Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Old Firm return, Ricksen regrets

Unless you have been sleeping underneath a large boulder, you will be aware tickets went on sale yesterday for the long-awaited Old Firm clash at Hampden in just over two weeks time. The queues at the ticket office were pretty long and the hype rather extensive. 

No one would ever object to Rangers fans wanting to watch their team face off v our historic rivals, and even though Celtic fans pretend there is no Old Firm, this selection suggests otherwise:

So, in all truth, there is an Old Firm and both sets of fans are extremely excited about the first clash between the two since 2012, even if neither team are especially impressive. Tickets have as good as sold out within a day, so demand was impressive among Bears. 

It is just a crying shame Fernando Ricken’s Tribute Match, which has received rather intense marketing, has failed to capture imagination in anything like the same way. As we know Fernando was diagnosed with ALS, or Motor Neurone Disease to give it its ‘popular’ title. As such, with Rangers being his main ex-Club, a benefit match was arranged to give him financial support in his darkest hour. The proceeds will go to himself, his daughter, MND Scotland and the Rangers Charity Foundation. 

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