USMNT’s Carter-Vickers the hero as Celtic secure huge win at Rangers
USMNT center back Cameron Carter-Vickers was the hero for Celtic as they beat Rangers 2-1 in a crucial Old Firm derby at Ibrox.
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The win extends Celtic’s lead atop the table to six points over second-place Rangers, as Ange Postecoglou’s side continue to improve in his debut season in charge and have a healthy advantage in the title race heading into the final 11 games of the season.
As for Giovanni van Bronckhorst, he is trying his best to steady the ship after Steven Gerrard left mid-season but this defeat is a hammer blow for the Dutch coach.
Celtic turn game on its head after Ramsey scores early
It was all going so well for the hosts as Rangers took the lead after just three minutes through Aaron Ramsey’s strike.
But Celtic scored twice in the first half to turn the game on its head. First, Tom Rogic scored just four minutes after Ramsey’s opener to cap a wild start.
Then came the winning moment, as USMNT center back Carter-Vickers finished to send the small contingent of away fans (visiting fans haven’t been permitted at Old Firm games since December 2019) wild.
Controversy as broken glass delays start to second half
There was a delay to the start of the second half as broken glass was cleared from the pitch, as a bottle was smashed close to the goal which Joe Hart and Celtic were defending. And defend it they did.
Rangers dominated the second half but Carter-Vickers, still just 24 years old, led the Celtic rearguard heroically as they cleared cross after cross and Rangers snatched at half chances.
This is a huge win for Celtic as they close in on a first league title since the 2019-20 season.