December 29, 2019 / 4:06 PM / 19 days ago

Rangers close gap on Celtic with 2-1 win in 'Old Firm' derby

Soccer Football - Scottish Premiership - Celtic v Rangers - Celtic Park, Glasgow, Britain - December 29, 2019 Rangers' Nikola Katic celebrates scoring their second goal Action Images via Reuters/Lee Smith

(Reuters) - Rangers beat Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic 2-1 to claim their first win at Celtic Park since 2010, with goals from Ryan Kent and Nikola Katic allowing Steven Gerrard’s side to reduce the gap at the top to two points on Sunday.

Rangers, on 50 points, have a game in hand on Celtic, on 52.

Kent opened the scoring in the “Old Firm” derby in the 36th minute when the unmarked winger latched on to Borna Barisic’s low cross to whip his shot home, minutes after Ryan Christie’s penalty for Celtic was saved by Allan McGregor.

Celtic equalised just before halftime when Callum McGregor’s shot was deflected into the net off the arm of Odsonne Edouard.

However, Rangers reclaimed the lead in the 56th minute when Katic scored from a corner with a header at the near post.

Rangers lost forward Alfredo Morelos to a stoppage time red card - his seventh at the club in three seasons - when he received a second booking for a dive in the box.

Reporting by Rohith Nair in Bengaluru; Editing by Andrew Cawthorne

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