Rangers 5-1 Celtic (Nov 2000)
RANGERS have played in many classic matches through the years and in this new series of features we’ll remember some of the best.
THE GERS went a long way to avenging the embarrassment of their 6-2 defeat to Celtic on August 27, 2000 with a resounding victory over their oldest rivals at Ibrox.
Captain Barry Ferguson gave the home side a half-time lead and although Henrik Larsson drew Celtic level, goals by Tore Andre Flo, Ronald de Boer, Lorenzo Amoruso and substitute Michael Mols sealed Rangers’ win.
The dismissal of Celtic’s Alan Thompson after 65 minutes did little to help the Celtic cause.
On the day, however, all the heroes were wearing blue, with Amoruso and Ferguson particularly outstanding.
The margin of victory could, and probably should, have been greater as Rangers ought to have been two in front inside the opening four minutes.
Powerful play by Reyna allowed Albertz to release the debutant Flo, but with Douglas advancing to narrow the angle, the Norwegian lifted the ball over the keeper but agonisingly wide of goal.
De Boer was then presented with an even more clear-cut opportunity two minutes later after an horrific defensive mix-up between Mjallby and Douglas.
But with the goal gaping, the Dutchman hit his left-foot shot over the crossbar.
Celtic came into the match after the opening 15 minutes of Rangers pressure with Thompson was off-target with a free kick and Valgaeren blasting wide after a Larsson lay-off.
The visitors’ best move came in 24 minutes when Agathe left Numan for dead and when Larsson released Sutton, it required a good challenge by Amoruso to cut out the danger.
Shortly after the half-hour mark, the home team took the lead with a move of devastating precision.
Starting on the left, the ball was played across field to Reyna and the American released his pass to the onrushing Ferguson at exactly the right moment.
The Rangers captain kept his head to calmly slide the ball past the stranded Douglas.
Minutes later, Sutton had loud claims for a penalty waved away as Ferguson raised his hands to protect himself from a fierce Petrov shot but the game was settled in an explosive second half.
Amoruso and Sutton, who fought out an enthralling battle throughout the match, were given yellow cards for their troubles early in the second period, joining Reyna, Valgaeren and Thompson in referee Willie Clark’s book.
Larsson then brought Celtic right back into the game with an excellent glancing header having found space between Wilson and Amoruso from Thompson’s corner.
Almost immediately, however, Rangers regained the lead when Albertz headed de Boer’s corner against the bar but Flo was on hand to flick the ball into the net.
The game went beyond the visitors in 65 minutes when Alan Thompson was shown the red card for his second bookable offence – a clattering challenge on Ferguson.
Flo could have got a second with a delicate chip that was well saved by Douglas, but de Boer put Rangers 3-1 up from the resultant corner, rising unchallenged at the back post.
Amoruso capped a fine performance with Rangers’ fourth – another header from a corner as Celtic’s defence collapsed.
Mols, on for Kenny Miller, then marked his Old Firm debut with a fine goal after excellent play by Albertz.
RANGERS: Klos, Reyna, Konterman, Wilson, Amoruso, Numan, de Boer, Ferguson, Albertz, Miller, Flo.
SUBS: Mols, Tugay, McCann, Ross, Christiansen.
CELTIC: Douglas, Agathe, Boyd, Valgaeren, Mjallby, Petta, Petrov, Thompson, Moravcik, Larsson, Sutton.
SUBS: Mahe, McNamara, Johnson, Healy, Gould.
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