Despite Rangers ending Celtic’s winning run in a fiery Old Firm in March, the Bhoys claimed their sixth straight league title last week.
One of the oldest rivalries in sport may not have the significance it once did but the football world nevertheless stands still whenever the Glaswegian giants do battle.
Similar to how Barcelona, to many in Spain, represent the Republican, left-leaning forces that lost the Civil War to General Franco, the dictator who is often associated with Real Madrid, the Old Firm has an immense political and cultural importance.
Traditionally it’s seen as Celtic and the club’s Irish, Catholic roots facing off against the Gers’ predominantly Protestant, Scottish background. Nowadays, the rivalry has calmed somewhat and the ease of tensions arguably began when Mo Johnston, a catholic, joined the Blue side of the city back in 1989.
The guys over at uMAXit Football have dedicated the latest episode of their brilliant series, “A Brief History Of” to the fascinating story of how the controversial switch came about and it’s an absolutely fascinating watch.
The two clubs will lock horns for the final time this season later this month in the Scottish Cup semi-final. The winner will face either Hibs or Aberdeen at Hampden Park in May.