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Gers claim cup triumph over Celtic

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Nikica Jelavic's extra-time winner gave Rangers a 2-1 victory over Celtic in a dramatic Co-operative Insurance Cup final at Hampden.

In a pulsating match played in the right spirit, Steve Davis gave the Ibrox side the lead in the 23rd minute before Joe Ledley levelled on the half-hour mark.

In the dying seconds, Celtic left-back Emilio Izaguirre was shown a straight red for denying Ibrox substitute Vladimir Weiss a clear goalscoring opportunity but the game will be remembered for the right reasons.

After the Scottish Cup replay at Celtic Park earlier in the month which had ended with three Rangers players sent off and Hoops manager Neil Lennon and Ibrox assistant Ally McCoist having to be separated, police had visited both camps in midweek to warn them about their behaviour.

In the 21st minute Kris Commons sent in a cross from wide on the left - which Parkhead skipper Scott Brown dived to meet eight yards out - but the ball flew past Neil Alexander's right-hand post.

Two minutes later that miss was compounded when Celtic found themselves behind.

Davis still had it all to do when he picked up a loose ball but he drove at the Hoops' box before his shot from 25 yards beat Fraser Forster and went in off the post.

Celtic responded positively and on the half-hour mark they were level when Izaguirre's deflected cross was flicked on by Georgios Samaras and Ledley stole in to head past Alexander from inside the six-yard box.

It was breathtaking drama and the Rangers fans thought their team had been awarded a penalty a couple of minutes later when Jelavic went down in the box as he went past Thomas Rogne in the box. There was some confusion as referee Craig Thomson appeared to immediately point to the spot but then gave a free-kick to the Parkhead men and booked the Ibrox striker, presumably for simulation.

Celtic looked fresher at the end of the 90 minutes. However, seven minutes later Croatian Jelavic put Rangers ahead again when he out-paced Charlie Mulgrew to latch on to a quickly-taken Weiss free-kick and his shot trundled past Forster and hit the post before rolling along the goalline and spinning into the net as Izaguirre tried in vain to clear.

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Fraser Forster
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Vladimir Weiss
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Queens Park Rangers
Charlie Mulgrew
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