The Morning Call (Sunday)

Rangers mark 50 years since disaster

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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.

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