Celtic moved 13 points clear of Rangers at the Scottish Premiership summit after a pulsating Old Firm derby that featured three goals, a red card, off-the-ball flashpoints and an 86th-minute winner by James Forrest.

Neil Lennon’s men have all-but secured an eighth consecutive top-flight title with only seven league games remaining.

Odsonne Edouard stroked the hosts ahead after 27 minutes, before Alfredo Morelos was dismissed for the fifth time this season for an off-the-ball elbow to the face of Scott Brown after the Celtic captain clipped his heels.

Ryan Kent hauled Rangers level after 63 minutes with a stunning solo effort and Steven Gerrard’s men almost took the lead when Ryan Jack fired over from Kent’s cut-back.

The final 15 minutes were played with both sides down to 10 men when Celtic defender Dedryck Boyata was forced off injured after Lennon had made all three of his substitutes.

But after a loose pass from Rangers captain James Tavernier, Celtic pounced, Forrest racing in to the box to slide in the winner, before Kent shoved Brown to the ground as the Celtic skipper prevented him retrieving the ball for kick-off.

Rangers almost rallied again, but Kent’s effort from three yards out was deflected wide by Kristoffer Ajer.

Lennon, now in his second stint as Celtic manager, has won seven of the 13 Old Firm fixtures he has overseen, drawing three and losing four.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Celtic

  • 29Bain
  • 23Lustig
  • 20BoyataSubstituted forat 74′minutes
  • 35Ajer
  • 63TierneySubstituted forToljanat 73′minutes
  • 8BrownBooked at 80mins
  • 21NtchamSubstituted forRogicat 64′minutes
  • 42McGregor
  • 49Forrest
  • 15HayesBooked at 26minsSubstituted forSinclairat 45′minutes
  • 22EdouardBooked at 28mins

Substitutes

  • 2Toljan
  • 5Simunovic
  • 11Sinclair
  • 18Rogic
  • 24de Vries
  • 25Burke
  • 30Weah

Rangers

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Tavernier
  • 6Goldson
  • 17McCrorie
  • 3Worrall
  • 37ArfieldBooked at 43minsSubstituted forDavisat 88′minutes
  • 8JackSubstituted forKamaraat 79′minutes
  • 16HallidayBooked at 90mins
  • 21CandeiasSubstituted forDefoeat 83′minutes
  • 20MorelosBooked at 31mins
  • 14Kent

Substitutes

  • 9Defoe
  • 10Davis
  • 13Foderingham
  • 15Flanagan
  • 18Kamara
  • 19Katic
  • 23Coulibaly
Referee:
Bobby Madden

Match Stats

Home TeamCelticAway TeamRangers
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home12
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away1
Corners
Home10
Away5
Fouls
Home8
Away16

Live Text

Match ends, Celtic 2, Rangers 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Celtic 2, Rangers 1.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Kristoffer Ajer.

Delay in match Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) because of an injury.

Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Booking

Andy Halliday (Rangers) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Andy Halliday (Rangers).

Attempt blocked. Ross McCrorie (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.

Foul by Tomas Rogic (Celtic).

Ryan Kent (Rangers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Kristoffer Ajer.

Attempt blocked. Joe Worrall (Rangers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is blocked.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Callum McGregor.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Steven Davis replaces Scott Arfield.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 2, Rangers 1. James Forrest (Celtic) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Odsonne Edouard following a fast break.

Scott Brown (Celtic) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Andy Halliday (Rangers).

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Jermain Defoe replaces Daniel Candeias.

Attempt blocked. Daniel Candeias (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Rangers. Conceded by Jeremy Toljan.

Attempt blocked. Andy Halliday (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Booking

Scott Brown (Celtic) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Scott Brown (Celtic).

Scott Arfield (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Rangers. Glen Kamara replaces Ryan Jack.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Connor Goldson (Rangers) because of an injury.

James Forrest (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Ryan Jack (Rangers).

Dedryck Boyata went off injured after Celtic had used all subs.

Delay in match Dedryck Boyata (Celtic) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Ryan Jack (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Jeremy Toljan replaces Kieran Tierney because of an injury.

Delay in match Kieran Tierney (Celtic) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Substitution

Substitution, Celtic. Tomas Rogic replaces Olivier Ntcham.

Goal!

Goal! Celtic 1, Rangers 1. Ryan Kent (Rangers) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by James Tavernier.

Kieran Tierney (Celtic) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Daniel Candeias (Rangers).

Attempt missed. Dedryck Boyata (Celtic) header from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

goal

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