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Gers retain trophy at Hampden

Rangers retained the Scottish League Cup at Hampden on Sunday as Nikica Jelavic's extra-time winner earned them a dramatic 2-1 win over Celtic.

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

Three penalty claims - two for Rangers - were then ignored by referee Craig Thomson before Jelavic struck seven minutes in to extra-time to earn the Ibrox side the first silverware of the season.

In the dying seconds, Celtic left-back Emilio Izaguirre was shown a straight red for denying 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.

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