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Rangers were unable to stop Celtic’s title charge as they produced one of the close football results of the weekend in the Scottish Premiership. Jota opened the scoring in the 21st minute before Fashion Sakala scored the equalizer in the 67th minute. The result meant that Celtic are six points ahead with three fixtures remaining including a game in hand.

Player ratings

Celtic: Ralston 6, Carter-Vickers 7, Starfelt 8, Taylor 6, McGregor 7, Hatate 6, O’Riley 6, Jota 7, Maeda 6, Kyogo 6
Subs: Rogic 5, Bitton 5, Giakoumakis 4, Abada n/a

Rangers: McGregor 6, Tavernier 7, Goldson 6, Bassey 6, Barisic 5, Lundstram 6, Davis 6, Arfield 6. Aribo 6, Kent 7, Sakala 7
Subs: Wright 5, Jack 6, Diallo n/a

Managers Reaction

Celtic boss Ange Postecoglou: “It was a cracking game. It was pretty tight and pretty tense. Ultimately, it was a good contest between two good teams. At the end, they’ve got nothing to lose so they throw everything at it. Three games to go, we’re in a good spot. Hopefully, a good performance against Hearts can push us a little closer.”

Rangers manager Giovanni van Bronckhorst: “We needed to win to close the gap to three points, we didn’t, we drew, but I think we did everything. I couldn’t ask for more, especially in the second half. We pushed really hard to come back into the game and had good opportunities to win the game, but in the end, we are two points short. We had a good performance today, physically we looked strong as well, and now we have three days to prepare for Leipzig. We have to show the same intentions and character we showed today on Thursday.”

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