Celtic vs Rangers LIVE – Sakala levels after Jota's early opener – Old Firm latest updates

THE blockbuster derby showdown between Celtic and Rangers is underway.

Ange Postecoglou's men can go nine clear with only three to play – and a vastly superior goal difference – with a win over their Glasgow rivals but the picture could still change if Giovanni van Bronckhorst's men can reduce the gap with a win at Celtic Park.

Rangers will be determined to make up for their Europa League defeat to RB Leipzig while Celtic will hope their travels have taken too much out of the Ibrox men ahead of this lunchtime showdown.

SunSport has all the latest news and build-up for you ahead of a giant clash.

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    RANGERS HIT THE POST!!

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    Huge save from Hart!

    Wright crosses the ball in to Arfield who takes a first time shot but it was parried by Hart.

    Hart was then called into action again a few seconds later but he caught the chance.

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    82' Starfelt puts Hart under pressure with a dangerous pass.

    The goalkeeper manages to clear but nearly slips on the ball as Kent and Sakala chase.

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    77' Celtic make a change as Maeda makes way.

    • OFF – Maeda
    • ON – Abada

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    76' Kent also picks up a YELLOW CARD for a high boot on Carter-Vickers.

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    76' Giakoumakis receives a YELLOW CARD for a late foul on Bassey.

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    73' Jota releases Ralston in the box and he attempts a cut-back to Rogic but it's cleared to safety before it reaches him.

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    69' Sakala with another great chance!

    He beats Carter-Vickers with pace and smashes the ball towards Hart who could only parry it behind for a corner.

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    67' Sakala picks the ball up on the edge of the box and he turns and fires the shot towards the Celtic goal with his left foot.

    Hart will be disappointed to let one in at his near post but he got some amount of power behind it.

    Great goal for Rangers, the game is back on!

    • David Robson

      GOOOOAAAAAALLLLL RANGERS!!

      SAKALA LEVELS THE SCORING!!

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      63' Barisic picks up a YELLOW CARD for a late challenge on Jota who has a free-kick in a dangerous position.

      He drilled the free-kick across the box along the ground but it was cleared by the Gers defence.

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      62' Rangers make a double change.

      • OFF – Sakala, Davis
      • ON – Wright, Jack

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      60' Celtic make a triple change.

      • OFF – Kyogo, O'Riley, Hatate
      • ON – Giakoumakis, Rogic, Bitton

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      57' Starfelt does brilliantly to deny yet another Rangers chance as he heads Tavernier's cross clear.

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      54' Another great chance for Celtic and Maeda.

      The ball dropped to him just inside the box and he turned and had a pop but he couldn't keep it down and on target.

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        53' Sakala rises highest as Barisic delivers from the left wing.

        Starfelt does well to clear the ball out for a corner.

        The set-piece leads to nothing also.

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        51' Carter-Vickers and Aribo collide and the Rangers midfielder stays down for a minute.

        He limps away as he returns to his feet.

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        50' McGregor stops Kent in his tracks as he darts into the middle.

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        49' Ralston is the first player to receive a YELLOW CARD.

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        46' The corner from Tavernier is a dangerous one and it falls to Goldson after a fumble in the box.

        But the defender's strike flies over the crossbar.

      • David Robson

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        46' Barisic fires the ball into the box but Carter-Vickers blocked it out for a corner.

      • David Robson

        WE ARE BACK UNDERWAY!

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        STAR HOOPS IN ATTENDANCE

        Celeb Celtic fans have made the trip to Parkhead to watch today's Old Firm clash.

        Premier League legend John Terry and Rod Stewart are among the famous names in attendance.

        John Terry wearing Celtic scarf
        Rod Stewart with his sons
      • David Robson

        HALF-TIME STATS

        The stats from the first 45, taken from Google.

      • David Robson

        HALF-TIME: CELTIC 1-0 RANGERS

        Celtic go into the break with the lead after a strong first half performance.

        It took them a while to get into the match as Rangers had the early chances of the game with Ryan Kent causing Anthony Ralston problems on the wing.

        Jota scores the opening goal

        But Celtic got their breakthrough when Jota beat Borna Barisic at the back post to smash the ball home.

        And they could have extended their lead through Kyogo and Daizen Maeda minutes later.

        Second half to follow.

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