Glasgow (AFP) – Celtic has wasted the opportunity to pass the first Scottish Premiership defeat of the season to Rangers as the champions drew one-on-one at Old Farm Derby on Sunday.
The Rangers, who finished the title with a few weeks to spare, are trying to complete the entire campaign without losing the league.
Steven Gerrard’s team has faced Celts for the first time since their Glasgow rivals broke the bid to win the Scottish Premiership ten times in a row.
The Rangers lag behind the short-distance header of Mohammed El Yunho from the cross of Odsonne Edouard at Parkhead in the 23rd minute.
However, Alfredo Morelos led the equalizer after Leon Balogun flicked the corner of Borna Barisic in the 38th minute.
This was the first goal of Colombian striker Morelos’ 13 old firm derby.
Ryan Kent almost won for the Rangers in the last few minutes when his great strike at a tight angle was pushed away by Scott Bain.
However, neither team deserved a tight encounter as the Rangers extended their undefeated streak to 33 league matches.
“To stay undefeated from a league perspective, we offer everything we’ve gained in the rest of the game,” Gerrard said.
“Obviously, the Scottish Cup is a priority because it’s an opportunity to win another trophy.”
The Rangers are 20 points away from second-placed Celtic, who played three times against their hated neighbors in the league this season, leaving another derby to face their first defeat.
From the undefeated season of 2016-17, Ebrox costumes can no longer match Celtic’s 106-point long range.
“I think we sometimes had a slightly long-legged face. It seemed a bit lacking in energy,” Gerrard said.
“Listen, we’re away from home. We’re champions. We scored 7 out of 9 in an old firm match, but we’re still 20 clear. This is better than them for us. Is also a positive result. “
Celtic caretaker boss John Kennedy added: I thought we were dominant in most games.
“The Rangers scored a disappointing set piece goal and there were one or two small stramashes in the box, but otherwise I thought we were in good control of them.
“We created many opportunities ourselves. We should have taken a penalty kick when Odsonne was fouled.”
Both players chose not to grab their knees before the kick-off and instead opposed racism.
Rangers midfielder Glen Kamara was prompted for this move after Gerrard’s men were racistly abused by Slavia Prague’s Ondrey Coudela after losing in the last 16-second leg of the Europa League on Thursday. ..
Celtic captain Scott Brown also spoke to Kamala as the team warmed up to provide his support.
– Soccer Sports
Celtic’s miss chance to finish the Rangers undefeated run with an old firm draw
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