Celtic´s destination is now in their own hands after the 0-0 draw at Ibrox with Rangers on Sunday. Their cross-city rivals cannot now win the SPL title without relying on the Hoops dropping points in the remaining five games.
Sunday´s goalless stalemate was just about the right result despite Giorgios Samaras seeing his 83rd minute spot-kick brilliantly saved by keeper Allan McGregor. In a game played in a fiercely competitive spirit there was a spate of chances for both sides, yet the 0-0 scoreline means Celtic will knock Rangers off top spot if they can win or draw their game in hand.
After the match, in contrast to the Scottish Cup game of just over a month ago, Neil Lennon shook hands with Rangers assistant manager Ally McCoist and manager Walter Smith, who was taking charge of the Gers for the final time in an Old Firm match.
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Hoops chase Everton striker.
The Sunday Mirror says Celtic are set to rival Derby County in a bid to sign Everton´s England Under-21 striker James Vaughan. Vaughan is currently on loan at Crystal Palace but it is thought the Eagles will not exercise their option of making the deal permanent despite him being available for just £1m.
The 22-year-old, who became the Premier League´s youngest-ever scorer in 2005, has seen his career punctuated by a series of injuries and has spent the last eighteen months on loan at Derby County, Leicester City and Crystal Palace.
The player was set to join the Hoops on loan in the last transfer window, but an administrative error prevented the move and he returned to Palace for a second loan spell lasting until the end of the season.
Walter Smith has parting shot.
Rangers manager Walter Smith has bowed out of his final Old Firm game with a parting shot at rivals Celtic, reports the Press Association.
Asked about the spot-kick awarded to the Hoops after a foul on Anthony Stokes, Smith said: “It is not a penalty kick. But they got it and Allan McGregor saved it and Celtic will be happy now because their whole campaign this season has been the fact they have been asking for decisions.”
He added: “Well, they got one and Allan McGregor saved it. That’s it. The whole of the season, all we have heard is that Celtic do not get penalty kicks.
“They got one and they tried to get another one as well and both of them were exactly the same in my mind – both of the players ran into the players and they were not penalties.”