Celtic v Rangers : 10 Best Old Firm Derbies Ever

Celtic v Rangers is one of the biggest derbies in the world. The clubs have been battling on the pitch for Scottish football supremacy for over a century. These two Glasgow based clubs are the most successful in Scottish football, winning 105 league titles between them. Many great matches have been played between these two. In this article, we have made a list of 10 best old firm derbies.

Here are the top 10 best old firm derbies –

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10. Celtic 3-2 Rangers [April 2008]

Celtic went into their final meeting of the season with their Glasgow neighbours well aware that a victory over their local rivals was essential if they were to keep alive hopes of retaining their top-flight title by haulting Rangers’ pursuit of league silverware.

Celtic took the lead in the fourth minute as Scott McDonald, latched onto a Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink flick to outpace the Rangers defence and fire past goalkeeper Neil Alexander. However, Rangers – who had started the brightest – hit back twice within the space of 12 mins to make it 2-1 in their favour.

Rangers fell two minutes short of retaining the lead at half time, McDonald’s shot on the turn from 16 yards taking a deflection off Dailly and looping over Alexander’s head , and Celtic restored parity . After the break ,both teams were going for all 3 points. Rangers’ Broadfoot clumsily hauled McDonald down just inside the box after 70 minutes and Celtic were awarded a penalty and Robson sent Alexander the wrong way from the spot, winning the game for Celtic.


9. Rangers 3-2 Celtic [May 2002]

The 2002 Scottish Cup Final is one of the best Old Firm derbies played in certain years. It was played on 4 May 2002 at Hampden Park in Glasgow and was the final of the 117th Scottish Cup.

A last-minute strike by Peter Lovenkrands gave Rangers victory in a stunning, energy-sapping Scottish Cup final against bitter rivals Celtic. And they did it with a rare Old Firm comeback.

Celtic had twice been ahead thanks to goals from John Hartson and Bobo Balde. But Lovenkrands produced the first equaliser, Barry Ferguson the second before the Danish striker grabbed the winner.


8. Celtic 2-1 Rangers [April 2008]

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink’s last-gasp goal earned Celtic a hard-fought 2-1 win over Rangers to keep alive their title hopes.

Shunsuke Nakamura fired Celtic ahead with a wonderful swerving shot, while Nacho Novo’s strike levelled. Carlos Cuellar was then sent off for handling a net-bound Nakamura shot but the injured Allan McGregor was able to save Scott McDonald’s spot-kick.

A draw would have almost been as valuable as a win for Rangers. But Celtic’s Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink scored an injury-time header to win the game for Celtic. It was one of the best old firm derbies.


7. Rangers 5-1 Celtic [Nov 2000]

Just three months after being thrashed 6-2 at Parkhead, Rangers exacted sweet revenge at Ibrox. In the 34th min, Reyna picked out Ferguson’s deep run and the Rangers captain bursts through a static Celtic defence before rolling the ball into the back of the net to give Rangers the lead.

Larsson then scored for Celtic in the 57th min to make it 1-1. Lorenzo Amoruso put in one of his best performances in a blue shirt and grabbed a goal, as Dick Advocaat’s defending champions restored their pride with further goals from Tore Andre Flo, Ronald de Boer and Michael Mols. It is seventh on our list of best Old Firm derbies.

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6. Celtic 5-0 Rangers [March 1925]

Celtic’s 5-0 success in 1925 is the biggest score in a Scottish Cup Old firm game. By that point, the trophy had eluded the Ibrox side for 22 years and the manner of this result showed they still had some way to go to get it back. Rangers actually had a good first 20 minutes but the first of three goals from Jimmy McGrory set Celtic on their way soon after. Played in front of a then Scottish record attendance of 101,700, Adam McLean and Alec Thomson completed the scoring.


5. Rangers 1-0 Celtic [March 1992]

It was the Scottish Cup semi-final of 1992. This win was remarkable for Rangers in the sense they played most of the match with just 10 men. With only six minutes gone, left-back David Robertson was shown a straight red card by referee Andrew Waddell for a bodycheck on Joe Miller deep in Celtic’s half. The dismissal took Robertson by surprise as much as anyone, with the defender anticipating a yellow card instead, and his departure left Rangers on the back foot.

Despite that, Rangers rallied and went in front through Ally McCoist shortly before half-time then turned in a solid defensive display to keep their 1-0 lead.


4. Celtic 4-0 Rangers [1969 ]

Despite Celtic already winning the league and League Cup in the previous four weeks, Rangers were strong favourites when the sides met in the 1969 Scottish Cup final, largely due to the fact their opponents were missing several key players.

Billy McNeill’s early header set a tone though and two goals just before half-time from George Connelly and Bobby Lennox killed the game. Stevie Chalmers added a fourth to round off a handsome success as Jock Stein led his team to a domestic treble for the second time in just three seasons.


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3. Celtic 0-3 Rangers [May 1999]

Rangers clinched the title at Parkhead for the first time ever, winning back the SPL trophy they’d relinquished the season before after winning it nine times in a row.

Neil McCann bagged a brace as the Gers also recorded a 100th league win over their rivals from Glasgow’s Eastend. Sadly, the game was marred when referee Hugh Dallas was hit on the head by a coin thrown from the crowd. Dick Advocaat’s team went on to rub salt into Celtic wounds with a 1-0 Scottish Cup final win over the Hoops that sealed a treble of trophies in the Dutchman’s first season.


2. Celtic 7-1 Rangers [October 1957]

Celtic enjoyed their biggest ever win over Rangers in the 1957 League Cup final. Rangers were champions, but didn’t play like it as the Hoops ran riot on a memorably sunny day at Hampden Park. It was only 2-0 at half-time, but “By the time we came out for the second half we had sensed that something was on,” said Celtic’s Bobby Collins.


1. Celtic 3-3 Rangers [November 1995]

This classic mach comes from November 1995, with Rangers and Celtic playing out a dramatic 3-3 draw at Ibrox.

The Hoops took the lead with a superb drive from Andy Thom but Rangers equalised through Brian Laudrup before the break.

A penalty from John Collins restored Celtic’s advantage but an Ally McCoist header and an own goal turned things in favour of the home side. The drama wasn’t over though, as Pierre van Hooijdonk replied almost immediately with a header to tie the scores.

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