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Scottish clubs set national charity records, with SPFL now 'fourth most community-focused league in the world'

Scottish football has not been at the top table of international competition for 20 years – hence the SFA’s urgent desire to find a manager with the Midas touch – but the country’s clubs have never been more successful at providing aid to charities and worthy causes in their communities. Independent research commissioned by the Scottish Professional Football League has revealed that 770,000 local people – an annual increase of over 60,000 - have been engaged in community initiatives involving all 42 league clubs. The research also found that season ticket holders were well served by making a commitment to back their team throughout the campaign. Headline figures show that clubs engaged with approximately 772,000 people via community activity in season 2016/17, many supported by programmes run and organised by the SPFL Trust, the charitable arm of the league. Around 86 per cent of all clubs provide free tickets to matches for community groups, charities and other worthy causes, with an estimated total of 84,000 donated last season. The number of clubs offering free admission to children has risen to 62 per cent, up 5 per cent on last year’s figure.      The average maximum saving for supporters across all four divisions buying a 2017/18 season ticket is £96.20, when compared with paying at the gate. Attendance figures also told an encouraging story, with total crowds for the four Ladbrokes divisions exceeding four million in season 2016/17, a 12 per cent increase year on year, while almost a quarter of a million supporters attended the first two matches of the 2017/18 season to set a new record for the SPFL. Nicky Reid, chief executive of the SPFL Trust, said: “The recent Responsiball annual report now places the SPFL as the fourth most community-focused league in the world, based on their analysis of the 25 biggest national competitions. “A rise of three places year on year, shows that this is an area of significant strength and opportunity for Scottish football.  In the past year, the SPFL Trust and our clubs have been trusted to work on projects funded by the Scottish Government, Big Lottery Fund, Erasmus, Scottish Water, Kinder+Sport, and the SPFL itself amongst others.  “Our Trusted Trophy Tour also visited more than 20 clubs and demonstrated the power that football has for good across a wide range of projects. Trust is hard-earned and we all accept the responsibilities that come with that, but the direction of travel is extremely positive.” The SFA, meanwhile, announced that its Elite club football academies are Aberdeen, Celtic, Hamilton, Heart of Midlothian, Hibernian, Kilmarnock, Motherwell and Rangers. The second-tier Progressive grade consists of Ayr United, Dundee United, Forth Valley, Inverness Caledonian Thistle, Partick Thistle, Ross County,St Mirren and St Johnstone. The third-tier Progressive level academies are Dundee, Fife, Greenock Morton and Queen’s Park. Scottish FA Performance Director Malky Mackay said: “What I would like to stress is that the bandings are not fixed and they will be reassessed in June 2018. No door is closed to clubs outside of the Elite bracket with aspirations to move up.”

Three standout performers from the win over Partick Thistle

Three standout performers from the win over Partick Thistle

Celtic make history as 4-0 win over St Johnstone takes unbeaten record to 63

Celtic on Saturday surpassed the century-old UK record for successive unbeaten domestic matches when they extended their sequence to 63 games with a straightforward victory over St Johnstone in Perth, where Scott Sinclair set them on their way to a 4-0 win. By a quixotic twist of fortune, the record that was set against St Johnstone got under way in the aftermath of a 2-1 defeat at McDiarmid Park on May 11, 2016 when Ronny Deila was still in charge in the east end of Glasgow. The Celtic management team have consistently asserted that the accumulation of unbeaten outings has not featured in team talks, but its significance was underlined on this occasion by the selection of the same players who started in Tuesday’s match against Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stage meeting at Parkhead. Saints had no such comfort, having failed to score since their 2-1 home victory over Hamilton Academical on Sept 23. An unfortunate susceptibility to injury contributed to that melancholy record and the casualty list was again a factor, with Tommy Wright forced to operate without Murray Davidson and Brian Easton, while Michael O’Halloran was judged to have only sufficient fitness for a place on the bench. One of those restored to the home side was Steven MacLean, who was swiftly afforded two tantalising glimpses of goal because of hesitancy by Nir Bitton. The Israeli midfielder, acting once more as a stopgap central defender, was ambushed by the Saints striker on the edge of the Celtic box but managed to retrieve possession before damage could be inflicted. Bitton was fortunate again when he let a dropping ball bounce in front of him, but again MacLean was unable to take advantage. The St Johnstone forward nearly made amends with an audacious lob from 40 yards which almost caught Craig Gordon off his line, but the effort went just over the top. Celtic had not displayed much menace despite controlling 75 per cent of possession but they made the breakthrough with a corner kick straight from the training ground with which Stuart Armstrong found Scott Sinclair alone inside the box for a rising shot to net his 11th goal of the campaign. After the break, a header off the line by Aaron Comrie denied Dedryck Boyata what would have been Celtic’s second, but the progression was merely postponed until the 72nd minute, when Moussa Dembele flicked an Armstrong cutback past Zander Clark, before contributing with a cutback of his own which was turned in by Steven Anderson. The rout was completed by Olivier Ntcham with a shot from the edge of the box to make it 4-0. Olivier Ntcham wrapped up the scoring with Celtic's fourth with a minute of normal time remaining Credit: Getty Images Elsewhere, Graeme Murty, Rangers’ caretaker manager and coach of the club’s under-20s, admitted that he had thought about leaving Ibrox if he is not offered the vacant manager’s job. However, Murty, who has been asked by the Rangers directors to take charge of the first team twice this year – first when Mark Warburton left in March and then when Pedro Caixinha departed last month – asserted that he had more to gain from staying in place than by taking a manager’s job at a smaller outfit. “I’ve been thinking about that one for a while - not at the moment,” he said. “I’m in possibly the best learning environment that I’ve been in, personally and professionally. “If the board ask someone else to come in and I was to go back to the under-20s, I wouldn’t think about that. If I was to go back to the under-20s, I have a fantastic project there that I can get my teeth into. “Potentially, that is how we make up ground but, however we do it, the club is structured and geared and driving towards making that gap non-existent. We want to be challenging right at the top and experiencing some fantastic European evenings. “The players have an opportunity. All I see at the moment is potential, and a pathway that is there for them to go and play in the Rangers first-team as a player. If the player is good enough, if they are driven enough, if they are hungry enough, that is what they have to be. “The bottom line is that they won’t get any special dispensation because they are home-grown. They will get special dispensation if they are good, good players.” Murty kept up his good record as interim with Rangers achieving a 3-0 win over Partick Thistle at Ibrox on Saturday that included a first goal for the club for young defender Ross McCrorie. Daniel Candeias and Josh Windass also netted. Hamilton held Aberdeen 2-2, with Hibernian now two points behind Derek McInnes’s side after a 2-1 victory against bottom-placed Dundee. Ross County triumphed 3-2 at home versus Motherwell. 

Celtic make history as 4-0 win over St Johnstone takes unbeaten record to 63

Celtic on Saturday surpassed the century-old UK record for successive unbeaten domestic matches when they extended their sequence to 63 games with a straightforward victory over St Johnstone in Perth, where Scott Sinclair set them on their way to a 4-0 win. By a quixotic twist of fortune, the record that was set against St Johnstone got under way in the aftermath of a 2-1 defeat at McDiarmid Park on May 11, 2016 when Ronny Deila was still in charge in the east end of Glasgow. The Celtic management team have consistently asserted that the accumulation of unbeaten outings has not featured in team talks, but its significance was underlined on this occasion by the selection of the same players who started in Tuesday’s match against Bayern Munich in the Champions League group stage meeting at Parkhead. Saints had no such comfort, having failed to score since their 2-1 home victory over Hamilton Academical on Sept 23. An unfortunate susceptibility to injury contributed to that melancholy record and the casualty list was again a factor, with Tommy Wright forced to operate without Murray Davidson and Brian Easton, while Michael O’Halloran was judged to have only sufficient fitness for a place on the bench. One of those restored to the home side was Steven MacLean, who was swiftly afforded two tantalising glimpses of goal because of hesitancy by Nir Bitton. The Israeli midfielder, acting once more as a stopgap central defender, was ambushed by the Saints striker on the edge of the Celtic box but managed to retrieve possession before damage could be inflicted. Bitton was fortunate again when he let a dropping ball bounce in front of him, but again MacLean was unable to take advantage. The St Johnstone forward nearly made amends with an audacious lob from 40 yards which almost caught Craig Gordon off his line, but the effort went just over the top. Celtic had not displayed much menace despite controlling 75 per cent of possession but they made the breakthrough with a corner kick straight from the training ground with which Stuart Armstrong found Scott Sinclair alone inside the box for a rising shot to net his 11th goal of the campaign. After the break, a header off the line by Aaron Comrie denied Dedryck Boyata what would have been Celtic’s second, but the progression was merely postponed until the 72nd minute, when Moussa Dembele flicked an Armstrong cutback past Zander Clark, before contributing with a cutback of his own which was turned in by Steven Anderson. The rout was completed by Olivier Ntcham with a shot from the edge of the box to make it 4-0. Olivier Ntcham wrapped up the scoring with Celtic's fourth with a minute of normal time remaining Credit: Getty Images Elsewhere, Graeme Murty, Rangers’ caretaker manager and coach of the club’s under-20s, admitted that he had thought about leaving Ibrox if he is not offered the vacant manager’s job. However, Murty, who has been asked by the Rangers directors to take charge of the first team twice this year – first when Mark Warburton left in March and then when Pedro Caixinha departed last month – asserted that he had more to gain from staying in place than by taking a manager’s job at a smaller outfit. “I’ve been thinking about that one for a while - not at the moment,” he said. “I’m in possibly the best learning environment that I’ve been in, personally and professionally. “If the board ask someone else to come in and I was to go back to the under-20s, I wouldn’t think about that. If I was to go back to the under-20s, I have a fantastic project there that I can get my teeth into. “Potentially, that is how we make up ground but, however we do it, the club is structured and geared and driving towards making that gap non-existent. We want to be challenging right at the top and experiencing some fantastic European evenings. “The players have an opportunity. All I see at the moment is potential, and a pathway that is there for them to go and play in the Rangers first-team as a player. If the player is good enough, if they are driven enough, if they are hungry enough, that is what they have to be. “The bottom line is that they won’t get any special dispensation because they are home-grown. They will get special dispensation if they are good, good players.” Murty kept up his good record as interim with Rangers achieving a 3-0 win over Partick Thistle at Ibrox on Saturday that included a first goal for the club for young defender Ross McCrorie. Daniel Candeias and Josh Windass also netted. Hamilton held Aberdeen 2-2, with Hibernian now two points behind Derek McInnes’s side after a 2-1 victory against bottom-placed Dundee. Ross County triumphed 3-2 at home versus Motherwell. 

Graeme Murty may 'even crack a smile' if offered Rangers job full time 

Graeme Murty declared himself ready and capable of becoming Rangers’ next manager, if the Ibrox directors rate him in his second spell as interim manager. The 42-year-old former Scotland, Southampton and Reading defender is in fourth place at 8-1 in the bookies’ odds, with Derek McInnes still front-runner, despite a dramatic repricing of David Moyes from 20-1 outsider to 9-2 second favourite, and Alan Pardew in third place. Murty, though, has already produced notable results, like the 1-1 draw at Celtic Park in March when he acted as caretaker between the tenures of Mark Warburton and Pedro Caixinha. When Murty took over from Caixinha last week, he supervised a 3-1 victory over Hearts at Murrayfield. Asked if he felt he could handle the position on a longer basis, Murty replied: “If the board said, ‘Graeme, it’s yours. Take it’ – fantastic, great. I might even crack a smile! You would be crazy to turn this job down. “For all that it’s a high-powered and high-pressured job, and very much in the media spotlight, I have said before that this is one of the stellar jobs in British football. You can’t turn it down, as I couldn’t turn it down when the board said to me: ‘Would you step up?’ “Actually, this week has been really enjoyable. It’s been bright and it’s been a real pleasure to get on the training pitch and get to know the players better. “It is a bit different from last time because I’m having to build new relationships with people I didn’t previously know. There can be a disconnect when that happens so it’s up to the staff that we make them as comfortable as possible and get to know them as people, and not just as players. Murty first took charge after Mark Warburton left and supervised a draw with Celtic Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire “I’ve had a good chat with a few of them. They now know how I like to work. They’ve sat in with me and know the standards I like. I believe they’ve understood what I am about.” Rangers host Partick Thistle on Saturday at Ibrox, where a minute’s Remembrance silence will be observed. “That is something that’ll touch a lot of people, just for the day that it is,” Murty said. “After that I will be happier if the players go and take a really good week of training into the game. If so I’ll enjoy my day more. If not then I won’t.” This weekend’s fixture card is the last before the international break and the likelihood is that the Ibrox board will make an appointment in the two weeks before the league resumes. Asked if he could present a sustainable plan to the directors if required, Murty said: “Yeah. If they ask me for one, I can bring it. I haven’t looked that far forward. “If the club were to say to me ‘Graeme, we like what you’ve done, we’d like you to have a go at it’ – then I would start to think about other issues but, as far as I’m concerned, I’m in this seat just to go and do a job to the best of my ability. If that impresses people, great, but it will only impress people if I’m conscientious, dedicated and make the team better.” Murty revealed that he had been hillwalking on Thursday with his wife, Karen, but although the weather was glorious and the views panoramic, he had been lost in contemplation of tactical options for the Partick match until she reprimanded him. “She asked me a question and I was like ‘hmm?’ She knew exactly what I had been thinking about and where I was coming from,” he said. “She had some short, sharp words for me and I focused back in again. “It’s just the nature of the game. It is all consuming and so it should be because it’s a fantastic experience. That I’m sitting at home thinking about patterns of play for Rangers Football Club still sends shivers down my spine. “It is not fair to say that Mrs Murty does not want me to become the manager of Rangers in any shape or form. If anything, she wants me to stop doing myself down and to have more belief in myself because she has lots of belief in me. “Just because I talk about the collective, about empowering players – that doesn’t mean I don’t believe in my own ability. It doesn’t mean I don’t believe I can do this job. It’s that I believe in empowering people. “The first goal against Hearts told me a lot. All 10 outfield players celebrated. Then we score again and everyone celebrates. Then we score again and the bench is jumping and bouncing. The sensation in the dressing room after the game was fantastic – no splits, nobody pulling in another direction. That’s what I like to see.”

Graeme Murty may 'even crack a smile' if offered Rangers job full time 

Graeme Murty declared himself ready and capable of becoming Rangers’ next manager, if the Ibrox directors rate him in his second spell as interim manager. The 42-year-old former Scotland, Southampton and Reading defender is in fourth place at 8-1 in the bookies’ odds, with Derek McInnes still front-runner, despite a dramatic repricing of David Moyes from 20-1 outsider to 9-2 second favourite, and Alan Pardew in third place. Murty, though, has already produced notable results, like the 1-1 draw at Celtic Park in March when he acted as caretaker between the tenures of Mark Warburton and Pedro Caixinha. When Murty took over from Caixinha last week, he supervised a 3-1 victory over Hearts at Murrayfield. Asked if he felt he could handle the position on a longer basis, Murty replied: “If the board said, ‘Graeme, it’s yours. Take it’ – fantastic, great. I might even crack a smile! You would be crazy to turn this job down. “For all that it’s a high-powered and high-pressured job, and very much in the media spotlight, I have said before that this is one of the stellar jobs in British football. You can’t turn it down, as I couldn’t turn it down when the board said to me: ‘Would you step up?’ “Actually, this week has been really enjoyable. It’s been bright and it’s been a real pleasure to get on the training pitch and get to know the players better. “It is a bit different from last time because I’m having to build new relationships with people I didn’t previously know. There can be a disconnect when that happens so it’s up to the staff that we make them as comfortable as possible and get to know them as people, and not just as players. Murty first took charge after Mark Warburton left and supervised a draw with Celtic Credit: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire “I’ve had a good chat with a few of them. They now know how I like to work. They’ve sat in with me and know the standards I like. I believe they’ve understood what I am about.” Rangers host Partick Thistle on Saturday at Ibrox, where a minute’s Remembrance silence will be observed. “That is something that’ll touch a lot of people, just for the day that it is,” Murty said. “After that I will be happier if the players go and take a really good week of training into the game. If so I’ll enjoy my day more. If not then I won’t.” This weekend’s fixture card is the last before the international break and the likelihood is that the Ibrox board will make an appointment in the two weeks before the league resumes. Asked if he could present a sustainable plan to the directors if required, Murty said: “Yeah. If they ask me for one, I can bring it. I haven’t looked that far forward. “If the club were to say to me ‘Graeme, we like what you’ve done, we’d like you to have a go at it’ – then I would start to think about other issues but, as far as I’m concerned, I’m in this seat just to go and do a job to the best of my ability. If that impresses people, great, but it will only impress people if I’m conscientious, dedicated and make the team better.” Murty revealed that he had been hillwalking on Thursday with his wife, Karen, but although the weather was glorious and the views panoramic, he had been lost in contemplation of tactical options for the Partick match until she reprimanded him. “She asked me a question and I was like ‘hmm?’ She knew exactly what I had been thinking about and where I was coming from,” he said. “She had some short, sharp words for me and I focused back in again. “It’s just the nature of the game. It is all consuming and so it should be because it’s a fantastic experience. That I’m sitting at home thinking about patterns of play for Rangers Football Club still sends shivers down my spine. “It is not fair to say that Mrs Murty does not want me to become the manager of Rangers in any shape or form. If anything, she wants me to stop doing myself down and to have more belief in myself because she has lots of belief in me. “Just because I talk about the collective, about empowering players – that doesn’t mean I don’t believe in my own ability. It doesn’t mean I don’t believe I can do this job. It’s that I believe in empowering people. “The first goal against Hearts told me a lot. All 10 outfield players celebrated. Then we score again and everyone celebrates. Then we score again and the bench is jumping and bouncing. The sensation in the dressing room after the game was fantastic – no splits, nobody pulling in another direction. That’s what I like to see.”

New Scotland manager must prioritise making headway in inaugural Uefa Nations League

Whoever is installed as the next Scotland manager – and David Moyes is still favourite with most bookmakers – his priority will be making headway in the inaugural Uefa Nations League, according to SFA chief executive Stewart Regan. The format of the tournament is abstruse but it feeds into the next European Championship, for which Hampden Park will be a host venue, hence its importance – especially after Scotland’s failure to make the World Cup play-offs. “There are Euro 2020 places linked to the Nations League and each of the four leagues, and Scotland are top seeds in Group C, the third tier,” said Regan. “One team from that third tier will come through to Euro 2020. “We’ve got two chances, so those Nations games will be really important. We won’t go into them thinking they are friendly matches. They are absolutely essential for us to have a second chance of making the tournament.  “We’re entering an interesting phase, starting in 2018, because of the new competition formats and the way that the Nations League works, followed by the qualifiers, followed by the Nations League. Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup Credit: AP “It potentially produces a situation when you’ll have feast and famine years. In the Nations League we’ll be playing matches on friendly dates in a new competitive format against teams of a similar standard. The potential is the attendances might not be as great as they would be if you were playing a glamour side like Germany or Spain, or one of the big six. “That’s got the potential to have an impact on revenue streams. In terms of the most recent times, it would have been great to do a Wales or a Northern Ireland. I think in Wales’ case they brought in €18 million from reaching the semi-finals of the Euros. “Probably half of that in the case of Northern Ireland. But we are where we are and have our own resources, supplemented by income from Fifa and Uefa, as well as the public sector. We do what we feel is the right thing to develop the game within that.” The SFA board was the target for critical – and sometimes abusive – comment on social media for their decision to appoint Malky MacKay as interim manager for the visit of the Netherlands for a friendly at Pittodrie on November 9. MacKay, was involved in email exchanges, some of which contained racist, misogynist and homophobic comments, with the director of recruitment at Cardiff when both men were employed by the club. Malky MacKay is interim manager for the visit of the Netherlands Credit: AFP After apologising for his behaviour and attending diversity and inclusion classes, MacKay was appointed as the SFA’s performance director. Of MacKay’s duties next month, Regan said: “It’s about Malky’s experience as a football manager and asking him to step up on an exceptional basis to lead the team for a friendly. “We wanted someone who could manage a group of players and he knows a lot of them already. It’s simply a case of using the resources we have to take the team for a friendly match. “Malky’s our performance director and has one of the most senior roles within the organisation. He’s been a breath of fresh air since coming to the Scottish FA. He’s very well respected and gets on well with the clubs, from academy to chief executive and chairman level. He’s been a fantastic recruit.” The league season resumed after the international break with Celtic bidding for a 59th successive domestic fixture unbeaten when they hosted Dundee. Brendan Rodgers made several changes to his regular line-up, with Dorus De Vries making his first appearance in goal this season, and appearances for Cristian Gamboa and Eboue Kouassi. The personnel switches seemed to blunt Celtic’s customary incisiveness, with only a curling effort from Callum McGregor, which went wide of the far post, plus a drive by Scott Sinclair into the arms of Scott Bain to show for their work. Dundee, though, could not take advantage of the Hoops’ muted threat and De Vries dealt with the single alarm in his box with a comfortable clutch from a shot from A-Jay Leitch-Smith. De Vries earned his corn with two superlative saves from powerful close-range efforts by Paul McGowan and Roary Deacon midway through the second half, by which point Celtic had taken the lead through a low, swirling finish from Olivier Ntcham. Aberdeen, meanwhile, stayed level on points with the leaders with a victory over Hibernian in an absorbing contest at Easter Road, where Gary Mackay-Steven settled the issue with his first league goal of the season for the Dons. Elsewhere, Motherwell beat Hamilton 2-1 in the Lanarkshire derby, as did Hearts against Ross County in Dingwall and Partick Thistle went bottom in a 2-0 defeat by Kilmarnock at the Energy Check Stadium.

New Scotland manager must prioritise making headway in inaugural Uefa Nations League

Whoever is installed as the next Scotland manager – and David Moyes is still favourite with most bookmakers – his priority will be making headway in the inaugural Uefa Nations League, according to SFA chief executive Stewart Regan. The format of the tournament is abstruse but it feeds into the next European Championship, for which Hampden Park will be a host venue, hence its importance – especially after Scotland’s failure to make the World Cup play-offs. “There are Euro 2020 places linked to the Nations League and each of the four leagues, and Scotland are top seeds in Group C, the third tier,” said Regan. “One team from that third tier will come through to Euro 2020. “We’ve got two chances, so those Nations games will be really important. We won’t go into them thinking they are friendly matches. They are absolutely essential for us to have a second chance of making the tournament.  “We’re entering an interesting phase, starting in 2018, because of the new competition formats and the way that the Nations League works, followed by the qualifiers, followed by the Nations League. Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup Credit: AP “It potentially produces a situation when you’ll have feast and famine years. In the Nations League we’ll be playing matches on friendly dates in a new competitive format against teams of a similar standard. The potential is the attendances might not be as great as they would be if you were playing a glamour side like Germany or Spain, or one of the big six. “That’s got the potential to have an impact on revenue streams. In terms of the most recent times, it would have been great to do a Wales or a Northern Ireland. I think in Wales’ case they brought in €18 million from reaching the semi-finals of the Euros. “Probably half of that in the case of Northern Ireland. But we are where we are and have our own resources, supplemented by income from Fifa and Uefa, as well as the public sector. We do what we feel is the right thing to develop the game within that.” The SFA board was the target for critical – and sometimes abusive – comment on social media for their decision to appoint Malky MacKay as interim manager for the visit of the Netherlands for a friendly at Pittodrie on November 9. MacKay, was involved in email exchanges, some of which contained racist, misogynist and homophobic comments, with the director of recruitment at Cardiff when both men were employed by the club. Malky MacKay is interim manager for the visit of the Netherlands Credit: AFP After apologising for his behaviour and attending diversity and inclusion classes, MacKay was appointed as the SFA’s performance director. Of MacKay’s duties next month, Regan said: “It’s about Malky’s experience as a football manager and asking him to step up on an exceptional basis to lead the team for a friendly. “We wanted someone who could manage a group of players and he knows a lot of them already. It’s simply a case of using the resources we have to take the team for a friendly match. “Malky’s our performance director and has one of the most senior roles within the organisation. He’s been a breath of fresh air since coming to the Scottish FA. He’s very well respected and gets on well with the clubs, from academy to chief executive and chairman level. He’s been a fantastic recruit.” The league season resumed after the international break with Celtic bidding for a 59th successive domestic fixture unbeaten when they hosted Dundee. Brendan Rodgers made several changes to his regular line-up, with Dorus De Vries making his first appearance in goal this season, and appearances for Cristian Gamboa and Eboue Kouassi. The personnel switches seemed to blunt Celtic’s customary incisiveness, with only a curling effort from Callum McGregor, which went wide of the far post, plus a drive by Scott Sinclair into the arms of Scott Bain to show for their work. Dundee, though, could not take advantage of the Hoops’ muted threat and De Vries dealt with the single alarm in his box with a comfortable clutch from a shot from A-Jay Leitch-Smith. De Vries earned his corn with two superlative saves from powerful close-range efforts by Paul McGowan and Roary Deacon midway through the second half, by which point Celtic had taken the lead through a low, swirling finish from Olivier Ntcham. Aberdeen, meanwhile, stayed level on points with the leaders with a victory over Hibernian in an absorbing contest at Easter Road, where Gary Mackay-Steven settled the issue with his first league goal of the season for the Dons. Elsewhere, Motherwell beat Hamilton 2-1 in the Lanarkshire derby, as did Hearts against Ross County in Dingwall and Partick Thistle went bottom in a 2-0 defeat by Kilmarnock at the Energy Check Stadium.

New Scotland manager must prioritise making headway in inaugural Uefa Nations League

Whoever is installed as the next Scotland manager – and David Moyes is still favourite with most bookmakers – his priority will be making headway in the inaugural Uefa Nations League, according to SFA chief executive Stewart Regan. The format of the tournament is abstruse but it feeds into the next European Championship, for which Hampden Park will be a host venue, hence its importance – especially after Scotland’s failure to make the World Cup play-offs. “There are Euro 2020 places linked to the Nations League and each of the four leagues, and Scotland are top seeds in Group C, the third tier,” said Regan. “One team from that third tier will come through to Euro 2020. “We’ve got two chances, so those Nations games will be really important. We won’t go into them thinking they are friendly matches. They are absolutely essential for us to have a second chance of making the tournament.  “We’re entering an interesting phase, starting in 2018, because of the new competition formats and the way that the Nations League works, followed by the qualifiers, followed by the Nations League. Scotland failed to qualify for the World Cup Credit: AP “It potentially produces a situation when you’ll have feast and famine years. In the Nations League we’ll be playing matches on friendly dates in a new competitive format against teams of a similar standard. The potential is the attendances might not be as great as they would be if you were playing a glamour side like Germany or Spain, or one of the big six. “That’s got the potential to have an impact on revenue streams. In terms of the most recent times, it would have been great to do a Wales or a Northern Ireland. I think in Wales’ case they brought in €18 million from reaching the semi-finals of the Euros. “Probably half of that in the case of Northern Ireland. But we are where we are and have our own resources, supplemented by income from Fifa and Uefa, as well as the public sector. We do what we feel is the right thing to develop the game within that.” The SFA board was the target for critical – and sometimes abusive – comment on social media for their decision to appoint Malky MacKay as interim manager for the visit of the Netherlands for a friendly at Pittodrie on November 9. MacKay, was involved in email exchanges, some of which contained racist, misogynist and homophobic comments, with the director of recruitment at Cardiff when both men were employed by the club. Malky MacKay is interim manager for the visit of the Netherlands Credit: AFP After apologising for his behaviour and attending diversity and inclusion classes, MacKay was appointed as the SFA’s performance director. Of MacKay’s duties next month, Regan said: “It’s about Malky’s experience as a football manager and asking him to step up on an exceptional basis to lead the team for a friendly. “We wanted someone who could manage a group of players and he knows a lot of them already. It’s simply a case of using the resources we have to take the team for a friendly match. “Malky’s our performance director and has one of the most senior roles within the organisation. He’s been a breath of fresh air since coming to the Scottish FA. He’s very well respected and gets on well with the clubs, from academy to chief executive and chairman level. He’s been a fantastic recruit.” The league season resumed after the international break with Celtic bidding for a 59th successive domestic fixture unbeaten when they hosted Dundee. Brendan Rodgers made several changes to his regular line-up, with Dorus De Vries making his first appearance in goal this season, and appearances for Cristian Gamboa and Eboue Kouassi. The personnel switches seemed to blunt Celtic’s customary incisiveness, with only a curling effort from Callum McGregor, which went wide of the far post, plus a drive by Scott Sinclair into the arms of Scott Bain to show for their work. Dundee, though, could not take advantage of the Hoops’ muted threat and De Vries dealt with the single alarm in his box with a comfortable clutch from a shot from A-Jay Leitch-Smith. De Vries earned his corn with two superlative saves from powerful close-range efforts by Paul McGowan and Roary Deacon midway through the second half, by which point Celtic had taken the lead through a low, swirling finish from Olivier Ntcham. Aberdeen, meanwhile, stayed level on points with the leaders with a victory over Hibernian in an absorbing contest at Easter Road, where Gary Mackay-Steven settled the issue with his first league goal of the season for the Dons. Elsewhere, Motherwell beat Hamilton 2-1 in the Lanarkshire derby, as did Hearts against Ross County in Dingwall and Partick Thistle went bottom in a 2-0 defeat by Kilmarnock at the Energy Check Stadium.

Exclusive interview: Alastair Campbell on playing with Maradona being conned by Lance Armstrong and his passion for Burnley

After a lifetime spent either asking or answering questions, it takes something fairly novel to make Alastair Campbell pause for even just a few moments before delivering an emphatic response. But it came this week in an email interview. “If you lost your memory and your doctor brought your family in to jog your memory about who you were, what would they say?” He duly consulted his partner Fiona and, while he reckons that bagpipes and Blair might also be worth a try, they both settle on one definite answer. “Burnley”. It is also largely sporting rather than political themes when Campbell recalls those instances when he found his heart suddenly palpitate or could feel the hairs stand up on the back of his neck. Every audience with Nelson Mandela but, otherwise, meeting Muhammad Ali, Maradona and various moments from 50 years following Burnley. “Liverpool in the 2005 FA Cup,” he says. “I didn’t realise the cameras were on me. Live on Sky. I was absolutely frenetic. ‘Blow the ****ing whistle ref!’ We won. I left. Hundreds of messages, including from Fergie, who said that Neville and Giggs were watching and called him. ‘You’ve got to see this - your mate Campbell is going completely insane’. I do get like that with Burnley. Scotland as well.” Anyone doubting the authenticity of this anecdote need only watch footage of Burnley FC’s ‘Comms Cam’ on the opening day of the season against Chelsea when, having left his holiday to be at the game, Campbell took a turn in the press box alongside Phil Bird. Analysis at key moments might be limited to shouts of ‘get in’ and ‘c’mon’ but his passion is certainly beyond reproach. His home is also like a museum of sport and politics – and you are as likely to be faced with a picture of Burnley’s 1914 FA Cup winners or an iconic Tour de France mountain as Tony Blair or Bill Clinton. It all began growing up in Yorkshire and watching matches around the area with his Scottish father, who was a Partick Thistle fan. Campbell would never take his Burnley scarf off even during lessons – “the teachers tried but I wouldn’t” – and he spent much of his teen years in “petrol stations, hitching to games”. Personal anecdotes genuinely do encompass a ‘Who’s Who’ of sport. While busking in Cannes in 1978, he winged his way into a film reception attended by Ali. He recently interviewed Usain Bolt “who sang happy birthday down the phone to my daughter” and played football in the same team as Diego Maradona at Soccer Aid in 2006. He could not sleep before the game. Neither could Maradona and so they left the hotel for an impromptu early-morning training session. Alastair Campbell with Maradona Two things are striking. First, how Maradona – then 45 – was taking the game so seriously. He ran around the empty stadium visualising what it would be like to score. When the others players chanted songs about him on the team bus, “he had a tear in his eye and was thumping his chest”. When Campbell played his bagpipes in the dressing-room shortly before kick-off, he was “dancing with Zola on the treatment table”. The other extraordinary element was how Maradona was treated with as much wide-eyed reverence by the other players, several of whom had also won the World Cup. “These top, top, top, top players felt he was in a different game, on his own.” Campbell is naturally a Maradona rather than Pele man although, interestingly, he says that Sir Alex Ferguson once told him that Ferenc Puskas was the greatest player. Campbell’s relationship with sport would stretch beyond simply fandom and, more than ever, that is documented in the sixth volume of his diaries – From Blair to Brown – which were published this week. The first 100 pages largely deal with the 2005 British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand and a 3-0 series defeat that became largely seen through the prism of Sir Clive Woodward’s decision to appoint him as part of his backroom team. “Like hiring the board of BP to perform an oil change on your car,” was how it was described in these pages by Paul Hayward. Alastair Campbell with Sir Clive Woodward on the 2005 Lions tour Credit: AFP It was an episode that certainly reinforced one overarching truism of sports PR: almost everything is shaped by results. Campbell says that the experience persuaded him that he “probably had too big a profile” for a communications job but he made friends and has no regrets. He clearly loved working with people like Jonny Wilkinson close up. “He was so intense but in an amazing way. He had an incredible modesty. He told me his brother was as talented as he was. I was like, ‘C’mon Jonny, you love your brother, but that’s not true’. He hated being special but even Brian O’Driscoll said to me, ‘Listen, in rugby, there is Jonny and there is everyone else’.” That inner force, believes Campbell, is a thread of sporting greats, albeit with very different manifestations. He once met Roy Keane over a cup of tea at half-time of a football match. “He was raging about the full-backs with an intensity that was ferocious. ‘Those guys should be ****ing ashamed to call themselves footballers. They are on £30,000-a-week’. I said, ‘Why do you care so much?’ He said, ‘It offends me’. “I interviewed Antonio Conte. I said, ‘Do you dream about football?’ He said, ‘No, no. I don’t really sleep. But I think about football before I go to sleep and I think about football when I wake up’. Alastair Campbell with his favourite possession - a signed Burnley shirt Credit: PAUL GROVER “I met Wenger at the French Embassy. He can hold his own about politics and the economy. He was talking about whether one day robots could be managers. I think he thinks about stuff like that.” One thing that struck Campbell about sport was the teamship. A bonding exercise with the Lions involved asking all the players to contribute to a painting. “Sport really latches onto it in a way that politics doesn’t,” he says. “After that painting, I said to Tony, ‘What do you think with the cabinet?’ He looked at me like I was completely insane but actually, ‘Why not?’. Why should politics be so different? Why not think, ‘How can we get these people to cohere better than they are?’ Look at the mess they are in at the moment – Theresa May and her merry bunch of w******".” One leader that does deeply impress is Burnley’s current manager Sean Dyche. Campbell says that he “could definitely see” Dyche as an England manager and believes that he is seriously underrated. Why? “Because of the voice, because of the way he looks and how he was a rough, tough Chesterfield centre-half. I don’t think he gets nearly enough credit for how clever he is. He’s got something special. He is a very good reader of human beings. He’s very funny. He just takes the piss out of me – has a running joke that I’ve got a butler.” Sean Dyche pretends to read Alastair Campbell's book At a personal level, cycling and running are the sports which now largely consume Campbell. He got to know Lance Armstrong and, as is documented in the book, believed in him following several interviews. “My daughter Grace watched the interview we did the other day. She said, ‘God, he just lied to you. That’s amazing’. He gave me one of the most amazing quotes I have ever heard. I had said, ‘OK, Lance you were dying from cancer. Was that scary?’ Yes, that’s scary. ‘You are about to take on Jan Ullrich in the Tour and you might lose. Is that scary?’ Yes, that’s scary. ‘OK, which of those feels worse? You might lose or you might die?’ He said, ‘Losing and dying? It’s the same thing’. I thought, ‘Wow, I love this guy’. “Of course, if I’d been a proper journalist I’d have thought, ‘Oh right, so you really would cheat. You’d cheat to stay alive so I’m surmising that you’d cheat to win’.” My five sporting memories | by Alastair Campbell I ask if it was an experience that made him cynical about sport and he relays a recent conversation with Dan Roan, the BBC’s sports editor, about how the next wave of scandals after governance and drugs might relate to player welfare. “I don’t think Lance Armstrong has made me more cynical,” he says. “When I see Chris Froome and people say, ‘They are all on it’, I say, ‘No’. I’ll defend him. Sport is about human endeavour and great stories of which there always seems to be renewal”. Before we go, Campbell seeks out what is clearly his most treasured of all Burnley shirts. “There you go - how many people in the world can have a shirt with Pele AND Maradona’s signature on it?” he asks, proudly holding up his memorabilia from the SoccerAid match. “And look at that. There’s Bradley Walsh as well. Pele, Maradona AND Bradley Walsh,” he says, before bursting out laughing. Volume 6 of Alastair Campbell’s Diaries, ‘From Blair to Brown’, was published this week 

Exclusive interview: Alastair Campbell on playing with Maradona being conned by Lance Armstrong and his passion for Burnley

After a lifetime spent either asking or answering questions, it takes something fairly novel to make Alastair Campbell pause for even just a few moments before delivering an emphatic response. But it came this week in an email interview. “If you lost your memory and your doctor brought your family in to jog your memory about who you were, what would they say?” He duly consulted his partner Fiona and, while he reckons that bagpipes and Blair might also be worth a try, they both settle on one definite answer. “Burnley”. It is also largely sporting rather than political themes when Campbell recalls those instances when he found his heart suddenly palpitate or could feel the hairs stand up on the back of his neck. Every audience with Nelson Mandela but, otherwise, meeting Muhammad Ali, Maradona and various moments from 50 years following Burnley. “Liverpool in the 2005 FA Cup,” he says. “I didn’t realise the cameras were on me. Live on Sky. I was absolutely frenetic. ‘Blow the ****ing whistle ref!’ We won. I left. Hundreds of messages, including from Fergie, who said that Neville and Giggs were watching and called him. ‘You’ve got to see this - your mate Campbell is going completely insane’. I do get like that with Burnley. Scotland as well.” Anyone doubting the authenticity of this anecdote need only watch footage of Burnley FC’s ‘Comms Cam’ on the opening day of the season against Chelsea when, having left his holiday to be at the game, Campbell took a turn in the press box alongside Phil Bird. Analysis at key moments might be limited to shouts of ‘get in’ and ‘c’mon’ but his passion is certainly beyond reproach. His home is also like a museum of sport and politics – and you are as likely to be faced with a picture of Burnley’s 1914 FA Cup winners or an iconic Tour de France mountain as Tony Blair or Bill Clinton. It all began growing up in Yorkshire and watching matches around the area with his Scottish father, who was a Partick Thistle fan. Campbell would never take his Burnley scarf off even during lessons – “the teachers tried but I wouldn’t” – and he spent much of his teen years in “petrol stations, hitching to games”. Personal anecdotes genuinely do encompass a ‘Who’s Who’ of sport. While busking in Cannes in 1978, he winged his way into a film reception attended by Ali. He recently interviewed Usain Bolt “who sang happy birthday down the phone to my daughter” and played football in the same team as Diego Maradona at Soccer Aid in 2006. He could not sleep before the game. Neither could Maradona and so they left the hotel for an impromptu early-morning training session. Alastair Campbell with Maradona Two things are striking. First, how Maradona – then 45 – was taking the game so seriously. He ran around the empty stadium visualising what it would be like to score. When the others players chanted songs about him on the team bus, “he had a tear in his eye and was thumping his chest”. When Campbell played his bagpipes in the dressing-room shortly before kick-off, he was “dancing with Zola on the treatment table”. The other extraordinary element was how Maradona was treated with as much wide-eyed reverence by the other players, several of whom had also won the World Cup. “These top, top, top, top players felt he was in a different game, on his own.” Campbell is naturally a Maradona rather than Pele man although, interestingly, he says that Sir Alex Ferguson once told him that Ferenc Puskas was the greatest player. Campbell’s relationship with sport would stretch beyond simply fandom and, more than ever, that is documented in the sixth volume of his diaries – From Blair to Brown – which were published this week. The first 100 pages largely deal with the 2005 British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand and a 3-0 series defeat that became largely seen through the prism of Sir Clive Woodward’s decision to appoint him as part of his backroom team. “Like hiring the board of BP to perform an oil change on your car,” was how it was described in these pages by Paul Hayward. Alastair Campbell with Sir Clive Woodward on the 2005 Lions tour Credit: AFP It was an episode that certainly reinforced one overarching truism of sports PR: almost everything is shaped by results. Campbell says that the experience persuaded him that he “probably had too big a profile” for a communications job but he made friends and has no regrets. He clearly loved working with people like Jonny Wilkinson close up. “He was so intense but in an amazing way. He had an incredible modesty. He told me his brother was as talented as he was. I was like, ‘C’mon Jonny, you love your brother, but that’s not true’. He hated being special but even Brian O’Driscoll said to me, ‘Listen, in rugby, there is Jonny and there is everyone else’.” That inner force, believes Campbell, is a thread of sporting greats, albeit with very different manifestations. He once met Roy Keane over a cup of tea at half-time of a football match. “He was raging about the full-backs with an intensity that was ferocious. ‘Those guys should be ****ing ashamed to call themselves footballers. They are on £30,000-a-week’. I said, ‘Why do you care so much?’ He said, ‘It offends me’. “I interviewed Antonio Conte. I said, ‘Do you dream about football?’ He said, ‘No, no. I don’t really sleep. But I think about football before I go to sleep and I think about football when I wake up’. Alastair Campbell with his favourite possession - a signed Burnley shirt Credit: PAUL GROVER “I met Wenger at the French Embassy. He can hold his own about politics and the economy. He was talking about whether one day robots could be managers. I think he thinks about stuff like that.” One thing that struck Campbell about sport was the teamship. A bonding exercise with the Lions involved asking all the players to contribute to a painting. “Sport really latches onto it in a way that politics doesn’t,” he says. “After that painting, I said to Tony, ‘What do you think with the cabinet?’ He looked at me like I was completely insane but actually, ‘Why not?’. Why should politics be so different? Why not think, ‘How can we get these people to cohere better than they are?’ Look at the mess they are in at the moment – Theresa May and her merry bunch of w******".” One leader that does deeply impress is Burnley’s current manager Sean Dyche. Campbell says that he “could definitely see” Dyche as an England manager and believes that he is seriously underrated. Why? “Because of the voice, because of the way he looks and how he was a rough, tough Chesterfield centre-half. I don’t think he gets nearly enough credit for how clever he is. He’s got something special. He is a very good reader of human beings. He’s very funny. He just takes the piss out of me – has a running joke that I’ve got a butler.” Sean Dyche pretends to read Alastair Campbell's book At a personal level, cycling and running are the sports which now largely consume Campbell. He got to know Lance Armstrong and, as is documented in the book, believed in him following several interviews. “My daughter Grace watched the interview we did the other day. She said, ‘God, he just lied to you. That’s amazing’. He gave me one of the most amazing quotes I have ever heard. I had said, ‘OK, Lance you were dying from cancer. Was that scary?’ Yes, that’s scary. ‘You are about to take on Jan Ullrich in the Tour and you might lose. Is that scary?’ Yes, that’s scary. ‘OK, which of those feels worse? You might lose or you might die?’ He said, ‘Losing and dying? It’s the same thing’. I thought, ‘Wow, I love this guy’. “Of course, if I’d been a proper journalist I’d have thought, ‘Oh right, so you really would cheat. You’d cheat to stay alive so I’m surmising that you’d cheat to win’.” My five sporting memories | by Alastair Campbell I ask if it was an experience that made him cynical about sport and he relays a recent conversation with Dan Roan, the BBC’s sports editor, about how the next wave of scandals after governance and drugs might relate to player welfare. “I don’t think Lance Armstrong has made me more cynical,” he says. “When I see Chris Froome and people say, ‘They are all on it’, I say, ‘No’. I’ll defend him. Sport is about human endeavour and great stories of which there always seems to be renewal”. Before we go, Campbell seeks out what is clearly his most treasured of all Burnley shirts. “There you go - how many people in the world can have a shirt with Pele AND Maradona’s signature on it?” he asks, proudly holding up his memorabilia from the SoccerAid match. “And look at that. There’s Bradley Walsh as well. Pele, Maradona AND Bradley Walsh,” he says, before bursting out laughing. Volume 6 of Alastair Campbell’s Diaries, ‘From Blair to Brown’, was published this week 

Exclusive interview: Alastair Campbell on playing with Maradona being conned by Lance Armstrong and his passion for Burnley

After a lifetime spent either asking or answering questions, it takes something fairly novel to make Alastair Campbell pause for even just a few moments before delivering an emphatic response. But it came this week in an email interview. “If you lost your memory and your doctor brought your family in to jog your memory about who you were, what would they say?” He duly consulted his partner Fiona and, while he reckons that bagpipes and Blair might also be worth a try, they both settle on one definite answer. “Burnley”. It is also largely sporting rather than political themes when Campbell recalls those instances when he found his heart suddenly palpitate or could feel the hairs stand up on the back of his neck. Every audience with Nelson Mandela but, otherwise, meeting Muhammad Ali, Maradona and various moments from 50 years following Burnley. “Liverpool in the 2005 FA Cup,” he says. “I didn’t realise the cameras were on me. Live on Sky. I was absolutely frenetic. ‘Blow the ****ing whistle ref!’ We won. I left. Hundreds of messages, including from Fergie, who said that Neville and Giggs were watching and called him. ‘You’ve got to see this - your mate Campbell is going completely insane’. I do get like that with Burnley. Scotland as well.” Anyone doubting the authenticity of this anecdote need only watch footage of Burnley FC’s ‘Comms Cam’ on the opening day of the season against Chelsea when, having left his holiday to be at the game, Campbell took a turn in the press box alongside Phil Bird. Analysis at key moments might be limited to shouts of ‘get in’ and ‘c’mon’ but his passion is certainly beyond reproach. His home is also like a museum of sport and politics – and you are as likely to be faced with a picture of Burnley’s 1914 FA Cup winners or an iconic Tour de France mountain as Tony Blair or Bill Clinton. It all began growing up in Yorkshire and watching matches around the area with his Scottish father, who was a Partick Thistle fan. Campbell would never take his Burnley scarf off even during lessons – “the teachers tried but I wouldn’t” – and he spent much of his teen years in “petrol stations, hitching to games”. Personal anecdotes genuinely do encompass a ‘Who’s Who’ of sport. While busking in Cannes in 1978, he winged his way into a film reception attended by Ali. He recently interviewed Usain Bolt “who sang happy birthday down the phone to my daughter” and played football in the same team as Diego Maradona at Soccer Aid in 2006. He could not sleep before the game. Neither could Maradona and so they left the hotel for an impromptu early-morning training session. Alastair Campbell with Maradona Two things are striking. First, how Maradona – then 45 – was taking the game so seriously. He ran around the empty stadium visualising what it would be like to score. When the others players chanted songs about him on the team bus, “he had a tear in his eye and was thumping his chest”. When Campbell played his bagpipes in the dressing-room shortly before kick-off, he was “dancing with Zola on the treatment table”. The other extraordinary element was how Maradona was treated with as much wide-eyed reverence by the other players, several of whom had also won the World Cup. “These top, top, top, top players felt he was in a different game, on his own.” Campbell is naturally a Maradona rather than Pele man although, interestingly, he says that Sir Alex Ferguson once told him that Ferenc Puskas was the greatest player. Campbell’s relationship with sport would stretch beyond simply fandom and, more than ever, that is documented in the sixth volume of his diaries – From Blair to Brown – which were published this week. The first 100 pages largely deal with the 2005 British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand and a 3-0 series defeat that became largely seen through the prism of Sir Clive Woodward’s decision to appoint him as part of his backroom team. “Like hiring the board of BP to perform an oil change on your car,” was how it was described in these pages by Paul Hayward. Alastair Campbell with Sir Clive Woodward on the 2005 Lions tour Credit: AFP It was an episode that certainly reinforced one overarching truism of sports PR: almost everything is shaped by results. Campbell says that the experience persuaded him that he “probably had too big a profile” for a communications job but he made friends and has no regrets. He clearly loved working with people like Jonny Wilkinson close up. “He was so intense but in an amazing way. He had an incredible modesty. He told me his brother was as talented as he was. I was like, ‘C’mon Jonny, you love your brother, but that’s not true’. He hated being special but even Brian O’Driscoll said to me, ‘Listen, in rugby, there is Jonny and there is everyone else’.” That inner force, believes Campbell, is a thread of sporting greats, albeit with very different manifestations. He once met Roy Keane over a cup of tea at half-time of a football match. “He was raging about the full-backs with an intensity that was ferocious. ‘Those guys should be ****ing ashamed to call themselves footballers. They are on £30,000-a-week’. I said, ‘Why do you care so much?’ He said, ‘It offends me’. “I interviewed Antonio Conte. I said, ‘Do you dream about football?’ He said, ‘No, no. I don’t really sleep. But I think about football before I go to sleep and I think about football when I wake up’. Alastair Campbell with his favourite possession - a signed Burnley shirt Credit: PAUL GROVER “I met Wenger at the French Embassy. He can hold his own about politics and the economy. He was talking about whether one day robots could be managers. I think he thinks about stuff like that.” One thing that struck Campbell about sport was the teamship. A bonding exercise with the Lions involved asking all the players to contribute to a painting. “Sport really latches onto it in a way that politics doesn’t,” he says. “After that painting, I said to Tony, ‘What do you think with the cabinet?’ He looked at me like I was completely insane but actually, ‘Why not?’. Why should politics be so different? Why not think, ‘How can we get these people to cohere better than they are?’ Look at the mess they are in at the moment – Theresa May and her merry bunch of w******".” One leader that does deeply impress is Burnley’s current manager Sean Dyche. Campbell says that he “could definitely see” Dyche as an England manager and believes that he is seriously underrated. Why? “Because of the voice, because of the way he looks and how he was a rough, tough Chesterfield centre-half. I don’t think he gets nearly enough credit for how clever he is. He’s got something special. He is a very good reader of human beings. He’s very funny. He just takes the piss out of me – has a running joke that I’ve got a butler.” Sean Dyche pretends to read Alastair Campbell's book At a personal level, cycling and running are the sports which now largely consume Campbell. He got to know Lance Armstrong and, as is documented in the book, believed in him following several interviews. “My daughter Grace watched the interview we did the other day. She said, ‘God, he just lied to you. That’s amazing’. He gave me one of the most amazing quotes I have ever heard. I had said, ‘OK, Lance you were dying from cancer. Was that scary?’ Yes, that’s scary. ‘You are about to take on Jan Ullrich in the Tour and you might lose. Is that scary?’ Yes, that’s scary. ‘OK, which of those feels worse? You might lose or you might die?’ He said, ‘Losing and dying? It’s the same thing’. I thought, ‘Wow, I love this guy’. “Of course, if I’d been a proper journalist I’d have thought, ‘Oh right, so you really would cheat. You’d cheat to stay alive so I’m surmising that you’d cheat to win’.” My five sporting memories | by Alastair Campbell I ask if it was an experience that made him cynical about sport and he relays a recent conversation with Dan Roan, the BBC’s sports editor, about how the next wave of scandals after governance and drugs might relate to player welfare. “I don’t think Lance Armstrong has made me more cynical,” he says. “When I see Chris Froome and people say, ‘They are all on it’, I say, ‘No’. I’ll defend him. Sport is about human endeavour and great stories of which there always seems to be renewal”. Before we go, Campbell seeks out what is clearly his most treasured of all Burnley shirts. “There you go - how many people in the world can have a shirt with Pele AND Maradona’s signature on it?” he asks, proudly holding up his memorabilia from the SoccerAid match. “And look at that. There’s Bradley Walsh as well. Pele, Maradona AND Bradley Walsh,” he says, before bursting out laughing. Volume 6 of Alastair Campbell’s Diaries, ‘From Blair to Brown’, was published this week 

Exclusive interview: Alastair Campbell on playing with Maradona being conned by Lance Armstrong and his passion for Burnley

After a lifetime spent either asking or answering questions, it takes something fairly novel to make Alastair Campbell pause for even just a few moments before delivering an emphatic response. But it came this week in an email interview. “If you lost your memory and your doctor brought your family in to jog your memory about who you were, what would they say?” He duly consulted his partner Fiona and, while he reckons that bagpipes and Blair might also be worth a try, they both settle on one definite answer. “Burnley”. It is also largely sporting rather than political themes when Campbell recalls those instances when he found his heart suddenly palpitate or could feel the hairs stand up on the back of his neck. Every audience with Nelson Mandela but, otherwise, meeting Muhammad Ali, Maradona and various moments from 50 years following Burnley. “Liverpool in the 2005 FA Cup,” he says. “I didn’t realise the cameras were on me. Live on Sky. I was absolutely frenetic. ‘Blow the ****ing whistle ref!’ We won. I left. Hundreds of messages, including from Fergie, who said that Neville and Giggs were watching and called him. ‘You’ve got to see this - your mate Campbell is going completely insane’. I do get like that with Burnley. Scotland as well.” Anyone doubting the authenticity of this anecdote need only watch footage of Burnley FC’s ‘Comms Cam’ on the opening day of the season against Chelsea when, having left his holiday to be at the game, Campbell took a turn in the press box alongside Phil Bird. Analysis at key moments might be limited to shouts of ‘get in’ and ‘c’mon’ but his passion is certainly beyond reproach. His home is also like a museum of sport and politics – and you are as likely to be faced with a picture of Burnley’s 1914 FA Cup winners or an iconic Tour de France mountain as Tony Blair or Bill Clinton. It all began growing up in Yorkshire and watching matches around the area with his Scottish father, who was a Partick Thistle fan. Campbell would never take his Burnley scarf off even during lessons – “the teachers tried but I wouldn’t” – and he spent much of his teen years in “petrol stations, hitching to games”. Personal anecdotes genuinely do encompass a ‘Who’s Who’ of sport. While busking in Cannes in 1978, he winged his way into a film reception attended by Ali. He recently interviewed Usain Bolt “who sang happy birthday down the phone to my daughter” and played football in the same team as Diego Maradona at Soccer Aid in 2006. He could not sleep before the game. Neither could Maradona and so they left the hotel for an impromptu early-morning training session. Alastair Campbell with Maradona Two things are striking. First, how Maradona – then 45 – was taking the game so seriously. He ran around the empty stadium visualising what it would be like to score. When the others players chanted songs about him on the team bus, “he had a tear in his eye and was thumping his chest”. When Campbell played his bagpipes in the dressing-room shortly before kick-off, he was “dancing with Zola on the treatment table”. The other extraordinary element was how Maradona was treated with as much wide-eyed reverence by the other players, several of whom had also won the World Cup. “These top, top, top, top players felt he was in a different game, on his own.” Campbell is naturally a Maradona rather than Pele man although, interestingly, he says that Sir Alex Ferguson once told him that Ferenc Puskas was the greatest player. Campbell’s relationship with sport would stretch beyond simply fandom and, more than ever, that is documented in the sixth volume of his diaries – From Blair to Brown – which were published this week. The first 100 pages largely deal with the 2005 British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand and a 3-0 series defeat that became largely seen through the prism of Sir Clive Woodward’s decision to appoint him as part of his backroom team. “Like hiring the board of BP to perform an oil change on your car,” was how it was described in these pages by Paul Hayward. Alastair Campbell with Sir Clive Woodward on the 2005 Lions tour Credit: AFP It was an episode that certainly reinforced one overarching truism of sports PR: almost everything is shaped by results. Campbell says that the experience persuaded him that he “probably had too big a profile” for a communications job but he made friends and has no regrets. He clearly loved working with people like Jonny Wilkinson close up. “He was so intense but in an amazing way. He had an incredible modesty. He told me his brother was as talented as he was. I was like, ‘C’mon Jonny, you love your brother, but that’s not true’. He hated being special but even Brian O’Driscoll said to me, ‘Listen, in rugby, there is Jonny and there is everyone else’.” That inner force, believes Campbell, is a thread of sporting greats, albeit with very different manifestations. He once met Roy Keane over a cup of tea at half-time of a football match. “He was raging about the full-backs with an intensity that was ferocious. ‘Those guys should be ****ing ashamed to call themselves footballers. They are on £30,000-a-week’. I said, ‘Why do you care so much?’ He said, ‘It offends me’. “I interviewed Antonio Conte. I said, ‘Do you dream about football?’ He said, ‘No, no. I don’t really sleep. But I think about football before I go to sleep and I think about football when I wake up’. Alastair Campbell with his favourite possession - a signed Burnley shirt Credit: PAUL GROVER “I met Wenger at the French Embassy. He can hold his own about politics and the economy. He was talking about whether one day robots could be managers. I think he thinks about stuff like that.” One thing that struck Campbell about sport was the teamship. A bonding exercise with the Lions involved asking all the players to contribute to a painting. “Sport really latches onto it in a way that politics doesn’t,” he says. “After that painting, I said to Tony, ‘What do you think with the cabinet?’ He looked at me like I was completely insane but actually, ‘Why not?’. Why should politics be so different? Why not think, ‘How can we get these people to cohere better than they are?’ Look at the mess they are in at the moment – Theresa May and her merry bunch of w******".” One leader that does deeply impress is Burnley’s current manager Sean Dyche. Campbell says that he “could definitely see” Dyche as an England manager and believes that he is seriously underrated. Why? “Because of the voice, because of the way he looks and how he was a rough, tough Chesterfield centre-half. I don’t think he gets nearly enough credit for how clever he is. He’s got something special. He is a very good reader of human beings. He’s very funny. He just takes the piss out of me – has a running joke that I’ve got a butler.” Sean Dyche pretends to read Alastair Campbell's book At a personal level, cycling and running are the sports which now largely consume Campbell. He got to know Lance Armstrong and, as is documented in the book, believed in him following several interviews. “My daughter Grace watched the interview we did the other day. She said, ‘God, he just lied to you. That’s amazing’. He gave me one of the most amazing quotes I have ever heard. I had said, ‘OK, Lance you were dying from cancer. Was that scary?’ Yes, that’s scary. ‘You are about to take on Jan Ullrich in the Tour and you might lose. Is that scary?’ Yes, that’s scary. ‘OK, which of those feels worse? You might lose or you might die?’ He said, ‘Losing and dying? It’s the same thing’. I thought, ‘Wow, I love this guy’. “Of course, if I’d been a proper journalist I’d have thought, ‘Oh right, so you really would cheat. You’d cheat to stay alive so I’m surmising that you’d cheat to win’.” My five sporting memories | by Alastair Campbell I ask if it was an experience that made him cynical about sport and he relays a recent conversation with Dan Roan, the BBC’s sports editor, about how the next wave of scandals after governance and drugs might relate to player welfare. “I don’t think Lance Armstrong has made me more cynical,” he says. “When I see Chris Froome and people say, ‘They are all on it’, I say, ‘No’. I’ll defend him. Sport is about human endeavour and great stories of which there always seems to be renewal”. Before we go, Campbell seeks out what is clearly his most treasured of all Burnley shirts. “There you go - how many people in the world can have a shirt with Pele AND Maradona’s signature on it?” he asks, proudly holding up his memorabilia from the SoccerAid match. “And look at that. There’s Bradley Walsh as well. Pele, Maradona AND Bradley Walsh,” he says, before bursting out laughing. Volume 6 of Alastair Campbell’s Diaries, ‘From Blair to Brown’, was published this week 

Exclusive interview: Alastair Campbell on playing with Maradona being conned by Lance Armstrong and his passion for Burnley

After a lifetime spent either asking or answering questions, it takes something fairly novel to make Alastair Campbell pause for even just a few moments before delivering an emphatic response. But it came this week in an email interview. “If you lost your memory and your doctor brought your family in to jog your memory about who you were, what would they say?” He duly consulted his partner Fiona and, while he reckons that bagpipes and Blair might also be worth a try, they both settle on one definite answer. “Burnley”. It is also largely sporting rather than political themes when Campbell recalls those instances when he found his heart suddenly palpitate or could feel the hairs stand up on the back of his neck. Every audience with Nelson Mandela but, otherwise, meeting Muhammad Ali, Maradona and various moments from 50 years following Burnley. “Liverpool in the 2005 FA Cup,” he says. “I didn’t realise the cameras were on me. Live on Sky. I was absolutely frenetic. ‘Blow the ****ing whistle ref!’ We won. I left. Hundreds of messages, including from Fergie, who said that Neville and Giggs were watching and called him. ‘You’ve got to see this - your mate Campbell is going completely insane’. I do get like that with Burnley. Scotland as well.” Anyone doubting the authenticity of this anecdote need only watch footage of Burnley FC’s ‘Comms Cam’ on the opening day of the season against Chelsea when, having left his holiday to be at the game, Campbell took a turn in the press box alongside Phil Bird. Analysis at key moments might be limited to shouts of ‘get in’ and ‘c’mon’ but his passion is certainly beyond reproach. His home is also like a museum of sport and politics – and you are as likely to be faced with a picture of Burnley’s 1914 FA Cup winners or an iconic Tour de France mountain as Tony Blair or Bill Clinton. It all began growing up in Yorkshire and watching matches around the area with his Scottish father, who was a Partick Thistle fan. Campbell would never take his Burnley scarf off even during lessons – “the teachers tried but I wouldn’t” – and he spent much of his teen years in “petrol stations, hitching to games”. Personal anecdotes genuinely do encompass a ‘Who’s Who’ of sport. While busking in Cannes in 1978, he winged his way into a film reception attended by Ali. He recently interviewed Usain Bolt “who sang happy birthday down the phone to my daughter” and played football in the same team as Diego Maradona at Soccer Aid in 2006. He could not sleep before the game. Neither could Maradona and so they left the hotel for an impromptu early-morning training session. Alastair Campbell with Maradona Two things are striking. First, how Maradona – then 45 – was taking the game so seriously. He ran around the empty stadium visualising what it would be like to score. When the others players chanted songs about him on the team bus, “he had a tear in his eye and was thumping his chest”. When Campbell played his bagpipes in the dressing-room shortly before kick-off, he was “dancing with Zola on the treatment table”. The other extraordinary element was how Maradona was treated with as much wide-eyed reverence by the other players, several of whom had also won the World Cup. “These top, top, top, top players felt he was in a different game, on his own.” Campbell is naturally a Maradona rather than Pele man although, interestingly, he says that Sir Alex Ferguson once told him that Ferenc Puskas was the greatest player. Campbell’s relationship with sport would stretch beyond simply fandom and, more than ever, that is documented in the sixth volume of his diaries – From Blair to Brown – which were published this week. The first 100 pages largely deal with the 2005 British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand and a 3-0 series defeat that became largely seen through the prism of Sir Clive Woodward’s decision to appoint him as part of his backroom team. “Like hiring the board of BP to perform an oil change on your car,” was how it was described in these pages by Paul Hayward. Alastair Campbell with Sir Clive Woodward on the 2005 Lions tour Credit: AFP It was an episode that certainly reinforced one overarching truism of sports PR: almost everything is shaped by results. Campbell says that the experience persuaded him that he “probably had too big a profile” for a communications job but he made friends and has no regrets. He clearly loved working with people like Jonny Wilkinson close up. “He was so intense but in an amazing way. He had an incredible modesty. He told me his brother was as talented as he was. I was like, ‘C’mon Jonny, you love your brother, but that’s not true’. He hated being special but even Brian O’Driscoll said to me, ‘Listen, in rugby, there is Jonny and there is everyone else’.” That inner force, believes Campbell, is a thread of sporting greats, albeit with very different manifestations. He once met Roy Keane over a cup of tea at half-time of a football match. “He was raging about the full-backs with an intensity that was ferocious. ‘Those guys should be ****ing ashamed to call themselves footballers. They are on £30,000-a-week’. I said, ‘Why do you care so much?’ He said, ‘It offends me’. “I interviewed Antonio Conte. I said, ‘Do you dream about football?’ He said, ‘No, no. I don’t really sleep. But I think about football before I go to sleep and I think about football when I wake up’. Alastair Campbell with his favourite possession - a signed Burnley shirt Credit: PAUL GROVER “I met Wenger at the French Embassy. He can hold his own about politics and the economy. He was talking about whether one day robots could be managers. I think he thinks about stuff like that.” One thing that struck Campbell about sport was the teamship. A bonding exercise with the Lions involved asking all the players to contribute to a painting. “Sport really latches onto it in a way that politics doesn’t,” he says. “After that painting, I said to Tony, ‘What do you think with the cabinet?’ He looked at me like I was completely insane but actually, ‘Why not?’. Why should politics be so different? Why not think, ‘How can we get these people to cohere better than they are?’ Look at the mess they are in at the moment – Theresa May and her merry bunch of w******".” One leader that does deeply impress is Burnley’s current manager Sean Dyche. Campbell says that he “could definitely see” Dyche as an England manager and believes that he is seriously underrated. Why? “Because of the voice, because of the way he looks and how he was a rough, tough Chesterfield centre-half. I don’t think he gets nearly enough credit for how clever he is. He’s got something special. He is a very good reader of human beings. He’s very funny. He just takes the piss out of me – has a running joke that I’ve got a butler.” Sean Dyche pretends to read Alastair Campbell's book At a personal level, cycling and running are the sports which now largely consume Campbell. He got to know Lance Armstrong and, as is documented in the book, believed in him following several interviews. “My daughter Grace watched the interview we did the other day. She said, ‘God, he just lied to you. That’s amazing’. He gave me one of the most amazing quotes I have ever heard. I had said, ‘OK, Lance you were dying from cancer. Was that scary?’ Yes, that’s scary. ‘You are about to take on Jan Ullrich in the Tour and you might lose. Is that scary?’ Yes, that’s scary. ‘OK, which of those feels worse? You might lose or you might die?’ He said, ‘Losing and dying? It’s the same thing’. I thought, ‘Wow, I love this guy’. “Of course, if I’d been a proper journalist I’d have thought, ‘Oh right, so you really would cheat. You’d cheat to stay alive so I’m surmising that you’d cheat to win’.” My five sporting memories | by Alastair Campbell I ask if it was an experience that made him cynical about sport and he relays a recent conversation with Dan Roan, the BBC’s sports editor, about how the next wave of scandals after governance and drugs might relate to player welfare. “I don’t think Lance Armstrong has made me more cynical,” he says. “When I see Chris Froome and people say, ‘They are all on it’, I say, ‘No’. I’ll defend him. Sport is about human endeavour and great stories of which there always seems to be renewal”. Before we go, Campbell seeks out what is clearly his most treasured of all Burnley shirts. “There you go - how many people in the world can have a shirt with Pele AND Maradona’s signature on it?” he asks, proudly holding up his memorabilia from the SoccerAid match. “And look at that. There’s Bradley Walsh as well. Pele, Maradona AND Bradley Walsh,” he says, before bursting out laughing. Volume 6 of Alastair Campbell’s Diaries, ‘From Blair to Brown’, was published this week 

Rangers 0 Celtic 2: Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths score in one-sided Old Firm derby

Rangers do not harbour title ambitions, according to Pedro Caixinha, whose disclosure might have been startling had it not been rendered redundant by Celtic’s victory in the first Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox, where goals by Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths stretched the gap between the sides to eight points after only seven games. Celtic prevailed tactically, physically and psychologically to confirm the bookmakers’ heavy odds in their favour, but what makes the prospects for the current campaign all the bleaker for the Rangers support is that this was not only a quotidian victory for the champions, but also a routine event in the sequence of seven derby meetings since Brendan Rodgers began his tenure in the east end of Glasgow 15 months ago. Leigh Griffiths sealed the deal for Celtic Credit: pa Rodgersalso set the tone of the week’s build-up by declaring that Rangers’ summer spending had been a sure indicator of an assault on the championship, an utterance that sucked his Ibrox counterpart into an ill-advised response in the aftermath of defeat. “We never said we’d make a title challenge,” Caixinha said. “We just said we’d take it game by game. That’s the reality. We’re eight points behind the leader, so we need to focus on the next match and that’s very important, because now we’re going to see what we’re made of and if we react the way we need to or just look around and don’t take decisions. “I’m really looking forward to that.” Caixinha, though, once again faces an indictment about his tactical nous. Having exposed Rangers to the worst defeat by Celtic ever on their own ground by fielding a midfield diamond in the final derby of last season, this time he gambled on Carlos Pena’s ability to cope with the demands of a notoriously intense fixture. It would have been a questionable decision on any Old Firm occasion but it was inexplicable in view of the selection difficulties which had presented themselves in other key areas of the pitch. A flare was thrown onto the Ibrox pitch Credit: getty images Caixinha had been forced to remedy the loss of the hugely experienced Portuguese international defender, Bruno Alves, by granting the teenage centre-back, Ross McCrorie, his first start alongside Fabio Cardoso. The consequence was that Rangers took the field with two Old Firm derby debutants at the heart of their defence. The left of the rearguard was also a patched job. Rangers’ captain and left-back, Lee Wallace, was injured against Partick Thistle in the 2-2 draw at Firhill on September 15, while his replacement, Declan John, came off with a thigh knock during Tuesday’s second instalment against the Jags in the Betfred Cup, which meant a return for Lee Hodson. With Celtic close to full strength, the surprise was not that they got behind the Rangers back line repeatedly, but that they failed to inflict damage before half-time. As the proceedings wore on with parity maintained, young McCrorie showed admirable composure to take on and dispossess Leigh Griffiths when the striker looked set to go clear on goal. By the interval, though, it was evident that Pena – Rangers’ most expensive summer signing at around £2.4 m – was well off the pace, as Caixinha admitted afterwards. “Pena struggled a little bit. In the first half we wanted the first pass to be forward to attack the space,” he said. “He was the one who was supposed to be floating on the back of their two midfielders, Brown and Armstrong. He had a couple of chances to do it but the last pass never came out. “That didn’t allow us to explore the space and activate players like Candeias, Morelos or Windass.” Celtic's Patrick Roberts was on song early in the match. Here he is battling Rangers' Josh Windass Credit: PA Caixinha, however, did not make the obvious substitution of Kenny Miller or Jason Holt for Pena until after Celtic had taken the lead four minutes after the break when Rogic shot home from a Griffiths corner that Rangers failed to clear. Obliged to chase the game, Rangers paid the price when McCrorie was caught on the turn by Griffiths, who rifled Celtic’s second beyond Wes Foderingham. The Rangers manager was also quizzed subsequently about his spat with Scott Brown as the teams left the field at half-time. Caixinha was incensed that Brown applied an elbow to Alfredo Morales without sanction from the match officials. Caixinha said: “Scott Brown was coming off and I told him: ‘You do that, but if I was on the pitch you wouldn’t.’ “I wouldn’t have allowed him to put his elbow in my face. If someone does nothing, I have to defend my club, my players and the truth of the game. I didn’t hear what Brown said to me when he came off. “It was a shame that I couldn’t play because I know the mentality I have.” 1:59PM Match report to follow I'm off to blog Manchester United. Roddy Forysth's analysis will be on this page v shortly. Well done Celtic, hard lines Rangers. Cheers 1:56PM 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.  Celtic go over to their fans to celebrate. Celtic fans and team at Ibrox Credit: Sky Sports 1:52PM 90 mins 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 1:47PM 89 mins "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. 1:45PM 87 mins Rangers go route one. Long ball. Herrera heads it on. Morelos onto the ball, under pressure from Simunovic, fires over. 1:45PM 85 mins 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 1:40PM 82 mins 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. 1:39PM 80 mins 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. 1:38PM 79 mins 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. 1:37PM 75 mins 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? 1:31PM 71 mins 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. 1:29PM 69 mins 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 1:27PM 67 mins Candeias spots Tavernier making a great inside run. Roberts undone. Tavernier slots it. Ooh he should have done more. 1:25PM 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) 1:23PM 64 mins Dorrans whips a ball in, Beckhamesque from the right wing. Miller gets his header on target, but easy for the keeper. 1:22PM 63 mins 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. 1:21PM 62 mins Rogic comes off. McGregor the man to come on. 1:20PM 61 mins Fotheringham touch and distribution awful. Sinclair ghosts away form Tavernier like he's not there. Men against boys stuff, that. Fires over. 1:19PM 59 mins  Lame freekick from Rangers. They lack passing/delivery ability as a team. 1:19PM 57 mins Griffths clatters Windass. 1:15PM 56 mins Rangers have responded really well since going behind. Windass crushes a shot at goal, not far away. 1:13PM 54 mins 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. 1:12PM 53 mins 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. 1:11PM 52 mins Short delay: somebody has thrown a flare onto the pitch. Rangers use the opportunity to bring on Miller in place of Carlos Pena. 1:09PM 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) 1:05PM 47 mins 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. 1:03PM 46 mins Boyata is alright by the way. The Celts kick off. 1:02PM 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. 12:47PM Half time: Rangers 0 Celtic 0 Scott Brown and Pedro Caixinha square up on the touchline! Jack defuses the situation. 12:47PM 45 mins 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. 12:45PM 43 mins Agricultural stuff from Morelos as he goes in hard on Boyata. He gets the first yellow of the game.  12:43PM 42 mins Young McCrorie with an excellent intervention after Griffiths killed the ball with a classy touch. 12:42PM 41 mins Morelos now caught offside for the FOURTH time 12:40PM 39 mins If Rangers can just hang on, there's plenty of reason for encouragement in this first half. 12:38PM 37 mins 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. 12:36PM 35 mins Shot! Good run and wriggle from Armstrong, hits it low and not far from being a goal. 12:36PM 34 mins Tierney with a big tackle on Candeias. Gets the ball, and plenty of the player, too. 12:35PM 32 mins Roberts beats his man, and shoots low and hard. Decent stop from close range. 12:31PM 30 mins Chance! Great deep cross from Tavernier... Morelos has got free from Lustig at the back post. He cannot apply the finish. 12:30PM 29 mins 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. 12:26PM 25 mins 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. 12:25PM 22 mins 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. 12:22PM 20 mins 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. 12:19PM 17 mins Tierney with a nice bit of vision, spotting an opening gap and skipping into it. His weak shot is an unworthy end product. 12:17PM 15 mins Tavernier impressing for Rangers. Hurtles down the right, crosses, looking for Morelos. It's cut out. 12:16PM 14 mins 14' - A precise pass from @Tom_Rogic sends @Scotty_Sinclair scampering into the box and his cross is headed behind for a corner. [0-0]— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017 12:13PM 12 mins 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. 12:11PM 11 mins McCrorie sticking like glue to Griffiths, and he denies the striker a chance to latch onto a long ball. 12:10PM 10 mins Windass nutmegs Scott Brown. Coming soon to a pitch near you: Scott Brown kicks a lump out of Windass. 12:09PM 9 mins Now Tierney gets free down the left, picks out Leigh Griffiths at the back stick. Leigh should have done better with his header there. 12:09PM 8 mins Roberts is everywhere. Rangers cut open again. You fear the worst for the boys in Blue here. 12:07PM 6 mins Good early settler for young McCrorie as he times a tackle perfectly in the box, Rogic was looking v dangerous. 12:05PM 4 mins 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. 12:04PM 3 mins 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. Credit: Sky Sports 12:02PM 2 mins 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. 12:00PM 1 mins Rangers kick off. Kieran Tierney of Celtic and James Tavernier of Rangers battle for the ball Credit: getty images 12:00PM Celtic team Credit: Sky Sports 11:59AM Rangers team Credit: Sky Sports 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.... 11:56AM Roddy Forsyth at Ibrox "Celtic fans are in full voice during the warm-up," he writes. Credit: Roddy Forsyth 11:53AM 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. Brendan Rodgers of Celtic puts Craig Bellamy back in his box, says Old Firm game is a global event 11:52AM 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?” Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha draws on Mexico earthquake for sense of perspective ahead of Old Firm game 11:50AM Bruno Alves 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. 11:42AM Right then 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. 11:14AM Team analysis 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. 11:12AM Celtic team Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Simunovic, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Armstrong, Roberts, Rogic, Sinclair, Griffiths  #CelticFC team for the Glasgow Derby at Ibrox. #SPFLpic.twitter.com/ile03nRVw6— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017 11:11AM Rangers team Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Cardoso, Hodson, Candeias, Dorrans, Jack, Pena, Windass, Morelos. Subs: Alnwick, A Wilson, Dalcio, Holt, Nemane, Miller, Herrera 11:11AM Teams! are here 11:10AM 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. 11:03AM Our preview Premier League betting: offers and suggested bets 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 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. Celtic 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 Draw 3/1 Celtic to win 4/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers 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

Rangers 0 Celtic 2: Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths score in one-sided Old Firm derby

Rangers do not harbour title ambitions, according to Pedro Caixinha, whose disclosure might have been startling had it not been rendered redundant by Celtic’s victory in the first Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox, where goals by Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths stretched the gap between the sides to eight points after only seven games. Celtic prevailed tactically, physically and psychologically to confirm the bookmakers’ heavy odds in their favour, but what makes the prospects for the current campaign all the bleaker for the Rangers support is that this was not only a quotidian victory for the champions, but also a routine event in the sequence of seven derby meetings since Brendan Rodgers began his tenure in the east end of Glasgow 15 months ago. Leigh Griffiths sealed the deal for Celtic Credit: pa Rodgersalso set the tone of the week’s build-up by declaring that Rangers’ summer spending had been a sure indicator of an assault on the championship, an utterance that sucked his Ibrox counterpart into an ill-advised response in the aftermath of defeat. “We never said we’d make a title challenge,” Caixinha said. “We just said we’d take it game by game. That’s the reality. We’re eight points behind the leader, so we need to focus on the next match and that’s very important, because now we’re going to see what we’re made of and if we react the way we need to or just look around and don’t take decisions. “I’m really looking forward to that.” Caixinha, though, once again faces an indictment about his tactical nous. Having exposed Rangers to the worst defeat by Celtic ever on their own ground by fielding a midfield diamond in the final derby of last season, this time he gambled on Carlos Pena’s ability to cope with the demands of a notoriously intense fixture. It would have been a questionable decision on any Old Firm occasion but it was inexplicable in view of the selection difficulties which had presented themselves in other key areas of the pitch. A flare was thrown onto the Ibrox pitch Credit: getty images Caixinha had been forced to remedy the loss of the hugely experienced Portuguese international defender, Bruno Alves, by granting the teenage centre-back, Ross McCrorie, his first start alongside Fabio Cardoso. The consequence was that Rangers took the field with two Old Firm derby debutants at the heart of their defence. The left of the rearguard was also a patched job. Rangers’ captain and left-back, Lee Wallace, was injured against Partick Thistle in the 2-2 draw at Firhill on September 15, while his replacement, Declan John, came off with a thigh knock during Tuesday’s second instalment against the Jags in the Betfred Cup, which meant a return for Lee Hodson. With Celtic close to full strength, the surprise was not that they got behind the Rangers back line repeatedly, but that they failed to inflict damage before half-time. As the proceedings wore on with parity maintained, young McCrorie showed admirable composure to take on and dispossess Leigh Griffiths when the striker looked set to go clear on goal. By the interval, though, it was evident that Pena – Rangers’ most expensive summer signing at around £2.4 m – was well off the pace, as Caixinha admitted afterwards. “Pena struggled a little bit. In the first half we wanted the first pass to be forward to attack the space,” he said. “He was the one who was supposed to be floating on the back of their two midfielders, Brown and Armstrong. He had a couple of chances to do it but the last pass never came out. “That didn’t allow us to explore the space and activate players like Candeias, Morelos or Windass.” Celtic's Patrick Roberts was on song early in the match. Here he is battling Rangers' Josh Windass Credit: PA Caixinha, however, did not make the obvious substitution of Kenny Miller or Jason Holt for Pena until after Celtic had taken the lead four minutes after the break when Rogic shot home from a Griffiths corner that Rangers failed to clear. Obliged to chase the game, Rangers paid the price when McCrorie was caught on the turn by Griffiths, who rifled Celtic’s second beyond Wes Foderingham. The Rangers manager was also quizzed subsequently about his spat with Scott Brown as the teams left the field at half-time. Caixinha was incensed that Brown applied an elbow to Alfredo Morales without sanction from the match officials. Caixinha said: “Scott Brown was coming off and I told him: ‘You do that, but if I was on the pitch you wouldn’t.’ “I wouldn’t have allowed him to put his elbow in my face. If someone does nothing, I have to defend my club, my players and the truth of the game. I didn’t hear what Brown said to me when he came off. “It was a shame that I couldn’t play because I know the mentality I have.” 1:59PM Match report to follow I'm off to blog Manchester United. Roddy Forysth's analysis will be on this page v shortly. Well done Celtic, hard lines Rangers. Cheers 1:56PM 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.  Celtic go over to their fans to celebrate. Celtic fans and team at Ibrox Credit: Sky Sports 1:52PM 90 mins 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 1:47PM 89 mins "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. 1:45PM 87 mins Rangers go route one. Long ball. Herrera heads it on. Morelos onto the ball, under pressure from Simunovic, fires over. 1:45PM 85 mins 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 1:40PM 82 mins 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. 1:39PM 80 mins 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. 1:38PM 79 mins 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. 1:37PM 75 mins 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? 1:31PM 71 mins 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. 1:29PM 69 mins 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 1:27PM 67 mins Candeias spots Tavernier making a great inside run. Roberts undone. Tavernier slots it. Ooh he should have done more. 1:25PM 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) 1:23PM 64 mins Dorrans whips a ball in, Beckhamesque from the right wing. Miller gets his header on target, but easy for the keeper. 1:22PM 63 mins 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. 1:21PM 62 mins Rogic comes off. McGregor the man to come on. 1:20PM 61 mins Fotheringham touch and distribution awful. Sinclair ghosts away form Tavernier like he's not there. Men against boys stuff, that. Fires over. 1:19PM 59 mins  Lame freekick from Rangers. They lack passing/delivery ability as a team. 1:19PM 57 mins Griffths clatters Windass. 1:15PM 56 mins Rangers have responded really well since going behind. Windass crushes a shot at goal, not far away. 1:13PM 54 mins 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. 1:12PM 53 mins 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. 1:11PM 52 mins Short delay: somebody has thrown a flare onto the pitch. Rangers use the opportunity to bring on Miller in place of Carlos Pena. 1:09PM 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) 1:05PM 47 mins 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. 1:03PM 46 mins Boyata is alright by the way. The Celts kick off. 1:02PM 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. 12:47PM Half time: Rangers 0 Celtic 0 Scott Brown and Pedro Caixinha square up on the touchline! Jack defuses the situation. 12:47PM 45 mins 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. 12:45PM 43 mins Agricultural stuff from Morelos as he goes in hard on Boyata. He gets the first yellow of the game.  12:43PM 42 mins Young McCrorie with an excellent intervention after Griffiths killed the ball with a classy touch. 12:42PM 41 mins Morelos now caught offside for the FOURTH time 12:40PM 39 mins If Rangers can just hang on, there's plenty of reason for encouragement in this first half. 12:38PM 37 mins 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. 12:36PM 35 mins Shot! Good run and wriggle from Armstrong, hits it low and not far from being a goal. 12:36PM 34 mins Tierney with a big tackle on Candeias. Gets the ball, and plenty of the player, too. 12:35PM 32 mins Roberts beats his man, and shoots low and hard. Decent stop from close range. 12:31PM 30 mins Chance! Great deep cross from Tavernier... Morelos has got free from Lustig at the back post. He cannot apply the finish. 12:30PM 29 mins 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. 12:26PM 25 mins 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. 12:25PM 22 mins 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. 12:22PM 20 mins 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. 12:19PM 17 mins Tierney with a nice bit of vision, spotting an opening gap and skipping into it. His weak shot is an unworthy end product. 12:17PM 15 mins Tavernier impressing for Rangers. Hurtles down the right, crosses, looking for Morelos. It's cut out. 12:16PM 14 mins 14' - A precise pass from @Tom_Rogic sends @Scotty_Sinclair scampering into the box and his cross is headed behind for a corner. [0-0]— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017 12:13PM 12 mins 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. 12:11PM 11 mins McCrorie sticking like glue to Griffiths, and he denies the striker a chance to latch onto a long ball. 12:10PM 10 mins Windass nutmegs Scott Brown. Coming soon to a pitch near you: Scott Brown kicks a lump out of Windass. 12:09PM 9 mins Now Tierney gets free down the left, picks out Leigh Griffiths at the back stick. Leigh should have done better with his header there. 12:09PM 8 mins Roberts is everywhere. Rangers cut open again. You fear the worst for the boys in Blue here. 12:07PM 6 mins Good early settler for young McCrorie as he times a tackle perfectly in the box, Rogic was looking v dangerous. 12:05PM 4 mins 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. 12:04PM 3 mins 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. Credit: Sky Sports 12:02PM 2 mins 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. 12:00PM 1 mins Rangers kick off. Kieran Tierney of Celtic and James Tavernier of Rangers battle for the ball Credit: getty images 12:00PM Celtic team Credit: Sky Sports 11:59AM Rangers team Credit: Sky Sports 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.... 11:56AM Roddy Forsyth at Ibrox "Celtic fans are in full voice during the warm-up," he writes. Credit: Roddy Forsyth 11:53AM 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. Brendan Rodgers of Celtic puts Craig Bellamy back in his box, says Old Firm game is a global event 11:52AM 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?” Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha draws on Mexico earthquake for sense of perspective ahead of Old Firm game 11:50AM Bruno Alves 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. 11:42AM Right then 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. 11:14AM Team analysis 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. 11:12AM Celtic team Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Simunovic, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Armstrong, Roberts, Rogic, Sinclair, Griffiths  #CelticFC team for the Glasgow Derby at Ibrox. #SPFLpic.twitter.com/ile03nRVw6— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017 11:11AM Rangers team Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Cardoso, Hodson, Candeias, Dorrans, Jack, Pena, Windass, Morelos. Subs: Alnwick, A Wilson, Dalcio, Holt, Nemane, Miller, Herrera 11:11AM Teams! are here 11:10AM 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. 11:03AM Our preview Premier League betting: offers and suggested bets 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 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. Celtic 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 Draw 3/1 Celtic to win 4/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers 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

Rangers 0 Celtic 2: Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths score in one-sided Old Firm derby

Rangers do not harbour title ambitions, according to Pedro Caixinha, whose disclosure might have been startling had it not been rendered redundant by Celtic’s victory in the first Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox, where goals by Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths stretched the gap between the sides to eight points after only seven games. Celtic prevailed tactically, physically and psychologically to confirm the bookmakers’ heavy odds in their favour, but what makes the prospects for the current campaign all the bleaker for the Rangers support is that this was not only a quotidian victory for the champions, but also a routine event in the sequence of seven derby meetings since Brendan Rodgers began his tenure in the east end of Glasgow 15 months ago. Leigh Griffiths sealed the deal for Celtic Credit: pa Rodgersalso set the tone of the week’s build-up by declaring that Rangers’ summer spending had been a sure indicator of an assault on the championship, an utterance that sucked his Ibrox counterpart into an ill-advised response in the aftermath of defeat. “We never said we’d make a title challenge,” Caixinha said. “We just said we’d take it game by game. That’s the reality. We’re eight points behind the leader, so we need to focus on the next match and that’s very important, because now we’re going to see what we’re made of and if we react the way we need to or just look around and don’t take decisions. “I’m really looking forward to that.” Caixinha, though, once again faces an indictment about his tactical nous. Having exposed Rangers to the worst defeat by Celtic ever on their own ground by fielding a midfield diamond in the final derby of last season, this time he gambled on Carlos Pena’s ability to cope with the demands of a notoriously intense fixture. It would have been a questionable decision on any Old Firm occasion but it was inexplicable in view of the selection difficulties which had presented themselves in other key areas of the pitch. A flare was thrown onto the Ibrox pitch Credit: getty images Caixinha had been forced to remedy the loss of the hugely experienced Portuguese international defender, Bruno Alves, by granting the teenage centre-back, Ross McCrorie, his first start alongside Fabio Cardoso. The consequence was that Rangers took the field with two Old Firm derby debutants at the heart of their defence. The left of the rearguard was also a patched job. Rangers’ captain and left-back, Lee Wallace, was injured against Partick Thistle in the 2-2 draw at Firhill on September 15, while his replacement, Declan John, came off with a thigh knock during Tuesday’s second instalment against the Jags in the Betfred Cup, which meant a return for Lee Hodson. With Celtic close to full strength, the surprise was not that they got behind the Rangers back line repeatedly, but that they failed to inflict damage before half-time. As the proceedings wore on with parity maintained, young McCrorie showed admirable composure to take on and dispossess Leigh Griffiths when the striker looked set to go clear on goal. By the interval, though, it was evident that Pena – Rangers’ most expensive summer signing at around £2.4 m – was well off the pace, as Caixinha admitted afterwards. “Pena struggled a little bit. In the first half we wanted the first pass to be forward to attack the space,” he said. “He was the one who was supposed to be floating on the back of their two midfielders, Brown and Armstrong. He had a couple of chances to do it but the last pass never came out. “That didn’t allow us to explore the space and activate players like Candeias, Morelos or Windass.” Celtic's Patrick Roberts was on song early in the match. Here he is battling Rangers' Josh Windass Credit: PA Caixinha, however, did not make the obvious substitution of Kenny Miller or Jason Holt for Pena until after Celtic had taken the lead four minutes after the break when Rogic shot home from a Griffiths corner that Rangers failed to clear. Obliged to chase the game, Rangers paid the price when McCrorie was caught on the turn by Griffiths, who rifled Celtic’s second beyond Wes Foderingham. The Rangers manager was also quizzed subsequently about his spat with Scott Brown as the teams left the field at half-time. Caixinha was incensed that Brown applied an elbow to Alfredo Morales without sanction from the match officials. Caixinha said: “Scott Brown was coming off and I told him: ‘You do that, but if I was on the pitch you wouldn’t.’ “I wouldn’t have allowed him to put his elbow in my face. If someone does nothing, I have to defend my club, my players and the truth of the game. I didn’t hear what Brown said to me when he came off. “It was a shame that I couldn’t play because I know the mentality I have.” 1:59PM Match report to follow I'm off to blog Manchester United. Roddy Forysth's analysis will be on this page v shortly. Well done Celtic, hard lines Rangers. Cheers 1:56PM 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.  Celtic go over to their fans to celebrate. Celtic fans and team at Ibrox Credit: Sky Sports 1:52PM 90 mins 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 1:47PM 89 mins "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. 1:45PM 87 mins Rangers go route one. Long ball. Herrera heads it on. Morelos onto the ball, under pressure from Simunovic, fires over. 1:45PM 85 mins 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 1:40PM 82 mins 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. 1:39PM 80 mins 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. 1:38PM 79 mins 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. 1:37PM 75 mins 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? 1:31PM 71 mins 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. 1:29PM 69 mins 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 1:27PM 67 mins Candeias spots Tavernier making a great inside run. Roberts undone. Tavernier slots it. Ooh he should have done more. 1:25PM 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) 1:23PM 64 mins Dorrans whips a ball in, Beckhamesque from the right wing. Miller gets his header on target, but easy for the keeper. 1:22PM 63 mins 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. 1:21PM 62 mins Rogic comes off. McGregor the man to come on. 1:20PM 61 mins Fotheringham touch and distribution awful. Sinclair ghosts away form Tavernier like he's not there. Men against boys stuff, that. Fires over. 1:19PM 59 mins  Lame freekick from Rangers. They lack passing/delivery ability as a team. 1:19PM 57 mins Griffths clatters Windass. 1:15PM 56 mins Rangers have responded really well since going behind. Windass crushes a shot at goal, not far away. 1:13PM 54 mins 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. 1:12PM 53 mins 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. 1:11PM 52 mins Short delay: somebody has thrown a flare onto the pitch. Rangers use the opportunity to bring on Miller in place of Carlos Pena. 1:09PM 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) 1:05PM 47 mins 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. 1:03PM 46 mins Boyata is alright by the way. The Celts kick off. 1:02PM 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. 12:47PM Half time: Rangers 0 Celtic 0 Scott Brown and Pedro Caixinha square up on the touchline! Jack defuses the situation. 12:47PM 45 mins 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. 12:45PM 43 mins Agricultural stuff from Morelos as he goes in hard on Boyata. He gets the first yellow of the game.  12:43PM 42 mins Young McCrorie with an excellent intervention after Griffiths killed the ball with a classy touch. 12:42PM 41 mins Morelos now caught offside for the FOURTH time 12:40PM 39 mins If Rangers can just hang on, there's plenty of reason for encouragement in this first half. 12:38PM 37 mins 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. 12:36PM 35 mins Shot! Good run and wriggle from Armstrong, hits it low and not far from being a goal. 12:36PM 34 mins Tierney with a big tackle on Candeias. Gets the ball, and plenty of the player, too. 12:35PM 32 mins Roberts beats his man, and shoots low and hard. Decent stop from close range. 12:31PM 30 mins Chance! Great deep cross from Tavernier... Morelos has got free from Lustig at the back post. He cannot apply the finish. 12:30PM 29 mins 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. 12:26PM 25 mins 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. 12:25PM 22 mins 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. 12:22PM 20 mins 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. 12:19PM 17 mins Tierney with a nice bit of vision, spotting an opening gap and skipping into it. His weak shot is an unworthy end product. 12:17PM 15 mins Tavernier impressing for Rangers. Hurtles down the right, crosses, looking for Morelos. It's cut out. 12:16PM 14 mins 14' - A precise pass from @Tom_Rogic sends @Scotty_Sinclair scampering into the box and his cross is headed behind for a corner. [0-0]— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017 12:13PM 12 mins 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. 12:11PM 11 mins McCrorie sticking like glue to Griffiths, and he denies the striker a chance to latch onto a long ball. 12:10PM 10 mins Windass nutmegs Scott Brown. Coming soon to a pitch near you: Scott Brown kicks a lump out of Windass. 12:09PM 9 mins Now Tierney gets free down the left, picks out Leigh Griffiths at the back stick. Leigh should have done better with his header there. 12:09PM 8 mins Roberts is everywhere. Rangers cut open again. You fear the worst for the boys in Blue here. 12:07PM 6 mins Good early settler for young McCrorie as he times a tackle perfectly in the box, Rogic was looking v dangerous. 12:05PM 4 mins 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. 12:04PM 3 mins 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. Credit: Sky Sports 12:02PM 2 mins 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. 12:00PM 1 mins Rangers kick off. Kieran Tierney of Celtic and James Tavernier of Rangers battle for the ball Credit: getty images 12:00PM Celtic team Credit: Sky Sports 11:59AM Rangers team Credit: Sky Sports 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.... 11:56AM Roddy Forsyth at Ibrox "Celtic fans are in full voice during the warm-up," he writes. Credit: Roddy Forsyth 11:53AM 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. Brendan Rodgers of Celtic puts Craig Bellamy back in his box, says Old Firm game is a global event 11:52AM 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?” Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha draws on Mexico earthquake for sense of perspective ahead of Old Firm game 11:50AM Bruno Alves 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. 11:42AM Right then 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. 11:14AM Team analysis 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. 11:12AM Celtic team Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Simunovic, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Armstrong, Roberts, Rogic, Sinclair, Griffiths  #CelticFC team for the Glasgow Derby at Ibrox. #SPFLpic.twitter.com/ile03nRVw6— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017 11:11AM Rangers team Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Cardoso, Hodson, Candeias, Dorrans, Jack, Pena, Windass, Morelos. Subs: Alnwick, A Wilson, Dalcio, Holt, Nemane, Miller, Herrera 11:11AM Teams! are here 11:10AM 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. 11:03AM Our preview Premier League betting: offers and suggested bets 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 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. Celtic 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 Draw 3/1 Celtic to win 4/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers 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

Rangers 0 Celtic 2: Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths score in one-sided Old Firm derby

Brendan Rodgers' Celtic once again underlined their Old Firm superiority as they claimed a 2-0 Ladbrokes Premiership win over Rangers at Ibrox. The Light Blues were under order to get in the faces of their bitter rivals and for 45 minutes they made the opening derby clash of the season a compelling watch. But goals from Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths after the break swung the game decisively in the Parkhead outfit's favour as they opened up an eight-point lead over Pedro Caixinha's team. The Rangers faithful's big pre-match fears proved well-founded as centre-back Bruno Alves and left-back Declan John failed to recover in time from the knocks they sustained against Partick Thistle on Tuesday night. That meant - along with Lee Hodson - 19-year-old Ross McCrorie was thrown in for his first Gers start in a side already containing six other Old Firm debutants. Rodgers had no such injury worries and was able to leave the likes Callum McGregor, Olivier Ntcham, James Forrest and Moussa Dembele on the bench as he kept an eye on Wednesday's Champions League clash with Anderlecht. Caixinha vowed he had learned lessons from last May's 5-1 thrashing. Given their capitulations last term, the Ibrox support were demanding as a very minimum their side made a better fight of it and it was evident from the start Gers would not be the same push over they were previously. Yet there were early warning signs. Rogic forced Wes Foderingham to tip over inside the first minute while Griffiths swung a free-kick just wide. But with every scare survived, the hosts grew in confidence. Ibrox erupted with screams for a penalty just before the quarter-hour mark as Alfredo Morelos and Jozo Simunovic came together but referee Craig Thomson waved away the appeals. It was an absorbing contest with the action racing from one end to the other. Hodson's loose header dropped for Griffiths but Foderingham gathered, while Rangers' stand-in captain Graham Dorrans could not keep his strike down after Josh Windass sent Morelas scampering down the left. The little Columbian was having trouble keeping himself onside but then found himself arriving a fraction too late as James Tavernier dropped a cross to the back post. The chance of the half fell to the Parkhead side as Patrick Roberts turned Hodson inside out on the left before driving straight for goal - but Foderingham was off his line quick to block. At the end of a half where neither side had given an inch, Caixinha and Celtic captain Scott Brown even ended up nose-to-nose as the teams went down the tunnel. Gers had given their all in the first period but there was a sense Celtic could go up another gear and so it proved. It took just five minutes after the break for them to grab the opener. Gers should have cleared their line when Roberts' mis-hit ball dribbled into the box. McCrorie - who up until that point had barely put a foot wrong against Griffiths - and Fabio Cardosso got in each other's way before Hodson swiped at fresh air, allowing Australian Rogic to whip home a stunning finish. Rangers came back at the Hoops looking for a quick-fire leveller but - when Craig Gordon threw out a hand to stop Morelos' point-blank header - the belief in the Ibrox ranks began to seep away. And there was no coming back when Griffiths sneaked in behind McCrorie to slot home the second after 66 minutes when Roberts sent the Scotland hitman racing clear. Stuart Armstrong and Kieran Tierney could have rubbed further salt into Gers wounds in stoppage time but the hosts were relieved to hear the final whistle. 1:59PM Match report to follow I'm off to blog Manchester United. Roddy Forysth's analysis will be on this page v shortly. Well done Celtic, hard lines Rangers. Cheers 1:56PM 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.  Celtic go over to their fans to celebrate. Celtic fans and team at Ibrox Credit: Sky Sports 1:52PM 90 mins 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 1:47PM 89 mins "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. 1:45PM 87 mins Rangers go route one. Long ball. Herrera heads it on. Morelos onto the ball, under pressure from Simunovic, fires over. 1:45PM 85 mins 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 1:40PM 82 mins 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. 1:39PM 80 mins 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. 1:38PM 79 mins 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. 1:37PM 75 mins 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? 1:31PM 71 mins 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. 1:29PM 69 mins 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 1:27PM 67 mins Candeias spots Tavernier making a great inside run. Roberts undone. Tavernier slots it. Ooh he should have done more. 1:25PM 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) 1:23PM 64 mins Dorrans whips a ball in, Beckhamesque from the right wing. Miller gets his header on target, but easy for the keeper. 1:22PM 63 mins 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. 1:21PM 62 mins Rogic comes off. McGregor the man to come on. 1:20PM 61 mins Fotheringham touch and distribution awful. Sinclair ghosts away form Tavernier like he's not there. Men against boys stuff, that. Fires over. 1:19PM 59 mins  Lame freekick from Rangers. They lack passing/delivery ability as a team. 1:19PM 57 mins Griffths clatters Windass. 1:15PM 56 mins Rangers have responded really well since going behind. Windass crushes a shot at goal, not far away. 1:13PM 54 mins 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. 1:12PM 53 mins 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. 1:11PM 52 mins Short delay: somebody has thrown a flare onto the pitch. Rangers use the opportunity to bring on Miller in place of Carlos Pena. 1:09PM 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) 1:05PM 47 mins 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. 1:03PM 46 mins Boyata is alright by the way. The Celts kick off. 1:02PM 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. 12:47PM Half time: Rangers 0 Celtic 0 Scott Brown and Pedro Caixinha square up on the touchline! Jack defuses the situation. 12:47PM 45 mins 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. 12:45PM 43 mins Agricultural stuff from Morelos as he goes in hard on Boyata. He gets the first yellow of the game.  12:43PM 42 mins Young McCrorie with an excellent intervention after Griffiths killed the ball with a classy touch. 12:42PM 41 mins Morelos now caught offside for the FOURTH time 12:40PM 39 mins If Rangers can just hang on, there's plenty of reason for encouragement in this first half. 12:38PM 37 mins 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. 12:36PM 35 mins Shot! Good run and wriggle from Armstrong, hits it low and not far from being a goal. 12:36PM 34 mins Tierney with a big tackle on Candeias. Gets the ball, and plenty of the player, too. 12:35PM 32 mins Roberts beats his man, and shoots low and hard. Decent stop from close range. 12:31PM 30 mins Chance! Great deep cross from Tavernier... Morelos has got free from Lustig at the back post. He cannot apply the finish. 12:30PM 29 mins 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. 12:26PM 25 mins 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. 12:25PM 22 mins 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. 12:22PM 20 mins 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. 12:19PM 17 mins Tierney with a nice bit of vision, spotting an opening gap and skipping into it. His weak shot is an unworthy end product. 12:17PM 15 mins Tavernier impressing for Rangers. Hurtles down the right, crosses, looking for Morelos. It's cut out. 12:16PM 14 mins 14' - A precise pass from @Tom_Rogic sends @Scotty_Sinclair scampering into the box and his cross is headed behind for a corner. [0-0]— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017 12:13PM 12 mins 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. 12:11PM 11 mins McCrorie sticking like glue to Griffiths, and he denies the striker a chance to latch onto a long ball. 12:10PM 10 mins Windass nutmegs Scott Brown. Coming soon to a pitch near you: Scott Brown kicks a lump out of Windass. 12:09PM 9 mins Now Tierney gets free down the left, picks out Leigh Griffiths at the back stick. Leigh should have done better with his header there. 12:09PM 8 mins Roberts is everywhere. Rangers cut open again. You fear the worst for the boys in Blue here. 12:07PM 6 mins Good early settler for young McCrorie as he times a tackle perfectly in the box, Rogic was looking v dangerous. 12:05PM 4 mins 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. 12:04PM 3 mins 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. Credit: Sky Sports 12:02PM 2 mins 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. 12:00PM 1 mins Rangers kick off. Kieran Tierney of Celtic and James Tavernier of Rangers battle for the ball Credit: getty images 12:00PM Celtic team Credit: Sky Sports 11:59AM Rangers team Credit: Sky Sports 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.... 11:56AM Roddy Forsyth at Ibrox "Celtic fans are in full voice during the warm-up," he writes. Credit: Roddy Forsyth 11:53AM 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. Brendan Rodgers of Celtic puts Craig Bellamy back in his box, says Old Firm game is a global event 11:52AM 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?” Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha draws on Mexico earthquake for sense of perspective ahead of Old Firm game 11:50AM Bruno Alves 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. 11:42AM Right then 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. 11:14AM Team analysis 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. 11:12AM Celtic team Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Simunovic, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Armstrong, Roberts, Rogic, Sinclair, Griffiths  #CelticFC team for the Glasgow Derby at Ibrox. #SPFLpic.twitter.com/ile03nRVw6— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017 11:11AM Rangers team Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Cardoso, Hodson, Candeias, Dorrans, Jack, Pena, Windass, Morelos. Subs: Alnwick, A Wilson, Dalcio, Holt, Nemane, Miller, Herrera 11:11AM Teams! are here 11:10AM 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. 11:03AM Our preview Premier League betting: offers and suggested bets 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 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. Celtic 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 Draw 3/1 Celtic to win 4/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers 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

Rangers 0 Celtic 2: Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths score in one-sided Old Firm derby

Rangers do not harbour title ambitions, according to Pedro Caixinha, whose disclosure might have been startling had it not been rendered redundant by Celtic’s victory in the first Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox, where goals by Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths stretched the gap between the sides to eight points after only seven games. Celtic prevailed tactically, physically and psychologically to confirm the bookmakers’ heavy odds in their favour, but what makes the prospects for the current campaign all the bleaker for the Rangers support is that this was not only a quotidian victory for the champions, but also a routine event in the sequence of seven derby meetings since Brendan Rodgers began his tenure in the east end of Glasgow 15 months ago. Leigh Griffiths sealed the deal for Celtic Credit: pa Rodgersalso set the tone of the week’s build-up by declaring that Rangers’ summer spending had been a sure indicator of an assault on the championship, an utterance that sucked his Ibrox counterpart into an ill-advised response in the aftermath of defeat. “We never said we’d make a title challenge,” Caixinha said. “We just said we’d take it game by game. That’s the reality. We’re eight points behind the leader, so we need to focus on the next match and that’s very important, because now we’re going to see what we’re made of and if we react the way we need to or just look around and don’t take decisions. “I’m really looking forward to that.” Caixinha, though, once again faces an indictment about his tactical nous. Having exposed Rangers to the worst defeat by Celtic ever on their own ground by fielding a midfield diamond in the final derby of last season, this time he gambled on Carlos Pena’s ability to cope with the demands of a notoriously intense fixture. It would have been a questionable decision on any Old Firm occasion but it was inexplicable in view of the selection difficulties which had presented themselves in other key areas of the pitch. A flare was thrown onto the Ibrox pitch Credit: getty images Caixinha had been forced to remedy the loss of the hugely experienced Portuguese international defender, Bruno Alves, by granting the teenage centre-back, Ross McCrorie, his first start alongside Fabio Cardoso. The consequence was that Rangers took the field with two Old Firm derby debutants at the heart of their defence. The left of the rearguard was also a patched job. Rangers’ captain and left-back, Lee Wallace, was injured against Partick Thistle in the 2-2 draw at Firhill on September 15, while his replacement, Declan John, came off with a thigh knock during Tuesday’s second instalment against the Jags in the Betfred Cup, which meant a return for Lee Hodson. With Celtic close to full strength, the surprise was not that they got behind the Rangers back line repeatedly, but that they failed to inflict damage before half-time. As the proceedings wore on with parity maintained, young McCrorie showed admirable composure to take on and dispossess Leigh Griffiths when the striker looked set to go clear on goal. By the interval, though, it was evident that Pena – Rangers’ most expensive summer signing at around £2.4 m – was well off the pace, as Caixinha admitted afterwards. “Pena struggled a little bit. In the first half we wanted the first pass to be forward to attack the space,” he said. “He was the one who was supposed to be floating on the back of their two midfielders, Brown and Armstrong. He had a couple of chances to do it but the last pass never came out. “That didn’t allow us to explore the space and activate players like Candeias, Morelos or Windass.” Celtic's Patrick Roberts was on song early in the match. Here he is battling Rangers' Josh Windass Credit: PA Caixinha, however, did not make the obvious substitution of Kenny Miller or Jason Holt for Pena until after Celtic had taken the lead four minutes after the break when Rogic shot home from a Griffiths corner that Rangers failed to clear. Obliged to chase the game, Rangers paid the price when McCrorie was caught on the turn by Griffiths, who rifled Celtic’s second beyond Wes Foderingham. The Rangers manager was also quizzed subsequently about his spat with Scott Brown as the teams left the field at half-time. Caixinha was incensed that Brown applied an elbow to Alfredo Morales without sanction from the match officials. Caixinha said: “Scott Brown was coming off and I told him: ‘You do that, but if I was on the pitch you wouldn’t.’ “I wouldn’t have allowed him to put his elbow in my face. If someone does nothing, I have to defend my club, my players and the truth of the game. I didn’t hear what Brown said to me when he came off. “It was a shame that I couldn’t play because I know the mentality I have.” 1:59PM Match report to follow I'm off to blog Manchester United. Roddy Forysth's analysis will be on this page v shortly. Well done Celtic, hard lines Rangers. Cheers 1:56PM 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.  Celtic go over to their fans to celebrate. Celtic fans and team at Ibrox Credit: Sky Sports 1:52PM 90 mins 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 1:47PM 89 mins "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. 1:45PM 87 mins Rangers go route one. Long ball. Herrera heads it on. Morelos onto the ball, under pressure from Simunovic, fires over. 1:45PM 85 mins 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 1:40PM 82 mins 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. 1:39PM 80 mins 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. 1:38PM 79 mins 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. 1:37PM 75 mins 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? 1:31PM 71 mins 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. 1:29PM 69 mins 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 1:27PM 67 mins Candeias spots Tavernier making a great inside run. Roberts undone. Tavernier slots it. Ooh he should have done more. 1:25PM 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) 1:23PM 64 mins Dorrans whips a ball in, Beckhamesque from the right wing. Miller gets his header on target, but easy for the keeper. 1:22PM 63 mins 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. 1:21PM 62 mins Rogic comes off. McGregor the man to come on. 1:20PM 61 mins Fotheringham touch and distribution awful. Sinclair ghosts away form Tavernier like he's not there. Men against boys stuff, that. Fires over. 1:19PM 59 mins  Lame freekick from Rangers. They lack passing/delivery ability as a team. 1:19PM 57 mins Griffths clatters Windass. 1:15PM 56 mins Rangers have responded really well since going behind. Windass crushes a shot at goal, not far away. 1:13PM 54 mins 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. 1:12PM 53 mins 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. 1:11PM 52 mins Short delay: somebody has thrown a flare onto the pitch. Rangers use the opportunity to bring on Miller in place of Carlos Pena. 1:09PM 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) 1:05PM 47 mins 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. 1:03PM 46 mins Boyata is alright by the way. The Celts kick off. 1:02PM 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. 12:47PM Half time: Rangers 0 Celtic 0 Scott Brown and Pedro Caixinha square up on the touchline! Jack defuses the situation. 12:47PM 45 mins 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. 12:45PM 43 mins Agricultural stuff from Morelos as he goes in hard on Boyata. He gets the first yellow of the game.  12:43PM 42 mins Young McCrorie with an excellent intervention after Griffiths killed the ball with a classy touch. 12:42PM 41 mins Morelos now caught offside for the FOURTH time 12:40PM 39 mins If Rangers can just hang on, there's plenty of reason for encouragement in this first half. 12:38PM 37 mins 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. 12:36PM 35 mins Shot! Good run and wriggle from Armstrong, hits it low and not far from being a goal. 12:36PM 34 mins Tierney with a big tackle on Candeias. Gets the ball, and plenty of the player, too. 12:35PM 32 mins Roberts beats his man, and shoots low and hard. Decent stop from close range. 12:31PM 30 mins Chance! Great deep cross from Tavernier... Morelos has got free from Lustig at the back post. He cannot apply the finish. 12:30PM 29 mins 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. 12:26PM 25 mins 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. 12:25PM 22 mins 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. 12:22PM 20 mins 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. 12:19PM 17 mins Tierney with a nice bit of vision, spotting an opening gap and skipping into it. His weak shot is an unworthy end product. 12:17PM 15 mins Tavernier impressing for Rangers. Hurtles down the right, crosses, looking for Morelos. It's cut out. 12:16PM 14 mins 14' - A precise pass from @Tom_Rogic sends @Scotty_Sinclair scampering into the box and his cross is headed behind for a corner. [0-0]— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017 12:13PM 12 mins 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. 12:11PM 11 mins McCrorie sticking like glue to Griffiths, and he denies the striker a chance to latch onto a long ball. 12:10PM 10 mins Windass nutmegs Scott Brown. Coming soon to a pitch near you: Scott Brown kicks a lump out of Windass. 12:09PM 9 mins Now Tierney gets free down the left, picks out Leigh Griffiths at the back stick. Leigh should have done better with his header there. 12:09PM 8 mins Roberts is everywhere. Rangers cut open again. You fear the worst for the boys in Blue here. 12:07PM 6 mins Good early settler for young McCrorie as he times a tackle perfectly in the box, Rogic was looking v dangerous. 12:05PM 4 mins 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. 12:04PM 3 mins 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. Credit: Sky Sports 12:02PM 2 mins 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. 12:00PM 1 mins Rangers kick off. Kieran Tierney of Celtic and James Tavernier of Rangers battle for the ball Credit: getty images 12:00PM Celtic team Credit: Sky Sports 11:59AM Rangers team Credit: Sky Sports 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.... 11:56AM Roddy Forsyth at Ibrox "Celtic fans are in full voice during the warm-up," he writes. Credit: Roddy Forsyth 11:53AM 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. Brendan Rodgers of Celtic puts Craig Bellamy back in his box, says Old Firm game is a global event 11:52AM 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?” Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha draws on Mexico earthquake for sense of perspective ahead of Old Firm game 11:50AM Bruno Alves 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. 11:42AM Right then 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. 11:14AM Team analysis 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. 11:12AM Celtic team Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Simunovic, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Armstrong, Roberts, Rogic, Sinclair, Griffiths  #CelticFC team for the Glasgow Derby at Ibrox. #SPFLpic.twitter.com/ile03nRVw6— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017 11:11AM Rangers team Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Cardoso, Hodson, Candeias, Dorrans, Jack, Pena, Windass, Morelos. Subs: Alnwick, A Wilson, Dalcio, Holt, Nemane, Miller, Herrera 11:11AM Teams! are here 11:10AM 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. 11:03AM Our preview Premier League betting: offers and suggested bets 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 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. Celtic 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 Draw 3/1 Celtic to win 4/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers 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

Rangers 0 Celtic 2: Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths score in one-sided Old Firm derby

Rangers do not harbour title ambitions, according to Pedro Caixinha, whose disclosure might have been startling had it not been rendered redundant by Celtic’s victory in the first Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox, where goals by Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths stretched the gap between the sides to eight points after only seven games. Celtic prevailed tactically, physically and psychologically to confirm the bookmakers’ heavy odds in their favour, but what makes the prospects for the current campaign all the bleaker for the Rangers support is that this was not only a quotidian victory for the champions, but also a routine event in the sequence of seven derby meetings since Brendan Rodgers began his tenure in the east end of Glasgow 15 months ago. Leigh Griffiths sealed the deal for Celtic Credit: pa Rodgersalso set the tone of the week’s build-up by declaring that Rangers’ summer spending had been a sure indicator of an assault on the championship, an utterance that sucked his Ibrox counterpart into an ill-advised response in the aftermath of defeat. “We never said we’d make a title challenge,” Caixinha said. “We just said we’d take it game by game. That’s the reality. We’re eight points behind the leader, so we need to focus on the next match and that’s very important, because now we’re going to see what we’re made of and if we react the way we need to or just look around and don’t take decisions. “I’m really looking forward to that.” Caixinha, though, once again faces an indictment about his tactical nous. Having exposed Rangers to the worst defeat by Celtic ever on their own ground by fielding a midfield diamond in the final derby of last season, this time he gambled on Carlos Pena’s ability to cope with the demands of a notoriously intense fixture. It would have been a questionable decision on any Old Firm occasion but it was inexplicable in view of the selection difficulties which had presented themselves in other key areas of the pitch. A flare was thrown onto the Ibrox pitch Credit: getty images Caixinha had been forced to remedy the loss of the hugely experienced Portuguese international defender, Bruno Alves, by granting the teenage centre-back, Ross McCrorie, his first start alongside Fabio Cardoso. The consequence was that Rangers took the field with two Old Firm derby debutants at the heart of their defence. The left of the rearguard was also a patched job. Rangers’ captain and left-back, Lee Wallace, was injured against Partick Thistle in the 2-2 draw at Firhill on September 15, while his replacement, Declan John, came off with a thigh knock during Tuesday’s second instalment against the Jags in the Betfred Cup, which meant a return for Lee Hodson. With Celtic close to full strength, the surprise was not that they got behind the Rangers back line repeatedly, but that they failed to inflict damage before half-time. As the proceedings wore on with parity maintained, young McCrorie showed admirable composure to take on and dispossess Leigh Griffiths when the striker looked set to go clear on goal. By the interval, though, it was evident that Pena – Rangers’ most expensive summer signing at around £2.4 m – was well off the pace, as Caixinha admitted afterwards. “Pena struggled a little bit. In the first half we wanted the first pass to be forward to attack the space,” he said. “He was the one who was supposed to be floating on the back of their two midfielders, Brown and Armstrong. He had a couple of chances to do it but the last pass never came out. “That didn’t allow us to explore the space and activate players like Candeias, Morelos or Windass.” Celtic's Patrick Roberts was on song early in the match. Here he is battling Rangers' Josh Windass Credit: PA Caixinha, however, did not make the obvious substitution of Kenny Miller or Jason Holt for Pena until after Celtic had taken the lead four minutes after the break when Rogic shot home from a Griffiths corner that Rangers failed to clear. Obliged to chase the game, Rangers paid the price when McCrorie was caught on the turn by Griffiths, who rifled Celtic’s second beyond Wes Foderingham. The Rangers manager was also quizzed subsequently about his spat with Scott Brown as the teams left the field at half-time. Caixinha was incensed that Brown applied an elbow to Alfredo Morales without sanction from the match officials. Caixinha said: “Scott Brown was coming off and I told him: ‘You do that, but if I was on the pitch you wouldn’t.’ “I wouldn’t have allowed him to put his elbow in my face. If someone does nothing, I have to defend my club, my players and the truth of the game. I didn’t hear what Brown said to me when he came off. “It was a shame that I couldn’t play because I know the mentality I have.” 1:59PM Match report to follow I'm off to blog Manchester United. Roddy Forysth's analysis will be on this page v shortly. Well done Celtic, hard lines Rangers. Cheers 1:56PM 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.  Celtic go over to their fans to celebrate. Celtic fans and team at Ibrox Credit: Sky Sports 1:52PM 90 mins 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 1:47PM 89 mins "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. 1:45PM 87 mins Rangers go route one. Long ball. Herrera heads it on. Morelos onto the ball, under pressure from Simunovic, fires over. 1:45PM 85 mins 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 1:40PM 82 mins 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. 1:39PM 80 mins 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. 1:38PM 79 mins 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. 1:37PM 75 mins 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? 1:31PM 71 mins 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. 1:29PM 69 mins 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 1:27PM 67 mins Candeias spots Tavernier making a great inside run. Roberts undone. Tavernier slots it. Ooh he should have done more. 1:25PM 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) 1:23PM 64 mins Dorrans whips a ball in, Beckhamesque from the right wing. Miller gets his header on target, but easy for the keeper. 1:22PM 63 mins 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. 1:21PM 62 mins Rogic comes off. McGregor the man to come on. 1:20PM 61 mins Fotheringham touch and distribution awful. Sinclair ghosts away form Tavernier like he's not there. Men against boys stuff, that. Fires over. 1:19PM 59 mins  Lame freekick from Rangers. They lack passing/delivery ability as a team. 1:19PM 57 mins Griffths clatters Windass. 1:15PM 56 mins Rangers have responded really well since going behind. Windass crushes a shot at goal, not far away. 1:13PM 54 mins 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. 1:12PM 53 mins 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. 1:11PM 52 mins Short delay: somebody has thrown a flare onto the pitch. Rangers use the opportunity to bring on Miller in place of Carlos Pena. 1:09PM 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) 1:05PM 47 mins 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. 1:03PM 46 mins Boyata is alright by the way. The Celts kick off. 1:02PM 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. 12:47PM Half time: Rangers 0 Celtic 0 Scott Brown and Pedro Caixinha square up on the touchline! Jack defuses the situation. 12:47PM 45 mins 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. 12:45PM 43 mins Agricultural stuff from Morelos as he goes in hard on Boyata. He gets the first yellow of the game.  12:43PM 42 mins Young McCrorie with an excellent intervention after Griffiths killed the ball with a classy touch. 12:42PM 41 mins Morelos now caught offside for the FOURTH time 12:40PM 39 mins If Rangers can just hang on, there's plenty of reason for encouragement in this first half. 12:38PM 37 mins 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. 12:36PM 35 mins Shot! Good run and wriggle from Armstrong, hits it low and not far from being a goal. 12:36PM 34 mins Tierney with a big tackle on Candeias. Gets the ball, and plenty of the player, too. 12:35PM 32 mins Roberts beats his man, and shoots low and hard. Decent stop from close range. 12:31PM 30 mins Chance! Great deep cross from Tavernier... Morelos has got free from Lustig at the back post. He cannot apply the finish. 12:30PM 29 mins 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. 12:26PM 25 mins 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. 12:25PM 22 mins 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. 12:22PM 20 mins 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. 12:19PM 17 mins Tierney with a nice bit of vision, spotting an opening gap and skipping into it. His weak shot is an unworthy end product. 12:17PM 15 mins Tavernier impressing for Rangers. Hurtles down the right, crosses, looking for Morelos. It's cut out. 12:16PM 14 mins 14' - A precise pass from @Tom_Rogic sends @Scotty_Sinclair scampering into the box and his cross is headed behind for a corner. [0-0]— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017 12:13PM 12 mins 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. 12:11PM 11 mins McCrorie sticking like glue to Griffiths, and he denies the striker a chance to latch onto a long ball. 12:10PM 10 mins Windass nutmegs Scott Brown. Coming soon to a pitch near you: Scott Brown kicks a lump out of Windass. 12:09PM 9 mins Now Tierney gets free down the left, picks out Leigh Griffiths at the back stick. Leigh should have done better with his header there. 12:09PM 8 mins Roberts is everywhere. Rangers cut open again. You fear the worst for the boys in Blue here. 12:07PM 6 mins Good early settler for young McCrorie as he times a tackle perfectly in the box, Rogic was looking v dangerous. 12:05PM 4 mins 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. 12:04PM 3 mins 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. Credit: Sky Sports 12:02PM 2 mins 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. 12:00PM 1 mins Rangers kick off. Kieran Tierney of Celtic and James Tavernier of Rangers battle for the ball Credit: getty images 12:00PM Celtic team Credit: Sky Sports 11:59AM Rangers team Credit: Sky Sports 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.... 11:56AM Roddy Forsyth at Ibrox "Celtic fans are in full voice during the warm-up," he writes. Credit: Roddy Forsyth 11:53AM 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. Brendan Rodgers of Celtic puts Craig Bellamy back in his box, says Old Firm game is a global event 11:52AM 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?” Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha draws on Mexico earthquake for sense of perspective ahead of Old Firm game 11:50AM Bruno Alves 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. 11:42AM Right then 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. 11:14AM Team analysis 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. 11:12AM Celtic team Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Simunovic, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Armstrong, Roberts, Rogic, Sinclair, Griffiths  #CelticFC team for the Glasgow Derby at Ibrox. #SPFLpic.twitter.com/ile03nRVw6— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017 11:11AM Rangers team Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Cardoso, Hodson, Candeias, Dorrans, Jack, Pena, Windass, Morelos. Subs: Alnwick, A Wilson, Dalcio, Holt, Nemane, Miller, Herrera 11:11AM Teams! are here 11:10AM 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. 11:03AM Our preview Premier League betting: offers and suggested bets 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 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. Celtic 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 Draw 3/1 Celtic to win 4/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers 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

Rangers 0 Celtic 2: Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths score in one-sided Old Firm derby

Rangers do not harbour title ambitions, according to Pedro Caixinha, whose disclosure might have been startling had it not been rendered redundant by Celtic’s victory in the first Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox, where goals by Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths stretched the gap between the sides to eight points after only seven games. Celtic prevailed tactically, physically and psychologically to confirm the bookmakers’ heavy odds in their favour, but what makes the prospects for the current campaign all the bleaker for the Rangers support is that this was not only a quotidian victory for the champions, but also a routine event in the sequence of seven derby meetings since Brendan Rodgers began his tenure in the east end of Glasgow 15 months ago. Leigh Griffiths sealed the deal for Celtic Credit: pa Rodgersalso set the tone of the week’s build-up by declaring that Rangers’ summer spending had been a sure indicator of an assault on the championship, an utterance that sucked his Ibrox counterpart into an ill-advised response in the aftermath of defeat. “We never said we’d make a title challenge,” Caixinha said. “We just said we’d take it game by game. That’s the reality. We’re eight points behind the leader, so we need to focus on the next match and that’s very important, because now we’re going to see what we’re made of and if we react the way we need to or just look around and don’t take decisions. “I’m really looking forward to that.” Caixinha, though, once again faces an indictment about his tactical nous. Having exposed Rangers to the worst defeat by Celtic ever on their own ground by fielding a midfield diamond in the final derby of last season, this time he gambled on Carlos Pena’s ability to cope with the demands of a notoriously intense fixture. It would have been a questionable decision on any Old Firm occasion but it was inexplicable in view of the selection difficulties which had presented themselves in other key areas of the pitch. A flare was thrown onto the Ibrox pitch Credit: getty images Caixinha had been forced to remedy the loss of the hugely experienced Portuguese international defender, Bruno Alves, by granting the teenage centre-back, Ross McCrorie, his first start alongside Fabio Cardoso. The consequence was that Rangers took the field with two Old Firm derby debutants at the heart of their defence. The left of the rearguard was also a patched job. Rangers’ captain and left-back, Lee Wallace, was injured against Partick Thistle in the 2-2 draw at Firhill on September 15, while his replacement, Declan John, came off with a thigh knock during Tuesday’s second instalment against the Jags in the Betfred Cup, which meant a return for Lee Hodson. With Celtic close to full strength, the surprise was not that they got behind the Rangers back line repeatedly, but that they failed to inflict damage before half-time. As the proceedings wore on with parity maintained, young McCrorie showed admirable composure to take on and dispossess Leigh Griffiths when the striker looked set to go clear on goal. By the interval, though, it was evident that Pena – Rangers’ most expensive summer signing at around £2.4 m – was well off the pace, as Caixinha admitted afterwards. “Pena struggled a little bit. In the first half we wanted the first pass to be forward to attack the space,” he said. “He was the one who was supposed to be floating on the back of their two midfielders, Brown and Armstrong. He had a couple of chances to do it but the last pass never came out. “That didn’t allow us to explore the space and activate players like Candeias, Morelos or Windass.” Celtic's Patrick Roberts was on song early in the match. Here he is battling Rangers' Josh Windass Credit: PA Caixinha, however, did not make the obvious substitution of Kenny Miller or Jason Holt for Pena until after Celtic had taken the lead four minutes after the break when Rogic shot home from a Griffiths corner that Rangers failed to clear. Obliged to chase the game, Rangers paid the price when McCrorie was caught on the turn by Griffiths, who rifled Celtic’s second beyond Wes Foderingham. The Rangers manager was also quizzed subsequently about his spat with Scott Brown as the teams left the field at half-time. Caixinha was incensed that Brown applied an elbow to Alfredo Morales without sanction from the match officials. Caixinha said: “Scott Brown was coming off and I told him: ‘You do that, but if I was on the pitch you wouldn’t.’ “I wouldn’t have allowed him to put his elbow in my face. If someone does nothing, I have to defend my club, my players and the truth of the game. I didn’t hear what Brown said to me when he came off. “It was a shame that I couldn’t play because I know the mentality I have.” 1:59PM Match report to follow I'm off to blog Manchester United. Roddy Forysth's analysis will be on this page v shortly. Well done Celtic, hard lines Rangers. Cheers 1:56PM 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.  Celtic go over to their fans to celebrate. Celtic fans and team at Ibrox Credit: Sky Sports 1:52PM 90 mins 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 1:47PM 89 mins "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. 1:45PM 87 mins Rangers go route one. Long ball. Herrera heads it on. Morelos onto the ball, under pressure from Simunovic, fires over. 1:45PM 85 mins 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 1:40PM 82 mins 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. 1:39PM 80 mins 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. 1:38PM 79 mins 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. 1:37PM 75 mins 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? 1:31PM 71 mins 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. 1:29PM 69 mins 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 1:27PM 67 mins Candeias spots Tavernier making a great inside run. Roberts undone. Tavernier slots it. Ooh he should have done more. 1:25PM 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) 1:23PM 64 mins Dorrans whips a ball in, Beckhamesque from the right wing. Miller gets his header on target, but easy for the keeper. 1:22PM 63 mins 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. 1:21PM 62 mins Rogic comes off. McGregor the man to come on. 1:20PM 61 mins Fotheringham touch and distribution awful. Sinclair ghosts away form Tavernier like he's not there. Men against boys stuff, that. Fires over. 1:19PM 59 mins  Lame freekick from Rangers. They lack passing/delivery ability as a team. 1:19PM 57 mins Griffths clatters Windass. 1:15PM 56 mins Rangers have responded really well since going behind. Windass crushes a shot at goal, not far away. 1:13PM 54 mins 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. 1:12PM 53 mins 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. 1:11PM 52 mins Short delay: somebody has thrown a flare onto the pitch. Rangers use the opportunity to bring on Miller in place of Carlos Pena. 1:09PM 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) 1:05PM 47 mins 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. 1:03PM 46 mins Boyata is alright by the way. The Celts kick off. 1:02PM 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. 12:47PM Half time: Rangers 0 Celtic 0 Scott Brown and Pedro Caixinha square up on the touchline! Jack defuses the situation. 12:47PM 45 mins 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. 12:45PM 43 mins Agricultural stuff from Morelos as he goes in hard on Boyata. He gets the first yellow of the game.  12:43PM 42 mins Young McCrorie with an excellent intervention after Griffiths killed the ball with a classy touch. 12:42PM 41 mins Morelos now caught offside for the FOURTH time 12:40PM 39 mins If Rangers can just hang on, there's plenty of reason for encouragement in this first half. 12:38PM 37 mins 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. 12:36PM 35 mins Shot! Good run and wriggle from Armstrong, hits it low and not far from being a goal. 12:36PM 34 mins Tierney with a big tackle on Candeias. Gets the ball, and plenty of the player, too. 12:35PM 32 mins Roberts beats his man, and shoots low and hard. Decent stop from close range. 12:31PM 30 mins Chance! Great deep cross from Tavernier... Morelos has got free from Lustig at the back post. He cannot apply the finish. 12:30PM 29 mins 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. 12:26PM 25 mins 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. 12:25PM 22 mins 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. 12:22PM 20 mins 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. 12:19PM 17 mins Tierney with a nice bit of vision, spotting an opening gap and skipping into it. His weak shot is an unworthy end product. 12:17PM 15 mins Tavernier impressing for Rangers. Hurtles down the right, crosses, looking for Morelos. It's cut out. 12:16PM 14 mins 14' - A precise pass from @Tom_Rogic sends @Scotty_Sinclair scampering into the box and his cross is headed behind for a corner. [0-0]— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017 12:13PM 12 mins 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. 12:11PM 11 mins McCrorie sticking like glue to Griffiths, and he denies the striker a chance to latch onto a long ball. 12:10PM 10 mins Windass nutmegs Scott Brown. Coming soon to a pitch near you: Scott Brown kicks a lump out of Windass. 12:09PM 9 mins Now Tierney gets free down the left, picks out Leigh Griffiths at the back stick. Leigh should have done better with his header there. 12:09PM 8 mins Roberts is everywhere. Rangers cut open again. You fear the worst for the boys in Blue here. 12:07PM 6 mins Good early settler for young McCrorie as he times a tackle perfectly in the box, Rogic was looking v dangerous. 12:05PM 4 mins 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. 12:04PM 3 mins 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. Credit: Sky Sports 12:02PM 2 mins 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. 12:00PM 1 mins Rangers kick off. Kieran Tierney of Celtic and James Tavernier of Rangers battle for the ball Credit: getty images 12:00PM Celtic team Credit: Sky Sports 11:59AM Rangers team Credit: Sky Sports 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.... 11:56AM Roddy Forsyth at Ibrox "Celtic fans are in full voice during the warm-up," he writes. Credit: Roddy Forsyth 11:53AM 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. Brendan Rodgers of Celtic puts Craig Bellamy back in his box, says Old Firm game is a global event 11:52AM 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?” Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha draws on Mexico earthquake for sense of perspective ahead of Old Firm game 11:50AM Bruno Alves 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. 11:42AM Right then 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. 11:14AM Team analysis 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. 11:12AM Celtic team Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Simunovic, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Armstrong, Roberts, Rogic, Sinclair, Griffiths  #CelticFC team for the Glasgow Derby at Ibrox. #SPFLpic.twitter.com/ile03nRVw6— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017 11:11AM Rangers team Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Cardoso, Hodson, Candeias, Dorrans, Jack, Pena, Windass, Morelos. Subs: Alnwick, A Wilson, Dalcio, Holt, Nemane, Miller, Herrera 11:11AM Teams! are here 11:10AM 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. 11:03AM Our preview Premier League betting: offers and suggested bets 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 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. Celtic 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 Draw 3/1 Celtic to win 4/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers 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

Rangers 0 Celtic 2: Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths score in one-sided Old Firm derby

Rangers do not harbour title ambitions, according to Pedro Caixinha, whose disclosure might have been startling had it not been rendered redundant by Celtic’s victory in the first Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox, where goals by Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths stretched the gap between the sides to eight points after only seven games. Celtic prevailed tactically, physically and psychologically to confirm the bookmakers’ heavy odds in their favour, but what makes the prospects for the current campaign all the bleaker for the Rangers support is that this was not only a quotidian victory for the champions, but also a routine event in the sequence of seven derby meetings since Brendan Rodgers began his tenure in the east end of Glasgow 15 months ago. Leigh Griffiths sealed the deal for Celtic Credit: pa Rodgersalso set the tone of the week’s build-up by declaring that Rangers’ summer spending had been a sure indicator of an assault on the championship, an utterance that sucked his Ibrox counterpart into an ill-advised response in the aftermath of defeat. “We never said we’d make a title challenge,” Caixinha said. “We just said we’d take it game by game. That’s the reality. We’re eight points behind the leader, so we need to focus on the next match and that’s very important, because now we’re going to see what we’re made of and if we react the way we need to or just look around and don’t take decisions. “I’m really looking forward to that.” Caixinha, though, once again faces an indictment about his tactical nous. Having exposed Rangers to the worst defeat by Celtic ever on their own ground by fielding a midfield diamond in the final derby of last season, this time he gambled on Carlos Pena’s ability to cope with the demands of a notoriously intense fixture. It would have been a questionable decision on any Old Firm occasion but it was inexplicable in view of the selection difficulties which had presented themselves in other key areas of the pitch. A flare was thrown onto the Ibrox pitch Credit: getty images Caixinha had been forced to remedy the loss of the hugely experienced Portuguese international defender, Bruno Alves, by granting the teenage centre-back, Ross McCrorie, his first start alongside Fabio Cardoso. The consequence was that Rangers took the field with two Old Firm derby debutants at the heart of their defence. The left of the rearguard was also a patched job. Rangers’ captain and left-back, Lee Wallace, was injured against Partick Thistle in the 2-2 draw at Firhill on September 15, while his replacement, Declan John, came off with a thigh knock during Tuesday’s second instalment against the Jags in the Betfred Cup, which meant a return for Lee Hodson. With Celtic close to full strength, the surprise was not that they got behind the Rangers back line repeatedly, but that they failed to inflict damage before half-time. As the proceedings wore on with parity maintained, young McCrorie showed admirable composure to take on and dispossess Leigh Griffiths when the striker looked set to go clear on goal. By the interval, though, it was evident that Pena – Rangers’ most expensive summer signing at around £2.4 m – was well off the pace, as Caixinha admitted afterwards. “Pena struggled a little bit. In the first half we wanted the first pass to be forward to attack the space,” he said. “He was the one who was supposed to be floating on the back of their two midfielders, Brown and Armstrong. He had a couple of chances to do it but the last pass never came out. “That didn’t allow us to explore the space and activate players like Candeias, Morelos or Windass.” Celtic's Patrick Roberts was on song early in the match. Here he is battling Rangers' Josh Windass Credit: PA Caixinha, however, did not make the obvious substitution of Kenny Miller or Jason Holt for Pena until after Celtic had taken the lead four minutes after the break when Rogic shot home from a Griffiths corner that Rangers failed to clear. Obliged to chase the game, Rangers paid the price when McCrorie was caught on the turn by Griffiths, who rifled Celtic’s second beyond Wes Foderingham. The Rangers manager was also quizzed subsequently about his spat with Scott Brown as the teams left the field at half-time. Caixinha was incensed that Brown applied an elbow to Alfredo Morales without sanction from the match officials. Caixinha said: “Scott Brown was coming off and I told him: ‘You do that, but if I was on the pitch you wouldn’t.’ “I wouldn’t have allowed him to put his elbow in my face. If someone does nothing, I have to defend my club, my players and the truth of the game. I didn’t hear what Brown said to me when he came off. “It was a shame that I couldn’t play because I know the mentality I have.” 1:59PM Match report to follow I'm off to blog Manchester United. Roddy Forysth's analysis will be on this page v shortly. Well done Celtic, hard lines Rangers. Cheers 1:56PM 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.  Celtic go over to their fans to celebrate. Celtic fans and team at Ibrox Credit: Sky Sports 1:52PM 90 mins 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 1:47PM 89 mins "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. 1:45PM 87 mins Rangers go route one. Long ball. Herrera heads it on. Morelos onto the ball, under pressure from Simunovic, fires over. 1:45PM 85 mins 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 1:40PM 82 mins 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. 1:39PM 80 mins 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. 1:38PM 79 mins 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. 1:37PM 75 mins 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? 1:31PM 71 mins 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. 1:29PM 69 mins 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 1:27PM 67 mins Candeias spots Tavernier making a great inside run. Roberts undone. Tavernier slots it. Ooh he should have done more. 1:25PM 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) 1:23PM 64 mins Dorrans whips a ball in, Beckhamesque from the right wing. Miller gets his header on target, but easy for the keeper. 1:22PM 63 mins 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. 1:21PM 62 mins Rogic comes off. McGregor the man to come on. 1:20PM 61 mins Fotheringham touch and distribution awful. Sinclair ghosts away form Tavernier like he's not there. Men against boys stuff, that. Fires over. 1:19PM 59 mins  Lame freekick from Rangers. They lack passing/delivery ability as a team. 1:19PM 57 mins Griffths clatters Windass. 1:15PM 56 mins Rangers have responded really well since going behind. Windass crushes a shot at goal, not far away. 1:13PM 54 mins 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. 1:12PM 53 mins 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. 1:11PM 52 mins Short delay: somebody has thrown a flare onto the pitch. Rangers use the opportunity to bring on Miller in place of Carlos Pena. 1:09PM 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) 1:05PM 47 mins 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. 1:03PM 46 mins Boyata is alright by the way. The Celts kick off. 1:02PM 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. 12:47PM Half time: Rangers 0 Celtic 0 Scott Brown and Pedro Caixinha square up on the touchline! Jack defuses the situation. 12:47PM 45 mins 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. 12:45PM 43 mins Agricultural stuff from Morelos as he goes in hard on Boyata. He gets the first yellow of the game.  12:43PM 42 mins Young McCrorie with an excellent intervention after Griffiths killed the ball with a classy touch. 12:42PM 41 mins Morelos now caught offside for the FOURTH time 12:40PM 39 mins If Rangers can just hang on, there's plenty of reason for encouragement in this first half. 12:38PM 37 mins 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. 12:36PM 35 mins Shot! Good run and wriggle from Armstrong, hits it low and not far from being a goal. 12:36PM 34 mins Tierney with a big tackle on Candeias. Gets the ball, and plenty of the player, too. 12:35PM 32 mins Roberts beats his man, and shoots low and hard. Decent stop from close range. 12:31PM 30 mins Chance! Great deep cross from Tavernier... Morelos has got free from Lustig at the back post. He cannot apply the finish. 12:30PM 29 mins 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. 12:26PM 25 mins 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. 12:25PM 22 mins 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. 12:22PM 20 mins 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. 12:19PM 17 mins Tierney with a nice bit of vision, spotting an opening gap and skipping into it. His weak shot is an unworthy end product. 12:17PM 15 mins Tavernier impressing for Rangers. Hurtles down the right, crosses, looking for Morelos. It's cut out. 12:16PM 14 mins 14' - A precise pass from @Tom_Rogic sends @Scotty_Sinclair scampering into the box and his cross is headed behind for a corner. [0-0]— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017 12:13PM 12 mins 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. 12:11PM 11 mins McCrorie sticking like glue to Griffiths, and he denies the striker a chance to latch onto a long ball. 12:10PM 10 mins Windass nutmegs Scott Brown. Coming soon to a pitch near you: Scott Brown kicks a lump out of Windass. 12:09PM 9 mins Now Tierney gets free down the left, picks out Leigh Griffiths at the back stick. Leigh should have done better with his header there. 12:09PM 8 mins Roberts is everywhere. Rangers cut open again. You fear the worst for the boys in Blue here. 12:07PM 6 mins Good early settler for young McCrorie as he times a tackle perfectly in the box, Rogic was looking v dangerous. 12:05PM 4 mins 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. 12:04PM 3 mins 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. Credit: Sky Sports 12:02PM 2 mins 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. 12:00PM 1 mins Rangers kick off. Kieran Tierney of Celtic and James Tavernier of Rangers battle for the ball Credit: getty images 12:00PM Celtic team Credit: Sky Sports 11:59AM Rangers team Credit: Sky Sports 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.... 11:56AM Roddy Forsyth at Ibrox "Celtic fans are in full voice during the warm-up," he writes. Credit: Roddy Forsyth 11:53AM 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. Brendan Rodgers of Celtic puts Craig Bellamy back in his box, says Old Firm game is a global event 11:52AM 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?” Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha draws on Mexico earthquake for sense of perspective ahead of Old Firm game 11:50AM Bruno Alves 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. 11:42AM Right then 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. 11:14AM Team analysis 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. 11:12AM Celtic team Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Simunovic, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Armstrong, Roberts, Rogic, Sinclair, Griffiths  #CelticFC team for the Glasgow Derby at Ibrox. #SPFLpic.twitter.com/ile03nRVw6— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017 11:11AM Rangers team Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Cardoso, Hodson, Candeias, Dorrans, Jack, Pena, Windass, Morelos. Subs: Alnwick, A Wilson, Dalcio, Holt, Nemane, Miller, Herrera 11:11AM Teams! are here 11:10AM 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. 11:03AM Our preview Premier League betting: offers and suggested bets 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 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. Celtic 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 Draw 3/1 Celtic to win 4/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers 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

Rangers 0 Celtic 2: Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths score in one-sided Old Firm derby

Rangers do not harbour title ambitions, according to Pedro Caixinha, whose disclosure might have been startling had it not been rendered redundant by Celtic’s victory in the first Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox, where goals by Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths stretched the gap between the sides to eight points after only seven games. Celtic prevailed tactically, physically and psychologically to confirm the bookmakers’ heavy odds in their favour, but what makes the prospects for the current campaign all the bleaker for the Rangers support is that this was not only a quotidian victory for the champions, but also a routine event in the sequence of seven derby meetings since Brendan Rodgers began his tenure in the east end of Glasgow 15 months ago. Leigh Griffiths sealed the deal for Celtic Credit: pa Rodgersalso set the tone of the week’s build-up by declaring that Rangers’ summer spending had been a sure indicator of an assault on the championship, an utterance that sucked his Ibrox counterpart into an ill-advised response in the aftermath of defeat. “We never said we’d make a title challenge,” Caixinha said. “We just said we’d take it game by game. That’s the reality. We’re eight points behind the leader, so we need to focus on the next match and that’s very important, because now we’re going to see what we’re made of and if we react the way we need to or just look around and don’t take decisions. “I’m really looking forward to that.” Caixinha, though, once again faces an indictment about his tactical nous. Having exposed Rangers to the worst defeat by Celtic ever on their own ground by fielding a midfield diamond in the final derby of last season, this time he gambled on Carlos Pena’s ability to cope with the demands of a notoriously intense fixture. It would have been a questionable decision on any Old Firm occasion but it was inexplicable in view of the selection difficulties which had presented themselves in other key areas of the pitch. A flare was thrown onto the Ibrox pitch Credit: getty images Caixinha had been forced to remedy the loss of the hugely experienced Portuguese international defender, Bruno Alves, by granting the teenage centre-back, Ross McCrorie, his first start alongside Fabio Cardoso. The consequence was that Rangers took the field with two Old Firm derby debutants at the heart of their defence. The left of the rearguard was also a patched job. Rangers’ captain and left-back, Lee Wallace, was injured against Partick Thistle in the 2-2 draw at Firhill on September 15, while his replacement, Declan John, came off with a thigh knock during Tuesday’s second instalment against the Jags in the Betfred Cup, which meant a return for Lee Hodson. With Celtic close to full strength, the surprise was not that they got behind the Rangers back line repeatedly, but that they failed to inflict damage before half-time. As the proceedings wore on with parity maintained, young McCrorie showed admirable composure to take on and dispossess Leigh Griffiths when the striker looked set to go clear on goal. By the interval, though, it was evident that Pena – Rangers’ most expensive summer signing at around £2.4 m – was well off the pace, as Caixinha admitted afterwards. “Pena struggled a little bit. In the first half we wanted the first pass to be forward to attack the space,” he said. “He was the one who was supposed to be floating on the back of their two midfielders, Brown and Armstrong. He had a couple of chances to do it but the last pass never came out. “That didn’t allow us to explore the space and activate players like Candeias, Morelos or Windass.” Celtic's Patrick Roberts was on song early in the match. Here he is battling Rangers' Josh Windass Credit: PA Caixinha, however, did not make the obvious substitution of Kenny Miller or Jason Holt for Pena until after Celtic had taken the lead four minutes after the break when Rogic shot home from a Griffiths corner that Rangers failed to clear. Obliged to chase the game, Rangers paid the price when McCrorie was caught on the turn by Griffiths, who rifled Celtic’s second beyond Wes Foderingham. The Rangers manager was also quizzed subsequently about his spat with Scott Brown as the teams left the field at half-time. Caixinha was incensed that Brown applied an elbow to Alfredo Morales without sanction from the match officials. Caixinha said: “Scott Brown was coming off and I told him: ‘You do that, but if I was on the pitch you wouldn’t.’ “I wouldn’t have allowed him to put his elbow in my face. If someone does nothing, I have to defend my club, my players and the truth of the game. I didn’t hear what Brown said to me when he came off. “It was a shame that I couldn’t play because I know the mentality I have.” 1:59PM Match report to follow I'm off to blog Manchester United. Roddy Forysth's analysis will be on this page v shortly. Well done Celtic, hard lines Rangers. Cheers 1:56PM 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.  Celtic go over to their fans to celebrate. Celtic fans and team at Ibrox Credit: Sky Sports 1:52PM 90 mins 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 1:47PM 89 mins "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. 1:45PM 87 mins Rangers go route one. Long ball. Herrera heads it on. Morelos onto the ball, under pressure from Simunovic, fires over. 1:45PM 85 mins 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 1:40PM 82 mins 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. 1:39PM 80 mins 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. 1:38PM 79 mins 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. 1:37PM 75 mins 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? 1:31PM 71 mins 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. 1:29PM 69 mins 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 1:27PM 67 mins Candeias spots Tavernier making a great inside run. Roberts undone. Tavernier slots it. Ooh he should have done more. 1:25PM 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) 1:23PM 64 mins Dorrans whips a ball in, Beckhamesque from the right wing. Miller gets his header on target, but easy for the keeper. 1:22PM 63 mins 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. 1:21PM 62 mins Rogic comes off. McGregor the man to come on. 1:20PM 61 mins Fotheringham touch and distribution awful. Sinclair ghosts away form Tavernier like he's not there. Men against boys stuff, that. Fires over. 1:19PM 59 mins  Lame freekick from Rangers. They lack passing/delivery ability as a team. 1:19PM 57 mins Griffths clatters Windass. 1:15PM 56 mins Rangers have responded really well since going behind. Windass crushes a shot at goal, not far away. 1:13PM 54 mins 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. 1:12PM 53 mins 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. 1:11PM 52 mins Short delay: somebody has thrown a flare onto the pitch. Rangers use the opportunity to bring on Miller in place of Carlos Pena. 1:09PM 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) 1:05PM 47 mins 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. 1:03PM 46 mins Boyata is alright by the way. The Celts kick off. 1:02PM 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. 12:47PM Half time: Rangers 0 Celtic 0 Scott Brown and Pedro Caixinha square up on the touchline! Jack defuses the situation. 12:47PM 45 mins 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. 12:45PM 43 mins Agricultural stuff from Morelos as he goes in hard on Boyata. He gets the first yellow of the game.  12:43PM 42 mins Young McCrorie with an excellent intervention after Griffiths killed the ball with a classy touch. 12:42PM 41 mins Morelos now caught offside for the FOURTH time 12:40PM 39 mins If Rangers can just hang on, there's plenty of reason for encouragement in this first half. 12:38PM 37 mins 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. 12:36PM 35 mins Shot! Good run and wriggle from Armstrong, hits it low and not far from being a goal. 12:36PM 34 mins Tierney with a big tackle on Candeias. Gets the ball, and plenty of the player, too. 12:35PM 32 mins Roberts beats his man, and shoots low and hard. Decent stop from close range. 12:31PM 30 mins Chance! Great deep cross from Tavernier... Morelos has got free from Lustig at the back post. He cannot apply the finish. 12:30PM 29 mins 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. 12:26PM 25 mins 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. 12:25PM 22 mins 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. 12:22PM 20 mins 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. 12:19PM 17 mins Tierney with a nice bit of vision, spotting an opening gap and skipping into it. His weak shot is an unworthy end product. 12:17PM 15 mins Tavernier impressing for Rangers. Hurtles down the right, crosses, looking for Morelos. It's cut out. 12:16PM 14 mins 14' - A precise pass from @Tom_Rogic sends @Scotty_Sinclair scampering into the box and his cross is headed behind for a corner. [0-0]— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017 12:13PM 12 mins 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. 12:11PM 11 mins McCrorie sticking like glue to Griffiths, and he denies the striker a chance to latch onto a long ball. 12:10PM 10 mins Windass nutmegs Scott Brown. Coming soon to a pitch near you: Scott Brown kicks a lump out of Windass. 12:09PM 9 mins Now Tierney gets free down the left, picks out Leigh Griffiths at the back stick. Leigh should have done better with his header there. 12:09PM 8 mins Roberts is everywhere. Rangers cut open again. You fear the worst for the boys in Blue here. 12:07PM 6 mins Good early settler for young McCrorie as he times a tackle perfectly in the box, Rogic was looking v dangerous. 12:05PM 4 mins 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. 12:04PM 3 mins 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. Credit: Sky Sports 12:02PM 2 mins 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. 12:00PM 1 mins Rangers kick off. Kieran Tierney of Celtic and James Tavernier of Rangers battle for the ball Credit: getty images 12:00PM Celtic team Credit: Sky Sports 11:59AM Rangers team Credit: Sky Sports 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.... 11:56AM Roddy Forsyth at Ibrox "Celtic fans are in full voice during the warm-up," he writes. Credit: Roddy Forsyth 11:53AM 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. Brendan Rodgers of Celtic puts Craig Bellamy back in his box, says Old Firm game is a global event 11:52AM 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?” Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha draws on Mexico earthquake for sense of perspective ahead of Old Firm game 11:50AM Bruno Alves 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. 11:42AM Right then 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. 11:14AM Team analysis 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. 11:12AM Celtic team Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Simunovic, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Armstrong, Roberts, Rogic, Sinclair, Griffiths  #CelticFC team for the Glasgow Derby at Ibrox. #SPFLpic.twitter.com/ile03nRVw6— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017 11:11AM Rangers team Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Cardoso, Hodson, Candeias, Dorrans, Jack, Pena, Windass, Morelos. Subs: Alnwick, A Wilson, Dalcio, Holt, Nemane, Miller, Herrera 11:11AM Teams! are here 11:10AM 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. 11:03AM Our preview Premier League betting: offers and suggested bets 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 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. Celtic 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 Draw 3/1 Celtic to win 4/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers 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

Rangers 0 Celtic 2: Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths score in one-sided Old Firm derby

Rangers do not harbour title ambitions, according to Pedro Caixinha, whose disclosure might have been startling had it not been rendered redundant by Celtic’s victory in the first Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox, where goals by Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths stretched the gap between the sides to eight points after only seven games. Celtic prevailed tactically, physically and psychologically to confirm the bookmakers’ heavy odds in their favour, but what makes the prospects for the current campaign all the bleaker for the Rangers support is that this was not only a quotidian victory for the champions, but also a routine event in the sequence of seven derby meetings since Brendan Rodgers began his tenure in the east end of Glasgow 15 months ago. Leigh Griffiths sealed the deal for Celtic Credit: pa Rodgersalso set the tone of the week’s build-up by declaring that Rangers’ summer spending had been a sure indicator of an assault on the championship, an utterance that sucked his Ibrox counterpart into an ill-advised response in the aftermath of defeat. “We never said we’d make a title challenge,” Caixinha said. “We just said we’d take it game by game. That’s the reality. We’re eight points behind the leader, so we need to focus on the next match and that’s very important, because now we’re going to see what we’re made of and if we react the way we need to or just look around and don’t take decisions. “I’m really looking forward to that.” Caixinha, though, once again faces an indictment about his tactical nous. Having exposed Rangers to the worst defeat by Celtic ever on their own ground by fielding a midfield diamond in the final derby of last season, this time he gambled on Carlos Pena’s ability to cope with the demands of a notoriously intense fixture. It would have been a questionable decision on any Old Firm occasion but it was inexplicable in view of the selection difficulties which had presented themselves in other key areas of the pitch. A flare was thrown onto the Ibrox pitch Credit: getty images Caixinha had been forced to remedy the loss of the hugely experienced Portuguese international defender, Bruno Alves, by granting the teenage centre-back, Ross McCrorie, his first start alongside Fabio Cardoso. The consequence was that Rangers took the field with two Old Firm derby debutants at the heart of their defence. The left of the rearguard was also a patched job. Rangers’ captain and left-back, Lee Wallace, was injured against Partick Thistle in the 2-2 draw at Firhill on September 15, while his replacement, Declan John, came off with a thigh knock during Tuesday’s second instalment against the Jags in the Betfred Cup, which meant a return for Lee Hodson. With Celtic close to full strength, the surprise was not that they got behind the Rangers back line repeatedly, but that they failed to inflict damage before half-time. As the proceedings wore on with parity maintained, young McCrorie showed admirable composure to take on and dispossess Leigh Griffiths when the striker looked set to go clear on goal. By the interval, though, it was evident that Pena – Rangers’ most expensive summer signing at around £2.4 m – was well off the pace, as Caixinha admitted afterwards. “Pena struggled a little bit. In the first half we wanted the first pass to be forward to attack the space,” he said. “He was the one who was supposed to be floating on the back of their two midfielders, Brown and Armstrong. He had a couple of chances to do it but the last pass never came out. “That didn’t allow us to explore the space and activate players like Candeias, Morelos or Windass.” Celtic's Patrick Roberts was on song early in the match. Here he is battling Rangers' Josh Windass Credit: PA Caixinha, however, did not make the obvious substitution of Kenny Miller or Jason Holt for Pena until after Celtic had taken the lead four minutes after the break when Rogic shot home from a Griffiths corner that Rangers failed to clear. Obliged to chase the game, Rangers paid the price when McCrorie was caught on the turn by Griffiths, who rifled Celtic’s second beyond Wes Foderingham. The Rangers manager was also quizzed subsequently about his spat with Scott Brown as the teams left the field at half-time. Caixinha was incensed that Brown applied an elbow to Alfredo Morales without sanction from the match officials. Caixinha said: “Scott Brown was coming off and I told him: ‘You do that, but if I was on the pitch you wouldn’t.’ “I wouldn’t have allowed him to put his elbow in my face. If someone does nothing, I have to defend my club, my players and the truth of the game. I didn’t hear what Brown said to me when he came off. “It was a shame that I couldn’t play because I know the mentality I have.” 1:59PM Match report to follow I'm off to blog Manchester United. Roddy Forysth's analysis will be on this page v shortly. Well done Celtic, hard lines Rangers. Cheers 1:56PM 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.  Celtic go over to their fans to celebrate. Celtic fans and team at Ibrox Credit: Sky Sports 1:52PM 90 mins 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 1:47PM 89 mins "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. 1:45PM 87 mins Rangers go route one. Long ball. Herrera heads it on. Morelos onto the ball, under pressure from Simunovic, fires over. 1:45PM 85 mins 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 1:40PM 82 mins 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. 1:39PM 80 mins 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. 1:38PM 79 mins 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. 1:37PM 75 mins 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? 1:31PM 71 mins 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. 1:29PM 69 mins 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 1:27PM 67 mins Candeias spots Tavernier making a great inside run. Roberts undone. Tavernier slots it. Ooh he should have done more. 1:25PM 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) 1:23PM 64 mins Dorrans whips a ball in, Beckhamesque from the right wing. Miller gets his header on target, but easy for the keeper. 1:22PM 63 mins 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. 1:21PM 62 mins Rogic comes off. McGregor the man to come on. 1:20PM 61 mins Fotheringham touch and distribution awful. Sinclair ghosts away form Tavernier like he's not there. Men against boys stuff, that. Fires over. 1:19PM 59 mins  Lame freekick from Rangers. They lack passing/delivery ability as a team. 1:19PM 57 mins Griffths clatters Windass. 1:15PM 56 mins Rangers have responded really well since going behind. Windass crushes a shot at goal, not far away. 1:13PM 54 mins 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. 1:12PM 53 mins 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. 1:11PM 52 mins Short delay: somebody has thrown a flare onto the pitch. Rangers use the opportunity to bring on Miller in place of Carlos Pena. 1:09PM 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) 1:05PM 47 mins 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. 1:03PM 46 mins Boyata is alright by the way. The Celts kick off. 1:02PM 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. 12:47PM Half time: Rangers 0 Celtic 0 Scott Brown and Pedro Caixinha square up on the touchline! Jack defuses the situation. 12:47PM 45 mins 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. 12:45PM 43 mins Agricultural stuff from Morelos as he goes in hard on Boyata. He gets the first yellow of the game.  12:43PM 42 mins Young McCrorie with an excellent intervention after Griffiths killed the ball with a classy touch. 12:42PM 41 mins Morelos now caught offside for the FOURTH time 12:40PM 39 mins If Rangers can just hang on, there's plenty of reason for encouragement in this first half. 12:38PM 37 mins 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. 12:36PM 35 mins Shot! Good run and wriggle from Armstrong, hits it low and not far from being a goal. 12:36PM 34 mins Tierney with a big tackle on Candeias. Gets the ball, and plenty of the player, too. 12:35PM 32 mins Roberts beats his man, and shoots low and hard. Decent stop from close range. 12:31PM 30 mins Chance! Great deep cross from Tavernier... Morelos has got free from Lustig at the back post. He cannot apply the finish. 12:30PM 29 mins 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. 12:26PM 25 mins 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. 12:25PM 22 mins 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. 12:22PM 20 mins 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. 12:19PM 17 mins Tierney with a nice bit of vision, spotting an opening gap and skipping into it. His weak shot is an unworthy end product. 12:17PM 15 mins Tavernier impressing for Rangers. Hurtles down the right, crosses, looking for Morelos. It's cut out. 12:16PM 14 mins 14' - A precise pass from @Tom_Rogic sends @Scotty_Sinclair scampering into the box and his cross is headed behind for a corner. [0-0]— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017 12:13PM 12 mins 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. 12:11PM 11 mins McCrorie sticking like glue to Griffiths, and he denies the striker a chance to latch onto a long ball. 12:10PM 10 mins Windass nutmegs Scott Brown. Coming soon to a pitch near you: Scott Brown kicks a lump out of Windass. 12:09PM 9 mins Now Tierney gets free down the left, picks out Leigh Griffiths at the back stick. Leigh should have done better with his header there. 12:09PM 8 mins Roberts is everywhere. Rangers cut open again. You fear the worst for the boys in Blue here. 12:07PM 6 mins Good early settler for young McCrorie as he times a tackle perfectly in the box, Rogic was looking v dangerous. 12:05PM 4 mins 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. 12:04PM 3 mins 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. Credit: Sky Sports 12:02PM 2 mins 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. 12:00PM 1 mins Rangers kick off. Kieran Tierney of Celtic and James Tavernier of Rangers battle for the ball Credit: getty images 12:00PM Celtic team Credit: Sky Sports 11:59AM Rangers team Credit: Sky Sports 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.... 11:56AM Roddy Forsyth at Ibrox "Celtic fans are in full voice during the warm-up," he writes. Credit: Roddy Forsyth 11:53AM 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. Brendan Rodgers of Celtic puts Craig Bellamy back in his box, says Old Firm game is a global event 11:52AM 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?” Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha draws on Mexico earthquake for sense of perspective ahead of Old Firm game 11:50AM Bruno Alves 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. 11:42AM Right then 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. 11:14AM Team analysis 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. 11:12AM Celtic team Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Simunovic, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Armstrong, Roberts, Rogic, Sinclair, Griffiths  #CelticFC team for the Glasgow Derby at Ibrox. #SPFLpic.twitter.com/ile03nRVw6— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017 11:11AM Rangers team Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Cardoso, Hodson, Candeias, Dorrans, Jack, Pena, Windass, Morelos. Subs: Alnwick, A Wilson, Dalcio, Holt, Nemane, Miller, Herrera 11:11AM Teams! are here 11:10AM 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. 11:03AM Our preview Premier League betting: offers and suggested bets 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 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. Celtic 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 Draw 3/1 Celtic to win 4/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers 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

Rangers 0 Celtic 2: Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths score in one-sided Old Firm derby

Rangers do not harbour title ambitions, according to Pedro Caixinha, whose disclosure might have been startling had it not been rendered redundant by Celtic’s victory in the first Old Firm derby of the season at Ibrox, where goals by Tom Rogic and Leigh Griffiths stretched the gap between the sides to eight points after only seven games. Celtic prevailed tactically, physically and psychologically to confirm the bookmakers’ heavy odds in their favour, but what makes the prospects for the current campaign all the bleaker for the Rangers support is that this was not only a quotidian victory for the champions, but also a routine event in the sequence of seven derby meetings since Brendan Rodgers began his tenure in the east end of Glasgow 15 months ago. Leigh Griffiths sealed the deal for Celtic Credit: pa Rodgersalso set the tone of the week’s build-up by declaring that Rangers’ summer spending had been a sure indicator of an assault on the championship, an utterance that sucked his Ibrox counterpart into an ill-advised response in the aftermath of defeat. “We never said we’d make a title challenge,” Caixinha said. “We just said we’d take it game by game. That’s the reality. We’re eight points behind the leader, so we need to focus on the next match and that’s very important, because now we’re going to see what we’re made of and if we react the way we need to or just look around and don’t take decisions. “I’m really looking forward to that.” Caixinha, though, once again faces an indictment about his tactical nous. Having exposed Rangers to the worst defeat by Celtic ever on their own ground by fielding a midfield diamond in the final derby of last season, this time he gambled on Carlos Pena’s ability to cope with the demands of a notoriously intense fixture. It would have been a questionable decision on any Old Firm occasion but it was inexplicable in view of the selection difficulties which had presented themselves in other key areas of the pitch. A flare was thrown onto the Ibrox pitch Credit: getty images Caixinha had been forced to remedy the loss of the hugely experienced Portuguese international defender, Bruno Alves, by granting the teenage centre-back, Ross McCrorie, his first start alongside Fabio Cardoso. The consequence was that Rangers took the field with two Old Firm derby debutants at the heart of their defence. The left of the rearguard was also a patched job. Rangers’ captain and left-back, Lee Wallace, was injured against Partick Thistle in the 2-2 draw at Firhill on September 15, while his replacement, Declan John, came off with a thigh knock during Tuesday’s second instalment against the Jags in the Betfred Cup, which meant a return for Lee Hodson. With Celtic close to full strength, the surprise was not that they got behind the Rangers back line repeatedly, but that they failed to inflict damage before half-time. As the proceedings wore on with parity maintained, young McCrorie showed admirable composure to take on and dispossess Leigh Griffiths when the striker looked set to go clear on goal. By the interval, though, it was evident that Pena – Rangers’ most expensive summer signing at around £2.4 m – was well off the pace, as Caixinha admitted afterwards. “Pena struggled a little bit. In the first half we wanted the first pass to be forward to attack the space,” he said. “He was the one who was supposed to be floating on the back of their two midfielders, Brown and Armstrong. He had a couple of chances to do it but the last pass never came out. “That didn’t allow us to explore the space and activate players like Candeias, Morelos or Windass.” Celtic's Patrick Roberts was on song early in the match. Here he is battling Rangers' Josh Windass Credit: PA Caixinha, however, did not make the obvious substitution of Kenny Miller or Jason Holt for Pena until after Celtic had taken the lead four minutes after the break when Rogic shot home from a Griffiths corner that Rangers failed to clear. Obliged to chase the game, Rangers paid the price when McCrorie was caught on the turn by Griffiths, who rifled Celtic’s second beyond Wes Foderingham. The Rangers manager was also quizzed subsequently about his spat with Scott Brown as the teams left the field at half-time. Caixinha was incensed that Brown applied an elbow to Alfredo Morales without sanction from the match officials. Caixinha said: “Scott Brown was coming off and I told him: ‘You do that, but if I was on the pitch you wouldn’t.’ “I wouldn’t have allowed him to put his elbow in my face. If someone does nothing, I have to defend my club, my players and the truth of the game. I didn’t hear what Brown said to me when he came off. “It was a shame that I couldn’t play because I know the mentality I have.” 1:59PM Match report to follow I'm off to blog Manchester United. Roddy Forysth's analysis will be on this page v shortly. Well done Celtic, hard lines Rangers. Cheers 1:56PM 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.  Celtic go over to their fans to celebrate. Celtic fans and team at Ibrox Credit: Sky Sports 1:52PM 90 mins 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 1:47PM 89 mins "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. 1:45PM 87 mins Rangers go route one. Long ball. Herrera heads it on. Morelos onto the ball, under pressure from Simunovic, fires over. 1:45PM 85 mins 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 1:40PM 82 mins 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. 1:39PM 80 mins 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. 1:38PM 79 mins 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. 1:37PM 75 mins 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? 1:31PM 71 mins 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. 1:29PM 69 mins 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 1:27PM 67 mins Candeias spots Tavernier making a great inside run. Roberts undone. Tavernier slots it. Ooh he should have done more. 1:25PM 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) 1:23PM 64 mins Dorrans whips a ball in, Beckhamesque from the right wing. Miller gets his header on target, but easy for the keeper. 1:22PM 63 mins 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. 1:21PM 62 mins Rogic comes off. McGregor the man to come on. 1:20PM 61 mins Fotheringham touch and distribution awful. Sinclair ghosts away form Tavernier like he's not there. Men against boys stuff, that. Fires over. 1:19PM 59 mins  Lame freekick from Rangers. They lack passing/delivery ability as a team. 1:19PM 57 mins Griffths clatters Windass. 1:15PM 56 mins Rangers have responded really well since going behind. Windass crushes a shot at goal, not far away. 1:13PM 54 mins 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. 1:12PM 53 mins 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. 1:11PM 52 mins Short delay: somebody has thrown a flare onto the pitch. Rangers use the opportunity to bring on Miller in place of Carlos Pena. 1:09PM 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) 1:05PM 47 mins 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. 1:03PM 46 mins Boyata is alright by the way. The Celts kick off. 1:02PM 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. 12:47PM Half time: Rangers 0 Celtic 0 Scott Brown and Pedro Caixinha square up on the touchline! Jack defuses the situation. 12:47PM 45 mins 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. 12:45PM 43 mins Agricultural stuff from Morelos as he goes in hard on Boyata. He gets the first yellow of the game.  12:43PM 42 mins Young McCrorie with an excellent intervention after Griffiths killed the ball with a classy touch. 12:42PM 41 mins Morelos now caught offside for the FOURTH time 12:40PM 39 mins If Rangers can just hang on, there's plenty of reason for encouragement in this first half. 12:38PM 37 mins 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. 12:36PM 35 mins Shot! Good run and wriggle from Armstrong, hits it low and not far from being a goal. 12:36PM 34 mins Tierney with a big tackle on Candeias. Gets the ball, and plenty of the player, too. 12:35PM 32 mins Roberts beats his man, and shoots low and hard. Decent stop from close range. 12:31PM 30 mins Chance! Great deep cross from Tavernier... Morelos has got free from Lustig at the back post. He cannot apply the finish. 12:30PM 29 mins 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. 12:26PM 25 mins 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. 12:25PM 22 mins 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. 12:22PM 20 mins 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. 12:19PM 17 mins Tierney with a nice bit of vision, spotting an opening gap and skipping into it. His weak shot is an unworthy end product. 12:17PM 15 mins Tavernier impressing for Rangers. Hurtles down the right, crosses, looking for Morelos. It's cut out. 12:16PM 14 mins 14' - A precise pass from @Tom_Rogic sends @Scotty_Sinclair scampering into the box and his cross is headed behind for a corner. [0-0]— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017 12:13PM 12 mins 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. 12:11PM 11 mins McCrorie sticking like glue to Griffiths, and he denies the striker a chance to latch onto a long ball. 12:10PM 10 mins Windass nutmegs Scott Brown. Coming soon to a pitch near you: Scott Brown kicks a lump out of Windass. 12:09PM 9 mins Now Tierney gets free down the left, picks out Leigh Griffiths at the back stick. Leigh should have done better with his header there. 12:09PM 8 mins Roberts is everywhere. Rangers cut open again. You fear the worst for the boys in Blue here. 12:07PM 6 mins Good early settler for young McCrorie as he times a tackle perfectly in the box, Rogic was looking v dangerous. 12:05PM 4 mins 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. 12:04PM 3 mins 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. Credit: Sky Sports 12:02PM 2 mins 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. 12:00PM 1 mins Rangers kick off. Kieran Tierney of Celtic and James Tavernier of Rangers battle for the ball Credit: getty images 12:00PM Celtic team Credit: Sky Sports 11:59AM Rangers team Credit: Sky Sports 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.... 11:56AM Roddy Forsyth at Ibrox "Celtic fans are in full voice during the warm-up," he writes. Credit: Roddy Forsyth 11:53AM 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. Brendan Rodgers of Celtic puts Craig Bellamy back in his box, says Old Firm game is a global event 11:52AM 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?” Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha draws on Mexico earthquake for sense of perspective ahead of Old Firm game 11:50AM Bruno Alves 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. 11:42AM Right then 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. 11:14AM Team analysis 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. 11:12AM Celtic team Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Simunovic, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Armstrong, Roberts, Rogic, Sinclair, Griffiths  #CelticFC team for the Glasgow Derby at Ibrox. #SPFLpic.twitter.com/ile03nRVw6— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017 11:11AM Rangers team Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Cardoso, Hodson, Candeias, Dorrans, Jack, Pena, Windass, Morelos. Subs: Alnwick, A Wilson, Dalcio, Holt, Nemane, Miller, Herrera 11:11AM Teams! are here 11:10AM 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. 11:03AM Our preview Premier League betting: offers and suggested bets 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 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. Celtic 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 Draw 3/1 Celtic to win 4/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers 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

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Premier League betting: offers and suggested bets 12:38PM 37 mins 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. 12:36PM 35 mins Shot! Good run and wriggle from Armstrong, hits it low and not far from being a goal. 12:36PM 34 mins Tierney with a big tackle on Candeias. Gets the ball, and plenty of the player, too. 12:35PM 32 mins Roberts beats his man, and shoots low and hard. Decent stop from close range. 12:31PM 30 mins Chance! Great deep cross from Tavernier... Morelos has got free from Lustig at the back post. He cannot apply the finish. 12:30PM 29 mins 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. 12:26PM 25 mins 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. 12:25PM 22 mins 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. 12:22PM 20 mins 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. 12:19PM 17 mins Tierney with a nice bit of vision, spotting an opening gap and skipping into it. His weak shot is an unworthy end product. 12:17PM 15 mins Tavernier impressing for Rangers. Hurtles down the right, crosses, looking for Morelos. It's cut out. 12:16PM 14 mins 14' - A precise pass from @Tom_Rogic sends @Scotty_Sinclair scampering into the box and his cross is headed behind for a corner. [0-0]— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017 12:13PM 12 mins 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. 12:11PM 11 mins McCrorie sticking like glue to Griffiths, and he denies the striker a chance to latch onto a long ball. 12:10PM 10 mins Windass nutmegs Scott Brown. Coming soon to a pitch near you: Scott Brown kicks a lump out of Windass. 12:09PM 9 mins Now Tierney gets free down the left, picks out Leigh Griffiths at the back stick. Leigh should have done better with his header there. 12:09PM 8 mins Roberts is everywhere. Rangers cut open again. You fear the worst for the boys in Blue here. 12:07PM 6 mins Good early settler for young McCrorie as he times a tackle perfectly in the box, Rogic was looking v dangerous. 12:05PM 4 mins 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. 12:04PM 3 mins 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. Credit: Sky Sports 12:02PM 2 mins 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. 12:00PM 1 mins Rangers kick off. 12:00PM Celtic team Credit: Sky Sports 11:59AM Rangers team Credit: Sky Sports 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.... 11:56AM Roddy Forsyth at Ibrox "Celtic fans are in full voice during the warm-up," he writes. Credit: Roddy Forsyth 11:53AM 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. Brendan Rodgers of Celtic puts Craig Bellamy back in his box, says Old Firm game is a global event 11:52AM 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?” Rangers boss Pedro Caixinha draws on Mexico earthquake for sense of perspective ahead of Old Firm game 11:50AM Bruno Alves 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. 11:42AM Right then 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. 11:14AM Team analysis 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. 11:12AM Celtic team Celtic: Gordon, Lustig, Simunovic, Boyata, Tierney, Brown, Armstrong, Roberts, Rogic, Sinclair, Griffiths  #CelticFC team for the Glasgow Derby at Ibrox. #SPFLpic.twitter.com/ile03nRVw6— Celtic Football Club (@celticfc) September 23, 2017 11:11AM Rangers team Rangers: Foderingham, Tavernier, McCrorie, Cardoso, Hodson, Candeias, Dorrans, Jack, Pena, Windass, Morelos. Subs: Alnwick, A Wilson, Dalcio, Holt, Nemane, Miller, Herrera 11:11AM Teams! are here 11:10AM 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. 11:03AM Our preview Premier League betting: offers and suggested bets 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 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. Celtic 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 Draw 3/1 Celtic to win 4/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers 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

Rangers vs Celtic preview: team news for Old Firm derby, kick-off time and prediction

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 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. Celtic 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 Draw 3/1 Celtic to win 4/6 Best-priced accumulators | New customer offers 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

Rangers must be clever against Celtic, warns John 'Bomber' Brown

Pedro Caixinha did not apply the lessons of Rangers’ single modest success against Celtic last season and paid the price when the Parkhead side ran up a record 5-1 score on their arch-rivals’ ground, according to John Brown, the former Ibrox midfielder, whose combative style earned him the nickname of ‘Bomber’. Brown – a member of the Rangers side who won nine successive titles under Graeme Souness and Walter Smith – also warned that if the current team try to match Celtic for football in the first Old Firm derby of the season on Saturday, they risk suffering another humiliation in their own stadium. Instead, Brown urged Caixinha to emulate the club’s youth coach, Graeme Murty, who acted as caretaker boss after Mark Warburton’s departure and who steered Rangers to an unexpected 1-1 draw at Celtic Park on March 12. “Graeme knew the strengths of the Celtic team and he cancelled them out and Rangers could have nicked it at the death, too,” Brown said. “So that was a fantastic performance from the team to come out with a point when everyone had written them off. “Pedro didn’t use the same tactics in the following league game but hopefully he has learned from what happened at the end of last season and puts it to good use. If Rangers try to go toe to toe with Celtic there will only be one winner. “You have to be cute with your tactics and how you set up. If you want to try to play free-flowing football, Celtic will beat you. Celtic’s strength is in the wide areas. They’ve got pace and ability to beat a man and get a delivery in. “That’s what Pedro needs to look at. You just have to see how Tierney and Sinclair link on that left side and - whoever they’ve got on the right - it’s going to be a problem and if you don’t address it they will hurt you. John Brown (right) used to play for Rangers Credit: PA “In the last few years it has been hard to be a Rangers fan. We’ve waited to see the team progress and give us something to shout about and we’re still waiting. “It’s not just the Old Firm derby, it’s the other games against Hearts, Hibs and Partick Thistle. You’ve got to win football matches, it’s as simple as that, and if you don’t you won’t be around for long.” “It will be interesting to see how the new players react against Celtic. Some of them could freeze but someone like Bruno Alves will relish it. They don’t know what’s going to hit them. “I supported Rangers and my first one could not have been better – a 5-1 win. The noise was so deafening I couldn’t hear the guy behind me as we came out “With so many foreign players I think it’s going to be a rude awakening for some of them because there is no hiding place in an Old Firm game. You need guys like Kenny Miller – more so than the manager – to impress upon them what lies ahead of them because they won’t have experienced anything like it. Rangers needed extra time to beat Partick Thistle Credit: Getty images “They have to be focused for 90 minutes because if you switch off against Celtic it’s been shown that they’ll beat you. The thing for Pedro this season is to cut into the 30-odd points Rangers conceded to other teams last season, to make it a lot tighter - and make a better fist of it against Celtic.” Rangers made a successful short journey to Maryhill on Tuesday to meet Partick Thistle for the second time in four days, having drawn 2-2 in the league on Friday. On this occasion, a Betfred Scottish League Cup quarter-final, they ran out 3-1 winners, though they needed extra time to wrap up the win. The first half saw both sides squander good chances. Josh Windass sinned for Rangers by scuffing his finish wide on the rebound from an Alfredo Morelos shot blocked by Ryan Scully and, at the other end, Conor Sammon placed a header and drive straight at Jak Alnwick from close range. Paco Pena, on his first start for Rangers, headed the opener 10 minutes after the break but Kris Doolan's opportunistic injury time equaliser forced an extra half hour. 

Rangers must be clever against Celtic, warns John 'Bomber' Brown

Pedro Caixinha did not apply the lessons of Rangers’ single modest success against Celtic last season and paid the price when the Parkhead side ran up a record 5-1 score on their arch-rivals’ ground, according to John Brown, the former Ibrox midfielder, whose combative style earned him the nickname of ‘Bomber’. Brown – a member of the Rangers side who won nine successive titles under Graeme Souness and Walter Smith – also warned that if the current team try to match Celtic for football in the first Old Firm derby of the season on Saturday, they risk suffering another humiliation in their own stadium. Instead, Brown urged Caixinha to emulate the club’s youth coach, Graeme Murty, who acted as caretaker boss after Mark Warburton’s departure and who steered Rangers to an unexpected 1-1 draw at Celtic Park on March 12. “Graeme knew the strengths of the Celtic team and he cancelled them out and Rangers could have nicked it at the death, too,” Brown said. “So that was a fantastic performance from the team to come out with a point when everyone had written them off. “Pedro didn’t use the same tactics in the following league game but hopefully he has learned from what happened at the end of last season and puts it to good use. If Rangers try to go toe to toe with Celtic there will only be one winner. “You have to be cute with your tactics and how you set up. If you want to try to play free-flowing football, Celtic will beat you. Celtic’s strength is in the wide areas. They’ve got pace and ability to beat a man and get a delivery in. “That’s what Pedro needs to look at. You just have to see how Tierney and Sinclair link on that left side and - whoever they’ve got on the right - it’s going to be a problem and if you don’t address it they will hurt you. John Brown (right) used to play for Rangers Credit: PA “In the last few years it has been hard to be a Rangers fan. We’ve waited to see the team progress and give us something to shout about and we’re still waiting. “It’s not just the Old Firm derby, it’s the other games against Hearts, Hibs and Partick Thistle. You’ve got to win football matches, it’s as simple as that, and if you don’t you won’t be around for long.” “It will be interesting to see how the new players react against Celtic. Some of them could freeze but someone like Bruno Alves will relish it. They don’t know what’s going to hit them. “I supported Rangers and my first one could not have been better – a 5-1 win. The noise was so deafening I couldn’t hear the guy behind me as we came out “With so many foreign players I think it’s going to be a rude awakening for some of them because there is no hiding place in an Old Firm game. You need guys like Kenny Miller – more so than the manager – to impress upon them what lies ahead of them because they won’t have experienced anything like it. Rangers needed extra time to beat Partick Thistle Credit: Getty images “They have to be focused for 90 minutes because if you switch off against Celtic it’s been shown that they’ll beat you. The thing for Pedro this season is to cut into the 30-odd points Rangers conceded to other teams last season, to make it a lot tighter - and make a better fist of it against Celtic.” Rangers made a successful short journey to Maryhill on Tuesday to meet Partick Thistle for the second time in four days, having drawn 2-2 in the league on Friday. On this occasion, a Betfred Scottish League Cup quarter-final, they ran out 3-1 winners, though they needed extra time to wrap up the win. The first half saw both sides squander good chances. Josh Windass sinned for Rangers by scuffing his finish wide on the rebound from an Alfredo Morelos shot blocked by Ryan Scully and, at the other end, Conor Sammon placed a header and drive straight at Jak Alnwick from close range. Paco Pena, on his first start for Rangers, headed the opener 10 minutes after the break but Kris Doolan's opportunistic injury time equaliser forced an extra half hour. 

Rangers must be clever against Celtic, warns John 'Bomber' Brown

Pedro Caixinha did not apply the lessons of Rangers’ single modest success against Celtic last season and paid the price when the Parkhead side ran up a record 5-1 score on their arch-rivals’ ground, according to John Brown, the former Ibrox midfielder, whose combative style earned him the nickname of ‘Bomber’. Brown – a member of the Rangers side who won nine successive titles under Graeme Souness and Walter Smith – also warned that if the current team try to match Celtic for football in the first Old Firm derby of the season on Saturday, they risk suffering another humiliation in their own stadium. Instead, Brown urged Caixinha to emulate the club’s youth coach, Graeme Murty, who acted as caretaker boss after Mark Warburton’s departure and who steered Rangers to an unexpected 1-1 draw at Celtic Park on March 12. “Graeme knew the strengths of the Celtic team and he cancelled them out and Rangers could have nicked it at the death, too,” Brown said. “So that was a fantastic performance from the team to come out with a point when everyone had written them off. “Pedro didn’t use the same tactics in the following league game but hopefully he has learned from what happened at the end of last season and puts it to good use. If Rangers try to go toe to toe with Celtic there will only be one winner. “You have to be cute with your tactics and how you set up. If you want to try to play free-flowing football, Celtic will beat you. Celtic’s strength is in the wide areas. They’ve got pace and ability to beat a man and get a delivery in. “That’s what Pedro needs to look at. You just have to see how Tierney and Sinclair link on that left side and - whoever they’ve got on the right - it’s going to be a problem and if you don’t address it they will hurt you. John Brown (right) used to play for Rangers Credit: PA “In the last few years it has been hard to be a Rangers fan. We’ve waited to see the team progress and give us something to shout about and we’re still waiting. “It’s not just the Old Firm derby, it’s the other games against Hearts, Hibs and Partick Thistle. You’ve got to win football matches, it’s as simple as that, and if you don’t you won’t be around for long.” “It will be interesting to see how the new players react against Celtic. Some of them could freeze but someone like Bruno Alves will relish it. They don’t know what’s going to hit them. “I supported Rangers and my first one could not have been better – a 5-1 win. The noise was so deafening I couldn’t hear the guy behind me as we came out “With so many foreign players I think it’s going to be a rude awakening for some of them because there is no hiding place in an Old Firm game. You need guys like Kenny Miller – more so than the manager – to impress upon them what lies ahead of them because they won’t have experienced anything like it. Rangers needed extra time to beat Partick Thistle Credit: Getty images “They have to be focused for 90 minutes because if you switch off against Celtic it’s been shown that they’ll beat you. The thing for Pedro this season is to cut into the 30-odd points Rangers conceded to other teams last season, to make it a lot tighter - and make a better fist of it against Celtic.” Rangers made a successful short journey to Maryhill on Tuesday to meet Partick Thistle for the second time in four days, having drawn 2-2 in the league on Friday. On this occasion, a Betfred Scottish League Cup quarter-final, they ran out 3-1 winners, though they needed extra time to wrap up the win. The first half saw both sides squander good chances. Josh Windass sinned for Rangers by scuffing his finish wide on the rebound from an Alfredo Morelos shot blocked by Ryan Scully and, at the other end, Conor Sammon placed a header and drive straight at Jak Alnwick from close range. Paco Pena, on his first start for Rangers, headed the opener 10 minutes after the break but Kris Doolan's opportunistic injury time equaliser forced an extra half hour. 

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The Glasgow giants have little time to reflect on their draw against Thistle last week as they lock horns once again in the cup

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The Glasgow giants have little time to reflect on their draw against Thistle last week as they lock horns once again in the cup

Partick Thistle vs Rangers: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

Partick Thistle vs Rangers: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

The Glasgow giants have little time to reflect on their draw against Thistle last week as they lock horns once again in the cup

Partick Thistle vs Rangers: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

The Glasgow giants have little time to reflect on their draw against Thistle last week as they lock horns once again in the cup

Partick Thistle vs Rangers: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

The Glasgow giants have little time to reflect on their draw against Thistle last week as they lock horns once again in the cup

Partick Thistle vs Rangers: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

The Glasgow giants have little time to reflect on their draw against Thistle last week as they lock horns once again in the cup

Partick Thistle vs Rangers: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

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