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Beattie (right) celebrates his late winning goal at Hampden
Beattie (right) celebrates his late winning goal at Hampden
Substitute Craig Beattie fired a late goal to secure Scotland the points in Alex McLeish's first game in charge against an impressive Georgia side.

Kris Boyd opened the scoring, heading home from a precise Gary Teale cross in the 11th minute.

Zurab Khizanishvili and Giorgi Demetradze went close for the visitors, before Shota Arveladze stooped to head a deserved equaliser after 39 minutes.

Scotland toiled until Beattie popped up to drill home an 88th-minute clincher

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Rangers fans to tackle sectarian behaviour with ‘self-policing’ move...

Rangers supporters yesterday launched a major "self-policing" campaign to tackle sectarian behaviour.

Fans' groups said they aim to "isolate and shame" those who are "bringing the club into serious disrepute".

The move follows claims of sectarian singing at the recent Uefa Cup match in Spain against Osasuna.

The new initiative was drawn up after a meeting between Rangers supporters and the club. Supporters' groups said they will self-police at domestic away matches until the end of the season and will then meet the club to review fan behaviour.

If there is "unsatisfactory" behaviour the suspension of ticket allocations for away games in Europe will be considered. Rangers chairman Sir David Murray, chief executive Martin Bain, and various supporters associations revealed the plans in a joint statement issued yesterday.

A code of conduct is to be drawn up for Rangers supporters which will be developed into a fans' charter. The club will present the finished guidelines to Uefa. Condemning sectarian singing by some Rangers fans at the match, the statement said: "We are agreed that the strongest possible action should be taken by the club and supporters against people who continue to indulge in sectarian behaviour."

Celtic chairman Brian Quinn backed Rangers' initiative and said he believed the Parkhead club's own efforts to eradicate "objectionable behaviour" had been successful but insisted they would not be relaxed.

A spokesperson for Nil by Mouth, the anti-sectarianism body, also welcomed the Rangers move, adding: "Only by being absolutely clear about what standards are expectedwill sectarian behaviour be effectively challenged."


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April 2007

SIMPLY THE WORST.

RANGERS fan Michael Duncan has been landed with an ASBO for his drunken post-match singing sessions.

Duncan, 20, and his pals held noisy parties where they sang club anthem Simply the Best and foul-mouthed sectarian chants, a court was told.

Duncan - who lives in a flat owned by his father - has now been banned from holding drunken late-night parties with loud music.

Perth and Kinross Council were forced to step in after residents complained about Duncan shouting: "If you are a f***ing Proddie, clap your hands."

Perth sheriff Michael Fletcher put off a full ASBO hearing yesterday to allow Duncan to seek legal aid.

But the sheriff 's interim order bans him from playing loud music or having more than three people in his flat at one time.

The council say Duncan has regularly been a nuisance since moving in to the flat in Moray Place, Coupar Angus, Perthshire, in January 2006.

They claim: "On several occasions, he has acted in an anti-social manner by shouting, swearing, playing audio equipment at excessively high volume, singing and slamming doors.

"He has hosted parties where those present have been permitted to shout, swear and play music at excessive volume, sing, bang and slam doors.

"On one occasion during summer 2006, loud music, shouting and swearing emanated from the property from 6.30pm until 9am the following morning.

"In November 2006, karaoke music was played at excessive volume and was accompanied by loud singing.

"One song - Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - was repeatedly played and sung. This continued from just after the pub shut until 5am.

"Around the end of November 2006, loud singing and shouting emanated from the property at night after a football match involving Glasgow Rangers.

"The phrases, 'if you are a f***ing Proddie, clap your hands', 'Rangers' and 'Simply The Best' could be heard to the alarm and disturbance of neighbours."

Neighbour Bill Stewart told the council and police he had been plagued by Duncan - who challenged him to a fight - and his friends for several months.

The court heard police were called out on January 28 and discovered 25 drunk people within the flat and they confiscated the stereo. Duncan was given a fixed penalty notice.

The police were called out twice in February over accusations Duncan and his friends had been intimidating residents.

The council said: "The actions of Duncan and visitors have caused significant alarmand distress to residents.

"They are reasonably apprehensive that he and his visitors have shown an intention to persist in their behaviour.

"It is necessary for the protection of relevant persons that an anti-social behaviour order should be granted."


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CELTIC are close to completing a £5million double swoop for Serie A stars Gennaro Delvecchio and Massimo Donati.

Talks to bring the Italian pair to Parkhead are already at an advanced stage and manager Gordon Strachan hopes to have them on board at the start of next week.

Celtic chief executive Peter Lawwell promised supporters the spending would continue after the arrival of Scott Brown, Chris Killen and Scott McDonald and last night he proved as good as his word when the champions tabled bids for Sampdoria midfielder Delvecchio and AC Milan winger Donati.

The arrival of Delvecchio, 29, would be another major coup for Celtic on the back of Brown's £4.4m signing.

Delvecchio won his first cap against Croatia last year and has been part of the Italy squad for four of their last five Euro 2008 qualifiers.

The 6ft 3in hardman, sent off last season for head-butting Marco Materazzi, spent a decade in the Italian lower leagues before making his Serie A debut for Lecce in 2005 then moving to Sampdoria.

Donati cost Milan £10m from Atalanta seven years ago but failed to establish himself at the San Siro.

The 26-year-old, Italy's most capped Under-21 player, was then loaned out to Parma, Torino, Sampdoria and Messina before returning to Atalanta last season.

Strachan had the pair scouted at least a dozen times last season and was impressed. His pursuit of the Italian duo has been backed all the way by Lawwell, who said: "We know the positions we want to strengthen.

"We have a number of targets and we will go out and try to deliver those to Gordon.

"We are in control, we understand the market and we know what we have to do. "We don't have a fixed budget or a fixed transfer kitty.

We want to see where it goes and see where we can take opportunities to strengthen the playing staff of the club."

Lawwell blasted suggestions Celtic are waging a transfer war with Rangers.

The champions gazumped their Old Firm rivals to sign Brown and McDonald and have expressed an interest in Steven Naismith, another Rangers target.

Lawwell is adamant Celtic have not made an offer for the Kilmarnock player but admits it's inevitable Scotland's big two will regularly compete for the best home-grown talent.

He said: "It shouldn't surprise anyone. The nature of the transfer market nowadays means we are focusing more ondomestic-based players.

"I read somewhere that Celtic were 'at war' with Rangers over Steven Naismith and that's just nonsense.

"We are monitoring the situation with that player. We haven't approached his club and we haven't made an offer.

"It's difficult to comment on because there are others we are also keeping tabs on."

While Lawwell is content to bankroll another assault on the Champions League he also accepts there will be a number of departures.

He said:"You can't just keep adding players and have a pool of 30 or 32.

"It's important to have an optimum number of players and get the best players to fit that quota. We know the areas we want to target and we'll go for that.

"The club is in good shape. We have a solid financial footing and a good manager and players.

"But you cannot rest on what you have already achieved, particularly not at Celtic.

That's the responsibility of everyone here, on the football side and the financial side.

"There has never been a better maxim than 'You're only as good as your last game'.

"We won't rest on our laurels and the fans won't expect us to. Our aim is to give them the most enjoyment and the most success we can."

Lawwell admitted the biggest problem the club face, in terms of attracting players, is the massive sums of money in English football.

But he reckons the club can still attract top targets with qualities money can't buy.

He added: "What we have, is the brand of Celtic and that's unique. We have the stadium, the fans, tradition, history and the Champions League.

"That is the most important message we try to put across to the players we approach."


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Donald Findlay Qc.
Thursday February 9, 2006

 
There was another conference discussing racism in football last week. Encouragingly, this one was held at the Camp Nou; from Luis Aragonés's vile attack on Thierry Henry to those nauseating monkey chants, the game in Spain seems stuck in the time warp we broke out of 20 years ago. Well, let's do the time warp again. Britain has no claim to the moral high ground and football is the fulcrum of the problem.
 
Scotland's first minister Jack McConnell has launched the latest stage of his anti-sectarian campaign amid the usual gabble about Scotland's "secret shame". That is actually Scotland's jarring misnomer. It's no secret if you care to sample the restrained atmosphere of an Old Firm derby when 1500 hours turns into 1560 or 1690 or 1916, depending on your taste. There is nothing like 90 minutes of sporting rivalry barbed by 500 years of blood-drenched history. With racism, the boundary could not be morally clearer but nowhere is there a more indistinct no-man's-land as between bigotry and partisanship, pride and prejudice than in the arguments around racism's nasty little blood brother. And nowhere is there more political pussyfooting.

McConnell told me that "songs about pride and history in the club are fine but there are also songs, sung by both sets of supporters, about hating the other religion and the other side that are offensive". This is where it gets tricky.

The Fields of Athenry is a lovely ballad that conveys a pride in the Irishness at the heart of Celtic's history but because it addresses the Irish famine and the consequent desire to fight the crown is perceived from the other tribal perspective as offensive. Some Celtic fans are keen on the Boys of the old Brigade, which concerns the IRA that fought for independence after 1916. This either glorifies terrorism or legitimately celebrates an army whose leaders went on to become statesmen. You might argue that to wallow, in such tendentious terms, in the wars or suffering of ancestors as remote to you as Sumatran villagers is somewhat obscurantist: but if that's what floats your boat ...

On the other side there is a well-known broadcaster and journalist whom I know and like who has the Rangers song The Billy Boys as his ring tone. That's the charming ditty about being "up to our knees in Fenian blood". It's the karaoke favourite that the former Ibrox director and leading barrister Donald Findlay QC was caught performing on film.

If it is, as some might argue, a celebration of 300-year-old battle, what's the difference between that and burning the effigy of Guy Fawkes? Not that long ago the Rangers defender Bob Malcolm signed his autograph and scribbled not a smiley face but a cheery "fuck the Pope". That is difficult to defend and, unlike Findlay, I am no brain-bulging barrister but I doubt it is based on a nuanced critique of the latest encyclical. However, it says much more about Malcolm's society, its purblind education system and the pitiful level of knowledge about each other than it tells us anything about Malcolm.

The burden of history and hate can only be lifted if there is a proper understanding of why sectarianism exists. I asked Dr Joseph Bradley from Stirling University. He has been studying the issue for years. "Many aspects of history and politics in Scotland are tied up with hate, sectarianism and racism. You are required to hate or to be ignorant and negatively prejudiced to be racist and sectarian-minded. Singing a song at a football match that reflects how much you hate someone because of their religion is a product of the course of Scottish, British and Irish history over the past 500 years. One needs to face up and change aspects of the course of that history if the song is to change."

When the songs are essentially about hate, it will be the same old songs for a while, despite the best efforts of many decent people from all sides, but as with racism in English football it will wither. Before that happens though, there has to be a proper understanding of the very things some fear to address. These are the historical seeds of anti-Catholicism, Irish immigration and even the Reformation. Most importantly, it is vital to be completely candid about the nature of the problem and that might involve politicians stepping from the path of platitude and coming clean on the truth that dare not speak its name. There is no such thing as parity of prejudice.


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On the other side there is a well-known broadcaster and journalist whom I know and like who has the Rangers song The Billy Boys as his ring tone. That's the charming ditty about being "up to our knees in Fenian blood". It's the karaoke favourite that the former Ibrox director and leading barrister Donald Findlay QC was caught performing on film.

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LIFE AND TIMES OF THE 'BIG MAN'.

JOCK Stein was born in the Lanarkshire mining village of Burnbank in 1922.

He began his career with Albion Rovers and moved to Llanelli Town before joining Celtic, where he became captain. After retiring due to injury in 1956, he trained the club's youth team.

In 1960, he became manager at Dunfermline, guiding them to their first Scottish Cup victory. In 1964, he moved to Hibs, and the following year returned to Celtic, becoming their first non-Catholic manager.

In 1967, they beat Inter Milan 2-1 to win the European Cup - the first British team to do so. He was made a CBE three years later.

Stein moved to Leeds United in 1978 but lasted only 45 days. He later became full-time Scotland manager. He died of a heart attack in 1985 at the end of a World Cup match in Cardiff.


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CELTIC'S £10.5M V RANGERS £350K...
 
EXCLUSIVE THE GREAT OLD FIRM CASH DIVIDE...
 

UEFA last night confirmed they awarded Celtic around £10.5million for their Champions League charge last season.

And Rangers were warned by financial experts that they can't afford to miss the next European football gravy train after bagging an estimated FOUR PER CENT of that sum for their UEFA Cup exploits.

Celtic's figure dwarfed that of Rangers' estimated £350,000 and displayed the huge difference in power between Europe's two club competitions.

In context, Spaniards Sevilla received £4.2m after their UEFA Cup Final victory against Espanyol at Hampden - not even half of what Celtic got - with AC Milan pocketing a hefty £27m for lifting the Champions League trophy.

Gordon Strachan's side reached the last 16 for the first time since the tournament's revamped format after an excellent run of results.

European football's governing body detailed the monies paid to clubs last night.

The figure, converted from Euros at yesterday's exchange rate, is merely Celtic's reward from UEFA and does not include additional revenue - understood to be around £5m - from gate receipts and other income generated.

Celtic picked up £1.35m for being involved in the group stages, with a surplus revenue saw each club receive an additional £670,000.

Afurther £270,000 was awarded for each first-phase match played - totalling just over £1.6m - and the SPL champions' three Group F wins landed them just over £1.2m.

Celtic's progress into the last 16 to face AC Milan generated an extra £1.5m and the final section of the prize money - £4.2m - came from Scotland's market share, of which they pocketed the entire amount after Hearts' failure to reach the group stages.

Meanwhile, Rangers' fixed amount for reaching the UEFA Cup group stages was £115,000 and the Ibrox club received £95,000 for their performances in the section.

For reaching the last 32, Rangers were handed £47,500 and they picked up the same sum for beating Hapoel Tel Aviv to set up a last 16 clash with Spaniards Osasuna.

Rangers also got £47,500 for their qualifying game against FK Molde.

Rangers made additional revenue through gate receipts, hospitality and general income generated from the five matches played at Ibrox.

But the difference is still huge and Football Finances Expert David Glen from Price Waterhouse and Cooper fears for the Ibrox side if they don't return to Europe's top table.

Glen said: "The Champions League is the creme de la creme of European club football and the UEFA Cup is now seen as the second-class citizen. That is why there is such a discrepancy.

"It can have an affect domestically when the amounts heading to each club are so different.

"Celtic have had some good runs in the Champions League in the past four or five years and they reached the UEFA Cup Final.

"Over that period, Rangers have probably had about one decent spell and it's a big gap.

"That can create an uncertainty.

Rangers had a problem in the past by gearing up with a squad to challenge for Europe. If that fails, you can't then finance your team based on domestic revenue.

"European revenue makes the difference.

"You have to try to build it up over a few years after making the breakthrough.

"Rangers had a touch of it when they got into the knockout stage of the Champions League.

"The two main draws for TV money are the English Premiership and the Champions League."

Celtic chief-executive Peter Lawwell and Rangers chairman David Murray are fully aware of the rewards on offer if their respective sides can compete with relative success in the Champions League.

But the huge chasm in the UEFA cash payments has underlined the importance for both sides.

Meanwhile, after failing to reach the Champions League group stages and going into the UEFA Cup, Hearts' efforts saw them earn a solitary payment of £120,000 before what they took in gate receipts and any hospitality from their three games at Murrayfield.

UEFA detailed that the Tynecastle club earned £70,000 for their second qualifying round tie against Siroki Brijeg.

Around £47,500 was paid for the single UEFA Cup tie against Sparta Prague.

No extra payment was made to Hearts or other sides who exited the Champions League at the final qualifying stage and dropped into the UEFA Cup.

Gretna earned £47,500 for playing just one UEFA Cup round against Derry City.


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RANGERS captain Barry Ferguson has launched an appeal for the Ibrox support to behave ahead of the new season.

The club will continue to target sectarian singing and crackdown on "unsporting" behaviour at matches and around grounds.

The latest initiative, launched to coincide with the start of the SPL, aims to build on the work carried out as part of the anti-bigotry drive Pride Over Prejudice.

Kenny Scott, Rangers security and operations manager, has drafted a series of measures to improve the matchday atmosphere at Ibrox.

Officials unveiled four new flags, to be displayed at each stand, at the launch at Murray Park.

It is understood fans' representatives were involved in drawing up the new strategy.

Assistant boss Ally McCoist, club legend Sandy Jardine, and Under-19's captain Dean Furman joined Ferguson at the event.

McCoist said: "Our fans need to put on a show that makes them the pride of football."

Last season undercover stewards were deployed at home games to identify fans who sang bigoted songs.

Fans' leaders also launched a self-policing initiative in a bid to "isolate" supporters who bring shame on the club.

The travelling support was issued with anti-bigotry guidance and websites urged fans not to travel without officially endorsed tickets.

Groups warned members they could suspend ticket allocations for away ties in Europe this season, if a hardcore minority didn't behave.

Rangers launched Pride Over Prejudice, the club's first high profile anti-bigotry campaign, four years ago.

Ibrox season ticket holders and supporters' clubs were issued with new guidelines warning sectarianism will not be tolerated in the stadium.

The club ordered fans to ditch flags, banners and clothing of an offensive, racist or paramilitary nature.

David Edgar, of the Rangers Supporters Trust, said: "The vast majority of fans have reacted positively to the various initiatives.

"They deserve praise for self policing and cutting out the unacceptable behaviour.

"Last season, there was a feeling of uncertanty at games because the supporters were unsure of what was acceptable.

"This year, we will be looking for the fans to get behind the team from the start of every match."

Celtic is also tackling bigotry. They've already banned fans from Parkhead who sing sectarian songs during games.

And they ran a week of events targeting 2500 schoolkids through music and drama this year.


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Gordon Strachan has won four trophies since joining Celtic.
 
 
 
If friendlies are any measure of Celtic's strength, then the league champions should be worrying about their title defence.

Thus far, Gordon Strachan's men have failed to demonstrate a consistent approach to their pre-season build-up, suffering two 4-1 defeats against Young Boys of Berne and Newcastle United.

However, only a fool would hedge a title wager based on the outcome of such meaningless encounters.

As with last season, Celtic's poor performances in warm-up games will have little bearing on the outcome of the 2007-08 season.

For a start, the Glasgow side are currently the big net spenders in Scotland, having forked out almost as much on a single acquisition as the rest of the SPL teams have combined.

In attracting Hibernian's Scott Brown to Celtic Park, along with Motherwell's Scott McDonald - when both players had indicated an interest in joining Rangers - Celtic have sent out a clear message of financial strength to rival bidders.

Of course, money doesn't always buy success but it's difficult to argue with the quality Celtic have managed to attract during the summer transfer window.

 
 

And let's face it, it's been a long time since a team with no funds made a significant impact on Scottish football.

Last season's impressive run in the Champions League has contributed to a healthy balance sheet.

However, European competition will be second on the list of Strachan's main challenges this year; retaining the league championship title for a third successive season will be first.

The only time a third successive title triumph has been achieved in Scotland since 1946 is when Celtic notched up their record nine-in-a-row from 1965-1974, and when Rangers equalled the feat from 1988-1997.

Celtic will start as favourites, having sewn up their last two titles by Christmas and showing on several occasions last term a steely determination to come out on top even when not at their best.

But Mr Strachan will be keeping a cautious eye on the goings-on at Ibrox.

 
Rangers are a side filled with newfound confidence following the return of stalwart Walter Smith and, despite losing ground financially, they should present a significant threat to Celtic.

Strachan may not be the media's favourite interview candidate, but the popular myth that he is disliked by the Celtic support simply because his background is not rooted in the club's history is patent nonsense.

Averaging two trophies a season, Strachan is on course to equal Martin O'Neill's haul in a shorter time span and he has guided Celtic to the last 16 of the Champions League for the first time.

And his critics should know better; defeat or victory at St James' Park means absolutely nothing, unless a place in the next round of the Champions League is at stake.


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RANGERS 2

CHELSEA 0

IF ever there was a day for unlikely heroes then Saturday at Ibrox was surely it.

It began with Glasgow Airport baggage handler John Smeaton receiving a rousing standing ovation from a sell-out Ibrox crowd for bringing down Al-Qaeda on his fag break.

And it ended with a dramatic and morale-boosting victory for Rangers over the richest team in British football - courtesy of late strikes from two players who face the fight of their lives just to save their own careers from crashing and burning this season.

Time will only tell if Nacho Novo and Filip Sebo manage to do a Smeato this season and emerge victorious from their separate struggles.

But on Saturday both of these players will have left Ibrox fuelled with a fresh sense of belief that they can meet the challenge head on after their have-a-go heroics left Jose Mourinho's Chelsea battered and bruised.

However, in all probability only one of them has a fighting chance.

Sebo may have got lucky in 87 minutes when his winder of a shot spun up off Tal Ben Haim and looped over sub keeper Henrique Hilario to seal a two-goal win but there was precious little else about the Slovakian's brief cameo appearance to suggest he is about to be reborn as a Rangers player. In fact, if anything, it was quite the contrary.

Novo, on the other hand, used his 45-minute run-out to remind boss Walter Smith of just how dangerous he can be.

The little Spaniard was a stand-out after replacing Kris Boyd at half time, tearing at Chelsea's defence from his position wide on the right of a five-man midfield.

Novo's pace and energy added another dimension to Rangers' forward play which lacked a cutting edge throughout what was still a thoroughly engaging first half.

Not only did Novo's arrival lend a better balance to Smith's side but Novo also provided chances for both Sebo and Barry Ferguson before slamming home a spectacular opening goal five minutes from time.

It really was a splendid performance from a player whose insides burn with a desire to prove he has not outstayed his usefulness, even though he has entered the final year of his Ibrox contract.

So far this summer Novo has been little more than an afterthought for a manager who has been busy putting his own imprint on a side he inherited six months ago.

In fact, his main purpose in the last few weeks has been to act as an interpreter for countryman Carlos Cuellar - one of eight players to have been recruited during the transfer window thus far.

But Novo is surely now back in Smith's thoughts as the manager prepares for his first competitive game of the new season, tomorrow night's Champions League qualifier against Montenegrin minnows FC Zeta.

Smith said: "Of all the players on our staff Nacho has a determination and level of work rate which is terrific.

"Sometimes he can be a little erratic in the way he plays but he's popular with all the players because of what he does.

"It was good to see him get a goal because he thrives on a bit of confidence.

"He goes through seasons where, if he gets a run of goals he can carry that on and then he goes through sticky spells. But he needs to continue what he's doing for us because he is appreciated by everybody for his input.

"We obviously have our thoughts about the team for Tuesday but we have had six months here now and we know what the likes of Nacho can do for the team."

With Charlie Adam struggling to recapture the sparkling form he showed last season Smith has suddenly been presented with an alternative which appears to make perfect sense.

Should Novo make his starting line-up on the right flank it would allow new boy Lee McCulloch - who has impressed even though he has been played out of position - to return to a more natural role on the lefthand side.

The rest of Smith's team would appear to be picking itself which must be a source of delight for the manager so early into his rebuilding work.

Despite the arrival of Roy Carroll, who was given a 45-minute outing on Saturday, Allan McGregor remains the first-choice keeper. Alan Hutton is nailed down at right-back and has looked impressive.

Hutton played only 45 minutes against Chelsea but in that time he made a series of lung-bursting raids down the Rangers right.

And the quality of his final ball has improved.

Cuellar, who is already emerging as a key signing, strolled through Saturday's match even though he was up against the likes of Andriy Shevchenko, Didier Drogba and Claudio Pizarro.

And veteran Davie Weir was equally comfortable before being replaced by Andy Webster at the break.

In the absence of the injured Stevie Smith, Sasa Papac appears to be nudging in front of Kirk Broadfoot at left-back.

Barry Ferguson and Brahim Hemdani are no-brainers in the centre of midfield while Kevin Thomson continues to struggle with an ear infection. Thomson hoped to play the second half on Saturday but didn't and is unlikely to be ready for tomorrow.

And up front Jean-Claude Darcheville and Kris Boyd are forging an interesting partnership.

Both strikers were only given the first half against Chelsea and although Boyd struggled against the defensive brilliance of John Terry, Darcheville again showed flashes of star quality.

But it was Novo's arrival which sparked Rangers' play into life.

In 66 minutes he latched on to a stray pass from Cheslea sub John Obi Mikel to lay aperfectly-weighted pass into the path of Sebo - who had replaced McCulloch just five minutes earlier - but the Slovak's finish was woeful.

A couple of minutes later Novo was scampering through again, this time opting to set up Ferguson when he ought to have gone it alone. Hilario came off his line to smother Ferguson's attempted shot and Chelsea survived.

But Novo made the breakthrough five minutes from time when he gathered a pass from Chris Burke, who had just replaced the toiling Adam. The Spaniard turned on the edge of the Chelsea box before smashing an unstoppable shot inside Hillario's right post. But if Novo's strike was a stunning goal what followed two minutes later almost defied belief as Sebo got on the scoresheet with the aid of a freakish deflection.

Sebo netted just twice last season following his £1.8million move from Austria Vienna, which is probably why he celebrated the moment for all it was worth, ripping off his shirt as he raced towards an ecstatic corner of the ground.

And Smith said later: "His first year was a struggle but hopefully that goal will give him a bit of confidence to start his second year.

"Filip is one of those players who is popular with the supporters and he got his goal which, maybe typically, was a deflection.

"That's just what he does and I hope he can take a bit of confidence from it."


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Champions League draw for the Old Firm.
 
Both SPL sides face a difficult task. Celtic play Spartak Moscow, while Rangers take on former winners Crvena Zvezda - better known as Red Star Belgrade - if they see off Montenegrin side FK Zeta.

Ronnie Hawthorn, Celtic's head of operations, said: "It's a tough draw to be sure, but the old saying is that there is no easy draw, and we will prepare for this one like any other match.

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