In a game which was plagued by bad tempers and sendings off, Celtic grabbed a well deserved win to maintain their push towards the Scottish domestic treble with a 1-0 win against arch rivals Rangers.
Rangers were dire as they struggled to come to terme with the early pace and they rarely managed to get out of their own half for much of the first half. This inevitably led to frustration and soon the fouls began to pour in and the biggest surprise of the match was that it took referee Calum Murray 27 minutes to issue the games 1st yellow card with Rangers Whittaker gaining the dubious honour. Overall the referee showed the yellow card 10 times and Diouf’s sending off after the final wisthe meant that 3 rangers players als0 saw red.
The dire display inevitably spilled over into the dug out and the 57,847 were almost reated to a free boxing match as The respective managers Ally McCoist & Neil Lennon squared up.
So its onwards in the Cup for Celtic, while Rangers can focus on trying to get back on track in the league and will have the chance to reek revenge soon enough as the two will meet again in the Scottish League Cup Final on 20th March.
For the record Rangers managed 1 attempt at goal in the whole match and didn’t gain any corners.They might also wish to reconsider their decision to play El-Hadji Diouf in the future as he seems to be more trouble than he is worth.
McCoist V Lennon Round 1
- Rangers’ El-Hadji Diouf sparked Scottish Cup mayhem, claim Celtic (telegraph.co.uk)
- Celtic 1-0 Rangers: Battle of Parkhead (soccernet.espn.go.com)