The Morning Call (Sunday)
Rangers mark 50 years since disaster
Rangers took a huge step toward its first top-tier title in a decade after Steven Gerrard’s team beat Glasgow rival Celtic 1-0 on Saturday, with the Old Firm derby played exactly 50 years since the I br ox disaster. A tale of two Mc Greg ors came together to extend the Light Blues’ lead at the top of Scotland’s Premiership division to 19 points. The result placed Neil Lennon’s future as Celtic boss in fresh doubt. It might have been a different story had Gers keeper Allan McGregor (above) not pulled off three world-class saves, including brilliant finger-tipping Leigh Griffiths’ strike onto the post. Celtic was unable to capitalize on a dominant first half. The visitors left themselves vulnerable to a sucker punch and so it proved after the break. Callum McGregor put the ball into his own net just seven minutes after Nir Bitton had been sent off. There was a brief angry exchange between Lennon and the Rangers bench after Alfredo Morelos planted his studs onto Jeremie Frimpong’s foot. The coronavirus pandemic saw Gers chiefs planning a scaled-back tribute to remember the 66 fans who lost their lives in a crush on Jan. 2, 1971.