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SCOTTISH PREMIER LEAGUE: Naismith brace as Rangers overcome Celtic

Rangers recovered from a defensive howler from keeper Allan McGregor to record a 4-2 win over Old Firm rivals Celtic at Ibrox. Honours for the first Glasgow derby of the season goes to Rangers who move four points clear of Celtic at the summit of the SPL.

Steven Naismith scored the first of his brace with a spectacular strike from 15 yards after a poor defensive clearance.

Gary Hooper restored parity with a neat finish and that is probably how it would have stayed until the break but Gers stopper McGregor allowed Badr El Kaddouri's long range drive to slip past him to give the visitor's the lead.

Goals by Nikica Jelavic and Kyle Lafferty after half-time turned the match in Rangers' favour, then Celtic's Charlie Mulgrew was sent off to give Neil Lennon's team a real uphill battle.

Deep into time added Naismith scored his second of the afternoon to continue Rangers unbeaten start to the campaign and give manager Ally McCoist his first Glasgow derby win.

Referee: Craig Thompson

Venue: Ibrox

Attendance: 50,221

Rangers scorers: Naismith 23, 90, Jelavic 55, Lafferty 67 Celtic scorers: Hooper 34, El Kaddouri 41

TRIBAL ASKS: Outside of supporters from Celtic and Rangers does anybody else really bother about this game?

Yellow cards: Wilson (CEL) Red card: Mulgrew (CEL)

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