It’s the Old Firm, whether you like it or not

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Whatever side you are on, tension
is starting to mount for this Sunday’s Old Firm encounter at Hampden. It has been three
years since Rangers met Celtic, and it is pretty safe no previous Old Firm
encounter has ever had the baggage and sub-plot level this one does.
When Rangers and Celtic were
drawn in the first Old Firm encounter for around 36 months last year, attention
globally went into fever pitch. Fans of both Rangers and Celtic often
underestimate the span their clubs have around the world in a kind of ‘inferiority’
complex, and forget just how big the Old Firm actually is – it is the most
significant football rivalry in the world today. The only ones to compete are
the Clasico and England v Scotland.

Even former Ibrox boss Graeme Souness, who was
manager in the hellish atmosphere of Galatasaray Fenerbahce and of course
played in both the Merseyside derby and Liverpool Man Utd said the following
about the Old Firm:
“It’s the biggest derby in the world by a
mile. I played in Liverpool v Everton games
and was involved in Galatasaray v Fenerbahce. There’s no comparison.”
By this point I am pretty sure
every Celtic fan reading this is foaming at the mouth screaming there is no Old
Firm, your club is dead, etc etc.
Well I am afraid to tell you
fellows that your legend Kenny Dalglish does not agree.
“How can you ever go into an Old Firm game saying you’ve nothing to
lose? Everybody has got something to lose. It won’t be a foregone conclusion.
It can’t be taken as given that anybody is going to win.”
Even the Sunday Herald trolled Celtic
fans out of £3000 by displaying that comical advert about Rangers being a new
club and there being no Old Firm right next to an article about…you guessed it,
the Old Firm.
And there is what their
ex-manager Neil Lennon said:
“Yeah, I know there’s a debate that it
is not Rangers, it’s a newco, this that and the other. Listen when it comes to Sunday and the stadium is packed, people will
know what it is all about.
[on the ad] It is what those Celtic fans believe so I’m not going to
shoot that one down. They have their own views, they’ve done a detailed study
of it.
Rangers fans will argue the case the other way but like I say once it
comes to the League Cup semi-final on Sunday and that stadium is absolutely rocking it will be back to Celtic and
Rangers as we all know it
.
Anything can happen in a derby but if Celtic play as well as they can then
they should be comfortable winners.”
Dalglish and Lennon showing some
absolute sense about Rangers.
The fact is, there is an Old
Firm, and while Rangers do not go into Sunday’s encounter as
favourites, the fact Celtic fans have snapped up their allocation and will
attend Sunday’s Old Firm match in their thousands suggests they do believe it
is an Old Firm match and it is Rangers from Ibrox.
Then there is the Celtic
supporter who famously had his ticket thieved by fellow fans – all so desperate
to attend this match that they are willing to steal from each other.
Now, I must confess there are a
lot of Celtic fans who actually do miss Rangers, concede we are the same Club
and there is an Old Firm in existence as there always was. This article is in
no way criticising you individuals, you are being sensible and reasonable.
It is the ones who fork out four
figures to deny what UEFA, FIFA, the law, the SPFL etc etc have confirmed. It
is the ones who are embarrassing others into tweeting disbelief at the idiocy
of their fellow fans for carrying out such an act.
The fact is this; some Celtic
fans will pretend they do not care about Sunday’s Old Firm match – they even
deny it is one, but deep down every Celtic supporter is aching their side to
beat Rangers.
And that is the reality. We are
Rangers, We Are the People, we are still here, and there is not a single thing
you guys can do about it.
Bring on Sunday – even though
Rangers will almost certainly lose, the occasion is going to be astounding.

35 COMMENTS

  1. Do you know what the biggest laugh I got out of this advert, no not that it cost the idiotic fools 3 grand it was that they said it was in a national newspaper haha haha the Sunday Herald, now I don't know if you have noticed but certain Rangers fans have been calling for boycotts of everything in the world, but they haven't even bothered calling for a boycott of this rag why because nobody buys the piece of shit well apart from wee terror glorifying arseholes last Sunday wonder what there going to do this Sunday eh

    • Can your brain grasp the hypocrisy of calling Celtic fans "terror glorifying arseholes" when your own support is adorned with Loyalist paramilitary flags and champions the behaviour of the British Army, IDF etc?

    • Can your brain not grasp I was calling the wee arseholes who bought that piece of shit of a paper that nobody buys apart from wee terror glorifying arseholes not all Celtic fans, but I am glad I hit a nerve with you, never know you might have bought that piece of shit before Sunday eh or did you normally buy a real national newspaper

  2. No surprise that a Rangers fan is so desperate to resurrect the rivalry – it is after all your only selling point. Also of little surprise is your readiness to accept the 'Old Firm' label, which is routinely used to share out the blame for the crimes of your own support.

  3. what a load of nonsense, let me put it to you this way, if I grew my hair and big sideburns, bought myself an Elvis suit, learnt to sing, went to the MGM in las vegas and performed on stage, would I be Elvis??? The answer is no, why because Elvis is dead….and so are you.

    • That's not a comparison!!!! that's just words, a person, club and company are 3 different entities,,,, like if a cars engine dies, and u replace the engines, is it not the same car???? idiot lol

    • SORRY PAL BUT IF A FERRARI IS CONFISCATED AND CRUSHED BY THE DVLA FOR NOT HAVING ROAD TAX, THEN A GUY LIKE (CHARLES GREEN) COMES ALONG TO THE SCRAPYARD AND BUYS THE FERRARI BADGE FOR 50P THEN STICKS IT ON A FAKE CUSTOM CAR WITH A NEW REGISTRATION PLATE G375RIP THEN DRIVES AROUND FAST ENOUGH FOR NOBODY TO TAKE NOTICE IN ORDER TO FOOL PEOPLE INTO THINKING ITS GOT A FERRARI V8 ENGINE AND A FULL DEALERSHIP SERVICE HISTORY THEN YES IM SORRY BUT LIKE ABOVE, ELVIS IS A COOD COMPARISSON!!!
      ITS NOT THE SAME CAR!!!! JUST LOOKS LIKE IT ; ) HAHA!!!!

      ELIS IS DEAD, JUST LOOK IT UP ON THE NET PAL!!!!!!

    • SORRY PAL BUT IF A FERRARI IS CONFISCATED AND CRUSHED BY THE DVLA FOR NOT HAVING ROAD TAX, THEN A GUY LIKE (CHARLES GREEN) COMES ALONG TO THE SCRAPYARD AND BUYS THE FERRARI BADGE FOR 50P THEN STICKS IT ON A FAKE CUSTOM CAR WITH A NEW REGISTRATION PLATE G375RIP THEN DRIVES AROUND FAST ENOUGH FOR NOBODY TO TAKE NOTICE IN ORDER TO FOOL PEOPLE INTO THINKING ITS GOT A FERRARI V8 ENGINE AND A FULL DEALERSHIP SERVICE HISTORY THEN YES IM SORRY BUT LIKE ABOVE, ELVIS IS A COOD COMPARISSON!!!
      ITS NOT THE SAME CAR!!!! JUST LOOKS LIKE IT ; ) HAHA!!!!

      ELIS IS DEAD, JUST LOOK IT UP ON THE NET PAL!!!!!!

  4. Every Celtic fan I know thinks Rangers died but are looking forward to rubbing it in with beating the new version. I am a Rangers fan and don't care if we are legally a new club with a new history it is the same club crest on the shirt. Ally will be missing this even though he could be blamed for selling Charles Green to us and making a fortune when others were getting laid off.

  5. The individuals who went to the extraordinary lengths of placing that newspaper advert should pause for a period of inward reflection. What motivates you? Why do you desire Rangers to be seen as a new club? Is it Rangers history of success, that you wish to eradicate? All the league titles, the cups etc that clearly identify Rangers as one of the most successful clubs in world football. Your deed has only served to expose and highlight your exasperation, bitterness and envy. It's difficult to take that sort of juvenile gesture seriously and unfortunately, as a result, the Scottish football community has suffered another setback. Concentrate on, and support, your own team.

    • "Your deed has only served to expose and highlight your exasperation, bitterness and envy. It's difficult to take that sort of juvenile gesture seriously"….
      ___________________________________________________

      This story seems to have rattled your cage…

  6. Don't know about you guys but I'm looking forward to the Celtic v SportsDirect XI match at the weekend. New ckub, new owner, what's 'old' ? Apart from the debt that was left behind, that is.

    • On you go then you show him maybe you'd could huv another flashdance outside sports direct and he might gives you's a new set of strips for your team

  7. They are like the footballing version of a comedy tee-shirt.
    Pathetic doesn't come close. Face painters/Sevco/Deadco etc.
    Is there no-one in your circle of friends to tell you that you've already told those jokes?
    Maybe not.
    See you all on Sunday you followers of Glasgow's second biggest team.

  8. Be gone, vipers of green. Retreat and kiss the papal ring and pledge your allegiance to your voodoo type worship. Bring on the hokey cokey. Back to normal on Sunday. Let the hatred commence. And they cry was…

  9. Look here is where it is at – of course come Sunday it will be the same intensity of rivalry that we always knew, the colours will be the same, the songs will probably be the same etc. Regardless of what has gone down over the past few years a team from Celtic Park will be playing a team from Ibrox and all that goes with it will not have changed a great deal. If you want to get technical about the thing though this will not be Rangers 1872 but rather Rangers 2012 but it will not make a great deal of difference to what happens on the day – I would say this is where Lennon and possibly Daglish are coming from. The response to this advertisment has been massive from the media – I am surprised it simplay was not ignored instead of getting the desired response – in fact I am not surprised but I have yet to read anywhere anyone taking the advertisement apart and proving it wrong – instead all we are getting is people wheeled out with opinions.

  10. Walter Smith, Richard Gough, Andy Goram & James Traynor admitted at time that Rangers died when got liquidated. On record. The papers nee mugs to believe in old firm still to sell their papers. All the knuckle draggers who still don't understand the reason they died are looking for revenge. They think it was a conspiracy.

  11. Why do fellow Rangers fans even bother to argue with these pricks , let them believe what the sad arses want . As far as we're concerned you can stick the term " old firm " right up your jacksies , there is no alliance of any kind with that lot , no association whatsoever . If Rangers 1872 died , they died as the worlds most trophy successful team , something they will have to live with now and forever . Once true Gers men are back running our club , we will be back to add to these totals , new club or not .

  12. As a neutral (i.e. non-Old Firm) supporter, I was intrigued by the points made in the Celtic Supporters' advert. A lot of it sounds very reasonable. I'd be very interested in hearing what Rangers fans' views are – with evidence to back up counter-claims to points raised in the advert that doesn't include things like "well, Neil Doncaster said so".

  13. I notice not one of these "Legends" are actually arguing with the factual content of the advert. Just trying to appease all the angry fans out there. With the amount of hatred directed towards Neil Lennon over the years it shows how desperate you are to use his name to back up your OF argument lol

  14. Im a neutral too. 21 UEFA didnt say rangers was the same club. myth. And, why did Charles Green say ( youtube ) that he bought the history of the fallen giant ? bought it from who . for who ? Think ! Theres a lot of Norman Bates out there.

  15. If Only They Could Be Embarrassed?

    Since a group of Celtic supporters took out a factually correct advertisement in the Sunday Herald, every hack in Scotland has scrambled a defence of their part in the great Rangers liquidation lie.

    Instead of trying to prove anything contained in the ad incorrect, which they can’t, they have gone on an ‘Old Firm’ offensive as if to stick two fingers up to the truth.

    Wheeling out former Celtic and mostly EBT recipient Rangers players is nothing more than using a ‘my brother is bigger than yours’ type of response.

    So what? Nothing they say will change the facts.

    If they do want to gain any credibility, they should ask the ex-Rangers players they interview if they have any intention of paying back their loans.

    Or if they REALLY want to impress, and move away from petty point scoring, why don’t they try and find out who really owns £1brox? And where the deeds are.

    I’m sure that would be a bit more important to the Zombies than trying to prove Celtic supporters wrong.

    Or maybe not?

    *If they are asking former Celtic players their opinion, why haven’t they asked John Fallon?

    Scared of response maybe?

    If Only They Could Be Embarrassed?

    Since a group of Celtic supporters took out a factually correct advertisement in the Sunday Herald, every hack in Scotland has scrambled a defence of their part in the great Rangers liquidation lie.

    Instead of trying to prove anything contained in the ad incorrect, which they can’t, they have gone on an ‘Old Firm’ offensive as if to stick two fingers up to the truth.

    Wheeling out former Celtic and mostly EBT recipient Rangers players is nothing more than using a ‘my brother is bigger than yours’ type of response.

    So what? Nothing they say will change the facts.

    If they do want to gain any credibility, they should ask the ex-Rangers players they interview if they have any intention of paying back their loans.

    Or if they REALLY want to impress, and move away from petty point scoring, why don’t they try and find out who really owns £1brox? And where the deeds are.

    I’m sure that would be a bit more important to the Zombies than trying to prove Celtic supporters wrong.

    Or maybe not?

    *If they are asking former Celtic players their opinion, why haven’t they asked John Fallon?

    Scared of response maybe?

  16. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha, I've saw Elvis Live at the Local pub, Buddy Holly was there that night too, and i saw Johny Cash when i was in Spain. Now I've got a ticket for the Tribute Act this Sunday. Celtic(1888) vs The Rangers(2012). Old Firm my arse, pay the 276 creditors and get a grip of yourselves, this shambles happened under your watch, where were the real rangers men when Murray ran amok with the old club?

  17. you article lost all credibility even before you grossly generalised "all so desperate to attend this match that they are willing to steal from each other."

  18. Fact: Glasgow Rangers were liquidated.
    Fact: The new club is known as Rangers International Football Club
    Fact: Glasgow Rangers were never relegated because they did not exist.
    Fact: Rangers International Football Club were granted entry to the lowest tier of Scottish football as a completely new entity.
    Fact: Charles Green bought Glasgow Rangers assets.
    Fact: Creditors of Glasgow Rangers did not and still have not been paid. They never will be as the club was liquidated:
    Fact: Supporters of RIFC are not new, they remain and stand for the same beliefs as they always have.
    Assumption: Non supporters of RIFC are quite happy to accept the new club and continue the rivalry with the said clubs supporters as what they stand for remains. This will never change.

  19. Fact: Glasgow Rangers were liquidated.
    Fact: The new club is known as Rangers International Football Club
    Fact: Glasgow Rangers were never relegated because they did not exist.
    Fact: Rangers International Football Club were granted entry to the lowest tier of Scottish football as a completely new entity.
    Fact: Charles Green bought Glasgow Rangers assets.
    Fact: Creditors of Glasgow Rangers did not and still have not been paid. They never will be as the club was liquidated:
    Fact: Supporters of RIFC are not new, they remain and stand for the same beliefs as they always have.
    Assumption: Non supporters of RIFC are quite happy to accept the new club and continue the rivalry with the said clubs supporters as what they stand for remains. This will never change.

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