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Rangers vs Celtic Premiership: Live score, team news and updates

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STEPHEN MCGOWAN: Kyogo Furuhashi's dramatic late equaliser earned Celtic a 2-2 draw against Rangers at Ibrox to retain their strong grip on the cinch Premiership title race.

Rangers 2-2 Celtic: Ange Postecoglou's side escape Ibrox with a point thanks to Kyogo Furuhashi's late equaliser in the Old Firm derby... after the hosts took the lead with two quick-fire goals early in the second half

  • Celtic preserved their nine point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership table
  • Kyogo Furuhashi earned them a last-gasp 2-2 draw in Old Firm derby at Rangers
  • Celtic led five minutes in when Daizen Maeda pounced on loose pass to score
  • Rangers levelled just after half-time when Ryan Kent curled the ball home
  • And the hosts went in front thanks to James Tavernier's well-struck penalty
  • But Kyogo's late strike ensured it remains Celtic's title to lose entering 2023 

By Stephen Mcgowan For The Scottish Daily Mail

Published: 11:08 GMT, 2 January 2023 | Updated: 15:47 GMT, 2 January 2023

It was a better point in the end for Celtic than Rangers. Further proof that, when Ange Postecoglou's team need a late goal, they can be counted on to find one. It's what they do.

Seventeen times this season Scotland's champions have scored in the final 15 minutes of games. With Rangers edging close to a win they probably deserved after an aggressive, high tempo second half display, history repeated itself. It usually does.

For 88 minutes another game against Rangers looked destined to pass Kyogo Furuhashi by. By his standards Celtic's Japanese Bhoy was having a quiet game.

Celtic snatched a late point at Rangers thanks to Kyogo Furuhashi (left) in the 88th minute
Celtic snatched a late point at Rangers thanks to Kyogo Furuhashi (left) in the 88th minute

Celtic snatched a late point at Rangers thanks to Kyogo Furuhashi (left) in the 88th minute

Furuhashi was on hand to slam home from close range with the Gers defence unable to clear
Furuhashi was on hand to slam home from close range with the Gers defence unable to clear

Furuhashi was on hand to slam home from close range with the Gers defence unable to clear

Rangers were left crestfallen after conceding late on as their title hopes took a major blow
Rangers were left crestfallen after conceding late on as their title hopes took a major blow

Rangers were left crestfallen after conceding late on as their title hopes took a major blow

The timing of his first Old Firm goal – his ninth in 12 games – was impeccable. Thumping a rising shot into the net from 12 yards the top scorer preserved his team's nine point lead at the summit of the SPFL Premiership. And left Rangers nursing mixed feelings.

Michael Beale railed against those querying the mental strength of his Rangers side. Falling behind to Daizen Maeda's fifth minute opener after some wretched defending, the Ibrox side showed strength and resilience to turn the game on its head with two goals in six second half minutes.

The new Ibrox boss says he 'wants to put the coat hanger back in the club' and Rangers had Celtic hanging on by a thread when they came out for the second half all guns blazing.

The loss of Greg Taylor after 20 minutes hurt Celtic, no question. While Postecoglou was vindicated in his decision to hand Canadian international Alistair Johnston his debut at right-back, pressing Croatia's World Cup right-back Josip Juranovic on as a makeshift left-back worked less well. A high profile signing last summer, you'd have paid good money for the thoughts of Argentine left-back Alexander Bernabei as he slumped cross-armed on the bench.

Celtic led after just five minutes when Daizen Maeda seized onto a poor pass to finish well
Celtic led after just five minutes when Daizen Maeda seized onto a poor pass to finish well

Celtic led after just five minutes when Daizen Maeda seized onto a poor pass to finish well

Maeda beat Allan McGregor to put Celtic ahead after Alfredo Morelos gave the ball away
Maeda beat Allan McGregor to put Celtic ahead after Alfredo Morelos gave the ball away

Maeda beat Allan McGregor to put Celtic ahead after Alfredo Morelos gave the ball away 

After a sloppy, disjointed first -half Rangers emerged for the second a different team. They sensed Celtic's unease with the imbalance in the back four.

Criticised repeatedly for his lack of final product Ryan Kent curled a sublime strike into the top corner to level after 47 minutes, reminding everyone of the big-game player he can be.

On the right flank, meanwhile, Fashion Sakala was a man on a mission. Given a licence to torment Juranovic with his pace Zambian international won Rangers a penalty kick after a rash sliding challenge from Carl Starfelt, captain James Tavernier stepping up to convert his 100th career goal.

Celtic and their fans are no fans of VAR and that feeling is unlikely to change after Connor Goldson survived two handball reviews in five second half minutes. The first, in particular, looked the kind of incident which might have been given *before* the World Cup. If the rules – or the application of the rules - have changed, then no one has mentioned.

In the second half Celtic failed to create a chance until they scored. It was, by their standards, a poor display. And slightly inexplicable after the blistering start they made to the game.

Rangers *should* have known what was coming. Twelve of Celtic's last 13 league goals in this fixture had come in the first half of matches. There was no surprise, then, when they started like a train. Aided an abetted by a Rangers team increasingly guilty of giving the ball away in dangerous positions.

Alfredo Morelos heads over from a good position at a corner as Rangers looked to draw level
Alfredo Morelos heads over from a good position at a corner as Rangers looked to draw level

Alfredo Morelos heads over from a good position at a corner as Rangers looked to draw level

Malik Tillman of Rangers rues a missed opportunity late in the first-half as they fought back
Malik Tillman of Rangers rues a missed opportunity late in the first-half as they fought back

Malik Tillman of Rangers rues a missed opportunity late in the first-half as they fought back

There was doubt over the inclusion of Alfredo Morelos after a hamstring problem in the 3-0 midweek win over Motherwell. Beale must have rued the decision to give the Colombian the benefit of the doubt during a first half when he gifted Celtic a fifth minute goal and missed a couple of gilt-edged headers.

God knows what he was thinking with the loose pass inside snapped up by the tigerish Maeda. Gift or not the Japan World Cup star still had work to do. Winning a 50/50 with John Lundstram, he burst past James Tavernier and found himself one on one with Allan McGregor.

An erratic player at times there could be no quibble over the quality of Maeda's finish. His sixth goal of the season was his first against Rangers.

The goal settled Celtic. The champions grew dominant as the native grew restless. Their flow was interrupted by the loss of Taylor to what looked like a hamstring problem after 20 minutes.

Juranovic made his Celtic debut as a makeshift left-back at Ibrox and repeated the trick in what might be his last appearance for the club. Where Alistair Johnston produced a strong and confident performance it's hardly surprising that Juranovic – a World Cup semi-finalists – looked like a fish out of water on the left side.

Ryan Kent restored parity for Rangers early in the second-half with a lovely curling shot
Ryan Kent restored parity for Rangers early in the second-half with a lovely curling shot

Ryan Kent restored parity for Rangers early in the second-half with a lovely curling shot

Kent (left) celebrates with James Tavernier as Rangers got themselves back onto level terms
Kent (left) celebrates with James Tavernier as Rangers got themselves back onto level terms

Kent (left) celebrates with James Tavernier as Rangers got themselves back onto level terms

Rangers won themselves a penalty shortly afterwards when Starfelt brought down Sakala
Rangers won themselves a penalty shortly afterwards when Starfelt brought down Sakala

Rangers won themselves a penalty shortly afterwards when Starfelt brought down Sakala

James Tavernier celebrates after thumping home the penalty to put Rangers 2-1 in front
James Tavernier celebrates after thumping home the penalty to put Rangers 2-1 in front

James Tavernier celebrates after thumping home the penalty to put Rangers 2-1 in front

it was perfect placement by the Rangers captain as he smashed the ball into the top corner
it was perfect placement by the Rangers captain as he smashed the ball into the top corner

it was perfect placement by the Rangers captain as he smashed the ball into the top corner

Celtic's first lapse so nearly cost them a goal after 27 minutes. Ponderous with the ball at his feet – he often is - Joe Hart allowed Morelos to charge down an attempted clearance in his own area, the Colombian chasing the ball wide and laying off for Ryan Kent to have the first huge Rangers chance of the match.

Kent's placed shot offered Hart the chance of redemption when he dived low to his left to touch the ball onto the post. The winger, it turned out, was merely finding his range.

Coming so close brought Rangers - and their supporters – to life. For the first time in the game they found some tempo and urgency. The one thing they couldn't find in a nervous error-strewn first half was a pass.

The failure to keep hold of the ball allowed Celtic to reach half-time unscathed despite a couple of scary moments when Morelos missed the target with two headed chances from James Tavernier corners.

In this fixture it's usually Celtic who come out of the traps like a starving greyhound. The roles were reversed in the second half.

In the dim and distant past Ryan Kent was a huge thorn in Celtic sides. Less troublesome in recent times the winger revved up the De Lorean and travelled back in time to drag Rangers back into the game with a brilliant strike.

Celtic came away with a precious point, however, when Kyogo fired home in the final minutes
Celtic came away with a precious point, however, when Kyogo fired home in the final minutes

Celtic came away with a precious point, however, when Kyogo fired home in the final minutes

The Celtic players celebrate with their supporters at the final whistle after gaining a draw
The Celtic players celebrate with their supporters at the final whistle after gaining a draw

The Celtic players celebrate with their supporters at the final whistle after gaining a draw

As with so much of what Rangers did it came from driving play from the rejuvenated Sakala. When Kent received the ball out wide he steadied himself and took advantage of Johnston standing off, allowing him time and space, to curl a brilliant strike into the top corner. It was his first Rangers goal since October 1.

Ibrox was alive now, the scent of Celtic blood in the nostrils. When Reo Hatate lost possession in the Rangers half, blue shirts poured forward. Operation ‘give the ball to Sakala’ worked a treat when the wide man took on a ropey Starfelt. Cutting back on to his left foot in the area, he invited the Swede to make a rash sliding challenge. Invitation accepted Tavernier lashed the penalty high into the net. Rangers, from nowhere, were ahead.

Celtic were ragged in the second half. There was none of their usual fluency. Two VAr checks for handball against Goldson failed to persuade John Beaton to take a look at the monitor and Rangers looked comfortable in their skin. Had Malik Tillman managed to race away and convert a fine chance for 3-1 – Cameron Carter-Vickers blocked superbly – that would have been that.

Against this Celtic side it rarely is, of course. When Giorgos Giakoumakis takes to the pitch Kyogo Furuhashi usually leaves the fray. Not this time.

With two minutes of normal time to play substitutes Jota and Aaron Mooy cut through a ball-watching Rangers rearguard. Mooy, then Giakoumakis, scrambled the ball into space for Kyogo to lash his 16th goal of the season high into the net.

Match facts 

Rangers (4-2-3-1): McGregor; Tavernier (c), Goldson, Davies, Barisic; Kamara, Lundstram (Jack 71); Sakala, Tillman (Sands 85), Kent; Morelos (Wright 80)

Substitutes not used: McLaughlin (GK); Arfield, Colak, Devine, King, Roofe

Manager: Michael Beale Scorers: Kent 47; Tavernier 53 pen Booked: Jack

Celtic (4-3-3): Hart; Johnston, Carter-Vickers, Starfelt, Taylor (Juranovic 21); McGregor (c), O'Riley (Mooy 61), Hatate (Giakoumakis 77); Meada (Jota 77), Furuhashi, Forrest (Abada 61)

Substitutes not used: Bain (GK); Abildgaard, Bernabei, Kobayashi

Manager: Ange Postecoglou Scorers: Maeda 5; Furuhashi 88 Booked: Starfelt

Referee: James Beaton

RE-LIVE HOW THE ACTION UNFOLDED WITH ADAM SHERGOLD BELOW 

 

 

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