Ally McCoist jumps for joy as Rangers beat Celtic
Rangers came from behind to win a breathtaking Old Firm derby at Ibrox 4-2 and stretch their lead at the top of the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League over Celtic to four points.
Steven Naismith fired the home side ahead in the 22nd minute but goals from Gary Hooper and Badr El-Kaddouri, whose long-distance shot somehow managed to slip past Allan McGregor, gave the Hoops the interval lead.
However, goals from Nikica Jelavic, Kyle Lafferty and Naismith again after the break confirmed the champions’ dramatic comeback as Celtic midfielder Charlie Mulgrew was sent off in the 75th minute after picking up the second of his two yellow cards for a foul on Steven Davis.
Rangers boss Ally McCoist played down his role in the victory, saying: “It’s not about me – it’s about the players and getting the three points for the fans. That’s the most important thing.
“You can prepare and do your planning before the game and hope things go to plan but the most important thing today was winning the game and I thought we deserved it.
“As big a three points as it is, it’s only three points.
“It’s the first Old Firm game of the season and it was a terrific game and I’m a lot happier tonight than Neil and his boys will be.
“But I’ve been around the block in Old Firm games long enough to know that it’s swings and roundabouts. Today’s three points were well-earned and they are a big three points – but no more than that.”
Celtic boss Neil Lennon revealed after the game that skipper Scott Brown has suffered a recurrence of his ankle injury.
“The ankle has gone again unfortunately,” said Lennon.
“He got us playing in the first half, he was instrumental in both of our goals so it was a blow losing him.
“He felt fine before the game, he trained yesterday before the game and looked great for an hour.
“We don’t know how long he is going to be out for now.
“It looks as if he is going to be shut down for a while until we can let it settle and get it right.
“I am angry, full stop, with our overall performance.”
–>Congratulations to Martin Beck winner of the Golden Goal in 22 minutes.
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