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Rangers 5 - 2 Celtic

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14 May 2005 | Richard Sims

Rangers beat Celtic 5-2 today in the second annual end of season friendly clash.

A match that was built up to be more important than the league campaign itself didn't disappoint at Queensmead today, as Rangers ran out good winners in a hard-fought contest.

After a goalless first-half where neither team created any real clear-cut chances, Rangers took the lead early in the second, when Mark Grady crossed for an unmarked Dave Swindlehurst to make it 1-0.

This soon became two when Grady slotted home into the bottom corner, but not long afterwards Celtic pulled a goal back through Chris Hallissey.

The teams then exchanged two more goals, Dave Swindlehurst and Chris Hallissey both grabbing their second of the afternoon, before Rangers made the game safe with two late efforts from Richard Sims and Leo Ulph.

Celtic manager Oli Pickard had these words after the game, "Would like to say well done to all those who gave up there Saturday and took part in Saturdays annual game between rangers and celtic. I would also like to thank the fans who turned out to see what turned out to be an emphatic victory by the rangers boys.

In a tight first half which could have gone either way the teams made it to half time at nil nil. Both sides created chances but the dead lock couldnt be broken.

The second half started extremely brightly for the rangers clan and big Dave Swindlehurst turned back the years and rose unmarked at the back post to score the first of the game after soem good work by rich/mark on the left side.

The celtic heads dropped and a second was added soon after leo had caused some problems on the right and pulled a ball back for Mark Grady whos finish crept in at the far post ...... maybe I could have done better ..... we will never know.

Chris H then pulled one back after some intricate passing and just when there was light at the end of the tunnel we shot our selves in the foot and conceded a penalty for which Big Dave cooly slotted home to extend there lead yet again.

The celtic fighting spirit was kept alive when Chris H managed to score yet again which from what i remember was a bit of a scramble.

Searching for the equaliser and a man down at the back the game was killed of when Rich cooly finished after an impressive run leaving Frosty and Pat grounded. To think this boy moans about playing on the wing..

To add insult to injury the " turn coat " Mr Ulph who i thought had a very good game finished off the celts with a sublime finish.

All in all the bragging rights yet again belong in the Rangers camp.

Im an honest man and it was evident that the better team won, we simply had no reply to there game and were unable to perform to the best of our abilitys simply because the rangers team contained us.

Theres always Next year!!".

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