Full-time: Rangers move four points clear of the Scottish Premiership with the most comfortable of victories in the Old Firm! Celtic failed to register a single shot on target and were well beaten.
- 2nd Half
- 1st Half
Celtic - Rangers
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Three minutes will be added on!
Rangers sub: Arfield makes way for Joe Aribo for the last few minutes.
Save! Tavernier lifts a free-kick over the wall from 25 yards and it might just be creeping in, so Barkas tips it over the bar.
Rangers sub: Gerrard taking absolutely no chances with Morelos as he replaces him with Itten for the last few minutes.
Yellow card! Morelos is late on Duffy, who reacts by shoving the Rangers forward to the ground. Both players are booked.
Another double Celtic sub: Taylor and Turnball come on for Welsh and Laxalt, as Lennon moves to a back four. Too late in the day?
Had Griffiths gone there Celtic would have had a stonewall penalty.
A through ball from Ajer slips through Griffiths, who takes it past the onrushing McGregor but his heavy touch takes him wide and his cut back is played straight into the arms of the Rangers goalkeeper.
Lennon will be relieved supporters are not here at Celtic Park. They would not accept this lacklustre performance. Ten to play.
Rangers are on course for their first back-to-back victories in 25 years in an Old Firm derby.
Celtic have had more of the ball - 55% possession - but they have yet to find a way to hurt Rangers. They still have 15 minutes to make something happen, but this is the most passive of performances.
We knew they would miss Edouard, but Celtic have also missed the creativity of Christie in midfield. They have STILL not had a single shot on target. Rangers have been dominant.
Rangers' quest for goals shows no sign of slowing up as Arfield's shot from the edge of the box is comfortably saved by Barkas.
Double Celtic sub: Griffiths and Rogic come on for Klimala and Ntcham.
Close! Rangers aren't resting on their laurels as they carve Celtic's defence open once more, with Barisic racing down the left and his cross finds Kent whose goal-bound shot is blocked by Ajer.
Rangers sub: Jack replaces Barker in midfield.
Yellow card! And another, as Brown is cautioned for a foul from behind on Kent.
Yellow card! Davis' loose pass puts Rangers in trouble but Arfield takes one for the team with a foul on Klimala. It's the first booking of the afternoon!
Rangers have been by far the better side and are now deservedly two goals ahead. Celtic have work to do.
Celtic sub: Elyounoussi, who will be having nightmares about his earlier miss, is replaced by Ajeti.
- GoalConnor GoldsonRangers
GOAL! Celtic 0-2 Rangers (Goldson): Goldson doubles Rangers' advantage! Arfield and Morelos plays a lovely give-and-go with the former crossing for Goldson. His first shot is blocked but he can poke it on the second attempt!
Celtic break through McGregor, who drives forward from a central area. Ntcham finds Elyounoussi but his first touch is heavy and McGregor can smother it.
Rangers remain patient as they try to work a move down the left, with Barisic and Kent combining but Walsh makes the intervention.
Celtic's full-backs Frimpong and Laxalt have been playing at least 10 yards further up the pitch since the restart.
It's a slight surprise that Celtic haven't made a switch in personnel in the second half. They have struggled with Rangers' threat in attack and at the opposite end, the hosts have created next to nothing.
Kick-off! Celtic get the second half underway, with Neil Lennon looking for an immediate improvement from his side.
- End of 1st Half
Half-time: Rangers lead at Celtic Park at the break, with the hosts yet to land a single shot on target in the opening 45 minutes.
One minute of added-time will be played.
Morelos has gone missing too often in Old Firm matches. Not today. He has worked tirelessly, running across the entire front line in an impressive first-half performance.
Elyounoussi is in an offside area as he flashes a shot well wide. A half of frustration for Celtic so far.
A chance for Celtic to test the visitors' defence as Morelos fouls Brown. McGregor's free-kick is floated to the back post where Duffy heads over the bar. He was offside too.
A lovely passage of play from Rangers in the middle of the park is followed by Morelos switching the play to Kent on the left. However, the move collapses when he runs into trouble.
Frimpong is caught in possession and Rangers pounce. Kent looks to unload but Brown diverts the ball behind for a corner with an important tackle.
Celtic have yet to register a shot on target with 35 minutes on the clock.
Again it's Tavernier who floats in the free-kick but this time it's Walsh who deals with it for Celtic.
Arfield is fouled by McGregor and although the referee initially played advantage he quickly brings it back for a Rangers free-kick in a dangerous area.
Klimala concedes the softest of free-kicks for a foul on Barisic, who delivers the resulting set-piece. Duffy rises highest to clear the danger in a great piece of defending, even if the offside is raised.
Ntcham stands up a first time cross into the Rangers penalty area. Kimala is rushing in but Goldson wins the header to clear.
Rangers work their way out of a tight spot as they play out from the back.
Celtic are enjoying a decent spell of pressure now as they win a corner. Duffy is all over Goldson as the delivery comes in though and Rangers have a free-kick in the penalty area.
Much better from Celtic. Elyounoussi drives through the middle, feeding McGregor, whose effort is well blocked by Goldson.
Kent skips away from a couple of Celtic defenders on the right flank to create the space for a cross. It's cleared, but Rangers regain possession with Morelos forcing the corner.
Chance for Celtic to equalise! Duffy flights a ball over the top of the Rangers defence for Elyounoussi to run onto, as Goldson fails to deal with it, but the forward lifts it well over McGregor's bar! That was a real opportunity!
Shot! Kent carves in from the right but scuffs a shot from distance straight at Barkas.
Confidence is rushing through the veins of Rangers now. The visitors conjure up another neat move with lovely one-touch football and Tavernier tries a hopeful first-time volley which is well wide of goal.
- GoalConnor GoldsonRangers
GOAL! Celtic 0-1 Rangers (Goldson): Rangers have the lead in the Old Firm! Tavernier whips in the most teasing free-kick delivery and Goldson is just onside as he glances his header into the corner of the goal! Celtic's goalkeeper, perhaps, should have kept it out!
Rangers spring a counter attack, with Morelos racing into the box from the right. His cross finds Barisic at the far post but he shoots well wide.
Important block! McGregor streaks away down the left flank, delivering a lovely low cross into the penalty area. Helander makes a crucial intervention to rescue Rangers.
Walsh, starting just his second game for the champions, is on the right of Celtic's back three.
After a nervy start, Celtic have now got their foot on the ball as they enjoy a spell of possession.
Tavernier whips the ball into the heart of the penalty area but Celtic hold their nerve to clear their lines.
Tavernier, who is always such a threat from the wing-back position, draws the foul from Laxalt and Rangers have a free-kick on the right flank.
Kick-off! The players take the knee in the ongoing fight against racism and then Rangers get us underway in the first Old Firm of the season!
FIVE minutes until kick-off at Celtic Park. Can the hosts leapfrog their arch-rivals in the table or will Rangers extend their lead at the top to four points?
Celtic have won 20 of their last 21 home league games; the only exception in this time was in their last such match against Rangers, a 1-2 reverse in December 2019.
Pre-match stat: Celtic and Rangers have alternated between victory and defeat in each of their last six league meetings (three wins each), with Rangers winning their last such meeting 2-1 in December 2019.
"Play the game and not the occasion" is the message Lennon is giving his five Old Firm debutants - Vasilis Barkas, Shane Duffy, Diego Laxalt, Stephen Walsh and Patryk Klimala.
Edouard is going to be particularly missed for Celtic. He has six goals in nine games in this fixture. Boss Neil Lennon will be relying on Elyounoussi, who certainly has big boots to fill today.
Rangers have eight victories but draws with Livingston and Hibs have denied them a 100 per cent winning start.
Celtic have won seven straight games since a 1-1 draw with Kilmarnock on the opening day, placing them second in the table behind Gerrard's men, although they have a game in hand over Rangers.
There are no big surprises in Steven Gerrard's selection. He makes four changes from the victory over Ross County, with goalkeeper Allan McGregor restored to the team, Filip Helander comes in for Forlarin Balogun in defence, Steve Davis replaces Ryan Jack in midfield and Jordan Jones makes way for Brandon Barker.
Celtic are missing Odsonne Edouard, Nir Bitton and Hatem Abd Elhamed, all of whom tested positive for Covid-19 after the international break, while Ryan Christie is self-isolating. It's a back three for Celtic, with Stephen Walsh making his Old Firm debut. Patryk Klimala leads the line in the absence of Edouard. Leigh Griffiths starts on the bench.
Celtic XI: Barkas, Duffy, Brown, Klimala, Ntcham, Elyounoussi, Frimpong, Ajer, McGregor, Welsh, Laxalt.. subs: Taylor, Griffiths, Soro, Turnbull, Bain, Ajeti,Rogic, Henderson, Ralston. /// Rangers XI: McGregor, Tavernier, Helander, Goldson, Barisic, Kamara, Davis, Arfield, Barker, Kent, Morelos.. subs: McLaughlin, Balogun, Bassey, Jack, Jones, Aribo, Hagi, Itten, Defoe.
Hello and welcome to coverage of this highly unusual Old Firm derby. Without supporters, the usual raucous atmosphere will be missing, but with champions Celtic and leaders Rangers the only unbeaten teams in the Scottish Premiership and with the opportunity to inflict an early psychological blow on their opponents in the title race, there promises to be drama at Celtic Park.