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Loan Watch: Forster Forced To Wait

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The champagne stayed on ice for Magpies keeper Fraser Foster and his Celtic team-mates as their title win was delayed by Old Firm defeat

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Fraser Forster could have helped Celtic to clinch the Scottish Premier League title at the weekend, but their celebrations were put on hold as they were beaten 3-2 in a typically bad-tempered Old Firm derby.

The Hoops could have inflicted the pain upon their rivals of winning the league at Ibrox, but the Gers had too much pride to allow that and managed to delay what still seems inevitable on Sunday.

Sone Aluko opened the scoring on 11 minutes before Cha Du Ri and Victor Wanyama were both sent off for Celtic - along with manager Neil Lennon - as the hosts added further goals through Andy Little and Lee Wallace.

Carlos Bocanegra saw red three minutes from time and Celtic almost staged a late comeback, with Scott Brown scoring from the spot and Thomas Rogne pulling another goal back.

It wasn't enough to give them the victory they needed, but Celtic could still win the title next weekend if they win and Rangers lose.

Meanwhile, Nile Ranger made his debut for Sheffield Wednesday as the Owls maintained their League One promotion charge with a 1-0 win at Leyton Orient. He came on as a 61st-minute substitute at the Matchroom Stadium.

In the same division, Alan Smith played the first 78 minutes of MK Dons' 1-1 draw at Wycombe but James Tavernier again missed out with a knee injury.

Paul Dummett was an unused substitute for Gateshead in their 1-1 draw at Tamworth, having missed the Heed's previous game with an ankle injury, while Xisco played an hour for Deportivo la Coruna in a 2-0 home success over Cordoba.