Gers delay Celtic title triumph

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Nine-man Celtic were denied a Clydesdale Bank Premier League title party at Ibrox as Rangers claimed a 3-2 victory in the Old Firm clash.

Goals from Sone Aluko, Andy Little and Lee Wallace secured the victory for Ally McCoist's men, as Celtic's Cha Du-Ri and Victor Wanyama both saw red amid reports that manager Neil Lennon was also sent to the stand at half-time.

Carlos Bocanegra was also dismissed by referee Calum Murray, before Scott Brown pulled a goal back for the Hoops late on from the penalty spot and Thomas Rogne also netted in injury time.

The breakthrough came after 11 minutes when Aluko showed impressive skill to take the ball past Rogne and then Charlie Mulgrew before rifling home from 12 yards.

Celtic could have been back on level terms within moments but Allan McGregor saved well from Georgios Samaras before the rebound from Anthony Stokes was deflected over the crossbar. The Rangers goalkeeper then produced another decent save when he tipped a Stokes volley past the upright as the Hoops searched desperately for the leveller.

Celtic were dealt a further blow after 29 minutes when Cha was shown a red card by referee Murray for hauling down Wallace on the edge of the box.

The visitors then saw their numbers depleted further when Wanyama was dismissed after 57 minutes for a challenge on Steven Whittaker.

Aluko sent the resultant free-kick just past the post, before setting up Lee McCulloch for a shot that was tipped over by goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

Forster saved a Kyle Lafferty effort in the 72nd minute but the ball broke for Andy Little to stab home from close range and any hopes of a Celtic comeback were dashed when Wallace lashed home a left-foot drive six minutes later..

There was further drama with two minutes to go when Bocanegra was sent off for a foul on Samaras and Brown converted from the penalty spot and Rogne then bulleted a header past McGregor in injury time but it was too little too late for Celtic.

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