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Celtic go top in Scotland as Rangers stutter in front of goal

<p class="">Celtic returned to the top of the Scottish Premiership after a 3-0 win over Motherwell as Rangers were held to a goalless draw by Hibernian on Wednesday.</p>

<p class="">Steven Gerrard’s side had led the top flight after beating Hamilton and their Old Firm rivals’ loss to Hibernian on Saturday.</p>

<p class="">Brendan Rodgers’ side have been beaten three times in the league so far — their worst record in a single campaign since the Northern Irishman took over in 2016.</p>

<p class="">Defender Anthony Ralston opened the scoring at Parkhead in his first appearance of the season after less than half an hour of play.</p>

<p class="">Ralston slotted home after a delicate through ball from forward Odsonne Edouard.</p>

<p class="">A second followed four minutes later from former Chelsea and Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair.</p>

<p class="">James Forrest was brought down by the visitors’ Charles Dunne and Sinclair slotted home from the penalty spot for his third goal in the league this season.</p>

<p class="">The game was over as a contest seconds before the half-time whistle as 19-year-old Mikey Johnston netted his first competitive goal for the Bhoys after coming on for Edouard.</p>

<p class="">Elsewhere, Rangers failed to score for only the second time in 11 matches as they were held to a 0-0 draw in Edinburgh.</p>

<p class="">Gerrard’s outfit had 19 shots on goal including efforts from the league’s top goalscorer Alfredo Morelos and veteran Northern Ireland defender Gareth McAuley.</p>

<p class="">On Saturday, seven-time straight champions Celtic welcome Dundee looking to extend their advantage at the summit of the table before Rangers’ trip to St Johnstone on Sunday.</p>
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