GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Maurice Edu of Rangers tackles Beram Kayal of Celtic during the Clydesdale Bank Premier League match between Rangers and Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on September 18, 2011 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Rangers Vs. Celtic, 2011 Scottish Premier League: Gers Win 4-2 In Instant Classic

Celtic scared Rangers by taking a lead into halftime, but the Gers put in a brilliant second half performance to win 4-2 in a fantastic match.

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Rangers Vs. Celtic, 2011 Scottish Premier League: Full Time, Gers Win First Old Firm Derby 4-2

One Old Firm Derby down, two to go. Rangers are top of the Scottish Premier League and have the upper hand in their cross-town rivalry after Sunday afternoon's encounter, beating Celtic 4-2 at the Ibrox Stadium in an absolutely fantastic match for the neutrals. Celtic went into halftime with a lead, but a brilliant second half performance by Rangers has given them a deserved home win.

Steven Naismith put Rangers on the board early in the first half, but Celtic took the lead with two unanswered goals on bad errors. Gary Hooper scored the equalizer in the 34th minute, kept onside by Carlos Bocanegra's failure to step up, and that was quickly followed by a Badr El Kaddouri goal on an Allan McGregor howler.

Rising star Nikica Jelavic, the subject of multiple transfer bids over the summer, would bring Rangers level in the 55th minute, scoring on a great header off of a Steven Davis cross. Rangers continued to push forward and would find their winner in the 67th, thanks to some persistence by Kyle Lafferty, as well as some bad defending. After a lengthy scramble in the box during which Celtic should have cleared, Lafferty eventually took the ball around Fraser Forster and placed it into the back of the net, giving his team the lead.

Things continued to go downhill for Celtic throughout the second half. Charlie Mulgrew was sent off in the 75th minute for a second yellow card, killing their chances at a comeback. In stoppage time, Steven Naismith added a second goal - his sixth in seven league games - putting the icing on the cake in a fantastic win for the home side.


Rangers Vs. Celtic Live, 2011 Scottish Premier League: Halftime, Hoops Lead 2-1 At Ibrox

Last season, a couple of the Old Firm derbies were a bit uneventful and much more about physical play and conservative defending than any kind of skill or attacking play. The first match of this season between Celtic and Rangers has been anything but that so far, as Celtic leads 2-1 at halftime at Ibrox Stadium.

Rangers got off to a fantastic start with a goal by Steven Naismith in the 23rd minute, and at that point, it was no more than Rangers' play deserved. Naismith has been on an absolute tear to start the year, scoring four goals prior to that opener.

Things went downhill for Rangers from there, though. Gary Hooper equalized with a great finish to the far post in the 34th minute, assisted by the supposedly injured but now fit Scott Brown. United States captain and new Rangers signing Carlos Bocanegra was at fault as a lack of chemistry between Bocanegra and his new teammates became apparent. He failed to step up with the rest of his back line, keeping Hooper onside for the goal.

Badr El Kaddouri scored Celtic's second in the 41st minute, though he can hardly take credit. His shot was average, but Allan McGregor completely failed to deal with it and let an easy shot go by him, letting Celtic take the lead on an absolute howler. 

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