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Fashion Sakala’s equalizer puts The Hoops’ title celebrations on hold

todayMay 1, 2022

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Rangers’ Fashion Sakala celebrates after making it 1-1.

 

Celtic’s title celebrations are on hold after Fashion Sakala’s second-half strike earned Rangers a draw in the final Old Firm game of the season.

 

Celtic knew victory would all but guarantee the title and Jota volleyed in the opener to send them on their way.

Gers striker Sakala levelled in the 68th minute with a powerful drive, but the draw keeps Rangers six points behind the Hoops with only three fixtures remaining.

Celtic’s superior goal difference of 19 means it would take a notable and unlikely turnaround to keep the title at Ibrox.

Celtic had lost to their bitter rivals after extra-time in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Hampden Park two weeks ago and revenge was also in the air.

The home crowd vented frustration at their side but that soon turned to cheers when Jota, on loan from Benfica, got clear from Gers defender Borna Barisic and knocked in a cross from Maeda.

Celtic went on the front foot as the Light Blues tried to compose themselves.

In the 31st minute, after Arfield had conceded possession, Jota headed a cross from midfielder Reo Hatate over the bar.

Then Furuhashi knocked a shot over the bar from a Maeda cross before Maeda headed a cross from Matt O’Riley past the post.

 

The Govan men worked their way back into the game but Celtic should have added to their lead, unmarked Furuhashi hooking a shot over the bar from a cross from Maeda, who then headed past the post with only McGregor to beat.

Rangers started the second half with promise and defender Connor Goldson blasted over the bar following a Tavernier corner and then Maeda hastily flashed a shot over the bar at the other end.

Postecoglou made a triple substitution on the hour mark with Giakoumakis, Tom Rogic and Nir Bitton on for Furuhashi, Hatate and O’Riley.

For Rangers, Davis was replaced by Jack with Wright on for Aribo and, four minutes later, the visitors were level when Sakala combined with Kent before rifling a low drive past Hart at his near post.

 

Fashion Sakala finishes off a fine move as Rangers draw level in the Old Firm clash at Celtic Park

 

The Celtic keeper perhaps should have done better but he then tipped a powerful drive from the Zambia international over the bar with Sakala then heading the subsequent corner over.

The game sped from end to end with ferocious pace.

 

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