Scottish Premier League Roundup, Feb. 28

BY foxsports • February 28, 2010

Maurice Edu's injury-time winner gave Rangers a 1-0 victory over 10-man Celtic in the big Old Firm game at Ibrox in the SPL on Sunday.

The American forced the ball home from close range with virtually the last kick of the match to give Walter Smith's side a potentially decisive 10-point lead in the Scottish Premier League title race.

Edu was on hand after Artur Boruc spilled a Madjid Bougherra shot and Kris Boyd failed to convert the rebound.

It was a dramatic end to a disappointing afternoon in front of a passionate Ibrox crowd.

Celtic though will surely feel aggrieved about the sending-off of Scott Brown midway through the second half.

He was given a straight red by referee Dougie McDonald after burying his head into the chest of Kyle Lafferty following a 50-50 challenge.

Meanwhile, Bougherra was booked inside the opening 10 minutes and stayed on the pitch despite a string of fouls afterwards.

That Brown dismissal really ended any hope of a Celtic victory which might have breathed new life into the title race.

Tony Mowbray's side started the game well with Robbie Keane - passed fit after a knee injury - twice testing Allan McGregor in the early going.

But Rangers also had their moments and Boruc had to save at the second attempt from Kenny Miller after the Rangers striker was put through by Boyd.

Edu came on as a substitute midway through the opening period for the injured Lee McCulloch, and with his first touch he found the net with a left-foot volley - only to see the strike disallowed for offside.

If anything, the second half was even poorer than the opening 45 minutes, with neither team producing any quality in the final third.

With Keane ineffective and the anonymous Aiden McGeady substituted on the hour, Celtic failed to go for the win they needed with any conviction.

And with a goalless draw looking certain, they paid a heavy price as Edu forced home that last-gasp winner.


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