The Old Firm Derby did not fair well for Nikica Jelavić and Rangers Wednesday night in Glasgow. Rangers held a one-point lead on Celtic going into the last match of 2011. Knowing a win would give control to either team atop the Scottish Premier League table going into the new year, both clubs were prepared for a battle, especially with the windy conditions at Celtic Park.
Jelavić, the leading scorer in Scotland this season, received the start and played the entire 90 minutes for Rangers. The Croatian striker didn’t get many chances on goal throughout the match but did try to pull out all the stops, attempting two bicycle kicks in the second half. Unfortunately, both attempts missed their mark with one sailing over the bar while the other dribbled slowly towards the Celtic keeper. Rangers had a controversial goal disallowed in the first half which appeared to have completely crossed the line before it was cleared away. More goal-line technology discussion will come from it.
Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley finally broke the deadlock with a header in the 52nd minute to give Celtic a 1-0 victory and two-point lead atop the Scottish table going into 2012. Rangers have squandered a nine-point advantage in Scotland this season and now find themselves trailing their bitter rivals. With many rumors swirling that star striker Nikica Jelavić could leave Ibrox in the winter transfer window, which opens in four days, can Rangers afford to lose him if they want to make a title run?
If you are the agent of Nikica Jelavić, do you push for a transfer? And where? Newcastle United have been mentioned multiple times.
Full match recap at Soccernet.com