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10-man Rangers cling on in Celtic chase

Ten-man Rangers have kept their Scottish title hopes alive with a battling 3-1 win over Motherwell at Fir Park that keeps Ange Postecoglou’s Celtic in their sights.

With four fixtures now remaining for the champions, Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side are now three points behind Celtic, who play their game in hand at Ross County on Sunday.

The comes ahead of the final Celtic-Rangers ‘Old Firm’ fixture of the season at Parkhead next week.

In a fixture brought forward 24 hours to Saturday to help Rangers prepare for their Europa League semi-final against RB Leipzig on Thursday night, the much-changed visitors took the lead in 14 minutes.

It was unclear whether home keeper Liam Kelly had handled into his own net from a Connor Goldson header or whether Scott Wright got the last touch.

But Rangers defender Leon Balogun was then shown a straight red card by referee Nick Walsh in the 29th minute for a heavy tackle on Dean Cornelius, bringing fresh spark to Motherwell who equalised through striker Ross Tierney in the 35th minute.

Wright then drove in Rangers’ second two minutes into the second half before skipper James Tavernier scored a penalty just after the hour-mark to take the points back to Govan.

The focus now turns to this week’s Europa League semi-final first leg in Germany where the Rangers boss will have to come up with a plan which again does not include several of his key players.

Kemar Roofe has joined fellow striker Alfredo Morelos on the sidelines due to a knee injury and midfielder Aaron Ramsey was also out with hamstring trouble as van Bronckhorst made eight changes from the side which started last week’s 2-1 Scottish Cup semi-final win over Celtic.

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