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Celtic strolled to an easy win over Rangers at Celtic Park this afternoon to heap more misery on manager Alex McLeish. The victory stretches the Bhoys lead over their old-firm rivals to a massive fifteen points despite never getting out of second gear. Rangers recent record is shocking - only two wins in twelve games and with difficult matches against FC Porto and Hibernian away to come in the following week, the end is near for McLeish.

Gordon Strachan named the same side that had comfortably beaten Rangers only ten days earlier and his team got off to the best possible start with a goal after only twelve minutes. A careless ball by defender Alan Hutton gifted Shunsuke Nakamura possession of the ball and the Japanese star found Shaun Maloney in space. The Scottish international broke into the Rangers box and superbly found John Hartson for an easy finish. The goal set Celtic Park wild and immediately gave Rangers an uphill struggle to take anything from the game.

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Celtic comfortably reached the CIS Cup Semi-Final with a straight-forward 2-0 win over Rangers at Celtic Park. The result saw Gordon Strachan win his first old-firm match as manager which puts Celtic in a great position to pick up the first piece of silverware of the season. The scoreline heaps more pressure on Alex McLeish as his team's current form is abysmal having failed to win in nine out of their last eleven games.

An unchanged Celtic team from the weekends' defeat of Falkirk took to the field and started in a confident manner. Aiden McGeady who kept his place despite the availability of Alan Thompson was the first to test Stephan Klos in goal. His drive was easily dealt with by the German stopper. He also just failed to pick out John Hartson with a cross to the back post.

The initial stages were tight as Rangers pressing game was disrupting Celtic's flow. It took a piece of individual brilliance to brake the deadlock. Shaun Maloney picked the ball up just inside the...
Celtic achieved what Rangers and Hearts have both failed to do by winning at the Falkirk Staduim. The comfortable victory moved Celtic back to the top of the league and saw John Hartson score his 100th goal for the club.

Aiden McGeady who had not started since the 4-4 draw with Motherwell on the opening day of the season started the game as if had had been ever-present this season. The youngster made a couple of promising runs down the left flank but his final ball let him down.

Shaun Maloney who was playing as a striker due to Sutton's injury was first to get a glimpse of goal. After a nice move he blazed his shot over the top after connecting with a Paul Telfer cross. The Scot decided to take the shot early instead of taking a first touch and this was his undoing.

Celtic were looking comfortable and enjoying the bulk of possession. And it needed a a timely interception from Stephen O'Donnell to prevent Shunsuke Nakamura reaching another McGeady cross for a certain tap-in...
Celtic shown great belief and courage to come from behind to beat Dundee Utd at Tannadice in a six goal thriller. The result moved Celtic to the top of the SPL table for the first time under manager Gordon Strachan on what turned out to be a fantastic weekend for the Bhoys.

Celtic started in a sluggish manner and almost went behind after only four minutes. A loose pass back by defender Bobo Balde presented the home side with a good opportunity. Goalkeeper Artur Boruc attempted to prevent the ball going for a corner and was lucky to recover in time to block Peter Canero's attempt to slot the loose ball into the net.

Dundee Utd though would not have to wait long for an opening goal. Two minutes later Robson's in swinging corner flicked off the head of unfortunate Chris Sutton and into the Celtic striker's own net....
Celtic demolished a sorry Motherwell side to keep up the pressure on Hearts at the top of the table, and extend their lead over Rangers to eight points. It was a five star performance by the Hoops in which football was played the way it should be.

Celtic opened the scoring after only 14 minutes following a fine move. The ever impressive Petrov controlled Maloney's disguised pass close to the penalty spot and calmly slotted the ball past the helpless Smith in the Motherwell goal.

Two minutes later Celtic doubled the advantage after an impressive finish by Maloney. Craig Beattie found Maloney at the far post with a great cross and the youngster had time to control the ball before sending a low shot home from eight yards. The young Scot made the goal look easy as technically it was a very difficult finish.

Motherwell were being ripped apart with ease due to Celtic's slick one-touch passing and it was no surprise when Petrov grabbed his second of the evening after only a quarter...