The Match: Celtic v Rangers

The Old Firm puts together two of the biggest rivals in football in a game which houses one of the oldest and most fiercest derbies on the planet.

Celtic verses Rangers is not only the Glasgow derby, it is not only a match between the best two teams in Scotland. It is also religion. A political and sectarian conflict between two long term enemies from the same city. The Catholics support green, the Protestants support blue. It cannot be any other way.

With 102 Scottish League Championships between them (Rangers 54, Celtic 48) the two teams dominate their countries football and with over 400 matches played between the two teams it is easily one of the most played games in football. Rangers have won 159 times, Celtic 151 with 98 draws in competition.

Here are a few of the best and most memorable matches from the Glasgow derby between the world renowned Old Firm.

1943: Rangers 8-1 Celtic (Scottish Southern League, Glasgow)

An unofficial result due to war time records being expunged but one that really did happen as Rangers beat Celtic en-route to their third Southern League title in a row. The Scottish league had broken up regionally due to the second world war and these matches were played often without their star players who were on national duty.

Rangers would be 2-0 up within the first four minutes through Duncanson and Waddell with Celtic replying before half time through Duncan. Celtic might have equalised in the second half but had a goal ruled out from Delaney before Gillick made it 3-1 for Rangers, himself striking a post and declining to go off injured despite the referees concerns. Waddell made it four which sparked anger from the visitors and Malcom McDonald for Celtic was ordered off by the Referee. Soon after the game restarted Lynch was then sent off for something he said and Rangers were able to steam roll over the Celts with further goals from Waddell, Young and Gillick.

1957: Celtic 7-1 Rangers (Scottish League Cup Final, Glasgow)

A record win for Celtic over Rangers as the two played the final of the 1957/58 Scottish League Cup at Hampden Park. Celtic were Cup holders, Rangers reigning league champions but in a game nicknamed Hampden in the Sun, it was all the Bhoys as they routed to a 7-1 win.

Sammy Wilson netted first after 22 minutes before Neil Mochan and Billy McPhail added two more either side of half time. Rangers pulled one back through Simpson on 58 before McPhail grabbed his second of the game to put the tie to bed. Mochan scored again before McPhail completed his hat-trick and in the final minute Willie Fernie netted from the spot in front of over 82,000 Glaswegians.

1988: Rangers 5-1 Celtic (Scottish Premier Division, Glasgow)

One of the greatest performances by one of the greatest ever Rangers teams. Graeme Souness had assembled a side including four England internationals whilst Celtic were reigning Scottish champions looking to defend their trophy.

Frank McAvennie gave the away side the lead after just two minutes before Ally McCoist equalised on ten for Rangers. Ray Wilkins made it 2-1 with an unstoppable volley before McCoist made it 3-1 a minute into the second half. Further goals by Kevin Drinkell and Mark Walters would add misery on Manager Billy McNeill and Rangers would eventually win the league title their first of a famous nine in a row. Celtic however would have the last laugh that season as they ended Rangers treble hopes by beating them in the Scottish Cup.

Quick Fact: Bill Struth is the most successful derby manager with 66 wins in 116 Old Firm games as Rangers Boss. Celtic legend Willie Malay had 43 Old Firm wins in 146 attempts for the hoops.

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