With the Glasgow Derby coming up, it has brought up the same old debate once again. In the eyes of Celtic fans, there is no debate though.
With the biggest game in Scottish football on the horizon, an online article has asked “Why do Celtic fans say there is no Old Firm derby with Rangers – only a Glasgow derby?” Goal.com make a decent attempt to explain this to their readers across the world.
With the game at Parkhead against the Rangers it’s very pertinent and topical, even if the answer now dates back to 2012 when Rangers became the club that died.
But that’s very hard for the people at Ibrox to swallow as fact. Oddly though, they have been keen and eager to lap up any media or board news about their team, no matter how far fetched.
The Goal article explains some of the history, club and purchasing thereof. It is explicit on the Liquidation of Rangers, which is that point where a limited company dies and ceases to exist. A sort of Govan rather than Norwegian blue, there is no way back, anything that follows is new.
The article doesn’t repeat the often quoted relegation mistake:
"“The new ownership was unable to secure the transfer of Rangers’ place in the Scottish Premier League and the club eventually began the 2012-13 season in the Third Division”"
It could go further in places but is reasonably factual and clearly not written by the Scottish mainstream media, nor fed by any PR agency.
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And ever since the Rangers (which replaced Rangers) have been extraordinarily desperate to maintain their position and importance by continuing to use the term Old Firm. Despite not being around long enough to be classed as old anymore. Whereas Celtic and their fans will only refer to the Glasgow Derby.
And even then, depending on who else is in the top league, it’s not the only Glasgow Derby. Ibrox fans don’t take it well seeing matches against Partick Thistle getting the same descriptive billing!
People can think what they like about buying history or titles or media coverage. Glasgow remains green and white as the current football champions in Scotland continue to make undeniable history. And this season they have chance to claim the Holy Grail by winning their tenth straight Scottish league title.
Of course, winning tomorrow’s ‘Glasgow Derby’ will be a good start in that quest.