RANGERS 1-0 CELTIC | TAVERNIER (2)
Rangers XI: Foderingham, Tavernier, Goldson, Katic, Flanagan, Jack, Kamara, Davis, Arfield, Kent, Defoe.
Subs: Firth, Worrall, Halliday, McCrorie, Morelos, Candeias, Barisic.
Celtic XI: Bain, Lustig, Simunovic, Ajer, Hayes, Brown, McGregor, Burke, Rogic, Johnston, Edouard.
Subs: Toljan, Bitton, Sinclair, Ntcham, De Vries, Benkovic, Ralston.
- James Tavernier opens the scoring with a free-kick
RANGERS 1-0 CELTIC
35: Ah… could this be the chance? Nope. McGregor had a chance to test the Rangers defence with a free-kick on the right touchline but thumps it straight behind.
33: Neil Lennon looks a picture of anger and frustration. Celtic are just gifting Rangers possession and have yet to get any kind of service up to an isolated Odsonne Edouard.
30: Tavernier whips the ball to the far post but there’s Brown to deny Katic, who would have had a free header from five-yards out.
27: Scott Arfield receives a stern talking to for a sliding challenge on Celtic captain Scott Brown. Clearly trying to wind him up.
24: Steven Gerrard’s masterplan looks to be settling EVERYONE on Scott Brown the moment he touches the ball. It’s worked so far.
21: Jermain Defoe is down on the turf clutching his leg. Could we see blockbuster forward Alfredo Morelos introduced early? Nope, the Bournemouth loanee is back on his feet.
18: Just seen a replay of that incident – and it looks like Defoe is a touch fortunate to escape a booking for simulation.
17: Jermain Defoe takes a tumble in the box with Kristoffer Ajer in close attendance. It was a rather dramatic fall and referee Kevin Clancy isn’t remotely interested.
14: Kent, who made some interesting comments about his Rangers future this week, is in the mood. He’s breaking forward with pace and purpose but the final ball hasn’t been there.
11: Celtic completely off the pace in these opening stages. Perhaps the celebrations have taken their toll…
8: Guess who? Yep, James Tavernier whips another set-piece in from the right but Foderingham gathers. Steven Gerrard will be very pleased with the start his side have made – not that his facial expression shows that of course.
5: Tavernier is certainly up for this today. In fact, Rangers are fired up for this. The skipper charges down the right touchline before winning another free-kick for the hosts.
No repeat of his early heroics as the delivery is blocked by the first man. Bit of a let-off that.
RANGERS 1-0 CELTIC | TAVERNIER
2: Ey up! Well I was expecting mayhem but not this early!
Rangers have themselves a lead against the champions through James Tavernier.
Ryan Kent is fouled about 30 yards from goal wide on the left. Rangers skipper Tavernier whips in the subsequent free-kick and speeds beyond every head before nestling into the far corner.
RANGERS 0-0 CELTIC
1: Hello everyone and welcome to our LIVE coverage of the final Old Firm derby of the season.
I’ve heard a few people saying this is a pointless match with the Premiership title already wrapped up…
Try telling that to anyone inside Ibrox today. The place is absolutely bouncing. Standby for complete mayhem!
Rangers drop their guard
A host of former players have lined up to debate whether Gers should afford their bitter foes a guard of honour in the wake of Celtic clinching their eighth straight title.
Pundit and ex-Celtic striker Chris Sutton sparked the row when he called on Steven Gerrard’s team to do “the right thing”. But former Ibrox hero Alex Rae dismissed the notion as he claimed the Hoops faithful would use the sight of the Rangers squad clapping out their bitter rivals to “rub it in”.
It seems the Light Blues board agreed after telling Gerrard’s team on no account should they line up to applaud the Parkhead side out before kick-off.
Neil Lennon stoked up the mind games ahead of his side’s trip to Ibrox by claiming the home side have got a “huge disciplinary problem”.
In fairness to the Northern Irishman, he has got a point after seeing Rangers clock up 12 red cards this season.
Gerrard has ordered his men to be on their best behaviour after they were made to play a man light for almost an hour after Morelos’ Celtic Park dismissal back in March – but Lennon has warned his team will be ready to “take advantage” if the hosts step out of line again.