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Rangers took bragging rights once again in the first Old Firm derby of the 2021/22 Scottish Premiership season on Sunday afternoon.
Filip Helander’s emphatic close-range header from a corner 25 minutes from time proved to be the winning goal at a bouncing Ibrox.
The defending champions have now won six of the last seven games against their fiercest rivals, to whom they have not lost since 2019.
Steven Gerrard was again absent from the dugout for Rangers as he self-isolates, but has kept in contact with assistant Gary McAllister, who also led the team in the Europa League play-off second leg against Alashkert in Armenia on Thursday night.
It was a tough introduction to the Old Firm derby for new Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou, with his side staying sixth after an inconsistent start to the new campaign.
Meanwhile, Rangers now look to have fully recovered from that rare run of three straight losses and move up to third, one point adrift of early pace-setters Hibernian and Hearts.
Follow Rangers vs Celtic LIVE in the Old Firm derby with Standard Sport’s blog below...
Rangers vs Celtic highlights
GOAL! Helander breaks deadlock with header
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Rangers 1-0 Celtic
Filip Helander’s header seals another Old Firm derby victory for the defending Scottish Premiership champions at Ibrox.
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95 mins: One last chance for Celtic here as they force a corner. Up comes Joe Hart...
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94 mins: Is that Celtic’s potential last chance gone?
Teenage left-back Adam Montgomery strides forward with purpose but is rushed into a pass by Davis and it’s far too pacy for Kyogo - much to the delight of the Rangers fans.
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92 mins: It opens up for Rangers substitute Sakala after a fine pass from the influential Davis, but his low effort at the near post is tame and easy for Hart to hold.
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90 mins: Four minutes of added time for Celtic to try and rescue a point from this and prevent Postecoglou from tasting defeat in his first Old Firm derby.
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88 mins: Christie’s low effort is blocked and Celtic keep the pressure on before debutant Juranovic fires well over the top.
On comes Scott Arfield for Rangers, with Kent heading off.
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86 mins: This time Kyogo tries to square it inside the box when he probably should have pulled the trigger and Rangers can clear.
Time running out for Celtic.
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85 mins: Christie is absolutely furious with Kyogo, who is slipped inside that right channel and tries to fire a shot across McCrorie and into the bottom corner.
Christie had a simple tap-in if he’d have just squared the ball.
That could be so costly for Celtic.
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83 mins: Morelos is the man to make way for Sakala.
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81 mins: The Rangers crowd bay for a free-kick just outside the Celtic box after Morelos falls under pressure from Juranovic.
But referee Clancy is unmoved and replays show the Colombian striker merely lost his footing.
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77 mins: Half-chances for Kent and Morelos to double the Rangers lead, but 1-0 it remains as we close in on the final 10 minutes at Ibrox.
Is there a route back into this game for Celtic?
Fashion Sakala will be coming on for Rangers shortly.
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73 mins: A change from Rangers now as Roofe makes way for the fit-again John Lundstram.
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71 mins: Ange Postecoglou sent on Tom Rogic and Ismaila Soro after that goal, with Edouard and Turnbull withdrawn.
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69 mins: Celtic immediately had a chance to hit back after that Helander header, but McCrorie was again quick off his line to deny Kyogo.
Helander gets the subsequent corner clear.
GOAL! Rangers 1-0 Celtic | Filip Helander 66'
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66 mins: Deadlock broken and the roof comes off Ibrox.
Swedish centre-back Helander has a free run to attack Barisic’s corner from the right and powers an emphatic header past the helpless Hart.
Is Rangers’ excellent recent run of Old Firm results set to continue?
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63 mins: Ironic cheers from the Rangers fans as Turnbull somewhat greedily goes for goal himself from a free-kick and it’s a simple ball to deal with for McCrorie, who is then bumped needlessly by Edouard.
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60 mins: Celtic spring into life and force a corner on the left-hand side, but Turnbull’s delivery is disappointing and flies over everyone’s head before trickling out for a throw-in.
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57 mins: Another curling effort from Kent drifts wide after a decent Rangers move involving fine work from Roofe.
The ball is flying from end to end just at the moment, though Celtic have yet to have a shot in this second half.
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55 mins: Sustained pressure from Rangers, who have started this second half well, as they force the corner and Celtic defender Carl Starfelt makes an important headed intervention inside the six-yard box.
Another corner is headed over by Goldson.
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52 mins: Plenty of bluster and thunder again at the start of this second half and it still has the feel of a very open game.
But no further chances to speak of.
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46 mins: Back underway at Ibrox and Morelos quickly wins a free-kick that is driven into the wall poorly by Barisic.
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Rangers 0-0 Celtic
No shortage of tempo and effort in that first 45 minutes, but a distinct lack of quality in terms of final ball and decisions.
Kent came closest with a controlled, curling effort that bounced back off the post, while Edouard should have scored for Celtic, but saw an easy-looking tap-in bounce wide off his heel.
Davis’ late, tame free-kick for Rangers is the only effort on target thus far.
All to play for after the break, then.
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45 mins: Into one minute of added time at the end of the first half.
Christie misses the target for Celtic before Goldson’s error almost lets in Edouard, but Filip Helander gets across to cover.
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41 mins: Steven Davis goes for goal from a Rangers free-kick in a promising position, but it’s easily held by Hart.
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37 mins: The first yellow card of this Old Firm derby goes to Celtic’s Turnbull following a tussle with Goldson.
Morelos look to make contact with a decent ball into the Celtic box, but there’s a clear nudge on Welsh.
McGregor is very lucky to escape a caution for that foul on Joe Aribo.
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34 mins: A needless shove on Callum McGregor gives Celtic a free-kick wide on the right flank, but David Turnbull’s delivery is lacklustre and promptly cleared by the first defender.
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31 mins: Woodwork!
Kent’s curling, low right-footed effort smashes against the post after a good run from Roofe and excellent Morelos determination to keep a promising attack alive.
Hart was beaten.
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30 mins: Welsh brings down Morelos and Rangers have an excellent opportunity to swing a free-kick into the Celtic box from the left-hand side.
The initial delivery is headed away and Kent’s powerful follow-up effort is blocked before Celtic do eventually clear their lines.
Half an hour gone at Ibrox and it remains goalless.
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26 mins: Edouard combines well with Kyogo, who wants a penalty as he tries to nutmeg a Rangers defender on the deck.
His shouts for handball are ignored by referee Kevin Clancy.
At the other end, it’s solid defending from Anthony Ralston to foil Kent as a Rangers counter fizzles out.
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24 mins: That should be 1-0 to Celtic.
There are sights of goal at both ends, with Rangers goalkeeper Robby McCrorie racing out of his box to make a key clearance.
Celtic quickly come again and Kyogo lays it on a plate for Edouard, who has a simple tap-in but gets an easy finish all wrong on his right foot and the ball bounces out harmlessly off his heel for a goal kick.
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23 mins: 68% possession for Celtic over the last few minutes...
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19 mins: Chance for Celtic!
And it falls to top scorer Kyogo Furuhashi, who bends a shot wide of the far post after being allowed too much space following an unconvincing clearing header.
Better communication needed between captain Connor Goldson and Leon Balogun in that Rangers backline.
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16 mins: Rangers are asking a lot of the attacking questions just at the moment despite seeing less possession, though their final ball and decision-making in the final third has left a lot to be desired thus far.
That’s a dreadful effort from Kent that was never troubling Joe Hart.
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10 mins: Rangers go from defence to attack in the blink of an eye after a poor touch from Edouard and it’s the wrong decision on the final pass from Morelos, who doesn’t see a better run from Roofe inside the Celtic area as Stephen Welsh intervenes.
The subsequent corner is cleared.
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7 mins: Key defending from Barisic as he makes a vital clearance to prevent Celtic’s teenage forward Liel Abada from connecting with a dangerous loose ball inside that Rangers box.
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5 mins: A decent early tempo to this game as you might expect, with Ryan Christie seeing a powerful drive blocked.
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3 mins: A lively start and an early chance for Rangers after Celtic concede possession, with Kemar Roofe finding Borna Barisic, whose deflected cross is hooked over the bar by Alfredo Morelos.
A difficult finish, that.
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We are underway at a buzzing Ibrox!
This is set up to be a cracker...
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Here come the teams at a bouncing Ibrox - the home fans are making some atmosphere!
No Celtic fans at Ibrox
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There are no Celtic fans in attendance at a rocking Ibrox today.
That is after Rangers withdrew their offer of some 700 tickets, per Sky Sports, with their rivals apparently unable to guarantee that a similar arrangement would be in place for the clash at Parkhead on January 2.
No Gerrard at Ibrox today
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To confirm, it will be Gary McAllister leading Rangers from the dugout once again this afternoon.
But he insists he has spoken to the isolating Steven Gerrard plenty over the last 24 hours...
Juranovic debut for Celtic; Edouard starts
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It’s two changes for Celtic from the team that still reached the Europa League group stage despite Thursday’s 2-1 second-leg defeat at AZ Alkmaar.
Croatian international full-back Josip Juranovic - a new signing from Legia Warsaw - starts in place of the injured Greg Taylor, while the in-demand Odsonne Edouard replaces Tom Rogic.
Top scorer Kyogo Furuhashi is fit to start as hoped, while Joe Hart gets his first taste of the Old Firm derby.
Three changes for Rangers
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So Rangers make three changes to the side that drew with Alashkert in Armenia on Thursday to book their place in the Europa League group stage.
Leon Balogun, Kemar Roofe and Ryan Kent come into the starting XI picked by Steven Gerrard, with Nathan Patterson missing out as he self-isolates after being deemed a close contact.
Scott Arfield and Ianis Hagi drop to the bench, but there is still no Allan McGregor, Jon McLaughlin, James Tavernier, Scott Wright or Calvin Bassey.
John Lundstram, Juninho Bacuna, Fashion Sakala and Kieran Wright all come onto the bench.
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Hart, Ralston, Starfelt, Welsh, Juranovic, Christie, McGregor, Turnbull, Abada, Edouard, Furuhashi
Subs: Bitton, Ajeti, Soro, Rogic, Urhoghide, Bain, Montgomery
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McCrorie, Balogun, Goldson, Helander, Barisic, Kamara, Davis, Aribo, Roofe, Morelos, Kent
Subs: Lundstram, Hagi, Itten, Bacuna, Sakala, Arfield, Kieran Wright
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Meanwhile, Gary McAllister believes Rangers have the necessary depth to cope with their Covid problem and has backed whoever plays today to have the motivation necessary to get a result.
“We will just deal with this day-by-day and are being guided by the governing bodies," he said.
"Whoever is available on the day will get on with the job. I am in constant contact with the manager and we will be bolstered with some players coming back from suspension and niggling injuries.
"It is a massive game and a game that every player would love to play in, whether you've played with the Old Firm or are watching from the outside - it catches the imagination.
"The intensity of the game and build-up to the game is big. We have a group of players here who are looking forward to it because it is a game for big players to produce moments.
"Generally, these games can be decided on a mistake or set-piece but it just demands such serious concentration and focus so that's what I'll be asking the players if I'm in charge - just be concentrated and focused for the job at hand."
Postecoglou: Old Firm derby has ‘worldwide significance’
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The importance of the Old Firm derby is certainly not lost on new Australian Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou, who faces Rangers for the first time today.
“Obviously each derby game has its own significance,” he said. “This one has worldwide significance in that it’s one of the most famous fixtures globally. So you understand the significance of it.
“Whilst as a manager sometimes you say, ‘It’s just another game’, well this is not, because of what it means, particularly to our supporters, and what it means to this football club.
“It’s a big game, it’s one of the fixtures you look forward to every year. It’s going to be a cracking atmosphere and it’s what we want to be involved in.
“We want to be involved in big games where there’s extra significance to the result and that will certainly be the case on Sunday.”
He added: “It’s a big fixture in Oz and many pubs across the country, if they weren’t in lockdown at the moment, in most of the major cities there, the pubs around midnight usually get fairly busy with interest on both sides of the camp.
“It’s not lost, the significance of this fixture for me, because, growing up in Australia, there are a couple of games every year from around the world that everyone tuned into, and this was certainly one of them.”
Gerrard to return to dugout?
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So will Steven Gerrard return to the Rangers dugout for such a crucial clash this afternoon?
“The thing is, whoever is in charge and whatever squad and whatever players are available for the game, we are looking forward to it,” said assistant Gary McAllister after Thursday’s goalless draw away at Alashkert.
“We will be totally committed and we will be well prepared.
“The build up to this game is always the same, I can feel it over here in Armenia. Our players will be busting to get on this pitch on Sunday, whoever it is, whoever makes it, whoever is available.
“The facts are we have a few players coming back. It has been a wee bit disjointed at the start of the season but it is issues that every club has had to deal with.”
Celtic predicted lineup
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Meanwhile, here’s how Celtic could shape up today...
Hart; Ralston, Starfelt, Welsh, Montgomery; Christie, McGregor, Turnbull; Abada, Edouard, Furuhashi
Rangers predicted lineup
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Those potential absentees make predicting a Rangers starting XI for this afternoon rather tricky, but here’s how Standard Sport sees the hosts lining up at Ibrox...
McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Helander, Barisic; Aribo, Davis, Kamara; Hagi, Morelos, Kent
Rangers vs Celtic prediction
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Three points in this clash could prove the difference come the end of the season, but with both squads having endured difficult European encounters in midweek, it wouldn’t be a surprise if some energy levels aren’t as high as they might otherwise have been.
They say that form goes out the window when these two old enemies meet, but we’re predicting a low-scoring draw.
Celtic team news
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Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou will be sweating on the fitness of Greg Taylor and Kyogo Furuhashi, who were both forced off the pitch with injuries picked up in the defeat against AZ Alkmaar on Thursday.
James McCarthy and James Forrest are pushing to be involved after missing the trip to the Netherlands.
Josip Juranovic could make his debut, but Christopher Jullien (knee), Mikey Johnston (hamstring) and Karamoko Dembele (ankle) remain sidelined.
Rangers team news
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A possible Covid-19 outbreak in the Rangers camp impacted their midweek Europa League play-off second leg against Alashkert in Armenia, with Allan McGregor, Jon McLaughlin, James Tavernier, Scott Wright, Calvin Bassey and Ryan Kent all missing the game - along with manager Steven Gerrard - due to self-isolation.
However, it was unclear who had tested positive or indeed who might be able to return today, with assistant Gary McAllister potentially the main man in the dugout once again.
However, Rangers will be able to call upon Kemar Roofe and John Lundstram, who return from their respective European suspensions.
Scott Arfield is also expected to be fit after a foot issue.
How to watch Rangers vs Celtic
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TV channel: The match will be televised on Sky Sports’ Football and Main Event channels.
Live stream: Sky Sports subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or Sky Go app.
Date, kick-off time and venue
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Rangers vs Celtic is scheduled for 12pm BST kick-off today - Sunday, August 29, 2021.
The match will be held at Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow
Welcome to Rangers vs Celtic LIVE coverage
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Good morning and welcome to Standard Sport’s latest football LIVE coverage!
First up today we are focused on events north of the border, where fierce Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic clash in the first Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox.
Stay tuned for match build-up, latest team news and live updates!
You won’t want to miss it...