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Rangers earn Old Firm draw as Murty frustrates Celtic again

Celtic 0-0 Rangers

Rangers Wes Foderingham saves on the line with Celtic's Scott Sinclair and Rangers James Tavernier looking on
Rangers Wes Foderingham saves on the line with Celtic's Scott Sinclair and Rangers James Tavernier looking on
Moussa Dembele of Celtic battles for possesion with James Tavernier of Rangers
Celtic's Moussa Dembele (left) and Rangers Alfredo Morelos (right) during the Scottish Premiership match at Celtic Park

Rangers have avoided defeat for only the second time in the last eight Old Firm derbies.

They could even have claimed their first top flight Old Firm win in almost six years, had striker Alfredo Morelos been more clinical in front of goal.

The visitors' top two chances both fell to the 21-year-old during an impressive second period, both from superb crosses from the outstanding James Tavernier.

The first forced an absolutely top drawer save from Craig Gordon, who somehow deflected the effort wide with his legs. But the second effort, an unmarked header, flew wide of goal when Morelos really should have at least worked Gordon again.

Those weren't the only chances a spirited Rangers created. Just five minutes into the match,  Morelos was handed a shooting opportunity when Celtic defender Mikael Lustig lost possession. He couldn't convert and neither could Tavernier on 48 when an acrobatic effort from Daniel Candeias' cross was tipped superbly over by Craig Gordon.

Celtic were also left to rue missed opportunities. They went closest on the stroke of half-time, when they really should have sent the home crowd into raptures. A neat one-two set Stuart Armstrong away on the right but his low cross was sent just wide by Scott Sinclair.

The hosts had created their fair share of chances during the first period. James Forrest saw an effort deflected agonisingly past the post. And soon after, Rangers managed to stave off danger from a goalmouth scramble. First Wes Foderingham saved Moussa Dembele's header and then Scott Sinclair's scuffed effort was stopped by the keeper after his first had been blocked.

It's the second time Graeme Murty has led Rangers to a draw at Celtic Park, having been in charge as caretaker boss for the 1-1 draw in March.

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