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Loan watch: Old Firm delight for Defoe

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In a round up of the Cherries in action for loan clubs, Jermain Defoe was a key player as Rangers won 2-0 against Celtic in the Old Firm match on Sunday.

Defoe tested 'keeper Scott Bain's handling with a powerful first-half effort at Ibrox, before having a strong penalty shout fall on deaf ears.

Into the second half and Defoe's dummy played a major role in Scott Arfield's clincher, the on-loan striker stepping over the ball with the ex-Burnley man behind him and finishing. The former England international later pulled a fine save out of Bain as the hosts looked to further push home their advantage.

Though Celtic had already wrapped up the league title, Rangers' win moves them to within six points of their city rivals and means they have beaten them in back-to-back games for the first time in seven years.

In the Championship, Aston Villa - who finished fifth at the end of the season - take a slender advantage into their play-off semi-final second leg against West Bromwich Albion, with Tyrone Mings in from the off in the 2-1 win at Villa Park.

The defender played 90 minutes in the first leg, with Dwight Gayle opening the scoring for the Baggies before a late fightback and goals from Conor Hourihane and Tammy Abraham turned the tables, Gayle then moving from hero to villain as he saw red late on.

On Sunday in MLS, Brad Smith played the full match and helped Seattle Sounders keep a clean sheet as his side claimed a 1-0 win over Houston Dynamo, midfielder Cristian Roldan scoring the match winner with a brilliant volley just five minutes in.

The win leaves the Sounders third in the Western Conference, level on points with LA Galaxy but five points shy of Los Angeles FC at the summit.

Back in Scotland, forward Mikael Ndjoli was an unused substitute as Kilmarnock moved up to third with a 1-0 win over Hibernian.

Jordan Holmes' St Mirren are in Premiership action tonight at home to Hamilton, while Charlie Seaman will be eyeing promotion from the Championship as his Dundee United side head to Inverness on Tuesday evening in the first leg of their semi-final.

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