This coming Sunday is the Viaplay cup final between the two famous old enemies, Rangers and Celtic. This will be the first opportunity for Michael Beale to get his hands on some silverware as Rangers boss.
With the build-up to the match quickly commencing, why not be nostalgic and reminisce of when the Gers have got the better of the Celts in this fixture.
Rangers 3-2 Celtic (a.e.t) 1984 League-cup Final
The 1984 League-cup final was certainly not short of drama. The Gers seemed out of sight after the 61st minute when Super Ally scored his second of the game to make it to 2-0 to the men in blue. However, in the 67th minute Brian McClair managed to nick one back for the Celts with over half an hour of normal time still to play. Celtic continued to pile on the pressure, and finally managed to get their goal through a Mark Reid penalty kick in the last minute of the 90. With tensions as high as possible, in the 14th minute of extra time, Ally McCoist puts one by Packie Bonner in the Celtic net to send the blue half of the national stadium into eruption. Thus, securing his hat-trick and winning the cup for Glasgow Rangers.
Rangers 2-1 Celtic (a.e.t) 1990 League-cup Final
By the turn of the new decade, Rangers had defeated Celtic once more in the League-cup final since Ally McCoist’s hat-trick in the ’84 final. This occurred when they beat the Celts 2-1 in the ’86 final thanks to goals from Ian Durrant and the legendary Davie Cooper. However, the 1990 final set the standards for what would be a decade of record-breaking domestic dominance for Rangers.
Hampden Park, 28th October 1990, Rangers v Celtic. The stage was set for yet another old firm cup-final showdown. The game went goalless for the first forty-five, but the second half was much more action packed. Celtic took the lead at the start of the half through a close-range finish from Paul Elliot, but Rangers replied in the 65th minute with a superb outside-of-the-box finish from Mark Walters. No more goals in the ninety minutes, meant yet again, the sides would go into extra time. With 105 minutes of football played, Richard Gough managed to find his way in behind the Celtic defence to receive a lofted ball in to the six-yard box, which he calmly slipped by Packie Bonner. This goal secured Rangers sixth League-cup in eight seasons and went down in history as one of Rangers many triumphs during the ‘90s.
Rangers 2-1 Celtic 2003 League-cup Final
The 2002/03 season remains in the treasured memories of all Rangers fans who witnessed it. Rangers and Celtic were neck-and-neck the majority of the season, and you just could not tell who was going to win this final.
After just 23 minutes, Rangers were in front thanks to club legend Claudio Caniggia. The whole first half was a display of dominance, with Rangers being awarded again for their efforts when Peter Lovenkrands put the ball in to Rab Douglas’s net to make it to 2-0 to the Teddy Bears. The second half was nail-biting stuff for those in the Rangers end of Hampden, as Celtic’s star man Henrik Larsson got a goal back for the Hoops in the 57th minute. Hearts were truly in mouths in the west stand when Celtic were awarded a late penalty kick, but John Hartson failed to deliver from 12 yards. This was much to the delight of the blue half of the ground. This proved vital, as Rangers would just-about hold on to lift their 23rd League-cup and claim the all-important bragging rights in Glasgow.
Rangers 2-1 Celtic (a.e.t) 2011 League-cup Final
Just before the disaster of 2012, which would send the club in to the 3rd tier of Scottish football, was the most recent victory over Celtic in the league cup final in 2011.
The match itself was one of the most evenly matched games of football between the two teams, with both sides having exactly 50% ball possession. On the 24th minute, now Rangers Hall of Fame midfielder, Steven Davis fired a lovely low driven strike from outside of the box which beat Fraser Foster and made it 1-0 to Rangers. Just five minutes later Celtic midfielder Joe Ledley headed the ball past goalie Neil Alexander to level the scoring. The two sides were in a stalemate for the remainder of the 90, and extra time it was. In the 8th minute of extra time, Gers striker Nikica Jelavic slotted the ball home off both posts to put Rangers ahead and put Rangers within minutes of winning the cup. The full-time whistle went, and Rangers had claimed their 27th League-cup victory, defeating Celtic in the final yet again.
Rangers ?-? Celtic 2023 League-cup Final
So, Hampden waits for yet another old firm cup final. Both sides’ recent form has been almost perfect, with the only league points dropped being against each other since Michael Beale’s arrival, it is destined to be a cracker. Will the boys in blue get the job done and lift the trophy? I guess we’ll need to find out on Sunday.