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Summary

  1. FT: Rangers 2-3 Celtic (Windass, Candeias: Rogic, Dembele, Edouard)
  2. Celtic come from behind twice to win it
  3. Celtic defender Simunovic sent off for elbow
  4. Champions go nine points clear of rivals

Live Reporting

By Clive Lindsay

All times stated are UK

Celtic eye title flag and another treble

FT: Rangers 2-3 Celtic

What a weekend it has proven to be for Celtic.

First, third-top Aberdeen, who have been their closest challengers in recent seasons, drop points with a draw away to Partick Thistle.

Then, despite being down to 10 men for much of the second half, Brendan Rodgers' side come from behind to beat in-form Rangers to stretch their lead over their Glasgow rivals to nine points.

Celtic's Odsonne Edouard celebrates his goal
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Odsonne Edouard scored Celtic's winner after coming on as a substitute

The title is surely on its way back to Celtic Park and, with a Scottish Cup semi-final against Rangers to come, a second domestic treble in a row is tantalisingly within touching distance.

That's all from the challengers - and that's all from me.

Meanwhile, you can catch the highlights from this weekend's games on Sportscene on BBC Two Scotland starting at 18:00 and there will also be highlights later online.

Injured Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths waves a flag in celebration
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Injured Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths celebrated among the visiting fans

We showed champion mentality - Rodgers

FT: Rangers 2-3 Celtic

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers, talking to BBC Radio Scotland: "You always have to have humility in your approach to the game and respect your opponent.

"There was a lot of noise before the game, but that’s natural – they’ve been on a good run and at home, thinking they could get the victory.

"But I think the players today showed their quality and that real champion mentality.

"It’s a big step for us to go nine points clear with a game in hand, but we still have a lot of work to do.

"But an absolutely brilliant win and a great day for the supporters."

Celtic captain Scott Brown sports some dark glasses as he celebrates in the Ibrox sun
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The sun shone for Celtic captain Scott Brown at Ibrox

We have plan for 10 men - Rodgers

FT: Rangers 2-3 Celtic

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers talking to Sky Sports: "We made some mistakes in the first half but played the better football and tried to cope with Rangers playing direct in behind.

"Second-half, we go down to 10 men, but we have a plan for that – we work in training on the importance of staying calm and the shape within that and I thought the last 30 minutes demonstrated the tactical courage of the team and how we want to play with 10 men.

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers celebrates at Ibrox
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"I can see why Willie’s given [the red card]. Normally, when the centre-half is coming across with the striker, he’s fighting for his space, it’s normally a straighter arm and there’s no drama.

"But when he catches him with his elbow, you can see why they give it.

"We then have to show the resilience, but we coped very well with it."

Rangers 'squandered best chance'

FT: Rangers 2-3 Celtic

The basics cost us - Murty

FT: Rangers 2-3 Celtic

Rangers manager Graeme Murty talking to Sky Sports: "It’s incredibly tough, but we were punished by not doing the basics very, very well - passing the ball, shifting the ball and defending.

"I thought the second goal in particular highlighted that the basics weren't right - fundamental defending and you can’t get done by one simple ball.

"We get another lift with the sending off and, once again, we didn’t show the quality, composure or tempo with the ball. We were happy to deliver the ball into the box rather than play through them.

"There are a few things in there we need to get better at – it wasn’t just hinging on that one miss."

Rangers' Jamie Murphy and Graeme Murty
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Graeme Murty (right) was left to think again

Ten-man Celtic subdue Rangers

Have a read of Bryn Palmer's impressions of a thrilling Old Firm derby.

Odsonne Edouard celebrates scoring Celtic's third goal

Rangers 2-3 Celtic

Substitute Odsonne Edouard scores the winner as Celtic overcome a red card to stretch their lead over Rangers to nine points.

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We do our talking on park - Brown

FT: Rangers 2-3 Celtic

Celtic captain Scott Brown talking to Sky Sports: "We went in half-time having scored a late goal and we knew second-half we’d dominate.

"Sadly, we lost a man, but we stuck to our task and we defended really well overall.

"We always believed we could do it, no matter what.

"We’ve come here four times and won four games, so we believe we can win here all the time now.

"They did a lot of talking beforehand - we stayed quiet. We usually do our talking on the park."

Celtic's Scott Brown and Kristoffer Ajer celebrate
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Scott Brown (centre) captained Celtic to victory

Story of the game in numbers

FT: Rangers 2-3 Celtic

Match statistics
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'Title race is over'

FT: Rangers 2-3 Celtic

Steven Thompson

Former Scotland striker on BBC Sportsound

The title race was over before kick off really, but it definitely is now. For a team who have been scoring goals recently, Rangers will be disappointed with the last 20 minutes as they didn't create enough. But Morelos will be replaying that moment in the back of his mind for some time

Substitution worked wonders

FT: Rangers 2-3 Celtic

Willie Miller

Former Scotland defender on BBC Sportsound

To dig a victory out of a 10-man performance is something else. Bringing Edouard on raised a few eyebrows, but it worked out perfectly. For Rangers, the Morelos miss is something else

FULL-TIME Rangers 2-3 Celtic

The final whistle blows and it surely signals the end to Rangers' title challenge.

Celtic secure a fourth consecutive win at Ibrox for the first time since 1909.

They go nine points clear at the top of the Premiership - and they still have a game in hand.

And they scored their winner, through substitute Odsonne Edouard, despite being reduced to 10 men following a red card shown to Jozo Simunovic.

Now wonder Brendan Rodgers and his players did an enthusiastic victory dance of the pitch of their bitterest rivals.

Odsonne Edouard celebrates scoring Celtic's winner
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Odsonne Edouard scored Celtic's winner at Ibrox

Rangers 2-3 Celtic

The sun comes out at Ibrox, but it is shining on the visitors from across the other side of Glasgow as they edge closer to the title.

YELLOW CARD

Rangers 2-3 Celtic

Celtic midfielder Olivier Ntcham is the latest to be booked as we enter four minutes of stoppage time.

Can the 10-man champions hold on?

'Biggest miss of the season'

Rangers 2-3 Celtic

Steven Thompson

Former Scotland striker on BBC Sportsound

You will never see a miss like this. He's two yards out with the goal as his mercy. Morelos has to score. He hits the post and goes along the line into Scott Bain's arms. That is the biggest miss of the season

HITS THE WOODWORK

Rangers 2-3 Celtic

Rangers ought to be level, but what a miss from Alfredo Morelos.

Scott Bain pushes away a low Josh Windass shot, but it only travels as far as the Colombian standing four yards from goal.

The striker prods it against the inside of the post and into the arms of the goalkeeper.

Three quarters of Ibrox holds its collective head in its hands in despair.

Armstrong on for Dembele

Rangers 2-3 Celtic

Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers looks to tighten up and kill the game as he takes off striker Moussa Dembele and replaces him with fit-again midfielder Stuart Armstrong.

Rangers 2-3 Celtic

Scott Bain is growing in confidence and the debutant Celtic goalkeeper safely clutches a curling James Tavernier free-kick from under his crossbar.

Struggling to open up Celtic

Rangers 2-3 Celtic

Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

There's just a lack of creativity from Rangers. They're looking to get crosses into the box, but around the area, they don't have the likes of Rogic and those types of players to open up a little bit of space and that's the difference between the teams

YELLOW CARD Scott Bain

Rangers 2-3 Celtic

Celtic goalkeeper Scott Bain is booked for time wasting.

Rangers 2-3 Celtic

Despite their extra man, Rangers are struggling to create chances against the 10 men of Celtic.

They have just over 10 minutes to find an answer, but there is a lack of creativity from the hosts at the moment as the champions defend in numbers.

YELLOW CARD Moussa Dembele

Rangers 2-3 Celtic

Moussa Dembele is the first Celtic player into the book with a late challenge on Fabio Cardoso as they challenge for a header.

Brown leading from front

Rangers 2-3 Celtic

Steven Thompson

Former Scotland striker on BBC Sportsound

Scott Brown's doing a brilliant job just now - he's really snuffing out danger. Anything that comes into the box, he's first on to it to clear

Celtic captain Scott Brown (right) in combative mood
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Celtic captain Scott Brown (right) is in combative mood

Cummings on for Goss

Rangers 2-3 Celtic

Sean Goss has not covered himself in glory in Rangers' midfield and the on-loan QPR man is hauled off and on comes Jason Cummings.

The on-loan Nottingham Forest striker was perhaps unlucky not to start considering his hat-trick last weekend.

Goss at fault

Rangers 2-3 Celtic

Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

Rangers allowed Edouard to come back on to his right foot. Goss has got to push him down the narrow side, don’t let him come inside, where it opens up the goal. But it’s a brilliant finish from Edouard, bending it round the goalkeeper. And I’ve got to also say, the pass from Dembele was great to set him free

GOAL Rangers 2-3 Celtic

Odsonne Edouard

What a couple of minutes. Alfredo Morelos misses a great chance to put Rangers ahead and Celtic race up the other end and take the lead.

Brendan Rodgers will be hailed for that substitution as Moussa Dembele sets up Odsonne Edouard, who steps inside Sean Goss and curls a drive into the far corner from 16 yards only a couple of minutes after entering the fray.

Rangers 2-2 Celtic

Dedryck Boyata is at fault again as the defender fails to make contact with an interception attempt and Alfredo Morelos charges forward .

The striker's powerful drive is parried clear by goalkeeper Scott Bain after a slight deflection off Kristoffer Ajer.

Rangers 2-2 Celtic

Rangers are beginning to ramp up the pressure on the 10 men of Celtic.

Yet Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers replaces winger James Forrest with striker Odsonne Edouard. That looks like a positive one considering he now has two strikers on despite being a man down.

'Ridiculous from Simunovic'

Rangers 2 -2 Celtic

Rangers 2-2 Celtic

Rangers have a chance to put pressure on Celtic as Scott Brown trips Josh Windass, but the midfielder's free-kick is well over the crossbar.

'Rogic off a surprise'

Rangers 2-2 Celtic

Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

I'm surprised Rogic is coming off because he's a big player, he's scored a goal. I know he's just coming back to fitness, but he can create something out of nothing. Of course, now a draw would be a good result for Celtic

Hendry replaces Rogic

Rangers 2-2 Celtic

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers sacrifices scorer Tom Rogic as he replaces the Australian midfielder with Jack Hendry, the central defender who was signed from Dundee in January.

'It's a definite elbow'

Rangers 2-2 Celtic

Steven Thompson

Former Scotland striker on BBC Sportsound

I don’t think it’s intentional. Simunovic is looking at the ball. But it’s a definite elbow and he’s definitely caught him

RED CARD Jozo Simunovic

Rangers 2-2 Celtic

Celtic are down to 10 men and Jozo Simunovic can have no complaints as the central defender lands what looks like a deliberate elbow into the chin of Alfredo Morelos.

MP Douglas Ross, the referee's assistant, appears to be the man to have made the decision.

Rangers 2-2 Celtic

Celtic continue to look the more dangerous, with Rangers relying on a high pressing game and breaking quickly, but the home side are showing nothing creative in the centre of the park.

Indeed, they are by-passing midfield.

'It was really cynical'

Rangers 2-2 Celtic

Pat Bonner

Former Celtic goalkeeper on BBC Sportsound

In the modern game, that could be a sending off. He's not even going for the ball. He's absolutely taking the player straight out of it. It was really cynical

YELLOW CARD

Rangers 2-2 Celtic

Fabio Cardoso is the second Rangers player to be booked for an ice hockey-style take out of Moussa Dembele.

'Top refereeing'

Rangers 2-2 Celtic

Steven Thompson

Former Scotland striker on BBC Sportsound

It’s not a penalty. That’s brilliant refereeing from Willie Collum. Callum McGregor had lost his balance and falls and it’s top refereeing

Rangers 2-2 Celtic

Celtic are on the front foot again and Callum McGregor goes down inside the box under a Greg Docherty challenge.

Muted cries for a penalty are ignored by referee Willie Collum and, in truth, Docherty's challenge began outside the box and McGregor looked to lose his footing anyway.

KICK-OFF

Rangers 2-2 Celtic

Rangers get the second half under way.

Could we see another four goals?

HT: Rangers 2-2 Celtic

The teams are back out after a well-earned breather.