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Celtic v Rangers Live Commentary, 21/03/2021

FT
1 - 1
CEL
RAN
M. Elyounoussi (23)
A. Morelos (38)
Celtic Park

Commentary

That's all for now though, goodbye!
The result means that Rangers retain their unbeaten record in the league this season, while Celtic move 13 points clear of third-placed Hibernian.  
Rangers draw with Celtic in their first game as champions. This was a thrilling game throughout and Celtic set the tone early on when Elyounoussi turned in Edouard’s cross with a brilliant stooping header. However, Rangers survived a spell of pressure as Celtic looked to add to their lead, and they responded when Morelos headed in to equalise before the break. The second period was equally exciting, but there were no goals to show for it. Edouard forced a brilliant save from Allan McGregor and Elyounoussi wastefully headed over, ensuring that Rangers held on for a point.
90' + 3' FULL TIME: Celtic 1-1 Rangers
90' + 1' Three minutes of stoppage time are added as Rangers push for a late winner.
89' Goldson's looping header drops wide of the near post, from Barisic's corner.
L. Griffiths
O. Édouard
Celtic
88' Edouard is also replaced up top by Griffiths.  
I. Soro
S. Brown
Celtic
88' Celtic make a late double switch: firstly, Brown makes way for Soro.
88' Rangers counter-attack with an ominous three-on-three but Arfield wastefully misplaces his pass and Celtic clear. 
87' So close for Roofe! Patterson angles a cross to the back post and Celtic let it bounce, allowing Roofe to stab a scrappy effort from close range that trickles inches wide of the post!
T. Rogić
M. Elyounoussi
Celtic
85' Elyounoussi is replaced by Rogic.
85' Kent teases Kenny and finds space to cross, but his delivery is headed clear by Ajer.
83' Laxalt's scooped cross falls to Forrest, but his powerful 20-yard volley is straight at Allan McGregor.
81' Celtic have had plenty of chances to find a winner, but they've been wasteful in front of goal in this second 45.
J. Forrest
D. Turnbull
Celtic
78' Turnbull makes way for Forrest in midfield for Celtic.
K. Roofe
A. Morelos
Rangers
77' The second change sees Morelos depart with Roofe taking his place up top.
S. Wright
J. Ayodele-Aribo
Rangers
77' Aribo is replaced by Wright in midfield, in the first of two changes for the visitors.
76' Penalty appeal for Celtic! Edouard goes down after a tug from Helander inside the area, but the referee decides the contact wasn't severe enough and waves play on!
75' Close for Edouard! Edouard rises highest to meet Turnbull's corner and cushion a header inches over from six yards!
73' Chance for Turnbull! Christie robs Kent and slips Turnbull clean through on goal! However, the midfielder doesn't have the pace to hold off the defender and he's forced into an angled drive from 18 yards that Allan McGregor saves well with his legs!
71' This game is still finely poised as we enter the final 20 minutes. Celtic are enjoying the majority of possession and chances, but Rangers still look potent when they manage to get forward.   
69' Davis' powerful 25-yard effort is blocked away by Welsh.
67' Following the earlier goal by Morelos, each of Rangers' last five league goals against Celtic have been scored from set-piece situations. 
D. Laxalt
Yellow Card
Celtic
66' Laxalt is shown a yellow card after tripping Kent near the right-hand touchline. 
S. Arfield
I. Hagi
Rangers
65' Hagi is replaced by Arfield for Rangers.
65' Christie's effort from an Elyounoussi lay-off is deflected behind by Goldson. The resulting set-piece amounts to nothing after Ajer commits a foul.
63' Rangers look uncomfortable with another Celtic corner, but it's eventually cleared away by Helander.
62' Celtic have largely controlled this half, and look more likely to find a winner, but they still need to be wary of the visitors' threat on the break.
A. Morelos
Yellow Card
Rangers
61' Morelos is booked for a late challenge on Kenny.
60' A fluent, one-touch Rangers move ends with Morelos misplacing a throughball towards Kent.
58' Chance for Elyounoussi! Callum McGregor clips in the perfect cross to find an unmarked Elyounoussi, but the attacker mistimes his jump and he can only plant a weak header narrowly over the bar from six yards!
N. Patterson
L. Balogun
Rangers
56' Balogun is replaced at right back by Patterson.
S. Brown
Yellow Card
Celtic
55' Brown barges over Kent to prevent a counter-attack and he's shown a yellow card.
54' Big save from Allan McGregor! Edouard hits a fizzing half-volley from 25 yards across Allan McGregor and towards the far corner, but the goalkeeper acrobatically gets across to palm it to safety!
52' Balogun's whipped cross from deep skids through Morelos' legs at the back post. If he could have controlled that it would have been a huge chance!
50' Chance for Welsh! Welsh gets to Callum McGregor's corner first and he glances the delivery inches over the bar from eight yards!
48' Elyounoussi managed three shots on target and one key pass in that first half, alongside his goal - Rangers will need to nullify him if they're to leave with three points today.  
46' Rangers get the second half underway.
Neither side will be too disappointed with that half, and both can still have realistic hopes of winning this game.
The sides head in level after an open, entertaining first half. Celtic struck first when Edouard set up Elyounoussi for a clever diving header from close range, and they had further chances to add to their lead. Callum McGregor was denied by an instinctive save, while Edouard had a tight penalty appeal turned down. However, Rangers showed plenty of resolve to fight back, and they equalised when Morelos turned Barisic's corner in from close range, to leave the match finely poised.   
45' + 1' HALF TIME: Celtic 1-1 Rangers
45' Ajer's weak header is pushed behind for another corner by Allan McGregor.
44' Kent's angled volley from just inside the box is well saved by Bain.
42' So close for Edouard! An intricate Celtic move culminates with Callum McGregor slipping Edouard through on goal and the striker's first-time effort deflects off Allan McGregor and the goalkeeper manages to scramble back towards his line to gather it at the second attempt!
40' Rangers will be delighted with that response! They were under severe pressure after the goal, but they've shown plenty of character to fight back with a set-piece. 
L. Balogun
Assist
Rangers
38' Balogun attacked the corner brilliantly and he was able to glance it across goal, where Morelos was on hand to tap it in!
A. Morelos
Goal
Rangers
38' MORELOS! 1-1! Balogun flicks Barisic's corner on at the near post and it falls to an unmarked Morelos, who nods in from close range at the back post!
35' Laxalt darts inside dangerously before he's finally stopped by Balogun's strong tackle.
33' Turnbull's deft, curling throughball picks out the run of Elyounoussi brilliantly, but the attacker can't quite control it and the chance fades.
31' Big save from Allan McGregor! Callum McGregor holds off Kamara and races into the box at an angle, before firing a low shot towards the near post that the goalkeeper instinctively blocks away with his legs!
29' Celtic look full of confidence all of a sudden and they're pouring forward at every opportunity.
O. Édouard
Yellow Card
Celtic
27' Edouard goes down under the challenge of Barisic inside the box, but the referee awards a free-kick to Rangers and books Edouard for diving.  
25' Well, that's a morale-boosting moment for Celtic! After a difficult season, they would have been fearing the worst today, but Elyounoussi's header has given them hope of a win!
O. Édouard
Assist
Celtic
23' That was brilliant from Edouard! He broke the offside trap perfectly with his run in behind and after receiving Ajer's pass he showed the composure to get to the byline before clipping in the perfect cross for Elyounoussi to nod home!
M. Elyounoussi
Goal
Celtic
23' ELYOUNOUSSI! 1-0! Celtic take the lead! Ajer picks out the run of Edouard down the line and the striker bursts towards the byline before cutting it back to Elyounoussi who bundles a diving header beyond Allan McGregor from close range!
22' Chance for Morelos! Barisic swings in a wicked delivery from the touchline and it's met by Morelos who can only head a tame effort straight at Bain from eight yards! With better timing, that could have caused Bain real issues!
21' Callum McGregor attempts to hit a diagonal pass over the top to Edouard, but there isn't enough power on it and Helander heads to safety.   
19' Brown slips a neat pass into Edouard inside the box and the attacker skips past Balogun, before being tackled by Goldson at the crucial moment.  
17' After a fast start, Rangers are playing at a more sedate pace and Celtic are settling into the game.  
15' Kent's chipped cross is headed well wide by Hagi.
13' Laxalt is hacked down by Hagi at an angle just outside the area. It's a promising position for Celtic but Turnbull's delivery is headed out to Callum McGregor who blazes a wild shot over from 20 yards.   
11' Rangers have looked sharper so far; they're playing with real urgency and belief in attack - while Celtic look a little more nervous.
9' The hosts will be desperate to at least find the net today and avoid an unwanted record. Celtic have failed to score against Rangers in the Scottish Premiership this season, they never have failed to score against Rangers for a whole campaign of the competition.
7' Kent scuffs a free-kick from deep and it's hacked away by Brown just outside the box.
5' The visitors are pressing and hassling Celtic high up the pitch and they force Bain into a long clearance out of play.  
3' Rangers push forward early on, as Morelos attempts to thread a pass in behind in search of Davis, but it's inaccurate and it trickles through to Bain.
1' Celtic get the first half underway.
The players are emerging from the tunnel and kick off is just seconds away!
Rangers are looking to win three separate league Old Firm derbies against Celtic in a single season for the first time since the 1999-2000 campaign under Dick Advocaat.
Rangers make two changes to the team that were knocked out of the Europa League by Slavia Prague in the week: Patterson makes way for Helander, while Hagi comes in for Arfield.
Celtic are unchanged from the side that drew 0-0 with Dundee United last time out.
SUBS: Jermain Defoe, Scott Arfield, Scott Wright, Kemar Roofe, Bongani Zungu, Jon McLaughlin, Calvin Bassey, Nathan Patterson, Cedric Itten.
RANGERS (4-3-3): Allan McGregor; Leon Balogun, Connor Goldson, Filip Helander, Borna Barisic; Glen Kamara, Steven Davis, Joe Aribo; Ianis Hagi, Alfredo Morelos, Ryan Kent.
SUBS: Ismaila Soro, James Forrest, Nir Bitton, Patryk Klimala, Greg Taylor, Shane Duffy, Leigh Griffiths, Tomas Rogic, Vasilios Barkas.
CELTIC (4-3-1-2): Scott Bain; Jonjoe Kenny, Stephen Welsh, Kristoffer Ajer, Diego Laxalt; David Turnbull, Scott Brown, Callum McGregor; Ryan Christie; Mohamed Elyounoussi, Odsonne Edouard.
For Rangers, this is their first match since being crowned champions and they’ll be looking to celebrate by beating their rivals today.
Hello and welcome to live commentary of this Scottish Premiership fixture between Celtic and Rangers. The hosts enter this one almost assured of a second-place finish, but pride will always be on the line in the Old Firm derby.