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What you missed: here's how Celtic handed the title initiative to Rangers

WATCH: Is this the result that will gift the league trophy to the Ibrox side?

Celtic's Neil Lennon reacts during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness.
Celtic's Neil Lennon reacts during the Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League match at Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, Inverness.
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RANGERS ARE IN the box seat for another Scottish Premier League title after Celtic last night went down 3-2 to Inverness Caledonian thistle.

Neil Lennon’s side needed a point to leapfrog the champions but were left stunned by the Highlanders.

Lennon was fuming afterwards.  ”The title is in Rangers’ hands,” he said. “They are a point ahead and we have to win all our games and take it to the last game of the season and see what happens.

“If teams are as committed against Rangers, as Inverness were against us, then there might be (another twist).

“Anything can happen on a given day but I didn’t want last night to be the given day.

“We let ourselves down, not just the players but myself, Johan (Mjallby) and Alan (Thompson) will have to take criticism. We might have picked the wrong team.”

It’s hardly the Sami-Ali Yen Stadium but Lennon was welcomed to the Tulloch Caledonian ground by an overweight, middle aged man in an ill-fitting T-shirt before kick-off.


After Calley went one-up through a Charlie Mulgrew own goal, the Bhoys equalised; Kris Commons was the scorer:

But in a remarkable second half, strikes from Grant Munro and Shane Sutherland meant Commons injury-time penalty was no more than a late consolation.

Neil Lennon took his frustration out on the water bottles when my favourite player – apart from Zizou –  Paddy McCourt had a penalty shout waved away.

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Rangers now lie one point ahead of their bitter city rivals. Caley boss Terry Butcher – a legend for the blue half of Glasgow- seemed pleased.

The former England defender was Motherwell manager when they beat Celtic on the dramatic last day of the 2005 season to leave Rangers champions.

“In 2005 [Rangers owner] David Murray sent me a nice case of rose wine,” he said. ”I think the financial state that Rangers are in now, I will probably get a cork. Or a bottle of Irn Bru. But we are not concerned about the title.

“We are just concerned about the finish to the season and our fans have had to suffer some poor performances and losses here so it was great to see them go home singing and dancing and happy that we put on a great show.

“That’s the best Caley Thistle performance under me. It was a superb performance.”

What’s next?

Celtic play Kilmarnock (a), Hearts (a) and Motherwell at home again on the final day.

Rangers have Hearts at home, Dundee (h) and Kilmarnock away on Sunday, 15 May.

There’s a few more twists in this one yet.

Do you think Celtic can still do it?

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