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Spoiling Celts' title bid 'drove Gers on'

LEE Wallace admits Rangers were spurred on to victory in yesterday's Old Firm derby by the fact they knew they were written off in most quarters.

Victory for Celtic at Ibrox would have allowed them to clinch the Scottish Premier League title at the home of their great rivals.

But a 3-2 win for the beleaguered champions ensured the Celtic champagne would stay on ice for a while longer.

Wallace said: "We knew exactly what was expected, we knew everybody had written us off and that might have spurred us on. Everybody worked their socks off.

On the prospect of spoiling Celtic's title party, he added: "Of course, that was an extra bit of motivation for us.

"But testament to the players and the management, I think we got everything right."


Goals from Sone Aluko, Andy Little and Wallace saw Rangers surge into a commanding lead, as Cha Du-Ri and Victor Wanyama both saw red for the Hoops.

Rangers' own numbers were depleted late on when Carlos Bocanegra was dismissed and Scott Brown converted from the resulting penalty before Thomas Rogne netted deep into injury time, but the late Celtic comeback was not enough to salvage anything from the game.

Wallace said: "It was good. Great weather, great atmosphere and an all-round great day.

"In the end, after our great work rate and energy, I thought every Rangers man on the pitch ran out deserved winners. It would be wrong to write us off."