Celtic FC went ten points clear at the top of the Scottish Premier League after beating rivals Rangers FC 2-1 thanks to goals from Joos Valgaeren and Henrik Larsson on Sunday.
Visiting side Rangers had started the brighter of the two teams at Celtic Park stadium but failed to take any of the chances they created in the opening half hour while the hosts were mostly restricted to long shots.
Celtic started the second period much better and finally scored in the 58th minute. Dianbodo Balde headed Stilian Petrov's cross back across the face of goal and Belgian international Valgaeren slid in to fire home from close range.
Larsson wins penalty
Eleven minutes later Celtic scored again, when Larsson went down in the box under the challenge of Bert Konterman. Larsson himself converted the spot kick. Rangers then seemed in disarray, and their frustrations were highlighted by a dispute between coach Dick Advocaat and defender Michael Ball when the player was substituted.
Celtic in control
Rangers did manage a consolation through Peter Lovenkrands in the 76th minute, but it was too little, too late. Although much of the season remains, Celtic find themselves in a commanding position at the summit while Rangers, in second place, seem a long way behind.
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