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1989-11-04: Rangers 1-0 Celtic, Premier Division
|Match Pictures | Matches: 1989 - 1990 | 1989-90 Pictures|
- A black day for Celtic as Le Petite Merde scores the winner on his blue Old Firm debut.
- Celtic fans are given a reduced ticket allocation of 7,500 and get the Broomloan stand only and are no longer to be given part of the main stand or half the enclosure.
Woods; Stevens, Munro, Brown, Wilkins, Butcher, Steven, Ferguson, McCoist, Johnston, Walters.
Substitutes not used: Dodds, Nisbet.
Goal: Johnston (88)
Bonner; Morris, Burns, Aitken, Elliott, Whyte, Galloway, McStay, Dziekanowski (Walker, 67), Coyne, Miller.
Substitute not used: Grant.
Referee:G Smith (Edinburgh).
- Match Report (see end of page below)
The Times (London)November6 1989, Monday
Johnston adds to Old Firm drama; Football
Glasgow's Old Firm yet again produced a confrontation of high drama, this time at Ibrox on Saturday, from which Rangers narrowly emerged with both points. The second league meeting of the season of Rangers andCelticwas settled with just over a minute of normal time left by a goal of considerable accomplishment, scored by the former Celtic forward, Maurice Johnston. It came at a time when it seemed as thoughCelticwould leave Ibrox with a draw earned not so much by their control of play as by their ability to revive their cause after a first half in which Rangers' superiority was scarcely challenged. Certainly the outcome might well have been beyond doubt by the interval had the home team taken half their chances in the first half.
Two lost opportunities, in particular, might have offered Rangers subsequent cause for regret, first, when McCoist struck Whyte, albeit accidentally, on the hand, and, second, when Stevens hit a forceful drive only for Bonner to save athletically.As is common in Glasgow derbies, the pattern reversed itself andCelticrecovered their nerve after the interval to the extent that when an error by Butcher permitted Miller a shot which Woods could not subdue, Coyne siezed on the rebound only to strike the post when the vacant goal beckoned.
Thereafter, it looked as though the contest might drift towards a draw but when Stevens set off up the right flank in the 88th minute he struck a powerful cross which Morris cleared inadequately. The ball squirmed towards Johnston who steadied himself to drill a low drive beyond Bonner.
The forward then celebrated extravagantly behind the goal where the Rangers support had risen in unison to acclaim him, a gesture for which he was shown the yellow card.
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