Astonishing Rogic blast in breathless Old Firm Derby

Tom Rogic celebrates scoring against Rangers.
Tom Rogic celebrates scoring against Rangers.

TEN-MAN Celtic have extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to nine points after twice coming from a goal down to clinch a thrilling 3-2 win at Rangers.

Graeme Murty's side were bidding to end an eight-match winless sequence against their Old Firm rivals and made an ideal start when Josh Windass put them ahead inside three minutes.

Socceroo Tom Rogic equalised eight minutes later but Rangers were once again in the ascendancy through Daniel Candeias, only for Celtic to go in level at the break when Moussa Dembele struck.


Tom Rogic unleashes.
Tom Rogic unleashes.

The hosts were boosted when Jozo Simunovic received a straight red card for an apparent elbow on Alfredo Morelos but the Hoops went ahead for the first time thanks to substitute Odsonne Edouard's 69th-minute finish, two minutes after his introduction.

Morelos missed a gilt-edged chance to claim a share of the spoils for Rangers after hitting the post from point-blank range with the goal at his mercy and Celtic hung on to claim a fifth successive derby victory at Ibrox.

"It was a great, immense performance," Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers said.

"I thought we thoroughly deserved the victory, we made some mistakes in the first half but I still thought we were the better football side.

"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."

On the sending off, the Northern Irishman added: "I can see why (referee) Willie (Collum) has given it.

"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."

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