.

50:18

Centre by Sasa Papac, Adam Matthews makes a clearance.

49:32

Corner from left by-line taken by Charlie Mulgrew.

49:23

James Forrest produces a cross, Kyle Bartley makes a clearance.

48:11

Sone Aluko takes the inswinging corner, Charlie Mulgrew makes a clearance.

47:21

Beram Kayal gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Steven Davis. Indirect free kick taken by Sasa Papac.

44:56

Centre by Sone Aluko, Charlie Mulgrew manages to make a clearance.

41:19

A cross is delivered by Charlie Mulgrew, Kirk Broadfoot manages to make a clearance.

40:43

Kyle Bartley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras. Direct free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.

39:35

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Beram Kayal by Lee Wallace. Free kick taken by Thomas Rogne.

39:08

James Forrest takes a shot. Blocked by Kyle Bartley.

37:25

Steven Davis concedes a free kick for a foul on Scott Brown. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.

35:53

Nikica Jelavic fouled by Thomas Rogne, the ref awards a free kick. Shot comes in from Nikica Jelavic from the free kick.

35:17

Free kick awarded for a foul by Nikica Jelavic on Charlie Mulgrew. Free kick taken by Thomas Rogne.

34:42

James Forrest produces a left-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.

34:15

Gary Hooper takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.

33:39

Unfair challenge on Charlie Mulgrew by Nikica Jelavic results in a free kick. Fraser Forster takes the indirect free kick.

33:27

Centre by Gary Hooper, clearance made by Kyle Bartley.

32:13

Unfair challenge on Kyle Lafferty by Joe Ledley results in a free kick. Kirk Broadfoot takes the free kick.

31:57

Adam Matthews crosses the ball, Carlos Bocanegra manages to make a clearance.

31:47

Gary Hooper crosses the ball, Kyle Bartley manages to make a clearance.

30:52

Kyle Lafferty challenges Joe Ledley unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick crossed by Charlie Mulgrew.

29:51

Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew, Kyle Lafferty manages to make a clearance.

29:00

Scott Brown fouled by Sasa Papac, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Kirk Broadfoot.

27:01

The ball is sent over by Sone Aluko, Joe Ledley gets a block in.

25:21

The ball is sent over by James Forrest, Kyle Bartley makes a clearance. Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew from the left by-line, Thomas Rogne takes a shot.

22:43

Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Sone Aluko, Carlos Bocanegra takes a shot from close range clearing the crossbar.

22:32

Lee Wallace delivers the ball, Thomas Rogne gets a block in.

19:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Georgios Samaras on Lee McCulloch. Lee McCulloch restarts play with the free kick.

19:26

Kyle Lafferty produces a right-footed shot from just outside the area that goes harmlessly over the target.

19:19

Kirk Broadfoot crosses the ball, Charlie Mulgrew manages to make a clearance.

18:31

James Forrest takes a shot. Save made by Allan McGregor.

16:22

Gary Hooper takes the chance to get an effort at goal. Save made by Allan McGregor. Georgios Samaras is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.

15:46

Scott Brown takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor.

13:49

Georgios Samaras fouled by Kyle Bartley, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick.

10:31

The assistant referee signals for offside against Kyle Lafferty. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.

9:54

Adam Matthews sends in a cross.

8:23

Foul by Sone Aluko on Adam Matthews, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Charlie Mulgrew.

8:13

Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Blocked by Kirk Broadfoot.

7:30

Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line, clearance made by Lee McCulloch.

6:27

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Lee McCulloch from the right by-line to the near post, clearance made by Joe Ledley.

6:07

A cross is delivered by Sone Aluko, Headed effort from close range by Lee Wallace bounces off the post.

6:01

Sone Aluko produces a cross, clearance by Scott Brown.

5:54

Kirk Broadfoot produces a cross, clearance made by Beram Kayal.

4:28

James Forrest produces a cross, clearance made by Sasa Papac.

3:57

Kyle Lafferty challenges Thomas Rogne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.

1:45

Georgios Samaras crosses the ball, Kirk Broadfoot gets a block in.

0:28

Victor Wanyama fouled by Steven Davis, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Mulgrew crosses the ball in from the free kick.

Match Preview

Lennon wary of Rangers threat Neil Lennon warned his Celtic side about "dangerous" Rangers ahead of the Old Firm clash at Parkhead. The Hoops' 2-1 win over Kilmarnock at the weekend extended their winning run in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League to eight games to take them to within one point of their city rivals at the top of the table. At one stage the gap between the two clubs was 15 points - albeit Celtic had two games in hand - but the champions have slipped up in recent weeks and their lacklustre 2-1 defeat at St Mirren on Christmas Eve gives Lennon's men the opportunity to lead the table going into 2012. Celtic head into the match as favourites but the Parkhead boss was keen to dampen down the prospect of anyone in the Hoops camp taking victory for granted. "Rangers are always dangerous opposition, regardless of the situation or the timing of the game," he said. "So I don't think the mentality of either team will change going into the game. We know if we win we go top and our focus is on winning. If that's the rewards then so be it. "We want to make our home advantage count and keep the winning run going, it's very important to the players. "We are in a good vein of form but we are playing our biggest rivals and there is not much between the teams at the minute. "Our form has been slightly better than Rangers' but they are the champions and they won the last Old Firm game so I don't think there is much in it." Celtic winger James Forrest is a doubt for the clash after suffering a tight hamstring in the 2-1 Clydesdale Bank Premier League win over Kilmarnock at the weekend. Striker Georgios Samaras should shrug off a heavy cold while forward Anthony Stokes and right-back Adam Matthews have recovered from their respective calf and ankle injuries and are back in the squad. Rangers manager Ally McCoist has stressed the importance of his players keeping their discipline. The Scottish champions witnessed the dismissals of Lee McCulloch and Dorin Goian in Saturday's 2-1 Clydesdale Bank Premier League defeat at St Mirren. Although McCoist thought both of those red cards were harsh - the club has appealed against McCulloch's sending-off - the Rangers boss will be mindful of what happened the last time they visited Celtic Park. Steven Whittaker, Madjid Bougherra and El-Hadji Diouf were all shown red cards on a night of drama which saw the Hoops triumph in the Scottish Cup tie thanks to Mark Wilson's winner. McCoist said: "Discipline is vitally important in all games, that goes without saying. "We believe the [McCulloch] sending-off effectively cost us the game against a good St Mirren side. "It's important you show discipline and keep your players on the park in every game. "I know this game will be shown all over the world, so it's probably more important." Dorin Goian will miss the Old Firm derby through suspension after picking up two yellow cards in the Christmas Eve meeting with Saints. Steven Whittaker picked up a slight knock at the weekend but should be fit for the visit to Celtic Park.

Formation:442Manager: Neil Lennon

Celtic

Formation: 442Manager: Ally McCoist

Rangers

  • Fraser Forster
  • Adam Matthews
  • Thomas Rogne
  • Charlie Mulgrew
  • Joe Ledley
  • Scott Brown
  • Beram Kayal
  • Victor Wanyama
  • James Forrest
  • Georgios Samaras
  • Gary Hooper
  • SUBS
  • Lukasz Zaluska
  • Kelvin Wilson
  • Anthony Stokes
  • Du-Ri Cha
  • Mohamed Bangura
  • Sung-Yeung Ki
  • Patrick McCourt

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Match Report

Hoops are summit special Joe Ledley's second-half goal gave Celtic a 1-0 victory over Rangers at Parkhead and took them two points clear of their Old Firm rivals at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League. The key moment of the first half came when Rangers midfielder Lee Wallace's early header may have crossed the line before Hoops keeper Fraser Forster clawed it back. However, after Ledley buried his header from a Charlie Mulgrew corner into the back of the net seven minutes after the break, the home side stamped their superiority on the game and ran out deserved winners. It was Celtic's ninth SPL win in a row and confirmed the turnaround in fortunes since November 5, when they were 15 points behind the champions, albeit with two games in hand. Neil Lennon's men look to have the bit between their teeth while struggling Rangers have it all to do to recapture their form and on the evidence of Wednesday night, that is likely to need fresh faces when the January transfer window opens. Lennon made two changes to his in-form side, both something of a surprise. Right-back Adam Matthews replaced Cha Du-ri while defender Thomas Rogne came in for Ki Sung-yueng and swapped places with Victor Wanyama who moved into midfield. Rangers boss Ally McCoist made three changes, one enforced after defender Dorin Goian was sent off against St Mirren at the weekend. Kyle Bartley took Goian's spot while Kirk Broadfoot came in for the injured Steven Whittaker and wideman Sone Aluko, instead of Maurice Edu, replaced Gregg Wylde, a decision believed to have been made after arrival at the ground. Midfielder Lee McCulloch remained in the side after the Govan club appealed the red card picked up at St Mirren Park. Celtic skipper Scott Brown tried to intimidate Wallace as they lined up for kick-off, staring intensely at the Rangers midfielder. However, in the seventh minute Wallace's header at the back post from an Aluko cross looked like it may have crossed the line before Forster forced it back onto the post. As the driving wind gave way, but only a little, to torrential rain, Celtic took the initiative. Brown had a drive from 14 yards saved by Allan McGregor before Hoops striker Georgios Samaras had the ball in the Light Blues' net only to be ruled offside. The conditions continued to dominate the game but in the 24th minute, after Aluko's corner from the left had been headed goalwards by striker Nikica Jelavic, Rangers defender Carlos Bocanegra inadvertently helped the ball over the bar from two yards. However, the Hoops had the best of the possession and in the 35th minute striker Gary Hooper took a Samaras knock-down, turned and forced McGregor into another save before James Forrest blazed an angled drive over the bar following a corner. Both sides went at each other from the start of the second half but it was Celtic who struck after McGregor had tipped a great drive from Forrest over the bar for a corner. From Mulgrew's delivery from the right, Ledley rose high in a packed penalty area to direct his header past the Rangers keeper. The complexion of the game changed immediately. Rangers were on the ropes, trying desperately to stem the green and white tide and the Ibrox side were lucky to escape when Hooper appeared to be wrongly flagged offside as he raced clear of the visiting defence. Aluko was replaced by Wylde after 66 minutes as McCoist tried to inspire a response from his side which came in the form of a couple of spectacular efforts from Jelavic, one of which flew over the bar and the other into the arms of Forster. In the 76th minute Celtic midfielder Beram Kayal went off injured on a stretcher, to be replaced by Ki, after a clash with McCulloch which originally looked to have hurt the Ibrox player more. Moments later, McCulloch and Wallace went off to be replaced by Edu and David Healy, who was soon booked for a scything touchline tackle on Forrest. As the game entered the final stages, and Celtic had not sealed the win, the tension increased and the visitors looked in danger of losing the plot. With four minutes remaining Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty was booked for a late challenge on Matthews before Anthony Stokes replaced Hooper. There were five added minutes but Rangers, desperate as they were, failed to threaten Forster leaving Celtic deserved winners and league leaders going into 2012.

Form Guide

    WWWWWW
  • Celtic
  • VS
  • Rangers
  • DLWWWL

Last Meetings

  • Rangers
  • 4 - 2
  • Celtic
  • 18/09/2011
  • Rangers
  • 0 - 0
  • Celtic
  • 24/04/2011
  • Celtic
  • 3 - 0
  • Rangers
  • 20/02/2011
  • Rangers
  • 0 - 2
  • Celtic
  • 02/01/2011
  • Celtic
  • 1 - 3
  • Rangers
  • 24/10/2010
  • Celtic
  • 2 - 1
  • Rangers
  • 04/05/2010

Top Scorers

Celtic

  • G Hooper 11
  • A Stokes 8
  • S Ki 5
  • J Forrest 5
  • G Samaras 3
  • J Ledley 3
  • C Mulgrew 2
  • B El Kaddouri 1
  • V Wanyama 1
  • D McGeough 1

Rangers

  • SJ Naismith 9
  • N Jelavic 7
  • K Lafferty 6
  • C Bocanegra 2
  • M Edu 2
  • G Wylde 2
  • S Davis 1
  • L Wallace 1

Goals

Celtic

    • Total goals 55
    • Goals per game 40
  • 6 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 6 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 21-30 mins
  • 4 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 2 (For) 1 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 5 (For) 4 (Against) Period 51-60 mins
  • 4 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 11 (For) Period 71-80 mins
  • 1 (For) 4 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

Rangers

    • Total goals 52
    • Goals per game 37
  • 1 (For) Period 0-10 mins
  • 5 (For) 1 (Against) Period 11-20 mins
  • 4 (For) Period 21-30 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 31-40 mins
  • 3 (For) 3 (Against) Period 41-50 mins
  • 6 (For) Period 51-60 mins
  • 10 (For) 1 (Against) Period 61-70 mins
  • 1 (For) 2 (Against) Period 71-80 mins
  • 6 (For) 2 (Against) Period 81-90 mins

possession


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