Cameras caught Stevie G refusing to make eye contact with Neil Lennon after the Old Firm derby

Defeat is a bitter pill to swallow. In a game of football, nobody wants to end up on the losing side. Right from a  young age, aspiring footballers are trained to win; that winning mentality is instilled in them. So when one team wins, the other must accept the harsh reality of defeat.

Accepting this can be hard, especially when you lose to your arch rivals. Why? Because it’s a matter of pride, a matter of bragging rights, and last but not the least: not hearing the end of it from rival fans. All these together result in a “living hell” for the losing team.

Celtic Park, March 31, 2019. The final whistle has just been blown and Celtic are 2-1 victors over Rangers, in the latest installment of the Old Firm derby.

The game lived up to its expectations: goals, cards and controversy. It was nothing short of dramatic. The post-match scenes seemed to go out of control, with both sets of players involved in a brawl and Rangers’ Halliday seeing red.

Another incident that may have flown under the radar, given the chaos that spread between the players after the full-time whistle, is one involving the managers of both clubs.

At the full-time whistle, there is brief moment between Rangers manager Steven Gerrard and Celtic boss Neil Lennon, caught on television coverage. The clip shows Gerrard, who appears to refuse making eye contact with Lennon as the two shake hands in post-match formalities.

In a gesture that has infuriated Celtic fans, Gerrard’s refusal to make any eye-contact can only be viewed as disrespectful by Celtic fans. Some fans dubbed him as “a sore loser”. Since this incident, the Rangers boss has accepted a one-match touchline ban for comments made to the referee in the aftermath of the loss.

Everyone knows that accepting defeat is difficult, especially in a fixture like the Glasgow derby. Nobody likes losing, the same way nobody likes a sore loser. Gerrard seemed to have acted inappropriately and against the true spirit of the game. Was Gerrard right in the way he acted following his side’s defeat?


What Kristoffer Ajer did after the Rangers game will make him an even bigger fan-favorite

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?