Celtic vs Rangers LIVE! old firm derby

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Celtic are closing in on the Scottish Premiership title as they lead Rangers 1-0 at the break at Celtic Park.

The first big chance of the match fell to Ryan Kent, when he got on the end of James Tavernier’s brilliant cross only to divert it wide from close range. Kent then fired a shot from a distance straight at Joe Hart soon after.

With just over 20 minutes played, it was Celtic who took the lead. Daizen Maeda found space to drill a low cross towards the far post, where Jota beat Borna Barisic to it and provided the finish.

The hosts increasingly took control of the match and Jota could well have had a second, though he sent a difficult headed chance flying over the bar.

An even better opportunity came for Maeda just before half-time. The ball was looped to him superbly by Jota and he was completely free, but Allan McGregor charging off his line clearly put him off and the Celtic man flicked the header wide.

With kick-off at 12pm BST, keep up to date with all the action via Standard Sport’s live blog…

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52 min: Challenges starting to fly in now, Aribo and Carter-Vickers collide just outside the box. Referee waves play on.

Celtic work the ball nicely on the right, O’Riley cuts it back into the box. Behind all his teammates though and Rangers clear.

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47 min: Great ball in from Barisic, Carter-Vickers just about clears it behind for a corner. Wasn’t convincing.

Much better delivery from Tavernier, Rangers appealing for handball. Not going to get it. Goldson then slashes at the ball and it flies wide.

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Back underground!

Up and running again at Celtic Park!

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Huge 45 minutes needed from Rangers. Their title hopes are very much slipping away.

Kent was the most dangerous player for the visitors in that first-half… he’ll be thinking about that early miss at the back post.

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How Jota gave Celtic the lead

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HT: Celtic 1-0 Rangers

No stoppage time so that will be half-time at Celtic Park.

Jota’s goal separates the sides at the break, with Celtic going nine points clear at the top of the table as it stands with three matches to go.

Could well have been even better for the home side – Jota could have had a second, while Maeda should really have scored too.

Plenty of work for Rangers to do.

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43 min: THIS WOULD HAVE COUNTED!

Maeda has to score. Ball swung in and he’s completely free at the back post. As the ball loops towards him, McGregor comes charging off his line and that maybe puts him off.

Doesn’t really commit to the header and just flicks it wide. Any sort of decent contact and it’s 2-0.

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41 min: HUGE CHANCE!

Or not, offside flag goes up. Maeda played in behind by McGregor, he certainly looks offside but play goes on.

He squares it for Kyogo who blasts it over the bar. And then the flag goes up.

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39 min: wow. Tavernier decides the previous delivery did not have enough height on it so he launches it even more into the air.

Again it’s not even vaguely dangerous. Might be time to rethink.

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