You can’t get any more heated in football than the Old Firm Derby.
Britain’s biggest and most dangerous rivalry has chucked up anything you can imagine in the game from fans storming the pitch in 1980 and getting alcohol banned from all football grounds in Scotland from Mo Johnstone winning over the Rangers faithful by scoring a last-minute winner in 1989.
But if you were to ask a Rangers fan what their favourite Old Firm game was, they might point to the final derby of the 1998/99 Scottish Premier League season, where the Gers claimed the title at Celtic Park.
With four games of the season left to play, Rangers could wrap up the league title, their eighth of the decade, with a win against their city rivals, and having lost just five matches all season, Dick Advocaat’s side were in flying form heading into the final instalment of the Old Firm of the campaign.
And just like they had been all season, Rangers were lethal against Celtic, but it was scenes off the pitch that neutrals remember most from this game. Referee Hugh Dallas and a steward were both hit by projectiles from home fans following decisions that Hoops fans didn’t agree with, resulting in the official needing treatment for a gashed head and the steward being stretchered away.
With the home fans hostile, it only got worse as left-back Stephane Mahe was sent off for the hosts shortly before half-time as Rangers went into the break a 2-0 up.
Another goal in the second half from Neil McCann, his second of the game, secured a 3-0 win for Rangers, as well as their 48th Scottish League title and their first ever to be won at Celtic Park.
The visitors too ended up with a player sent off but not before Celtic were reduced to nine men following a second red card for the Hoops in what was an ugly and yet almost typical Old Firm match, and one that will long be remembered in the minds of Rangers fans.
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