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Rangers vs Celtic Rangers end Celtic39;s fouryear cup reign

Rangers vs Celtic Rangers end Celtic39;s fouryear cup reign
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Rangers vs Celtic Rangers vs Celtic end Celtic's four-year reign cup Rangers

Sun, 18 Apr 2021 14:00:00 +0100

Rangers end Celtic's four-year Scottish Cup reign – and condemn them to a first trophyless season since 2010 – to reach the quarter-finals with Old Firm derby 

Last updated on .Rangers ended Celtic's four-year Scottish Cup reign – and condemned them to a first trophyless season since 2010 – to reach the quarter-finals with Old Firm derby victory at Ibrox.Steven Davis' overhead kick and a Jonjoe Kenny own goal before half-time decided a gripping, chance-laden game.Celtic's wasteful finishing culminated in Odsonne Edouard's weak penalty being saved in the closing stages.Steven Gerrard's side host St Johnstone in the last eight next weekend.Having crushed Celtic's bid for a 10th consecutive league title, Rangers are now three wins from adding the Scottish Cup after extending their 100% home record in domestic football this season.They showed a ruthless edge the visitors couldn't match as the Ibrox men made it five Old Firm games unbeaten, including four wins.Five years to the day since their last Scottish Cup defeat, a shootout loss to Rangers, Celtic again fell to their biggest rivals.

From the quadruple treble to empty handed in the space of four months.Celtic had their moments.

Plenty of them.

Stephen Welsh missed a glaring opportunity for an equaliser and Edouard and Mohamed Elyounoussi were the main culprits after the break.Ultimately, their lack of ruthlessness was clinically exposed by a Rangers side who gobbled up the two first-half chances that fell their way.Joe Aribo, the game's stand-out performer, was the architect of both, tormenting left-back Diego Laxalt who was put out of his misery when substituted at half-time.By then, the damage was done and would prove insurmountable.The opening scorer – Davis – was as unlikely as the goal's execution.

Aribo took possession wide right when referee Bobby Madden played advantage after Ryan Kent was clattered by Welsh 30 yards out.The midfielder jinked inside and tried a shot that rebounded off Kristoffer Ajer and looped into the air where 36-year-old Davis applied an acrobatic and emphatic finish for just his second goal of the season.

When Celtic roused themselves to respond, they ought to have been level.

Edouard's stinging shot drew a save from Allan McGregor before Ryan Christie dragged wide and Callum McGregor had a drive deflected narrowly over.John Kennedy's side kept up the pressure and young centre-back Welsh somehow fired away from goal at point-blank range from David Turnbull's delivery.Rangers hit back, with Nathan Patterson's raids down the right flank an impactful feature of their play.

The 19-year-old full-back darted past Laxalt and Scott Brown before lashing a shot into the side-netting.The second goal come from the same area as Rangers preyed on weak link Laxalt.

Aribo skinned the Uruguayan far too easily and his cutback was turned home by Kenny under pressure from Kent.Celtic – with Greg Taylor on for Laxalt at the break – had it all to do but resumed with intent as Turnbull's 20-strike brought an impressive diving stop from McGregor.Even better was to come from the Rangers goalkeeper, getting his body in the way of an Elyounoussi shot after the Norwegian danced past Filip Helander and Connor Goldson.

The rebound fell to Edouard, who flicked the ball too high from close range.Celtic's finishing was again their downfall when Elyounoussi took a heavy touch that allowed McGregor to gather after Edouard's square pass left the goal gaping.Rangers attempted to kill off the tie on the counter-attack, but Alfredo Morelos could only poke a shot at Scott Bain after the Celtic goalkeeper couldn't hold a thumping Kent effort.The hosts' lead looked set to be halved 11 minutes from time when Aribo pushed substitute Leigh Griffiths to concede a penalty.

Edouard's effort lacked power, though, as McGregor dived to his right to save.The final act was Griffiths lashing over from a corner in injury time, summing up Celtic's day as Rangers dream of a first double since 2011.Gerrard's Rangers have perfected the knack of beating Celtic without operating at their best.

The early lead gave them something to protect and they lived dangerously at times to weather the storm of Celtic's early second-half pressure and complete the task.Rangers have arguably been outperformed in the last three Old Firm games, but they have the mentality and talent to grind out a positive result.For Celtic, this defeat ends any chance interim manager Kennedy had of staying in the role beyond summer.

The club's miserable season is compounded by losing their Scottish Cup stranglehold to their biggest rivals and a summer clear-out awaits.Dominic McKay, who watched from the Ibrox stands as he prepares to officially start work as Celtic chief executive on Monday, has a busy time ahead.Rangers manager Steven Gerrard told Premier Sports: "We rode our luck at times but I don't think anyone could take it away from us that we deserved it."We won the league really early and from my point of view I've seen the boys come off it, but it was important we made a statement today."Celtic interim manager John Kennedy told Premier Sports: "We were too soft in our pressing in the first half.

Second half, we reacted well and were on the front foot.

But the big chances we had, we weren't clinical."In front of goal we didn't have enough belief.

When it stays 2-0, you have a mountain to climb."A return to Premiership action beckons for both sides in midweek.

Rangers are away to St Johnstone (19:00 BST) in a dress rehearsal for their cup quarter-final, while Celtic visit Aberdeen (19:45).Formation 4-4-2Formation 4-3-3Match ends, Rangers 2, Celtic 0.Second Half ends, Rangers 2, Celtic 0.Attempt missed.

Leigh Griffiths (Celtic) left footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is just a bit too high following a corner.Corner, Celtic.

Conceded by Connor Goldson.Ryan Kent (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.Albian Ajeti (Celtic) wins a free kick on the left wing.Foul by Connor Goldson (Rangers).Substitution, Celtic.

Albian Ajeti replaces Mohamed Elyounoussi.Borna Barisic (Rangers) is shown the yellow card.Corner, Rangers.

Conceded by Stephen Welsh.Corner, Rangers.

Conceded by Greg Taylor.Offside, Rangers.

Joe Aribo tries a through ball, but Kemar Roofe is caught offside.Attempt saved.

Kemar Roofe (Rangers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top left corner.

Assisted by Glen Kamara.Substitution, Rangers.

Kemar Roofe replaces Alfredo Morelos.Foul by Mohamed Elyounoussi (Celtic).Connor Goldson (Rangers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.Penalty saved! Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.Penalty Celtic.

Leigh Griffiths draws a foul in the penalty area.Penalty conceded by Joe Aribo (Rangers) after a foul in the penalty area.Attempt blocked.

Odsonne Edouard (Celtic) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked..

Rangers vs Celtic

Sun, 18 Apr 2021 14:00:00 +0100

Celtic's grip on the Scottish Cup has been ended after the Ibrox men edged closer to a double

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Celtic’s grip on the Scottish Cup has been ended after the Ibrox men edged closer to a double.Relentless Rangers ended Celtic's Scottish Cup dominance with an impressive win over the holders at Ibrox.

Steven Davis acrobatic strike and Jonjoe Kenny's own goal saw John Kennedy's hopes of lifting the Scottish Cup ended.

The visitors had a great chance to pull a goal back in the closing stages from the spot but Odsonne Edouard was denied by Allan McGregor.

It will give Steven Gerrard plenty of confidence that his side can go on to complete a double after their romp to the earliest Premiership title in history.The hosts took an early lead as Joe Aribo whipped a ball across the box that beat the Celtic defence and allowed Davis to smash an overhead kick past Scott Bain.

The visitors had a great chance to level the game as David Turnbull found Stephen Welsh yards out from goal, however the defender couldn’t direct the ball towards goal when it looked easier to score.

Things went from bad to worse for the Hoops as Aribo brushed off Diego Laxalt on the right wing to drive a dangerous ball across goal, that Jonjoe Kenny put into his own net to double the advantage.

In the second half Celtic looked set to reduce the deficit when Moi Elyounoussi’s run brought a terrific save out of McGregor, but the rebound fell to Odsonne Edouard in space.

With the goal at his mercy in the six-yard box, the Frenchman thumped the ball over the bar.

The striker turned provider minutes later for Elyounoussi as he claimed a loose Nathan Patterson pass.

However, the away side couldn’t capitalise on the mistake They had the perfect chance to pull a goal back going into the closing stages as sub Leigh Griffiths was hauled down in the box by Aribo.

Edouard stepped up to take the spot-kick, but McGregor kept the ball out from 12-yards.

It's not a result that will help John Kennedy's chances of getting the job on a permanent basis as the Hoops will go without silverware for the first time in over a decade.

With Rangers' 20-point advantage in the Premiership it's a reminder of the current gap between the sides.

Rangers: McGregor, Patterson, Goldson, Helander, Barisic, Davis, Kamara, Arfield, Aribo, Kent, Morelos Subs: McLaughlin, Tavernier, Bassey, Simpson, Zungu, Hagi, Itten, Roofe, Wright.Celtic: Bain, Brown, Turnbull, Kenny, Christie, Edouard, Elyounoussi, Ajer, McGregor, Welsh, Laxalt.

Subs: Barkas, Taylor, Bitton, Griffiths, Soro, Ajeti, Rogic, Montgomerie, Ralston.Stick with us for all the LIVE reaction.

Honest John Kennedy admits his Celtic side are in the midst of a confidence crisis after Rangers reinforced their dominance in Sunday's Scottish Cup win.

Odsonne Edouard has made his name in this fixture but he endured a torrid afternoon that was compounded by his penalty miss in the final 10 minutes.

And Kennedy pointed to his side's missing ruthless streak as the reason for the defeat.

Honest John Kennedy admits his Celtic side are in the midst of a confidence crisis after Rangers reinforced their dominance in Sunday's Scottish Cup win.Odsonne Edouard has made his name in this fixture but he endured a torrid afternoon that was compounded by his penalty miss in the final 10 minutes.And Kennedy pointed to his side's missing ruthless streak as the reason for the defeat.

READ MORE: John Kennedy rues Celtic's non existent 'belief' as interim boss holds hands up after toothless Rangers defeat

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard insists Allan McGregor should never have had to be a penalty hero as he took aim at referee Bobby Madden.

The Ibrox club took a 2-0 win over Celtic to march into the Scottish Cup quarter-finals but needed their goalkeeper in the second half.

Leigh Griffiths went down in the box under the challenge of Joe Aribo and Madden pointed to the spot.

McGregor went the right way to deny Odsonne Edouard but his manager feels the decision should never have been made in the first place.

Rangers manager Steven Gerrard insists Allan McGregor should never have had to be a penalty hero as he took aim at referee Bobby Madden.

The Ibrox club took a 2-0 win over Celtic to march into the Scottish Cup quarter-finals but needed their goalkeeper in the second half.

Leigh Griffiths went down in the box under the challenge of Joe Aribo and Madden pointed to the spot.McGregor went the right way to deny Odsonne Edouard but his manager feels the decision should never have been made in the first place.

Heartbroken John Hartson has laid bare the scale of the rebuild at Celtic following Scottish Cup defeat to Rangers.Steven Gerrard's side got the better of their rivals at Ibrox to consign the Hoops to their first season without silverware in over a decade.Before the season kicked off, Hartson admits he thought the side would have cruised to their 10th consecutive Premiership title – talking about a run of 14 behind closed doors.However, the Parkhead hero is now concerned about the scale of the recruitment drive needed on the pitch with no manager in place.READ MORE: John Hartson delivers emotional Celtic address as heartbroken former star reveals what he told friendsWhile Diego Laxalt was left chasing the ball, and Jonjoe Kenny put it into the net, Derek McInnes believs the fault lies elsehwere for Celtic's second goal.

On Premier Sports he insisted that Kris Ajer should have been back helping his teammates to prevent the strike.

He's far too easy beat Laxalt.

I just thunk he's too easy beat and Ajer has to fill the space.

It makes Kenny last out at it.

Ajer has to be better there."

Rangers took a giant step towards a first domestic double since 2009 as they inflicted Celtic’s first Scottish Cup defeat in five years to ensure their rivals will finish a wretched season trophyless.

An acrobatic Steven Davis opener and an own goal from on-loan Everton full back Jonjoe Kenny earned Steven Gerrard’s men victory in the last-16 tie at Ibrox to set up a quarter final clash.

Celtic had chances of their own but squandered them all – including Odsonne Edouard ’s penalty 15 minutes from time which was saved by Allan McGregor who was once again heroic between the sticks.

READ MORE: 5 talking points as Rangers end Celtic’s Scottish Cup dominance and move closer to the Double

Rangers took a giant step towards a first domestic double since 2009 as they inflicted Celtic’s first Scottish Cup defeat in five years to ensure their rivals will finish a wretched season trophyless.An acrobatic Steven Davis opener and an own goal from on-loan Everton full back Jonjoe Kenny earned Steven Gerrard’s men victory in the last-16 tie at Ibrox to set up a quarter final clash.Celtic had chances of their own but squandered them all – including Odsonne Edouard ’s penalty 15 minutes from time which was saved by Allan McGregor who was once again heroic between the sticks.READ MORE: 5 talking points as Rangers end Celtic’s Scottish Cup dominance and move closer to the DoubleRangers continue their bid for the Scottish Cup as they knock out the holders thanks to Steven Davis goal and Jonjoe Kenny's own goal.

The holders had their chances, most notably Odsonne Edouard's penalty that was saved by Allan McGregor.However, John Kennedy won't be adding to the trophy haul this season.We're in injury time at Ibrox.

The clock is ticking down on Celtic's season.

Kennedy's men are thumping long balls forward to the front three but no clear cut chances as we approach the 90 minute mark.

All three strikers are on for the visitors as Elyounoussi is replaced.

The Croatia cap is shown a yellow for time wasting.

Taylor gets a crucial touch to Kemar Roofe's dangerous ball to stop Joe Aribo tapping the ball into the net from six yards out.

The penalty miss sums up the afternoon for the Celtic striker.

The attacker gets a sight on goal and fires at the Celtic goal.However, it's comfortably saved by Bain.

Steven Gerrard looks to his bench.

Edouard's spot-kick is kept out of the net by Allan McGregor who guesses the right way.

Edouard's free-kick falls into the path of Griffiths who is tugged back by Aribo!It's a free-kick on the edge of the box in a central position.

Turnbull delivers a decent ball into the box but Scott Arfield is first to the ball.

He headers it to the feet of Kenny, who blazes the shot well over the bar.

Ajer is caught by the elbow of the Rangers man.

The striker replaces Ryan Christie.

Missed chances aren't a badge of honour for Celtic.

They cannot accept missing a glut of upportunties every time they play their biggest rivals.

That appears it's going to be the case for the third consecutive contest.

But Rangers appear the savvy team, able to ride their luck and strike when their foes pass up chances.

Rangers might not have the ball but they are in control.

The defender is able to continue.

An awkward collision leaves the Norweigan with a shoulder knock.

However, Allan McGregor is quick off his line to clear the danger.

McGregor gets a glove to the ball but it's to Welsh on the edge of the box.It's an awkward one for the young defender and he lofts the shot well over the bar.

Kent turns away from Scott Brown and releases a thundering effort at goal.

Bain gets to the ball but palms it to the feet of Morelos.The Colombian can't make a clean connection with the rebound and puts the ball straight at Bain.

Celtic have had two golden chance to reduce the deficit so far in the second half.

Rangers are sitting in and picking their moments to attack after a couple of scares.

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– April 18, 2021
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