March 20, 2011
Fans from all over the UK and abroad will descend on Hampden today as Scotland's two biggest clubs face off against one another in the battle for the first silverware of the season. Celtic are still on the hunt for a domestic treble,after knocking out Rangers several weeks ago, in a match that was overshadowed by the antics of several Rangers players and the subsequent goading of Neil Lennon by Ally McCoist on the touchline.
For Rangers they can still win the double, but after being knocked out of Europe by PSV Eindhoven on Thursday, today will be important for the Light Blues. If they lose, they would have been knocked out of THREE competitions in the same amount of weeks.All the talk before the game will be about the Police involvement now, if any player steps out of line [set by the Lord Advocate] then they will be arrested. The fans will also have to lead by example also by not resorting to violence before and after the match, but as we know when alcohol is involved anything can happen.
The Police warned that anyone singing bigoted or sectarian songs will bearrested, but in my opinion it is just words, Strathclyde's finest will not descend into sections of the stadium to arrest fans guilty of singing such songs for fear of escalating trouble,and they will not do anythng at full time either. And we all know who sing such bigoted and sectarian songs.
And the final word on the 'trouble' surrounding the previous game. Nothing major happened on the pitch, in terms of violence, and I have seen worse scenes in recent years at Old Firm games, yet no summit then and the English FA, Politicians or Police have not called for a summit after numerous English football games led to fan violence on and off the park. Now why is that?
February 20, 2011
Celtic and Rangers will lock horns SEVEN times this season, and we are only into Clash Four. So is it getting tedious yet? Can an Old Firm game ever become tedious?
The battle lines are drawn and Rangers will cross the frontier that splits Glasgow down the middle to try to break down the doors of Parkhead trying to secure all three points at the home of their greatest rivals, once more.
February 4, 2011
So big game this weekend, chance to knock our biggest rivals out of a competition. I’m sure you can cut the excitement in Glasgow with a knife. Not with me though, I actually couldn’t care less.
What is this Old Firm game number three for the season, think I’ve actually lost count. By the end of February Celtic will have played Aberdeen and Rangers three times each, sorry if the magic is somehow lost on me but I quite like variety.
January 21, 2011
Aberdeen make their first visit to Celtic Park since the 9-0 destruction they suffered at the hands of Neil Lennon’s side. It would seem that only a brave man would put a bet on the performance let alone the result happening again. Craig Brown has galvanised the team since he took over from Mark McGhee. Leading his team to a five game unbeaten run, something that was unthinkable after the 5-0 drubbing to Hearts.