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Celtic & Rangers miss clear chances as Old Firm derby ends in stalemate | Match Report.

Rangers striker Alfredo Morelos saw his point-blank header bounce off Celtic goalkeeper Craig Gordon's knee


Scott Sinclair and Alfredo Morelos missed clear chances in each half as the final Old Firm game of 2017 ended in a stalemate.

Celtic created the better opportunities in a first half that ended with Sinclair hitting wide from close range.

Rangers were on top after the break, and Morelos' point-blank header bounced off goalkeeper Craig Gordon's knee.

The draw keeps Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic 11 points clear of their Glasgow rivals.

It was a game of rushed passes and missed chances; frenetic and hugely flawed. Amid the mayhem you might have expected Celtic to bring some composure, but they rarely found it. This was the first time since March 2016 that Celtic had failed to score at home.





In their battle to survive, you thought that Rangers might offer some belligerence. They did. They got lucky at times, but there was a bite, if not a quality to their play, that shook Celtic out of their rhythm.

Rangers created the first chance of the day, with a little help from their high-press and some assistance from harried opponents. Scott Brown was hustled, Mikael Lustig was harassed. The Swede, as was the case so often throughout the derby, dithered and lost possession and Gordon was required to bail him out with a save from Morelos.

The visitors forced multiple errors from the champions, but Celtic still managed to get a dominant hold on the game. They played well only in pockets of the match, but should have put the encounter to bed during those mini-spells.

Moussa Dembele had the first chance, but was weak with his finish at the near post. The Frenchman, once again, looked a pale imitation of this multi-million pound striker we keep hearing about.   Read More

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