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Goldson double earns Rangers Old Firm win

Defender Connor Goldson is the toast of Rangers after scoring twice to give his side a 2-0 win at Celtic and open up an early four-point lead over their great Old Firm rivals at the top of Scotland's Premiership.

Played behind closed doors due to coronavirus restrictions and thus stripped of its usual noise, colour and bitterness, the famous Glasgow derby was laid bare as a simple football contest - and Steven Gerrard's side came out on top.

Gers defender Goldson headed in a James Tavernier free-kick after nine minutes and then poked in from close range nine minutes after the break to record back-to-back wins for Rangers at Parkhead for the first time since 1995.

It was Celtic's first defeat in nine game in all competitions, although they have a game in hand over Rangers with a long title fight still to come.

It was a fine win for the visitors but any analysis of the game had to acknowledge that it was not Celtic's strongest side.

Nir Bitton, Hatem Elhamed and Ryan Christie were unavailable due to coronavirus issues and Odsonne Edouard was just declared free to play after testing positive but missing, with James Forrest and Christopher Jullien still injured.

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