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The referee signals the end of the game.
Georgios Samaras takes a shot. Save by Allan McGregor. Short corner worked by Charlie Mulgrew.
The ball is swung over by Vladimir Weiss, Thomas Rogne manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Vladimir Weiss, clearance by Daniel Majstorovic.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Beram Kayal on David Weir. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Kyle Lafferty, Joe Ledley gets a block in.
Centre by Sasa Papac, clearance by Patrick McCourt.
Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Vladimir Weiss, clearance made by Beram Kayal.
Kyle Lafferty sends in a cross, blocked by Thomas Rogne.
Shot on goal by Daniel Majstorovic from just inside the area goes over the target.
Beram Kayal takes a shot.
Niall McGinn joins the action as a substitute, replacing James Forrest. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Patrick McCourt by Kyle Hutton. Charlie Mulgrew restarts play with the free kick.
James Forrest goes off and Niall McGinn comes on. Foul by Kyle Hutton on Patrick McCourt, free kick awarded.
Vladimir Weiss crosses the ball, clearance made by Daniel Majstorovic.
Beram Kayal booked for unsporting behaviour. Beram Kayal concedes a free kick for a foul on David Weir. Madjid Bougherra takes the free kick.
Kyle Hutton joins the action as a substitute, replacing Jamie Ness.
Beram Kayal produces a right-footed shot from a long way out which goes wide right of the goal.
Kyle Lafferty is given a yellow card. Steven Whittaker delivers the ball. Handball by Kyle Lafferty. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
Outswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from the left by-line, Header from close range by Daniel Majstorovic misses to the right of the goal.
Mark Wilson receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Mark Wilson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Vladimir Weiss. Steven Davis has a direct shot on goal from the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Fraser Forster by Kenny Miller results in a free kick. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
A cross is delivered by Vladimir Weiss, save by Fraser Forster.
The ball is delivered by Steven Whittaker, Madjid Bougherra produces a right-footed shot from inside the area that clears the bar.
Patrick McCourt concedes a free kick for a foul on Lee McCulloch. Free kick crossed right-footed by Steven Davis, clearance by Charlie Mulgrew.
Georgios Samaras concedes a free kick for a foul on Steven Whittaker. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
David Weir has an effort at goal from the edge of the area that misses to the right of the target.
Corner taken right-footed by Vladimir Weiss from the right by-line, Thomas Rogne manages to make a clearance.
Kyle Lafferty produces a cross, clearance by Thomas Rogne.
Centre by Steven Whittaker, save made by Fraser Forster.
Penalty scored by Georgios Samaras. Rangers 0-2 Celtic.Jamie Ness gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Georgios Samaras.
The ball is delivered by Vladimir Weiss.
Inswinging corner taken by Vladimir Weiss from the right by-line.
Richard Foster leaves the field to be replaced by Kyle Lafferty.
Inswinging corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew, Allan McGregor makes a save.
James Forrest sends in a cross, blocked by Jamie Ness.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jamie Ness on Joe Ledley. Direct effort from the free kick comes in from Charlie Mulgrew, save by Allan McGregor.
Charlie Mulgrew crosses the ball.
Georgios Samaras finds the net with a goal from close in low into the middle of the goal. Rangers 0-1 Celtic.Georgios Samaras booked. Joe Ledley provided the assist for the goal.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Emilio Izaguirre on Steven Davis. Madjid Bougherra takes the direct free kick.
Unfair challenge on Beram Kayal by Vladimir Weiss results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Daniel Majstorovic.
The ball is delivered by Madjid Bougherra, clearance made by Thomas Rogne.
Joe Ledley gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Ness. Free kick crossed right-footed by Vladimir Weiss, Daniel Majstorovic makes a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Charlie Mulgrew.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Charlie Mulgrew from the right by-line to the near post.
Madjid Bougherra challenges Georgios Samaras unfairly and gives away a free kick. The free kick is swung in right-footed by Charlie Mulgrew, clearance made by Madjid Bougherra.
Effort on goal by Patrick McCourt from inside the penalty box misses to the right of the target.
The referee starts the second half.
Unfair challenge on Beram Kayal by Vladimir Weiss results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Wilson.
The ref blows to signal half-time.
Steven Davis challenges Daniel Majstorovic unfairly and gives away a free kick. Joe Ledley takes the direct free kick.
Richard Foster fouled by Charlie Mulgrew, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
The ball is sent over by James Forrest.
Foul by Vladimir Weiss on Beram Kayal, free kick awarded. Daniel Majstorovic restarts play with the free kick.
Steven Davis crosses the ball, clearance made by James Forrest.
Steven Davis delivers the ball, clearance by Thomas Rogne.
The ball is swung over by James Forrest, clearance by Madjid Bougherra.
Foul by Jamie Ness on Beram Kayal, free kick awarded. Charlie Mulgrew crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance by Richard Foster.
Kenny Miller gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Thomas Rogne. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Corner from the left by-line taken by Charlie Mulgrew, Close range header by Georgios Samaras misses to the right of the goal.
Charlie Mulgrew sends in a cross, clearance by Madjid Bougherra.
Georgios Samaras is adjudged to have handled the ball. Direct free kick taken by Allan McGregor.
A cross is delivered by Charlie Mulgrew, Jamie Ness gets a block in.
Charlie Mulgrew is booked. Madjid Bougherra goes into the referee's book. Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Charlie Mulgrew by Madjid Bougherra. Fraser Forster restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is sent over by Madjid Bougherra, clearance by Beram Kayal.
Vladimir Weiss fouled by Mark Wilson, the ref awards a free kick. Vladimir Weiss delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left wing.
The ball is swung over by Vladimir Weiss, clearance made by Daniel Majstorovic.
Charlie Mulgrew takes the outswinging corner, clearance made by Lee McCulloch.
James Forrest takes a shot. Blocked by Lee McCulloch.
Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Charlie Mulgrew, save by Allan McGregor.
A cross is delivered by Beram Kayal.
The ball is crossed by Georgios Samaras, David Weir makes a clearance.
Corner taken by Charlie Mulgrew from the left by-line, clearance by Madjid Bougherra.
Centre by Charlie Mulgrew, blocked by Richard Foster.
James Forrest produces a cross, save by Allan McGregor.
Beram Kayal fouled by Jamie Ness, the ref awards a free kick. Daniel Majstorovic restarts play with the free kick.
Effort on goal by Lee McCulloch from long range goes over the bar.
The assistant referee signals for offside against Steven Davis. Fraser Forster takes the free kick.
Vladimir Weiss produces a cross.
The ball is sent over by Emilio Izaguirre, save by Allan McGregor.
Mark Wilson produces a cross, clearance made by Madjid Bougherra.
David Weir concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrick McCourt. Daniel Majstorovic restarts play with the free kick.
Effort from the edge of the box by Richard Foster goes wide of the right-hand upright.
Sasa Papac crosses the ball, blocked by James Forrest.
Richard Foster delivers the ball.
Steven Whittaker takes a shot.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Vladimir Weiss from the left by-line to the near post, Lee McCulloch takes a shot. Emilio Izaguirre manages to make a clearance.
Handball decision goes against Thomas Rogne. Free kick taken by David Weir.
Patrick McCourt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jamie Ness. Jamie Ness takes the free kick.
Unfair challenge on Jamie Ness by Patrick McCourt results in a free kick. Jamie Ness restarts play with the free kick,
Foul by Kenny Miller on Mark Wilson, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Fraser Forster.
Unfair challenge on Lee McCulloch by Patrick McCourt results in a free kick. Sasa Papac crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel.
The match begins.
Naismith doubtful for Old Firm clash
Rangers are hopeful Steven Naismith will be passed fit for Sunday`s Old Firm derby.
Naismith pulled up with a hamstring strain against Motherwell on Boxing Day and faces a battle to prove his fitness ahead of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League game against Celtic.
Kyle Lafferty will be back in action for the clash at Ibrox after several weeks on the sideline with a broken bone in his hand.
Rangers manager Walter Smith insists neither team can be considered a clear favourite to come out on top.
The Scottish champions have home advantage in the Ibrox clash and also claimed first blood in the first meeting of the Glasgow giants this season when they earned a 3-1 win at Celtic Park in October.
Celtic, meanwhile, claimed a psychological boost when their midweek win over Motherwell allowed them to leapfrog their great rivals to the summit of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, after Rangers' own game fell victim to the weather.
But, as far as Smith is concerned, the famous fixture is once again impossible to call.
He said: "I would hope we could use home advantage but, if you look at both clubs at the moment, both of us have dropped more points at home than we have away from home this season.
"That's something we will have to be wary of considering it's our home match.
"There is not a lot between the two teams. I don't think there is a situation where one team is favoured more than the other.
"Both teams have had their highs and started the season very well and both teams have tailed off a little bit in terms of the number of points dropped recently.
"I don't think you could say that either team would be favoured.
"I think what will happen this time, is that it will be the team who manages to hit the best form on the day. That happens in quite a number of the Old Firm games."
Smith is set to quit Rangers at the end of the season, meaning he only has a handful of Old Firm fixtures to look forward to as manager.
Despite plenty of experience of the fiery clashes over his two spells at the Ibrox helm, the veteran boss insists there will be no shortage of nerves and excitement this weekend.
He said: "You get all that, of course you do. They are big games and they are big games not only for the club, but the supporters too.
"I can't say it's the most enjoyable build-up to a game. It's only enjoyable if you win at the end of it.
"There is a lot of tension in the air and it's an awkward game in terms of build-up.
"But afterwards, if you win it, you look forward to going on and having a good spell in the season.
"After winning the first game at Celtic Park, we would look to hopefully use home advantage and get another win. But the difficulties are always there."
Celtic's new signing Freddie Ljungberg goes straight in to the Hoops squad.
Skipper Scott Brown is suspended after being sent off against Motherwell in midweek while midfielder Olivier Kapo (hamstring) and striker Daryl Murphy (calf) are out.
Midfielder Efrain Juarez and striker Georgios Samaras are back in contention for a start.
Neil Lennon insists he would rather be in Celtic's position than where Rangers sit.
The Irishman, who is contemplating giving Ljungberg his debut, is happy enough with the situation.
"I would rather be top - you still have to win your games in hand and as you have seen this season there are no guarantees of that," Lennon said.
"But we don't want to drop too many points on Rangers because they've got games in hand.
"It is important that we put in a strong performance and take something from the game.
"We are not going there negative in any shape or form, we are going there to win.
"In the last Old Firm game we shot ourselves in the foot and that can't happen again on Sunday.
"We will talk about that in the next couple of days and look at footage of that game and others to see where we can exploit them."
Celtic go in to the match - which marks the 40th anniversary of the Ibrox Disaster which saw 66 people die in a crush on stairway 13 at the stadium following an Old Firm game - on the back of two home wins in the SPL after three drawn games at Parkhead.
Samaras at the double as Celtic win
Georgios Samaras grabbed a double as Celtic blew the title race wide open by claiming a 2-0 victory in the Old Firm derby at Ibrox.
The Hoops headed into the New Year showdown with a single point advantage at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, but aware of Rangers' two games in hand.
However, two second-half goals from Samaras - the second from the penalty spot - allowed Celtic to extend that lead to four points.
Youngster Jamie Ness was handed a memorable first start for Rangers after Steven Naismith failed to recover from a hamstring injury in time.
Celtic's new signing Freddie Ljungberg failed to even make the squad after picking up a virus, while captain Scott Brown was suspended. Beram Kayal, Charlie Mulgrew and Samaras were all drafted into the Hoops side.
Former captains John Greig and Billy McNeill led out the teams as both sets of fans perfectly observed a minute's silence ahead of kick-off to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Ibrox Disaster, when 66 Rangers fans lost their lives. Rangers were also showing their respects to former player Avi Cohen, who died recently.
Celtic survived a scare when Lee McCulloch connected well with a Vladimir Weiss corner and Emilio Izaguirre was forced into a headed clearance via the crossbar as Rangers applied pressure early on.
Clear-cut chances were few and far between in a scrappy opening spell, but Celtic threatened when Paddy McCourt slipped a lovely pass to James Forrest in front of goal only for McCulloch to make a timely intervention before he could unleash a shot.
The first bookings of the game came after 27 minutes when referee Craig Thomson brandished a yellow card to Madjid Bougherra for a challenge on Mulgrew and the Celtic player was also cautioned for retaliating.
Steven Whittaker had the chance to snatch the opener at the end of a disappointing first half when he collected a flighted cross from Weiss, but he miskicked under pressure from Mark Wilson and the opportunity was lost.
Walter Smith and Neil Lennon no doubt both demanded better from their players during their half-time team talks and it was Celtic who could have grabbed the advantage shortly after the restart when McCourt pounced on a Samaras flick-on only to rifle across the face of goal.
The game was badly in need of a goal and Steven Davis lofted over several Celtic players into the path of Kenny Miller but goalkeeper Fraser Forster raced off his line to clear.
The match eventually sparked into life after 62 minutes when Samaras opened the scoring for Celtic.
Richard Foster lost possession to Joe Ledley, who punted the ball forward for Samaras to race past Allan McGregor, who had charged yards outside his box, before coolly slotting home.
Celtic doubled their lead seven minutes later when the referee pointed to the penalty spot after Bougherra clipped Samaras in the box. The Greece international dusted himself down before sending a firm, low shot past McGregor.
Rangers faced the daunting task of hauling themselves back into the game but could have given themselves a lifeline had Bougherra's volley in front of goal been on target following good work from Sasa Papac.
With time fast running out for the Scottish champions, substitute Kyle Lafferty could have netted from a free-kick just outside the box but his effort failed to make it past the Celtic wall.
Samaras was then denied his hat-trick by a fingertip save from McGregor as Lennon's men returned to Parkhead with the points.
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