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Sport 5 best pictures as Rangers and Alfredo Morelos taunt Celtic skipper Scott Brown in swan song to forget

20:20  02 may  2021
20:20  02 may  2021 Source:   msn.com

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A picture says 1000 words and that's always true on Glasgow's day of days as Rangers gave Celtic a torrid time at Ibrox.

It's a game that always lends itself well to some memorable iconography and these snaps tell the full story.

A double from Kemar Roofe would have done the damage on its own but that was supplemented by strikes from Alfredo Morelos and Jermain Defoe.

The Ibrox attackers were all on song but John Kennedy's Hoops side hit a bum note with Callum McGregor's sending-off inside half an hour leaving them in the lurch.

Odsonne Edouard managed to grab a goal back but it wasn't enough as Scott Brown bowed out of Glasgow's famous fixture with defeat as he prepares to head north to Aberdeen this summer.

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Here are the images that sum up an afternoon of dominance from the champions and the frustration of an entire season for the visitors without tasting victory in this fixture.

5 best pictures

The last laugh

Alfredo Morelos standing next to a football ball: Rangers' Alfredo Morelos reacts towards Celtic's Scott Brown © REUTERS Rangers' Alfredo Morelos reacts towards Celtic's Scott Brown

This snap is halfway around the world by now but where else to start with the image that probably sums up how the action unfolded.

Morelos and Brown's running battle of the last four years has been one of the main attractions of this fixture and it's the Colombian who has the last laugh.

His nutmeg on the departing Hoops captain was a moment of genius before lashing high past Scott Bain at his near post to crush any hopes of a 10-man Celtic revival.

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Morelos' fake tears wind-up in the above snap will have Rangers fans praying he'll be staying for more derby antics.

Jermain's joy

Jermain Defoe talking on a cell phone: Jermain Defoe of Rangers celebrates scoring his teams fourth goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic © Getty Images Jermain Defoe of Rangers celebrates scoring his teams fourth goal during the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic

A moment you might have missed towards the end.

Not Defoe's late strike, but the sheer emotion on his face as he grabbed a first Old Firm goal.

Sent on as an 86th-minute substitute for two-goal hero Roofe, he used all of the guile and scoring instincts that come second nature to anyone with a 22-year career at the very top level like him.

And the former Tottenham and England frontman seemed very moved by the late strike he's been itching to score since day one.

Caught short

a woman with a racket on a court: Celtic's Kris Ajer during a Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic © SNS Group Celtic's Kris Ajer during a Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic

Kris Ajer is usually a standout in green and white and the centre-back almost scored at the end of a powerful run from deep, only for his finish to let him down late on.

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In defence, however, he toiled badly.

The Norwegian was dumbfounded at the opener although his knock-down from a corner minutes later cancelled out Roofe's chested effort.

But it was his actions at the second Rangers goal that will have really riled some fans.

After Morelos weaved past Brown on the corner of the box Ajer seemed to duck out of the way of the strike and Bain was unable to keep it out at the near post.

He channeled former Manchester United keeper Fabian Barthez as he vented his frustrations by comically pulling his shorts up during the match.

Pinch of salt

Alfredo Morelos, Kemar Roofe are posing for a picture: Rangers' Alfredo Morelos celebrates scoring his side's second goal against Celtic © REUTERS Rangers' Alfredo Morelos celebrates scoring his side's second goal against Celtic

As if his crocodile tears towards Brown weren't enough Morelos rubbed salt in the wounds after his second strike in three Glasgow derbies.

Ibrox was perhaps not what Nusret Gokce, also known as 'Salt Bae', had in mind when his famous steak seasoning clip went viral years ago.

But it was a full-flavour performance from Rangers who extended their unbeaten run against Celtic to six games and are now two matches shy of a full Premiership term without defeat.

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Hard watch

a man wearing a suit and tie: New Celtic Chief Executive Dominic McKay during a Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic © SNS Group New Celtic Chief Executive Dominic McKay during a Scottish Premiership match between Rangers and Celtic

New Parkhead chief executive Dominic McKay took in the hammering in Govan and perhaps it was necessary that the fresh leadership was there to witness first hand what a rebuilding job he's got on his hands.

It's hard to tell under that mask but he won't exactly have been beaming at what he saw.

Scotland boss Steve Clarke was also in attendance just behind and he's clearly keen to cast an eye over as many as his potential future Euro 2020 charges as possible.

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