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Rangers maintain 16-point lead over Celtic before Old Firm derby

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Rangers and Celtic limbered up for Saturday’s Old Firm showdown with routine victories in the Scottish Premiership. Rangers maintained their 16-point lead at the top with a 2-0 win at St Mirren while Celtic, who have three games in hand on their rivals, sank Dundee United 3-0 at Parkhead.

Rangers were second best for much of the first half against the side who shocked them in the League Cup a fortnight ago, but they went ahead with their first shot on target after 28 minutes. Ianis Hagi fed Kemar Roofe, whose low drive took a deflection off Conor McCarthy as it flew past goalkeeper Jak Alnwick. Steven Gerrard’s side doubled their advantage before half-time when Alfredo Morelos pounced on Joe Shaughnessy’s underhit backpass.

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