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Celtic's Callum McGregor scored an own goal and Nir Bitton was sent off when Steven Gerrards Rangers won the Old Firm Derby 1-0, opening a 19-point gap at the top of the Scottish Premier League

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It seems odd to point to January, which defines moments in a title race when Rangers are even before the kick-off in this Old Firm game Rangers held a 16-point lead. The win for Steven Gerrard’s team here – supported not least by the departure from Nir Bitton – certainly removes the lingering Celtic hope for a tenth title in a row. Celtic has three games in hand, but they need snooker now. or more precisely, an unlikely rangers implosion.

Celtic were the better team before Bitton’s moment of recklessness, which hit just past the hour. The previously ineffective Alfredo Morelos ran to chase a long ball just outside the box and the Israeli pulled it to the ground. Neil Lennon and his Celtic players complained little when Bobby Madden issued a red card. It was hard to avoid the occasional undoing of Celtic’s dreams of retaining the title.

The Rangers took off from there, despite a fortune tied to their goal. A swinging corner of James Tavernier was touched the slightest by Joe Aribo before Callum McGregor, the Celtic midfielder, saw the ball fly off his shoulder and into the net.

In the first half, Celtic was dominant. Allan McGregor saved from Odsonne Edouard and especially from Leigh Griffiths. McGregor and Griffiths shot wide before Bitton missed with a free header from David Turnbull’s corner. Celtic looked every inch like the team to win this game, but chances are they won’t take the opportunity.

The second period was before Bitton’s aberration. Leon Balogun brilliantly blocked Edouard after Morelos in the only really clear chance before sending off. In the following period, the game swung completely in favor of the Rangers. Her defense, which conceded only five goals in the entire season, never seemed to be injured even against Shane Duffy, who was used as a Celtic auxiliary striker. Gerrard has one hand and four fingers on the league cup.

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