Celtic might win title v Rangers next week, but it won't come close to previous decider
Rangers’ win over Hearts on Sunday at Ibrox has set up a potential Old Firm title party for the Gers’ bitter rivals Celtic but even if the Hoops do get confirmed as champions, it won’t come close to 1999 when Rangers won the title at their enemies’ home.
Brendan Rodgers’ side would be confirmed as champions if they win against the Gers and would give the Parkhead side their seventh successive title success as well as being one step closer to a historic back-to-back domestic treble.
But when Rangers lifted the title at Celtic Park, everything was very different.
The Hoops were defending champions at the time and both sides were still in the race to lift the title when the Gers crossed the city at the start of May 1999.
The match brought the entire country to a stand-still and was one of the most anticipated Old Firm clashes in years as Dick Advocaat looked to lift his first title since coming to Scotland.
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Three red cards, a couple of pitch invasions, a coin to referee Hugh Dallas’ head and a Celtic fan falling from the top tier of Celtic Park later and the Gers were champions.
This time around it is a matter of when, not if, Rodgers’ side can secure the title and while the title win of 1999 still eats away at Celtic fans – some of whom, incredibly, think the game was rigged as part of an anti-Celtic conspiracy – while Rangers fans will simply add the latest blow to a long, long list of things the Gers have have had to endure over the last six years.
Even today, the title decider of 1999 still has repercussions in the Scottish game with authorities keen to avoid the shameful scenes witnessed from the Celtic support by scheduling games in a way to make an Old Firm title decider almost impossible.
If it does happen next weekend and Cetic win the title against Graeme Murty’s side, it will still hurt for Rangers fans but it will be nothing like how it felt for Celtic fans 19 years ago when the Gers crossed the city and won the title on their patch.
In other Rangers news, Graeme Murty was left raving over this from last weekend’s Celtic clash.