Possibly one of the wildest rivalries in football, the Glasgow derby really is an intriguing one. Of all the great rivalries in the world of football – the Merseyside derby, Man Utd-Liverpool, El Clasico, the Milan derby, Boca Juniors-River Plate, Galatasaray-Fenerbahce, to name a few, the Old Firm derby is easily the most heated rivalry out there.
Contested (fiercely) between Rangers and Celtic, the two most decorated clubs in Scottish football, this fixture is never low on high-octane action.
More than just a footballing rivalry, this game has more to it than meets the eye. Fueled by the differences in political inclinations, religion and social ideologies, Celtic vs. Rangers does not disappoint.
This game is always rich in drama, controversy and is loaded with goals.
It is also a game that is infamous for its ruthless, if not reckless nature of tackles, players losing their temper, fights breaking out (among players and fans alike) and not to mention the sheer volume of cards and sending-off’s. This is a fixture that is not for the faint of heart.
And it was more of the same when Celtic hosted Rangers in the Premiership on the final day of March 2019.
Celtic won the match 2-1, in a game which saw two Rangers’ players sent off and a late goal sealing the deal for Celtic. The game was marred with players behaving recklessly, which caused the game to be a cagey, tense and a stop-start affair.
But Kristoffer Ajer of Celtic made sure that there were smiles in the aftermath of the game, in more ways than one.
At the full-time whistle, after the tempers had toned down, there was a moment to savor for a young Celtic fan, as he would soon find out. The towering centre-back gave his match-day shirt to a young fan after the derby, only to have a steward confiscate the shirt afterwards.
Determined to make that young man’s day, he got in touch with the boy’s father on social media to get him a signed shirt. The big Norwegian made this young fan and his family very happy, given that it was the boy’s birthday when this communication took place.
In what was a lovely gesture from Ajer, one must ponder: Was the steward right to confiscate the shirt?