Celtic 1-1 Rangers LIVE! Old Firm result, match stream and latest updates today

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Celtic vs Rangers LIVE!

Celtic took a giant step towards clinching the Scottish Premiership title with an absorbing 1-1 draw against Old Firm rivals Rangers at Parkhead.

The visitors, beaten 1-0 by RB Leipzig in the first leg of their Europa League semi-final in Germany on Thursday night, started positively and could have taken the lead through Ryan Kent when he missed a good chance.

But in the 20th minute Portuguese attacker Jota volleyed past Gers goalkeeper Allan McGregor from close range.

Striker Fashion Sakala levelled in the 68th minute with a powerful drive, and struck the post late on when clean through as he failed to take a massive opportunity.

The draw keeps Rangers six points behind the Hoops with only three fixtures remaining - and with Celtic having a superior goal difference of 19 it would take a notable and unlikely turnaround to keep the title at Ibrox.

Match updates

  • POST! Sakala denied by post late on

  • GOAL! Sakala beats Hart at near post

  • GOAL! Jota puts Celtic in front from close range

  • Celtic XI: No changes for hosts

  • Rangers XI: Ramsey and Roofe still out

Plenty more action this afternoon...

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FT: Celtic 1-1 Rangers

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And that is all we get at Celtic Park.

A really entertaining conclusion to the match, which finishes level. Celtic will take that - they have a six-point lead with three matches remaining.

Fashion Sakala got the equaliser and very nearly had the winner late on, but the woodwork denied him and Rangers.

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90 mins: Abada has the ball in the back of the net, but the flag has long been up for offside. It is absolute chaos at Celtic Park.

Just two minutes added on.

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88 mins: Corner for Rangers, it’s cleared and Celtic are on the break.

Abada looks to have the Rangers half to himself, but Diallo gets back and pulls him to the ground. Yellow card.

Breathless finish to this match.

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86 mins: RANGERS HIT THE POST!

What. A. Chance.

Sakala had to win it for his side, won’t get a better chance than that. He was clean through, slid it past Hart at the near post but it cannons back off the post.

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85 mins: AND THAT’S BRILLIANT FROM HART!

All is forgiven. Rangers break away on the right with Wright who is far too quick for Starfelt.

Cuts it back, Arfield flicks it at goal... Hart sticks a big hand out. Makes the save from the rebound too. Big moment in the match.

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83 mins: What a mess from Joe Hart.

Takes an age to move with the ball at his feet... and then just falls over. Kicks it straight to Kent, but fortunately for the goalkeeper Rangers can’t take advantage.

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81 mins: Celtic have taken a bit more control now, would have to say they probably look the more likely to find a winner.

Not a huge amount of space on offer for either side though. As it stands, it’s a point that Celtic will be more than happy with.

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78 mins: Yellow card starting to put a serious shift in. Kent the latest addition to the book as he’s penalised for a high boot.

Maeda off, Abada on for Celtic for the final 15 minutes or so.

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77 mins: Giakoumakis with an unnecessary challenge, not his first since coming on. He’s earned a yellow card for it too.

He’s certainly been keen to make an impact, you have to give him that!

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74 mins: Celtic have definitely been rattled by that equaliser, it’s been all Rangers since then.

That’s better from the hosts though and Ralston has so much space in behind. Looks to cut it back to Rogic, Bassey cuts it out. Wasted opportunity.

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71 mins: BIG SAVE!

Sakala is dragging his side back into this! Great strength to shrug off the defender and he’s through, hammering the effort straight at Hart who tips it over the bar.

Corner swung in, it’s Sakala again who gets up well. Heads it over.

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70 mins: Celtic free-kick wide on the right wing as the hosts look for a quick response.

Jota whips it in, Lundstram heads it away. Bassey fouled so whistle is blown anyway and Rangers can get themsleves up the pitch.

GOAL! Celtic 1-1 Rangers | Fashion Sakala 67'

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RANGERS GET THEMSELVES LEVEL!

Lovely move too. Wright and Arfield involved in the build-up and it comes to Kent.

He slides it through to Sakala, who hammers an effort low past Hart at the near post. So much power on it and Hart couldn’t get down in time.

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64 mins: Nearly a massive impact!

Things look to have opened up for Rogic in the box but he can’t quite get the shot away. Jack hacks it clear.

Jota is then hauled down by Barisic just outside the area, that will be a free-kick and a yellow card. Great position for Celtic.

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63 mins: Rangers’ turn to use their substitutes. Davis and Aribo off, Wright and Jack on in their place.

Time to find out what impact all these changes have!

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61 mins: Celtic turn to their bench for the first time this afternoon.

Kyogo, O’Riley, Hatate the three to make way, with Rogic, Giakoumakis and Bitton all introduced.

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59 mins: Pressure is certainly building on the Celtic defence.

Tavernier whips the cross in, Starfelt there once again to head it away. Comes out to Davis on the edge of the box and he can’t control the shot. Well over.

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57 mins: Nearly a carbon copy of the first half.

Cross whipped into the Celtic box, Kent makes the run across Ralston who doesn’t react. This time the Rangers man doesn’t really make any contact at all.

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55 mins: MASSIVE CHANCE!

Maeda has yet another huge moment and he’s fluffed his lines again. Slightly fortunate how it falls to him in the box but it’s perfectly into his path. Blasts the shot over the bar.

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54 mins: Better spell from Rangers. Barisic clips the cross in, flicked out for another corner.

Tavernier has gone back to the loopy, floated deliveries aimed at the back post. Headed over the bar, never troubling Hart.

So difficult for anyone to generate any pace on the headers.

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52 mins: Challenges starting to fly in now, Aribo and Carter-Vickers collide just outside the box. Referee waves play on.

Celtic work the ball nicely on the right, O’Riley cuts it back into the box. Behind all his teammates though and Rangers clear.

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50 mins: Ralston lunges in on Arfield, not a great challenge at all.

Yellow card for the Celtic full-back and he can have no complaints about that. Caught Arfield on the ankle.

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47 mins: Great ball in from Barisic, Carter-Vickers just about clears it behind for a corner. Wasn’t convincing.

Much better delivery from Tavernier, Rangers appealing for handball. Not going to get it. Goldson then slashes at the ball and it flies wide.

Back underway!

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Up and running again at Celtic Park!

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Huge 45 minutes needed from Rangers. Their title hopes are very much slipping away.

Kent was the most dangerous player for the visitors in that first-half... he’ll be thinking about that early miss at the back post.

How Jota gave Celtic the lead

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HT: Celtic 1-0 Rangers

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No stoppage time so that will be half-time at Celtic Park.

Jota’s goal separates the sides at the break, with Celtic going nine points clear at the top of the table as it stands with three matches to go.

Could well have been even better for the home side - Jota could have had a second, while Maeda should really have scored too.

Plenty of work for Rangers to do.

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12:44 , Matt Verri

43 mins: THIS WOULD HAVE COUNTED!

Maeda has to score. Ball swung in and he’s completely free at the back post. As the ball loops towards him, McGregor comes charging off his line and that maybe puts him off.

Doesn’t really commit to the header and just flicks it wide. Any sort of decent contact and it’s 2-0.

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41 mins: HUGE CHANCE!

Or not, offside flag goes up. Maeda played in behind by McGregor, he certainly looks offside but play goes on.

He squares it for Kyogo who blasts it over the bar. And then the flag goes up.

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39 mins: Wow. Tavernier decides the previous delivery didn’t have enough height on it so launches it even more into the air.

Again it’s not even vaguely dangerous. Might be time for a rethink.

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38 mins: Free-kick Rangers, as Kent wins a cheap foul for his side.

Barisic swings it in, Goldson can’t quite up enough and Celtic flick it away. Comes back into the box, Rangers have their first corner of the match. Tavernier over to take it.

It goes absolutely miles into the air, Goldson wins the initial header but comes to nothing. Back out to Tavenier, he’ll have another go!

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36 mins: Ralston and Barisic slide in together... Celtic want a corner, Rangers want a goal-kick.

Rangers get their wish, much to the frustration of those around Celtic Park.

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34 mins: Taylor bombs forward on the overlap and it gets played into him.

Whips the cross in, over everyone and out for a throw-in on the other side of the pitch. Maeda would have needed to be ten times as tall to get on the end of that.

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31 mins: More good work from Jota to skip away from Tavernier and he can drive into the box.

Tries to cut inside onto his right foot, Tavernier gets back and leans into the Celtic man. Jota wants a penalty, never getting it.

Celtic swiftly back on the attack though, lifted over the top and Jota heads over the bar. Real chance.

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28 mins: Barisic gets away from his man, only to then be clattered by Carter-Vickers. Had to get that right.

McGregor lunges in inside the box too... brief appeals for a penalty but there’s no real contact.

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26 mins: Rangers still happy to sit off then Celtic have the ball. Haven’t started pressing more since going behind.

Bad news for Rangers fans - Celtic haven’t lost any of the last 96 league matches in which they’ve scored first.

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23 mins: No surprise that the atmosphere has gone up another level after that goal. Home fans know just how big that goal could be.

Barisic sends the ball straight out of play as he looks to flick it to Kent. Rangers got to get themselves back together.

GOAL! Celtic 1-0 Rangers | Jota 21'

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CELTIC TAKE THE LEAD!

They’ve taken a huge step towards the title! Taylor plays the pass into Maeda and he can turn in the box.

Works the space to beat Goldson, fires the cross low into the back post and Jota gets there ahead of Barisic to turn into an empty net.

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18 mins: Ball worked out to Maeda, but he’s offside. Met with groans around the ground.

Visitors probably just about on top so far. Lundstram has made a great start, he’s set his side away on the counter a couple of times.

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15 mins: Lundstram with the big switch out to Kent and he has lots of space.

Barisic makes the run on the overlap which opens up room for Kent to drive inside. He goes for goal from 25 yards out, straight at Hart. Goalkeeper gathers at the second attempt.

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13 mins: BIG CHANCE!

Rangers should take the lead. Cross is whipped in, Kent gets across Ralston and volleys the effort at goal. Flies wide.

Hart wasn’t getting anywhere near it if that was on target.

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11 mins: First corner of the match and it’s for Celtic, after Jota’s cross is deflected behind.

Decent ball in, Lundstram there to head it away and Rangers clear their lines.

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10 mins: Kyogo catches Lundstram slightly late, free-kick given.

That Celtic front-line is working so hard out of possession. Visitors aren’t getting any sort of comfortable possession.

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8 mins: Aribo sweeps it out wide to Kent and he can drive at Ralston.

Cuts inside, fires a cross in but McGregor is well-positioned at the near post to head it away.

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6 mins: Rangers more measured out of possession, sitting off and letting Celtic have it at the back. Home side pressing right up when they lose it.

Lundstram wins it back for the visitors and he has space to break into on the right wing. Whips the cross in, Aribo can’t get there.

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3 mins: Wonderful touch from Kent, skips past Ralston and he looks to drive into the box.

He has Barisic charging forward in support, but the left-back then tackles his teammate, who is slightly bemused.

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2 mins: Frantic start to the match, as you’d expect. Neither side getting a second in possession.

Great defending from Starfelt, who briefly looked to have been turned in the box. Got his body back in front of the ball though and cleared the danger.

KICK-OFF!

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We are underway at Celtic Park!

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John Terry in the stands wearing a Celtic scarf. May well have a kit under that suit....

You’ll Never Walk Alone rings around the stadium. Players out any second now!

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Less than ten minutes to go!

Really is a must-win match for Rangers if they are to stop their big rivals winning the league this season.

Should the visitors get the job done, they’ll be just three points behind.

The best the Bhoys have to offer so far this year

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The warm-ups are in full flow!

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The battle for awards extends past the SPFL title today with the four nominees announced for the Scottish Football Writers’ Player of the Year.

Rangers have James Tavernier up for the gong while Celtic boast Callum McGregor and Cameron Carter-Vickers on the four-man shortlist, which includes two-time winner Craig Gordon.

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What a debut year it has been for Kyogo Furuhashi

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The scene is set!

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The players will emerge from the tunnel for a rapturous reception in about half an hour’s time...

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Ange Postecoglou is not concerned that Rangers claimed victory in the last Old Firm meeting, in the Scottish Cup semi-finals only a fortnight ago.

The Celtic boss said: “You look back on it like you look back on every game, and the game before that, and the game before that. But that’s reviewed after the game. We gave the feedback to the players in areas where we felt we could have done better.

“I said after the game, it was a very tight game, you lose to a goal in extra-time. It’s a different game, a league game is different to a cup game, there’s different pressures involved and different objectives for everyone, so from our perspective, it’s about making sure we responded very well last week and it’s important we take that into Sunday as well.”

Whet your appetite for the Old Firm derby

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A decision to make for Giovanni van Bronckhorst as to whether he sticks with the five-man defence that faced RB Leipzig, or moves John Lundstram back into midfield.

Arfield, Fashion and Davis come in for Kamara, Jack and Wright in the three changes for Rangers.

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No changes for Celtic following their 2-0 win at Ross County a week ago, although Nir Bitton is fit to return to the bench.

How the visitors line up today

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Rangers XI: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Bassey, Barisic; Lundstram, Davis; Arfield, Aribo, Kent; Fashion Jr.

Subs: McLaughlin, King, Jack, Kamara, Sands, Lowry, Amad, Itten, Wright.

How Celtic line up...

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Celtic XI: Hart; Ralston, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Taylor; McGregor, Hatate, O’Riley; Jota, Maeda, Kyogo.

Subs: Bain, Bitton, Abada, Giakoumakis, Turnbull, McCarthy, Rogic, Forrest, Welsh.

Another one of these today will do Rangers very nicely...

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Anthony Ralston has praised the atmosphere at Celtic under Ange Postecoglou as they look to reclaim the Scottish title.

“We’ve got a great changing room and everyone that’s been here from previous years or this year, we’ve embraced each other,” he said.

“Especially with the Japanese boys and the language barrier there, we’ve had a lot of time to bond with each other and that’s driven by the manager and the personnel he brings in.

“I like to have a bit of banter and that’s important in the changing room and it’s important you make an effort where there is a language barrier and people are trying to settle.”

Just under 90 minutes to kick-off!

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Head to head record

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Celtic wins: 161

Draws: 100

Rangers wins: 168

Evening Standard score prediction

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With a six-point lead and vociferous home backing to their advantage, the Bhoys should have enough to secure the victory and, effectively, the title in this derby.

A 2-0 Celtic win.

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Rangers are sweating over Aaron Ramsey and Kemar Roofe returning to their line-up after being forced to miss the trip to Germany, with Alfredo Morelos and Ianis Hag both out. Leon Balogun is suspended.

Early team news

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Josip Juranovic is the headline absentee for the hosts, who look to bring the likes of Tomas Rogic and David Turnbull back into their XI after being rested last time out.

How to watch

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TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports Premier League and Main Event with coverage beginning at 11am.

Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the Sky Go app.

Good morning!

08:40 , Marc Mayo

Welcome to a big day in Glasgow...

Celtic take on Rangers with the Scottish Premiership title firmly in the Bhoys’ grasp as the season approaches its climax.

Can Giovanni van Bronckhorst mastermind a comeback - or will Parkhead be going wild with celebration in a few hours’ time?

Join us for all the build-up, match action and reaction!

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