Rangers vs Celtic, Scottish Premiership: live score and latest updates from Old Firm derby

Rangers vs Celtic, Scottish Premiership: live score and latest updates from Old Firm derby


Jonny Hayes celebrates scoring their second goal
Jonny Hayes scored Celtic’s second goal


  • Rangers 0 Celtic 2


Odsonne Edouard continued his impressive goalscoring record against Rangers as Celtic won 2-0 in the Old Firm derby at Ibrox.

The Frenchman capitalised on a loose pass to net his fifth goal in seven derbies in the 32nd minute following a tight opening to the game.

Rangers defender Connor Goldson gave the ball straight to Celtic winger Mikey Johnston, who slipped the 21-year-old through to slot home.

Substitute Jonny Hayes rounded off the victory in stoppage time after netting at the second attempt on the counter-attack.

Jonny Hayes came on as a substitute to score the second goal


The hosts started without any natural width or top goalscorer Alfredo Morelos and they took almost an hour to manage a shot on target.

Steven Gerrard made some positive changes but Celtic stood firm despite losing centre-back Nir Bitton to injury.

Rangers suffered further insult in the final seconds as substitute Jordan Jones was sent off for a foul on Moritz Bauer.

All four fixtures had been won by the home team last season after the visiting ticket allocations had been slashed to less than a thousand.

And Celtic’s victory saw them extend their 100 per cent record in the Ladbrokes Premiership to four wins.

No quotes from Gerrard

Well, nothing from Steven Gerrard on Sky Sports, which I assume means he’s going absolutely nuts in the dressing room or doesn’t want to say anything he might regret live on air. 

Kris Boyd on Jones

There have been players over the years who think smashing someone is a way to show Celtic or Rangers fans that you care. It’s not like Jordan. Maybe frustrated not to start the game after making an impact on Thursday but now he misses games.

The Jones tackle

Jones was sent off for a dreadful tackle


Neil Lennon reaction

I‘m so proud, it was an outstanding performance. Everyone’s written us off, we don’t believe the noise, don’t believe the hype, we’ve performed an absolute masterclass in how to play the derby. Alan McGregor kept the score down from four or five. Maybe people will cut us some slack.

We knew coming here Rangers were in great form, we felt we had the quality, new players, the whole team had been playing so well and I thought my captain and McGregor set the level today.

The shape of the team, the mentality of the team was outstanding. We came in as underdogs for whatever reason but I think we’ve put an end to that today. 

He’s talented, he’s cold, great under pressure, his finish was typical Odsonne. We’re pleased with the progress he’s making and he could go on to have a very good career. 

I hope this is a real kickstart for our domestic season and our European season. 

Any business tomorrow?

Yep. Deals come and go very quickly and if there’s a deal to be done we’ll try and do it.

Celtic reaction

Christopher Jullien

I have no word for the job we did on the pitch. For 90, 95 minutes we push ourselves, did a good job, we were like a family on the field. The victory was just perfect.

Since pre-season we defend well, we talk a lot. I’m really sorry about Europe what happened, it’s really a good performance.

Jonny Hayes

Last time we didn’t perform here (some generic chat about three points etc) it was all achieved today.

He’s drilled into us we need to start better, we worked hard all week in training. 


All falling apart at Rangers Jones sent off…

— Chris Sutton (@chris_sutton73)September 1, 2019

Fantastic performance and result for Celtic. Big players turned up with their top game, think Jullien deserves a lot of credit he was immense at the back. Gerrard got it wrong today with his selection. Bollingoli should’ve been put under much more pressure from the start.

— Michael Stewart (@mstewart_23)September 1, 2019


Rangers lose their heads and are comfortably beaten by Celtic. Jonny Hayes seals the points!

90 mins + 5 – Rangers 0 Celtic 2

Oh my god. That is a scandalous tackle. Jordan Jones sent off. Disgraceful.

 Can’t emphasise enough what a stupid tackle that was. He could have broken Bauer’s leg.



Rangers 0 Celtic 2

The free-kick is cleared, Edouard and Ntcham combine as Hayes stays wide and Celtic use the three vs two superbly. Hayes takes a shot it’s saved, and Hayes finishes the rebound into an empty net. 

90 mins +3 – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Edouard is offside as he runs clean through on goal, McGregor is furious that he keeps playing and takes a shot at him. Rangers take the free-kick and CELTIC ARE AWAY!

90 mins +2 – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Hayes is booked for squaring up to Morelos. Tavernier takes the free-kick… which is cleared for a throw. The ball is hooked in, cleared up into the air and is going to drop! It’s a stramash in the box… and Goldson heads wide! Big chance gone again. 

Bolingoli has mysteriously discovered he has cramp. Some time is wasted.

90 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Ntcham has been excellent since coming on, holding the ball and bringing others into play. Another dreadful pass from the back by a Rangers defender gives Celtic the chance to counter high in the opposition half, Ntcham’s clever pass plays in Hayes  whose low cross is put behind for a corner. Christie takes that short and tries to shield it in the corner but doesn’t get the free-kick he wanted.

Arfield grabs Ntcham’s shorts as he runs away, Ntcham slows down and is then angry that Arfield continues to try and rip his shorts off. 

It would be so typical if this game descends into childish spats and tackles.

And here it comes. Guess who’s at the centre? Morelos.

88 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Ojo is played in down the right wing, has Elhamed tight to him and ends up putting the ball out for a throw. He hasn’t adjusted to the pace of this match.

Brown doesn’t contest a header and instead lets Davis fall over him, giving away a free-kick in a dangerous position. Tavernier can cross in… and it’s headed behind for a goal kick.

Jullien is furious with the referee because of something Morelos said or did to him. 

86 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Johnston goes down with cramp or some other sort of distress and will be substituted. Jonny Hayes comes on to replace him. 

Rangers’ ball progression plan still to chip high passes towards the striker. There’s really very little creativity in midfield and attack.

84 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Ntcham punts a clearance away, Celtic have everyone in their own half and can’t get out. Jones crosses out for a goal kick and now they can take their time.

Bolingoli takes a throw-in, Edouard and Ntcham link superbly with a one-two and Ntcham ends up heading over the bar as his shot is deflected by McGregor. Great play by Celtic. Rangers urged to get forward by Gerrard.

82 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

The corner is headed away, drops to Tavernier and he lines up a volley with power which rises and swerves high and wide.

Morelos holds off Elhamed really well, wins a free-kick and takes it quickly! Jack is in behind but Brown has read the danger and blocks at the near post. Really smart thinking from Morelos and Jack and it’s a corner. Bauer sees it behind for another corner.

80 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Goldson’s passing has been little short of atrocious. He’s just launched an easy one out of play… as in properly lifted it into the crowd when all he needed to do was pass along the ground to a teammate.

Jack does well to hold off Brown and keep the ball in the Celtic half, Jones wins a corner off Bauer.

77 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

The corner is headed away, lands with MCGREGORRRR and his shot is blocked! Great hit. Ntcham can hit now though and Jack heads it over the bar for another corner. Christie takes his time.

Christie goes short, gets the return, chops past a tackle and Celtic are in! Great save by McGregor! Brilliant! But it’s not cleared, Jullien stays up and receives the ball in the area and fires low again at McGregor… who saves the day once more! Superb goalkeeping! 

75 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Jones takes on Christie on the left, shifts onto his right and goes down. Foul. He was looking for it but that’s a free-kick… and it’s crossed in at pace. The keeper deals with it and Celtic have a chance to counter! Ntcham turns outside the area and wins a corner as he launches a shot at goal.

73 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Bauer already looks pretty decent. He’s big and tall, has won a couple of headers… and as I type that he mis-hits a total punt into the air, getting away with it this time. 

71 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

None of Celtic’s back four were at the club in June. Madness. 

Rangers are growing into the game, really turning up the pressure. A corner is sent into the area and Forster drops it! But the ball had gone out of play.

Jordan Jones comes on for Aribo. That’ll be to test Bauer at right-back.

69 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Christie hits a corner too high for everyone and it’s out for a goal kick.

Rangers have the ball in Celtic’s half, move it across the pitch and Aribo lines up a shot! Brown gets there to close him down and take the power out of the effort. 

67 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Now the issue with Bitton being injured is that Celtic don’t have any other centre-backs. Moritz Bauer is a right-back and could maybe come on at centre-back, moving Elhamed to the centre of defence. 

Rangers fans aren’t enjoying how long this is taking. It’s not ideal for Celtic to have this change now that Morelos is on and hungry for action.

Forrest is replaced by Ntcham, Lennon looking to control the game and see it out.

65 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Bitton chases that Christie free-kick out of play and pulls his hamstring doing so. He’s out the game, clearly unable to continue but his hobbling back towards his own box. 

Bolingoli tries to win the ball high up the pitch and doesn’t and is now out of position! He recovers, Rangers keep the ball… Ojo skips past two tackles and then passes straight out for a throw. Bitton looks gutted and is flat out on his back now. 

63 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Olivier Ntcham is getting ready to come on. Not sure who he’ll replace. Christie has been quiet but he’s one of Celtic’s best players so it’d be surprise if it were him.

Celtic have a free-kick 30 yards out… Christie hooks the cross out for a goal kick.

61 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Morelos is on the ball straight away wide right and tries a shot from 20 yards which is well wide. Arfield was available in the box.

60 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Superb tackle by Katic to steal the ball from Edouard as he tried to round him with a smart first touch. Rangers opening up the pitch with their passing but too many errors have resulted in lost possession.

Defoe off, Morelos on. Could this be the spark? He’s never scored against Celtic.

59 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Great shot by Ojo! A chipped pass over the top finds him on the edge of the box, he controls well and fires at goal from a tight angle. Corner, that is then headed away.

56 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

This game convinces me that we need a bigger top flight. There’s no way the two Dundee sides and others in the Championship couldn’t play in the premiership. No huge gap in quality.

— Jim Spence (@JimSpenceSport)September 1, 2019

54 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Great tackle by Jullien on Defoe, who just can’t get into this game. Bolingoli moves too far up the wing for this throw, the referee gives it the other way (I’ve never seen that before) and the throw-in goes straight to Brown! Brown runs at pace through the middle of the Rangers, skipping past two challenges before he’s brought down in the final third and the danger removed.

52 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Brown clears and Rangers don’t deal with it well, giving Johnston the chance to nip on and run at goal. Blue shirts get back and block his path, Celtic players pull out of 50/50s and Rangers come away with the ball.

50 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Aribo has moved into a central position and it’s already made a big difference. Rangers have a player to pass to through the middle of the park now and that’s really helped.

Bolingoli pulls out of a 50/50 as he sees Jack steaming in, this time Jack slides with some level of control and scoops the ball off the turf.

Defoe is played into the box, turns and shoots, winning a corner. Better from Rangers.

48 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Scrappy start to the second half. Tackles and tackles and more tackles.


And we’re back! Sheyi Ojo is on for Kamara, which makes sense. A change of shape likely.

Boyd and Commons

Boyd thinks McGregor’s slide tackle should have been a red, Commons says yellow. Boyd says Jack’s should be yellow because it’s a 50/50, while Commons says it’s red. 

Welcome to Scottish football where everything’s made up and the points don’t matter!

Advantage Lennon

Andy Walker with another bit of archaic analysis: Rangers need someone more physical, someone stronger upfront.

Mate, I know you were a decent player but Rangers can’t keep the ball longer than 30 seconds because every second pass is a tackle. They need to move it quicker through the lines, not lump it forward!

Celtic are taking the ball off Rangers way too easily but it’s because they don’t have any options to pass and keep trying to go forward, forward, forward. Aribo gets it and loses it straight away – just control, pass and move. Draw them out! Goldson’s pass to give away possession for the goal was a classic example of frantic football leading to mistakes.


Celtic outplaying Rangers here and lead deservedly at the break. Rangers should be down to 10, Celtic should have had two bookings for tackles which I’ve seen players sent off for in other leagues. Ah well. It’s the same sport as La Liga, remember, there’s no need to referee it to encourage The Hard Men. 

45 mins + 3 – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

So many unnecessarily aggressive tackles from Rangers players here. Half of their passes have been tackles – it’s been a really poor performance from Gerrard’s team. 

45 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Rangers fans starting to turn a little on the players by the sounds of things. Lots of discontented sounds from the home fans. Forster has had absolutely nothing to do so far other than kick the ball up the other end of the pitch a couple of times.

43 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Tavernier gets near the corner flag for I think the first time today and puts in a cross… but Johnston is down with an injury and Rangers need to wait to take their throw-in. 

40 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Andy Walker has just said he has no problem with the referee “letting the game breathe”. This is one of the big problems with Scottish football mentality – it is the same sport played in Spain, Holland, Brazil… you think they’d accept it? Mental. It does my head in.

Nothing’s happening on the pitch by the way.

37 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Ryan Jack should be off. That is a disgraceful challenge and the referee hasn’t even booked him. You’d think someone  in the Celtic team (Scott Brown) will seek revenge for that… which isn’t great. The referee offering zero protection for the players.

35 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Ummmm. Ryan Jack goes studs up into a 50/50 challenge on Bolingoli and absolutely smashes him. It’s a duel but that is shocking and I can’t believe… actually I can. The referee hasn’t done anything about it.


Rangers 0 Celtic 1

Odsonne Edouard scores! Goldson gives the ball away with a terrible short pass to the halfway line, Johnston drives with it at pace, Edouard breaks away and controls, slotting the ball low past McGregor in the Rangers goal.

30 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 0

Rangers have started moving the ball around much better in the Celtic half, Davis drives forward and threads a pass into Defoe, who controls and sets up a shot! But he’s offside. 

27 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 0

Rangers are in Celtic’s half, it’s all really scrappy, no composure… and Defoe passes to nobody. Celtic have some work to do defending this move now though… and Aribo has given the ball away again. He has it back, tries to dribble past a couple of defenders and is easily tackled.

25 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 0

Rangers still unable to get the ball and keep it past halfway. It’s a pretty miserable midfield performance from them so far and Celtic have grown into the game. Tavernier goes in hard on Johnston and tackles the ball about 50 yards into the air. FOOTBALL!

22 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 0

McGregor is superb with the ball at feet and holds off two challenges to turn and play it back to his defence. Great read of the game there. Forrest is being marked out of the game by Flanagan at the moment.

20 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 0

Brown is super hyped, trying to rouse his teammates with some pumped fists and yelling. That’ll do the trick.

Rangers are fine with possession in their own half but don’t seem to have a single idea how to move the ball beyond the halfway line other than chipping it towards someone near the box.

17 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 0

Celtic have men forward, lose the ball and Kamara tries to bring it out quickly. He’s easily robbed of possession, Celtic try to come back but Kamara recovers and then has Brown chasing him. Brown slides in and fouls him, another clear booking… and it’s a free-kick and nothing more. 

Really hate that referees treat this game like some odd mythical beast that exists outwith the usual laws of football.

15 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 0

Flanagan and Elhamed go for a 50/50 in the air and Elhamed comes off worse, taking a knock to the skull. He’s having treatment now. Total accident, to be clear.

12 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 0

Calm and composed at the back for Celtic, who are keeping the ball pretty well. Or they were until Forster sliced a kick out for a throw.

10 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 0

Well that’s a fairly stupid/dangerous challenge by McGregor. He goes flying in on Arfield, is late and slides at pace and that will surely be pulled back for a yellow card. Play continues… and Rangers win a corner as Aribo links with Defoe.

The referee gives McGregor a talking to. That’s an absolute textbook yellow card but apparently you have to treat Rangers and Celtic as different creatures to normal football teams. 

8 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 0

Johnston goes on a great run, taking on Tavernier and dribbling into the area, winning a corner. Christie curls it in… and it’s headed away. Goldson heads away the next cross into the box and Celtic retreat to keep possession.

This is a lovely photo of Gerrard and Lennon. Awww.

6 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 0

Tavernier tries a long pass towards Aribo which goes out for a throw. Katic bravely smashes a header out for another throw, for no real reason, presumably yelling “RAAAARGGGHHH!” as he did so.

Aribo is easily muscled off the ball on the left wing. He looks a little tentative.

4 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 0

Christie tries one from 25 yards but puts it over the bar. Loves a long range strike, that lad.

Davis brings the ball forward now but Bolingoli reads the pass out to Tavernier and heads away. Kamara plays it safe and goes back to his goalie rather than risk a forward pass and McGregor launches the ball out of play.

2 mins – Rangers 0 Celtic 0

Celtic launch the ball to touch from kick off. Welcome to the derby, folks.

Johnston has the ball on the edge of the box immediately, tries to jink his way past a heap of defenders, Rangers absorb the move and get it clear. 

And we’ve had the day’s first strong challenge as Flanagan leaves some on Elhamed.


Lennon and Gerrard share a little smile and a handshake, Celtic are booed as they do a huddle and now it’s time. Here we go! Celtic get the game started.

Mind games

Well, Celtic are in the tunnel… Rangers players still haven’t come out the changing room. Is Steven Gerrard doing a thing? Celtic players just doing that sideways fidgeting that people do when a bit nervous and made to stand on the spot.

Players are in the tunnel

The crowd, as you’d imagine, are having a lovely old time and are very loud. 

Neil Lennon seems pretty relaxed

We decided to go with Fraser to give us that presence in the goal, it really was a difficult decision. 

We knew Kris was struggling, Jozo had a reaction in the knee from training, the two guys who played centre-half on Thursday were brilliant. It’s nice to have Elhamed back.

They’re small quick (Defoe and Morelos), have goals in them, quite similar in the way they play.

Scotland Women are legit

Having all but given up on the men’s national team, it is such a treat to watch the women absolutely destroy international opposition. Kim Little is next level. That is all. 

Boyd and Commons’ analysis

Kris Boyd thinks Rangers are playing five central midfielders, Commons believes Rangers’ dressing room will have a note on the wall saying “stop one player and one player only: James Forrest”. I’m not sure we’ll see these chaps in charge of a football team anytime soon. 

Defoe vs Morelos

Morelos scored the winner midweek vs Legia after a hard shift and after about 800 crosses had been sent into the box. Rangers have great players but I’m not convinced they create as many chances as they should do and when you consider both goals against Kilmarnock were from corners, and the winner vs St Mirren was a free-kick, there’s a pattern which emerges. Against Legia Rangers hurled in cross after cross, continually pushed wide and going with it, but without a targetman in the middle there’s not an awful lot of point doing it.

The hope must be winning second balls because Defoe isn’t going to outjump Jullien and that may well be why Rangers are playing both Arfield and Aribo today. They make the shape more of a 4-3-2-1 and it means when the full-backs get forward, as they will, any crosses cleared from the box can be collected by one of the advanced midfielders.

A bit of Scottish football analysis

Iwrote this during the week onKilmarnock and how they play under Angelo Alessio. Give it a wee read if you’re interested as we wait for things to happen at Ibrox.

Steven Gerrard treating this like a normal game

We’re in a good place, we’re ready. We always want to put a marker down. It’s early in the season, there’s an international break on teh back of it so we’ll do everything we can to get a victory. 

Very tough, I’ve gone for the freshness, Alfredo put everything into the death (in Europe). Having said that, Alfredo will be needed.

I’ve always got confidence we can win here, the last Old Firm game is in the past. Whoever performs close to their best level will win this match.

As we all know from Football Manager, it’s risky talking down the importance of matches like this one! Calm heids might produce nicer football but this match turns into a battle as soon as the ref blows his whistle.

Greg Taylor to Celtic?

“There are a number of options and Greg would be one of those,” said Neil Lennon on Friday. Taylor didn’t play for Kilmarnock yesterday or in their game last week either. It’s basically done, you’d think.

 And yes that is the newest photo of Taylor I could find in our database.

Celtic’s defence

Elhamed – Jullien – Bitton – Bolingoli

Neil Lennon has been speaking about how Celtic aren’t the underdogs today but that back four really isn’t great. Let’s go through it:

  • Elhamed has only played in four Celtic games since signing and conceded in all except a 7-0 humping of St Johnstone.
  • Jullien is a new signing and this is his very first Old Firm match. He wasn’t even trusted for the defeat to Cluj which suggests Lennon didn’t feel he was ready then… but injury means he has to be now.
  • Bitton is a midfielder.
  • Is a wing-back, not a full-back. Very effective when beyond the halfway line but clearly has a lot to learn about his defensive position.

More worrying is that Brown and McGregor have been overrun in midfield many times before and are similar players. Brown is the captain and a leader – has to play in theory – but both like to occupy the same bits of the pitch when in a midfield two and Rangers can easily outnumber them in the centre of the park with Jack, Kamara and Davis.

Couple of stats for you

  • James Tavernier starts his 17th consecutive Old Firm match – he has played in every game v Celtic since joining Rangers in 2015.
  • Ryan Jack makes his 250th Scottish league appearance, 51 of them for Rangers. 

Here we go!

It’s the first Rangers vs Celtic game of the season and it really is a big one. Celtic aren’t the invincible beast of seasons past, Rangers are well put together and stacked with talent and though Kris Boyd isn’t exactly the most reliable of pundits in the world, his assertion that “the league title comes down to who wins the Old Firm games” isn’t entirely wrong.

Celtic fans are already in their little section of Ibrox, most of the Rangers support haven’t quite made their way in yet. All in the boardroom at Ibrox will be desperate that those fans who do turn up actually behave themselves today because the Uefa sanctions placed on Rangers, which prompted strongly worded statements from the club, must be followed up with similar from the authorities in Scotland too.

As for the game, this could be great. Celtic’s back four is… interesting, Rangers have left Alfredo Morelos on the bench and put Jermain Defoe on instead. That makes perfect sense – although Morelos is hugely talented, he is a red card waiting to happen in games like today.

 The decision to replace Borna Barisic with Jon Flanagan is another potentially wise managerial choice from Gerrard. Barisic has a wand of a left foot – good for crosses – but he’s not as defensively minded as Flanagan, who can help protect against the powers of James Forrest on the Celtic right.

The midfield is designed to control the game and Sheyi Ojo may miss out today because for all his talents with the ball, his work off it isn’t the strongest defensively and he hasn’t affected play in the final third as much as some others. Scott Arfield had to play today.

 Watch Rangers target the Celtic left-back Bolingoli. Decent with the ball, the boy’s defensive positioning has been exposed many times already this season. Brown and McGregor isn’t a midfield duo that has worked wonders in the past… and without Ajer behind, suddenly Celtic are a lot weaker defensively too. This is not Celtic’s strongest side by a long way. 

Kick off is as 12pm – stay with us for all the buildup and action!

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