Glasgow Celtic has defeated Rangers 3-2 for the second Old Firm win in 10 days. The Hoops are now ahead of Rangers by five points in the SPL race.
Today's win, though not as convincing as last weeks 2-1 victory, ended in a 3-2 win in front of a frenzied Parkhead crowd that saw Scott McDonald score twice and Barry Robson net from the spot in a contreversial fashion.
Celtic immediately left their mark when Scott McDonald helped the Bhoys to a 1-0 lead, though he seemed to be offside before he recieved a header from Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink to put the ball in the back of the net.
Paul Hartley (l to r) Aiden McGeady, Lee Naylor and Scott McDonald celebrate after Celtic's opening in the 4th minute.
Rangers wouldn't stand idly by as Celtic won the match though, and after a few clear chances from Rangers, David Weir equalized from a corner in the 17th minute.
With both sides level, the players went back and forth, switching from defense to attack and creating lots of chances on goal.
Celtic were keen on adding to their tally, but it was the Gers who went ahead in the 29th minute off another corner that saw Daniel Cousin head home.
As halftime neared, Scott McDonald leveled for Celtic with a clever chip off an Aiden McGeady pass over Neil Alexander's head to tie the game at 2-2.
After the break both sides came out strong, with Rangers' Nacho Novo missing a good chance. Both sides' back lines also recieved knocks, with David Weir and Stephen McManus both getting subbed off early in the second half.
Celtic finally received their chance to win when Kirk Broadfoot took down McDonald inside the box. Barry Robson took the penalty kick from the slot and put Celtic ahead 3-2 in the 70th minute.
Rangers looked defeated after the penalty and never came close to leveling again, and when the final whistle blew Celtic jumped farther up the table with a now 5 point lead over Rangers.
Celtic can increase this lead to 8 points next Saturday if they beat Motherwell.
As a Celtic fan, I can say that this game was bearing down on me all week, and it's great to see the Bhoys pull away with another win, keeping their hopes of winning the SPL alive.
Parkhead exploded when Barry Robson put Celtic ahead in the 70th minute. Celtic fans can finally breathe now that the final Old Firm Derby of the season ended in a Celtic victory.