The Rangers dugout celebrate their win Pic: © SNS Group
Rangers produced a second-half comeback to win the first Old Firm derby of the season against ten-man Celtic.
The home side trailed 2-1 at the break after a blunder from goalkeeper Allan McGregor allowed Badr El Kaddouri’s shot to slip through his fingers and into the net.
But they came back to score three goals in the second period, which also saw Celtic’s Charlie Mulgrew sent off with fifteen minutes remaining.
There was little between the teams when Naismith fired the home side in to the lead in the 22nd minute.
Rangers striker Kyle Lafferty turned on the by-line and cut the ball back where an attempted clearance by Hoops’ Old Firm debutant Kelvin Wilson fell just inside the box to the Scotland international who brought it under control before firing it high past Fraser Forster.
However, Celtic levelled in the 33rd minute when Brown set up Hooper inside the box and the former Scunthorpe striker slipped his shot past Allan McGregor and inside the far post.
There was more trouble for Rangers in the 41st minute when McGregor allowed El-Kaddouri’s long-range drive to slip through his hands and in to the net when it looked easy to gather.
Celtic finished the first half on top but there was less than a minute on the clock after the restart when Ibrox skipper Steven Davis crashed a right-footed volley from the edge of the box off the bar with Celtic defence happy to clear the rebound.
The travelling fans behind McGregor were taunting the Gers number one with one eye on the play which Rangers began to dominate.
In the 52nd minute Lafferty had the ball in the Celtic net but was ruled offside. Three minutes later, though, the Light Blues were level when Jelavic met Davis’ corner from the right and bulleted in a header in off the ground and in to the roof of the net.
The game had turned in Rangers’ favour and moments later Lafferty headed over from Gregg Wylde’s cross from the left when he ought to have at least hit the target hit the target.
In the 61st minute Lafferty was handed a golden chance when El-Kaddouri’s headed pass-back was too short but the Northern Ireland international failed to control the ball which sped away from goal.
El-Kaddouri was immediately replaced by Anthony Stokes, back on the Celtic bench after recovering from a thigh injury before Hoops defender Glenn Loovens hit the post with a header following a Mulgrew corner.
Lafferty then gave the hosts the lead as the ball broke to him inside the box, and he placed the ball through Fraser Forster’s legs.
Mulgrew then received his marching orders after picking up his second yellow card for a foul on Steven Davis.
Neil Lennon introduced Mohamed Bangura to the action as he tried to salvage a point but it was to no avail as Steven Naismith netted an injury-time strike to seal the win.