McLeish’s job under threat after crushing loss to Celtic

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  • Sunday, 20 Nov 2005

GLASGOW: Celtic beat Rangers 3-0 yesterday to add to the pressure on Rangers manager Alex McLeish and stretch the gap to 15 points in the Scottish Premier League. 

Welsh striker John Hartson scored the opener in the 12th minute after defender Alan Hutton surrendered possession in midfield and Shaun Maloney ran on to set up the goal. 

Bobo Balde and Aiden McGeady scored two more within four second-half minutes to crush their Glasgow rivals. 

Leaders Celtic now have 38 points from 15 games while Rangers are fourth on 23. Second-placed Hearts, with 35 points from 14 games, play Aberdeen today in new manager Graham Rix’s first game in charge. 

McLeish, who said on Friday that he had feared for his job, met chairman David Murray last week and was given until early next month to pull the club out of their downward spiral. 

“The chairman said we were going to look at it in December so it now leaves us looking forward to the Porto game (in the Champions League on Wednesday),” he told BBC radio after yesterday’s defeat. 

“Unfortunately it was a mistake for the first goal and it set us back but didn't stop us playing. To lose the second goal so quickly in the second half gave us a mountain (to climb). 

“It is a shame we didn’t put one of the chances away. We had them but have not really tested (Artur) Boruc in goal and that was the unfortunate thing,” McLeish added. – Reuters 

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