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Flanagan Elbow The Flashpoint As Rangers Ease To Old Firm Victory

Rangers were the comfortable victors in the final Old Firm derby of the season as they ran out 2-0 winners against rivals Celtic at Ibrox.

Neil Lennon’s side were going into this game as champions having already wrapped up their eighth league title in a row with victory over Aberdeen last week.

Controversy was aplenty heading into this game with Rangers refusing to give the visitors a traditional guard of honour however it was the home side who started the brightest as they opened the scoring early through James Tavernier.

At 1-0 up early in the second half, Rangers arguably should have been reduced to ten men when defender Jon Flanagan was only given a yellow for a clear elbow on Celtic captain Scott Brown.

Flanagan stayed on the pitch despite the seemingly dangerous play as Rangers went on to grab their second goal thanks to Scott Arfield as they wrapped up an Ibrox Old Firm double this season.

The result will no doubt be disappointing for Celtic but won’t do much to dampen their spirits after clinching their eight Scottish Premier League title in a row.

Speaking after the game, manager Neill Lennon spoke of his disappointment at the result and the quality of play from his side at Ibrox.

“I’ve told the boys what’s expected of them. We were looking for a reaction, even at half-time, and we didn’t get one.

“They’ve got to have a look at themselves today and decide that performance is unacceptable. Even though they’ve been brilliant for a long period of time.

“Rangers wanted it more today than we did and that’s the biggest criticism you can aim at the players.

“We’ve got a good group and they just let themselves down today.

“I’m disappointed with the quality of play, I’m disappointed with the tempo, disappointed with a lot of aspects of the game today.

“You’ve got to give credit to Rangers. The game today seemed to mean more to them than it did to us.”

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Author: Oisin McQueirns

Oisin McQueirns is a digital journalist at Pundit Arena. Massive fan of Leeds United, Ric Flair and Trusting The Process. Contact him here oisin@punditarena.com