Full time: Rangers 0 Celtic 2
That's it. Goals from Rogic and Griffiths the difference. Celtic streets ahead, as evidenced by the fact that they kept Dembele on the bench for 80 minutes. Rangers tried hard and had a few moments, but there was a big gulf in class here.
Relative to other editions of this fixture, it was largely contested sportingly: hard but fair.
We will be treated to five minutes of extras. Tierney crosses low and hard, Dembele a gnat's whisker away from adding a third. Forrest also keen to get another. Lashes it. Turned behind for Celtic's 1,000,000th corner. Comes to nothing.
The fourth official has indicated that there will be five minutes of additional time added at the end of the ninety.— Rangers FC (@RangersFC) September 23, 2017
"This is so NAUGHTY WORD easy" chant the Celtic fans. Sky turn their microphones down.
Celtic have their tenth corner, play it short. Rangers cannot get the ball off them. Lustig tries his luck. Easy get.
Rangers go route one. Long ball. Herrera heads it on. Morelos onto the ball, under pressure from Simunovic, fires over.
Rangers fans might, I think, be proud of the effort the team are putting in. Tavernier is giving his all down the right here as he tries to find an opening.
But now Celtic break, Armstrong plays it through to Dembele... who is just offside.
84' SUB: Final change of the game for the Light Blues as Daniel Candeias comes off and he is replaced by Aaron Nemane. pic.twitter.com/biQiY25RIm— Rangers FC (@RangersFC) September 23, 2017
Morelos and Gordon go for a high ball and the Celtic keeper comes off very much the worst. Crunched to the floor. Hope he is okay.
Leigh Griffiths, bless him, comes off. M Dembele comes on. That is not a great sight for the Rangers boys.
50,116 is the attendance.
78' - Dangerous low cross from @Callummcgregor8 which forces McCrorie to turn the ball behind for a corner, which is cleared. [0-2]— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017
Rangers are tiring more than Celtic. The hosts have had neither ball nor territory for several minutes. Griffiths takes a good corner, Simunovic heads over.
A so-so affair, this. Celtic are superior in pretty much every department and, in all honesty, are winning this in third gear. No Rangers person would admit it, but I think they would settle for 0-2 now, and indeed they would probably have taken that before the match as well, if they were honest. You have a puncher's chance in an Old Firm game no matter how inferior you are to the opponent, but what Rangers really needed was a feisty encounter with a Celtic player sent off. The referee could have helped matters by giving that penalty early on. But didn't. Ibrox ain't what it used to be, eh?
Daniel Candeias into the book for a dirty tackle. Tierney his victim.
Windas is coming off, Herrera is on. His first action is to clear a freekick.
69' SUB: Celtic bring on James Forrest to replace Patrick Roberts at Ibrox. Celtic are leading 2:0 with twenty minutes remaining.— Rangers FC (@RangersFC) September 23, 2017
Candeias spots Tavernier making a great inside run. Roberts undone. Tavernier slots it. Ooh he should have done more.
GOAL! CELTIC! LEIGH GRIFFITHS
Lovely slide rule pass from Roberts, carving open the home side's high defensive press. Griffiths latest onto it. It's the perfect ball. Griffiths does his part, low and hard shot. Only one touch needed: the shot. Excellent finish from Griffiths and the Bears have a mountain to climb now. Rangers 0 Celtic 2 (Griffiths 65)
Dorrans whips a ball in, Beckhamesque from the right wing. Miller gets his header on target, but easy for the keeper.
Morelos and Boyata have been battling all game. The Celtic man is booked for hauling his opponent down; or, to be more accurate, for persistent fouling of which this was the latest.
Rogic comes off. McGregor the man to come on.
Fotheringham touch and distribution awful. Sinclair ghosts away form Tavernier like he's not there. Men against boys stuff, that. Fires over.
Lame freekick from Rangers. They lack passing/delivery ability as a team.
Griffths clatters Windass.
Rangers have responded really well since going behind. Windass crushes a shot at goal, not far away.
And they make good use of it! Craig Gordon has to produce a super save. Deep ball, Miller heads it back in. Gordon has denied Morelos from point-blank! Great goalkeeping.
Windass breaks and steams down the left, cannot find a final ball, but they get a corner nonetheless.
Rangers first corner. Celtic have had at least six I counted.
Short delay: somebody has thrown a flare onto the pitch. Rangers use the opportunity to bring on Miller in place of Carlos Pena.
GOAL CELTIC! It's Rogic!
No surprise. Rangers have been pinned in their own final third since the interval. They fail to clear here, Hodson culpable. Celtic's Roberts gets a scuffed shot away, it drops to Rogic, and he smashes it into the roof of the net. Rangers 0 Celtic 1 (Rogic 50)
Tavernier slips, and Sinclair pounces, he gets to the byline. This looks very bad for the Bloys in Blue! Griffiths meets the ball, he shoots, but McCrorie gets a block on it. Lucky for Rangers. Corner taken by Griffiths is a good one. Cleared.
Boyata is alright by the way. The Celts kick off.
Players back out
Scott has managed to get onto the park without attacking a Rangers player / a Rangers coach / a bin / himself. So it's all systems go.
Half time: Rangers 0 Celtic 0
Scott Brown and Pedro Caixinha square up on the touchline! Jack defuses the situation.
Plenty of pressure from Celtic. Roberts has his man on toast. It's cut back to Lustig. Awful effort, way over.
Dedryk Boyata needs treatment.
Agricultural stuff from Morelos as he goes in hard on Boyata. He gets the first yellow of the game.
Young McCrorie with an excellent intervention after Griffiths killed the ball with a classy touch.
Morelos now caught offside for the FOURTH time
If Rangers can just hang on, there's plenty of reason for encouragement in this first half.
Boyata allowed to wander through the Rangers final third. Slides it to Armstrong, who is through in the box, looking most dangerous. But he slips over! That was a let-off for Rangers.
Shot! Good run and wriggle from Armstrong, hits it low and not far from being a goal.
Tierney with a big tackle on Candeias. Gets the ball, and plenty of the player, too.
Roberts beats his man, and shoots low and hard. Decent stop from close range.
Chance! Great deep cross from Tavernier... Morelos has got free from Lustig at the back post. He cannot apply the finish.
Morelos with some decent hold-up play, he waits for Dorrans. Dorrans has a woeful shot. His second such of the game, actually: his effort of a couple of minutes ago was so lame that I felt embarrassed for him.
Crowd boo a foul by Celtic. But a poor bit of play now from Morelos, who wanders offside from the freekick.
Candeias slings the ball in, Tavernier heads, Gordon punches it to safety.
No significant aggro or flashpoint yet.
Griffiths and McCrorie battle again. The ref, incorrectly so far as I can see, gives a corner. But Rangers can break! Pena runs with the ball, he has three colleagues for company. Takes the wrong option.
A litany of mistakes from both sides in this passage of play. Both sides giving it away gormlessly and cheaply.
Windass pushes Lustig.
Celtic were all over Rangers in the first few minutes but Rangers have dug in well and are more or less on terms now.
Griffiths, though, is able to find space. He curls a handy shot at the keeper. Saved.
Tierney with a nice bit of vision, spotting an opening gap and skipping into it. His weak shot is an unworthy end product.
Tavernier impressing for Rangers. Hurtles down the right, crosses, looking for Morelos. It's cut out.
Attempting to hurdle Simunovic, Morelos is down in the area and hits the deck flamboyantly. Ref's not buying. The rather extravagant way he went down probably didn't help his cause, but on second look, that's probably a penalty.
McCrorie sticking like glue to Griffiths, and he denies the striker a chance to latch onto a long ball.
Windass nutmegs Scott Brown.
Coming soon to a pitch near you: Scott Brown kicks a lump out of Windass.
Now Tierney gets free down the left, picks out Leigh Griffiths at the back stick. Leigh should have done better with his header there.
Roberts is everywhere. Rangers cut open again. You fear the worst for the boys in Blue here.
Good early settler for young McCrorie as he times a tackle perfectly in the box, Rogic was looking v dangerous.
Excellent, quick diagonal run from Roberts. Jack stops the run in the only way he can: he pushes the Celtic player in the back. Leigh Griffths whips the freekick past the wall, and not far away from the goal.
We've had our first big tackle of the day. And it's Windass on... Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha! He slides into touch and cleans out his gaffer.
But it's Celtic who have the first effort, as Rogic drives forward and hits a stinging shot. Tipped behind for a corner. They clear that, but it comes back in. Another corner. This time, Fotheringham gathers it okay.
Rangers kick off.
Seven of them have not played in an OF game before. McCrorie at centre half is making his full debut for Rangers today. Quite the start....
Roddy Forsyth at Ibrox
"Celtic fans are in full voice during the warm-up," he writes.
And here's Roddy's piece on Celtic
As surely as the trees have begun to shed their autumnal foliage, the calendar also includes provision for the repetitive claim that no one outside the Celtic and Rangers bubble cares about the Old Firm rivalry.
Sure enough, just ahead of the season’s first instalment of the Glasgow schism, along came Craig Bellamy to state that when he spent six months as a Hoops employee “nobody in England gave a damn”.
The former Wales forward added that Brendan Rodgers will find it tough to get a Premier League job of the standard with which he was entrusted at Liverpool.
Naturally, as Celtic prepare for the short trip to Ibrox, the matter was raised with the Parkhead manager.
Here's Roddy Forsyth how the managers see the game
Old Firm matches frequently evoke comparisons with the Richter scale and declarations that Glasgow is the epicentre of football rivalries but, no matter how the first derby of the season turns out at Ibrox on Saturday, events in Mexico have ruled out those analogies for Pedro Caixinha.
When news of the earthquake broke on Tuesday, his response was to contact Santos Laguna, the Mexican club he managed between 2013 and 2015.
“The first thing I did was send a message to Alejandro Irarragorri who is Santos’ president. He lives in Mexico City and said everything was OK,” admitted the Rangers manager, who was also concerned about his two Mexican signings, Carlos Pena and Eduardo Herrera.
“Our players have family and we sent them messages to make sure everything is OK and fortunately no one that I know was involved in that. Everything is OK with Herrera’s family and also Pena’s. When this sort of catastrophe happens a football game is nothing, right?”
One-man wolfpack Kris Boyd is at it again in the papers today, this time, using his column in the Scottish Sun for a pop at Bruno Alves, who is not at Ibrox.
Injured or not, Bruno Alves should be at Ibrox doing everything he can to help Rangers get a result against Celtic.
The fact he’s in Madrid is an utter shambles.
What are the predictions? You've got to have this down as an away win, don't you? But these fixtures have a habit of throwing up surprises.
So that's a pretty strong XI for Celtic. In an ideal world they'd have Demebele to start, I guess. But I'd rather be in Brendan Rodgers' shoes than Pedro Caixinha's.
Rangers with some notable absences: skipper Lee Wallace (groin), centre half Danny Wilson too. Ditto Niko Kranjcar and Jordan Rossiter both remain out with knee problems.
Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Simunovic, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Armstrong, Roberts, Rogic, Sinclair, Griffiths
Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Cardoso, Hodson, Candeias, Dorrans, Jack, Pena, Windass, Morelos. Subs: Alnwick, A Wilson, Dalcio, Holt, Nemane, Miller, Herrera
Good day, sports fans!
Tyers here, looking forward to bringing you live blog updates from this singular fixture. Rangers v Celtic at Ibrox. Team news coming up, kick off is at high noon.
What is it?
One of the biggest, and bitterest, rivalries in world football - the Old Firm derby between Glasgow giants Rangers and Celtic.
When is it?
Saturday, September 23.
What time is kick-off?
It's a lunchtime start - 12 o'clock.
What TV channel is it on?
Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football from 11.30am. Or, if you don't have Sky, you can follow all the live action right here when this very page turns into our live blog.
What is the team news?
Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha is keeping his fingers crossed that his defensive crisis does not deepen.
Skipper Lee Wallace (groin) and centre-back Danny Wilson (calf) are both definitely out, while Bruno Alves (calf) and Declan John (thigh) are facing a race against time to be fit. If Alves fails to recover, it could mean a first start for youngster Ross McCrorie.
Wes Foderingham will return in goal while Kenny Miller could also start after both men were rested for Tuesday's win over Partick Thistle, but midfielders Niko Kranjcar and Jordan Rossiter remain out with knee problems.
Jozo Simunovic should be back for Celtic. The centre-back missed the midweek win at Dundee with a swollen knee but has resumed training.
Striker Moussa Dembele is back in the squad after being rested for the trip to Tayside while defender Erik Sviatchenko and midfielder Eboue Kouassi (both knee) are working their way back to full fitness.
What are they saying?
Pedro Caixinha has warned striker Alfredo Morelos to keep a lid on his emotions because he fears Celtic will set out to 'provoke' him:
"He's young, he's gifted and he's scoring goals. He's enjoying playing games but he needs to control his emotional side. I need to send an alert and that alert is that I know he is going to be provoked.
"My concern and my job is making him calm and not responding to that. But he's a guy that when things are growing and the environment is getting hot, he's not stepping back and he faces the challenge.
"He just needs to understand how to face the challenge - because he is going to be challenged.
"I want him to have his temperament. If I take his temperament out then he's losing his identity. He just needs to know how to control it. Especially in situations that are normal or when things are coming already as part of a game plan."
Brendan Rodgers believes Morelos will not need the provocation that Rangers counterpart Pedro Caixinha expects:
"It is not really something we concentrate on. I don't think he needs any help in that, watching the game the other night against Partick. We really concentrate on ourselves.
"He is a young boy who has come into the country and started his campaign well. He has got some goals and wants to score goals and sometimes when you are young you can get a wee bit fired up, but we concentrate on our own work.
"We always respect the other team and their qualities and focus very much on ourselves to get a good performance and result."
What does the table look like?
What are the odds?
Rangers to win 7/2
Celtic to win 4/6
What's our prediction?
Last season Rangers lost three of their four showdowns with the unbeaten Hoops - including two 5-1 drubbings. Expect an away win. Predicted score: 1-3