Celtic, humiliation, and the Rise of Rangers


Regulars to Ibrox Noise know we’re not big on talking about other teams. We did cover the ‘demise’ of Hibs recently, through gritted teeth, admittedly, but yesterday’s events at Parkhead have certainly stirred the East End hive and that of the rest of Scottish football.

After a dodgy first leg in Romania, Celtic succumbed entirely to Cluj, losing out 4-5 on aggregate in another disastrous embarrassment in Champions League qualifying.

Bear in mind, they got horsed out at the same stage last season as well under Rodgers, so if they’re blaming their manager, well, fair enough!

But what really matters is the context of this loss. Rangers have gone through the whole of pre-season and the earnest beginning of serious business this summer without losing a single point or match. Just two draws, one slightly tactical, have been the downsides of Rangers’ start to the season, including a massive win in Denmark against a very fancied and strong Scandinavian side.

Celtic, on the other hand, struggled in their first round CL qualifier by all accounts, and were more or less out of their depth against a solid Romanian side – and even struggled against Steve Robinson’s Motherwell.

We’re not saying 55 is coming this season, but events of the start of this season have pointed more strongly to a credible attempt at it this year than at any other point the past 7+ years.

And in the wider picture, the arrogance of the Scottish media to be absolutely flabbergasted at Celtic losing to a Romanian side. Celtic aren’t great. In fact, they’re miles off it. Rangers are certainly catching, if we haven’t already. And for our media to suggest they had a divine right to overcome Cluj is certainly intriguing.

But there’s a wider ‘problem’ still – this has further damaged Scottish football’s already diabolical co-efficient. Celtic already have to go in at the first round of UCL qualifying, rather than a group place as champions like in the old days, while Rangers have had to start at near the grass roots of the Europa League by finding themselves similarly at the opening qualifying round.

If Scottish football hadn’t disgraced itself the past 7+ years we’d have a much higher number and our top two would be given far greater leverage for progression in Europe’s elite competitions.

But Aberdeen, Killie and Celtic have all been abominable the past 5 years. Only Rangers have actually won any points, if we’re not mistaken. After all, following a European drought of 7 years, we sure didn’t lose any points in 2017 given our absence was 5 years (admittedly didn’t gain any either – no argument that Rangers in 2017 Europe were a disgrace too), it was us who came into the UEL at the first qualifying round last campaign and not only got to the group stage but won a match in it and got enough points to have a chance at the KO round. Celtic only lost points by falling into the UEL group via parachute and failing to get past the round of 32. We’re happy to be corrected on all of these points with documentary proof.

It’s Rangers who have made progress (the proper kind, this time), and obviously we’ll have to match it or go one better to win more points or not lose any, but Gerrard’s men show signs they can do that.

But for now, to be utterly immature like one of our commenters yesterday – let’s just laugh at Celtic.


  1. For me the Celtic fans are right to blame their manager .They started this game ahead due to the away goal in the draw , so they should have been set up to protect the nil that they started with , that would have got them through .Instead he played 3 at the back , which didn`t include his £7million centre half, wing backs who were two attackers (and not their £3 million pound left back ) and left their best striker on the bench until 7 minutes from the end. He thought they could blow Cluj away with all out attack and got it horribly wrong.

  2. What a fantastic night at parkhead last night. The "mighty" Celtic eh….. laughable. Can't wait to get them at Ibrox, bring it on.

  3. My favourite moment from the game was the commentator on Celtic TV, who after Odsonne had scored with a tap in from three yards, described him as "being unplayable tonight".

  4. Why should anybody feel immature laughing at that mob.
    We have been listening to the Grandiose Narcissists for the last 7 years spewing their verbal Diarrhoea about Rangers and Rangers fans,and their fantastical stories,their concerted Propaganda Campaigns from title stripping to resolution 12 and all the other garbage in between, and when they finally implode and Rangers 55 this year I will be laughing the loudest

  5. Nothing has brought more shame on Scottish football than the relegation of Rangers to 3rd division. The stupidity from a business point of view was breathtaking. Administration was unnecessary ( don’t go there) but everyone kicked Rangers. Sportsmanship lost out but all teams( except perhaps Celtic) lost fortunes. It has come home to roost. Scottish football will take decades to recovery and will only do so with a successful Rangers.

  6. I have no problems laughing and laughing at this expected crap their blind arrogance ignorance and lack of respect for us and the rest of the SPFL is despicable. Coupled with arrogant bias rotten mob media who do the same it's fucking hilarious and long time due!! Once we secure 55 it will put them back in their place. ..Lennon must stay… PLEASE!! Watch him buy any old shite before the Transfer Deadline. Loving It

  7. Little rocket man out a job soon after that result😂😂😂


  8. It's the usual delusional Celtic fans with their "our rightful place is in the Champions League" nonsense. Cluj are a decent team and fully deserved their victory. It could be the beginning of power shift however lets get past Midtjylland and then put them to the sword at Ibrox in a couple of weeks before we start believing.

  9. Billy Dodds said on Sunday that Rangers would be playing catch up in the league to Celtic due to the fact they are in the champions league and play thier games first. Well….
    This morning i was asked if i had seen the highlights of last nights game, no. Why would i? I will tonight though. What a celebration.

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