A deserved win for Celtic; Rangers have a lot of questions to answer after a subdued and ultimately ill-disciplined display. Thanks for your company this afternoon.
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- 1st Half
Rangers - Celtic
Scottish Premiership - 1 September 2019
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FULL-TIME. The referee blows the whistle almost immediately after Jones has made his way off.
RED CARD. Bauer has his legs chopped down by Jordan Jones, who gets a straight red for a horrible challenge.
GOAL! And that's a wrap as Hayes takes his second bite of the cherry after McGregor makes another good save to stop the first effort - the Celtic man simply gets the ball back, takes his time, finds some space, and slides it home. Great work from Ntcham in the build-up.
Six minutes to be added on.
Hayes booked now for a coming-together with Morelos.
Oh, it's all turning into handbags now.
First yellow card of the day as Arfield almost pulls Ntcham's shorts off him.
Hayes squares the ball down the left, and Edouard is waiting just beyond Goldson, who gets his boot to it and diverts it out for a corner.
Tavernier takes the free kick, and it's out for a goalkick. Julien and Morelos are having a set-to.
Free kick for Rangers as Brown upends Davis in an aerial challenge.
Hayes replaces Johnston.
Intriguing little tussle between Edouard and McGregor - the Celtic man has really tested the goalkeeper in this second half.
Another series of corners for Rangers. Nothing coming from any of them, and Celtic continue to defend well.
Up the other end, and Arfield's glancing header flicks wide.
SAVE! Two feet-first saves from McGregor to deny two clear-cut chances, ultimately stopping Julien from doubling Celtic's lead.
Celtic attack in numbers - the ball zips around and deflects so much and it's two corners in a row for the visitors.
Tavernier takes it - Julien heads it away.
Christie brings down Jones - free kick just outside the box.
CLOSE! Another good chance for Edouard, fighting his way through but firing over the bar.
Jones replaces Aribo.
Tavernier takes a corner but it swings out of play before it reaches Forster's hands.
CHANCE! Aribo on the edge of the box puffs the ball gently through to Forster, who doesn't have to work hard to hold.
And Ntcham replaces Forrest.
Bauer replaces him.
All a bit chaotic as Bitton limps off and Celtic rejig their line-up.
Christie takes it, but it's too high, and it's out for a throw - Bitton chases it anyway and his hamstring pings.
Three men around Edouard, who keeps control until he has his shin tapped. Free kick.
CHANCE! Morelos is in the thick of it already, coming down the right, and then shooting rather limply when Arfield was available to his left.
Morelos replaces Defoe, and he gestures to the crowd to get behind the team as he runs on.
Nothing comes from the corner.
CHANCE! Ojo down the left once more, and hits it well as he cuts into the box, forcing a good save from Forster at his near post.
Aribo and Ojo are linking up decently down the left, but every ball in so far is blocked by valiant Celtic defending.
Rangers fans are getting really frustrated. No breakthrough.
Forster punches it away.
This is better from Rangers, Bitton working hard to deny Defoe and conceding a corner.
Defoe fouls Bolingoli on the wing.
Ojo involved early on, down the left and winning a throw near the corner flag.
Second half under way.
Ojo on for Kamara - just that single change for Rangers.
HALF-TIME. Whistle blows, the home fans boo.
Tavernier is working really hard to create something down the right, mind.
Davis swings in a free kick to the box, but nobody is anywhere near it. Rangers need more ideas.
Four minutes to be added on.
Christie's had a lively first half - here he's upended by Arfield as the clock ticks down.
Tavernier makes a nice run down the right, beating a couple of men but the final ball isn't there.
Some really hefty challenges continuing to fly in. There will be a bit of added time at the end of this first half.
GOAL! The ball is given away cheaply, and Edouard slides the ball into the far corner beautifully - the Rangers defence are looking for an offside flag that doesn't come.
Chance for Defoe, but he snaps his shot straight at Forster.
Free kick to Celtic, and Edouard takes it - but it's well wide.
Odd passage of play from Rangers, lots of sliding challenges as they work their way into the box, then Defoe smacks it diagonally to someone who isn't there.
Christie and Edouard exchange passes beautifully, before Goldson stands in the way on the edge of the box.
Celtic look like they're about to pass the ball out from the back, then hoof it up field aimlessly.
The Rangers fans are shouting for a penalty, but that's slightly optimistic - Arfield had some contact with Bolingoli as he headed into the box, but it didn't look like a foul.
Clash of heads between Flanagan and Elhamed.
Rangers are keeping possession slightly more successfully now, seeking out Flanagan on the left quite often.
Aribo and Defoe combine to win Rangers a corner, with Elhamed sliding in to make the challenge.
Foul on Arfield by McGregor - the referee plays advantage.
Christie puts it into the middle, but it's cleared; he tries again, with the same result.
Corner to Celtic.
Rangers trying to put their collective foot on the ball in the middle. Not doing too well at the moment.
Close-ish! Christie lets fly from outside the box, but his shot, intended to curl into the top corner, has a little too much on it.
Forrest lofts a ball in as Celtic push very hard in this first minute.
Edourd belts the ball straight into the corner directly from kick-off.
Celtic kick us off.
The teams are lined up in the tunnel and ready to head out.
Noisy, isn't it?
"We always want to put a marker down...It's an Old Firm game...we'll do everything we can to try and get a very important victory," says Rangers manager Steven Gerrard.
TEAMS - Rangers: McGregor; Tavernier, Goldson, Katic, Flanagan, Jack, Kamara, Davis, Arfield, Defoe, Aribo. /// Celtic: Forster; Elhamed, Jullien, Bitton, Bolingoli, Brown, McGregor, Forrest, Christie, Johnston, Edouard.
Both teams are unbeaten so far this season - and have taken maximum points from all three of their matches.
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