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Two-goal Samaras sinks Rangers in Old Firm derby

Published: Sunday 2 January 2011, 17.00CET
Georgios Samaras struck his first league goals of the season as Celtic FC opened up a four-point advantage over Rangers FC courtesy of a 2-0 triumph against their Glasgow rivals.
Two-goal Samaras sinks Rangers in Old Firm derby
Neil Lennon was delighted with his team's display at Ibrox ©Getty Images
Published: Sunday 2 January 2011, 17.00CET

Two-goal Samaras sinks Rangers in Old Firm derby

Georgios Samaras struck his first league goals of the season as Celtic FC opened up a four-point advantage over Rangers FC courtesy of a 2-0 triumph against their Glasgow rivals.

Two goals from Georgios Samaras, his first in the Scottish Premier League this term, earned Celtic FC a 2-0 win against Rangers FC in the second Old Firm derby of the season.

Following a first half when Rangers' Lee McCulloch came closest with a glancing header which Emilio Izaguirre cleared via the aid of his own crossbar, Samaras rewarded Celtic for their enterprising start to the second period with the opener on 62 minutes. Running on to Joe Ledley's long pass, the Greece striker beat Rangers goalkeeper Allan McGregor to the ball and stroked it into the unguarded net.

Samaras, without a goal for Celtic since he hit a hat-trick in a League Cup tie in September, added his second from the spot after being clipped by Madjid Bougherra. The victory gives Neil Lennon's side a four-point lead over their fierce rivals at the summit, though Rangers do have two games in hand.

Lennon, who was without nine players because of injury, suspension and international call-ups, said: "It's a huge result. Going into the game I don't think many people give us much of a chance coming here to play a good Rangers team. There was real determination about the team today and once they got over the initial flurry that happens in Old Firm games I thought we were by far the better side."  

Last updated: 02/01/11 18.12CET

Results

Scottish Premier League 2010/11

Matches
HomeAway
Last updated: 28/06/2011 14:49 CET

02/01/2011

St JohnstoneSt Johnstone1-0InvernessInverness

Samuel 85

Venue: St Johnstone

02/01/2011

RangersRangers0-2CelticCeltic

Samaras 62, 70 (p)

Venue: Glasgow

01/01/2011

HamiltonHamilton0-0MotherwellMotherwell

Venue: Hamilton

01/01/2011

AberdeenAberdeen1-1Dundee UnitedDundee United

Maguire 36

Goodwillie 90+5

Venue: Aberdeen

01/01/2011

HeartsHearts1-0HibernianHibernian

Kyle 86

Venue: Edinburgh

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