Celtic and Rangers fans lauded after stunning derby reveal which dwarfs English rivals
Fans of Glasgow rivals Celtic and Rangers have been lauded for the “incredible” noise generated in the Scottish Cup semi final clash at Hampden Park on Sunday.
The two sides, who have already faced each other numerous times this season, went head-to-head at the national stadium for a place in the cup final, with the Gers seeking out their first major honour since 2011 and the Bhoys looking to continue their push for a second successive treble winning season.
In the end it was Brendan Rodgers’ men who triumphed with ease, the Hoops cruising to a 4-0 victory in which the Light Blues capitulated both during and after the game, but the supporters’ efforts have been noted in a stunning study examining the noise levels exerted throughout the game.
As detailed in a press release from Hampden Park, the levels peaked at what was described as an “incredible” 115 decibel, which is said to be on par to a front row place at a rock concert, and nearly at the same level as being 25 metres from a jet-engine taking off, while ambient level averaged at 97db.
The study compared itself to previous examinations of football grounds, and the Scottish giants dwarfed the results shown south of the border, with a 2011 study showing that Old Trafford’s noise levels at kick off, the highest in England, peaked at 87db, far below the 109db heard on Sunday.
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Fans of both Rangers and Celtic do not need telling just how passionate they are about supporting their respective sides but this study will add another arrow to their quiver the next time anyone questions them about the support shown in Scotland. The quality of football north of the border might be given a hard time by those from elsewhere, and rightly so when you look at some dire performances not only from the teams but from officials too, but there is no doubting that the Glasgow clubs have some of the top fans not only in Britain but worldwide. Having both clubs back competing against one another is the best thing that could have happened to Scottish football.
In other Rangers and Celtic news, Neil Lennon has torn into the Gers for their performance against the Hoops.