Rangers fell short at Celtic Park yet again as Celtic came out on top in the Old Firm credit to a Kyogo Furuhashi brace and a goal from Jota which ended up being just about enough for The Bhoys to secure maximum points with a pulsating 3-2 victory over rivals Rangers.
James Tavernier’s double, which included a sumptuous 25-yard free-kick, couldn’t prove to be enough as Rangers’ hopes for a late title push have now seemingly been buried.
Celtic have now secured a 12-point lead over the second-placed Rangers, and with seven games left in the Scottish Premiership, the reigning champions look destined to retain their title. Rangers suffered its first defeat in the league under manager Michael Beale, who is still awaiting his first derby victory at the Ibrox.
However, a rather confounding incident post the Old Firm seems to have caught the eyes of fans. A clip that surfaced online hours after the derby sees Rangers defender Borna Barisic leaving Celtic Park with a loaf of bread in his hands. Yes, a loaf of bread.
In the clip, which also sees supporters of Celtic booing Michael Beale’s men away, yelling “Go home you b*stards”, Croatian left-back Barisic could be spotted holding a loaf of bread in his hands as the 30-year-old departs the stadium with his teammates.
The Croat, who secured an assist earlier in the game, was seen telling the hostile Celtic fans to “F*ck off” as he, with the rest of the Gers’ squad, left the Celtic Park with some bread in his hands.
The clip spread on the internet like wildfire and fans couldn’t help but wonder the reason behind the Rangers’ fullback carrying a loaf of bread. There were obvious questions: “Where did the loaf come from?” “Is Barisic stealing bread away from the Celtic Park?” “Have Rangers gone bankrupt and cannot afford to pay their players?” Well, maybe not the last bit.
There were some hilarious reactions on Twitter. A user commented, “Maybe he was trying to send an SOS to Warburton”. “His holy Easter communion” suggested another, reacting to the clip.
The questions unfortunately remain unanswered for the time being. We’re still hopeful to receive the much-needed answers one day.
We do however have answers to the people questioning under the same clip whether the “suit” tradition has been dropped by Rangers.
Post his arrival, manager Michael Beale had decided to restore the tradition for Rangers’ players to show up in suits before games, a tradition which had previously been dropped under Beale’s compatriot Steven Gerrard when the latter was in charge.
However, the tradition only requires the Gers’ players to dress up smartly before home games. The most recent Old Firm derby being an away fixture did not require the players to show suited up, thus the tradition still remains intact.
In other news, reacting to the crucial derby win, Celtic boss Anne Postecoglou hinted that the league trophy is yet to be secured and the remaining seven fixtures will not reflect his men dropping off any intensity.