Hill, Rangers fight back for Old Firm draw

"Celtic players Stuart Armstrong, Scott Brown, and Nir Bitton celebrate Armstrong's first-half goal during Sunday's Old Firm Derby. Celtic drew with Rangers 1-1." (Credit to Sky Sports.)
“Rangers players celebrate after teammate Clint Hill equalized for a 1-1 draw at Glasgow rivals Celtic.” (Credit to Sky Sports.)

After a horrid February in the SPFL, Rangers F.C. earned a late draw at the expense of Glasgow rivals Celtic on Sunday. 

In the fourth Old Firm meeting of the season in all competitions, Rangers F.C. were looking for their first victory over Scottish leaders Celtic at Celtic Park. It was also the final game in charge for Rangers caretaker manager Graeme Murty.

Brendan Rodgers‘ side look likely to lift their sixth consecutive league crown come April, but would have loved to continue their dominance over their local rivals.

18 minutes in, Moussa Dembele forced the first save out of Rangers keeper Wes Foderingham. Martyn Waghorn‘s 24th minute effort forced a kick-save out of Celtic keeper Craig Gordon.

Stuart Armstrong had the best chance of the half, when his 30th minute right-footed free-kick was saved by Foderingham. However, five minutes later, Armstrong put Celtic in front 1-0 with a left-footed strike to the bottom right corner. It was the 24-year-old’s 10th league goal of the campaign.

In the second half, Celtic were unable to beat Foderingham for a second time to extend their lead. Dembele and Armstrong saw efforts saved, which kept the visitors in the match.

Rangers finally got their equalizer in the 87th minute as 38-year-old defender Clint Hill rifled in a rebound for his first goal of the season. Emerson Hyndman‘s strong effort forced a save from Gordon, but the Celtic keeper wasn’t able to hang on as Hill pounced on the rebound.

It would be the last real action in the match, which saw the Glasgow sides share the spoils in a 1-1 draw. Foderingham made six saves for Rangers, while Gordon made four for Celtic.

The draw snapped Celtic’s 22-match winning run in league play, and saw them drop points for only the second time this season. Rangers, who are hanging onto third place in the SPFL table, will hope this sparks them to a strong league finish.

According to BBC Sport, this was also the first time Celtic were denied victory since Manchester City held the Hoops to a 3-3 Champions League draw back in December.

Celtic will look for revenge when the two sides meet for the final time this season in a Scottish Cup semifinal at Hampden Park on April 23rd. The Hoops eliminated Rangers in a Scottish League Cup semifinal back in October 2016.

As for league play, Celtic travel to Dundee a week from today, while Rangers welcome Hamilton to Ibrox a day prior.

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