If anyone tells you “It’s only a game.” Tell them to look at the faces in this picture..
Ah, the Old Firm Derby. One of the most fiercely competitive fixtures in world football, with a history steeped in factors quite removed from matters on the pitch. Documentaries have been made on the social divide and the gang wars spilling out from this Glaswegian rivalry, but what matters ultimately is who takes the bragging rights from the field.
Rangers have been going through a lot of turmoil in the last few years – financial mismanagement, liquidation, restarting in the third division – while their bitter rivals Celtic have monopolised the Scottish League, and even recent results have seen the ‘Bhoys’ triumph over their troubled opponents.
However, Rangers more than salvaged some pride with a fighting display at Celtic Park in a 1-1 draw. The home side took the lead, only for Clint Hill to dramatically equalise towards the end. Cue uproarious celebrations in the away section.
In that one moment, the pain of the past few years may well have evaporated for the Ibrox faithful, even if for just a while. And they celebrated it as though it mean that and so much more.