#1. Rangers Spoil The Celtic Party
The dreams of large swathes of Celtic supporters on Saturday night must have revolved around claiming the league title at Ibrox for the first time in 45 years, but it didn’t take long for Rangers to hand them a disappointment on a par with Rafael Scheidt. The future of the football club is likely to remain uncertain for several months to come, but Rangers reminded their fiercest rivals that they’re still a force to be reckoned with and the two teams reminded the rest of the world that Scottish football can still be an attractive product with international appeal.
It wasn’t a game as dirty as three red cards and one manager banished from the touchline would suggest. Both teams had spells of nice, competitive football. But for an important few minutes from Alan McGregor not long after the hosts took the lead, Celtic may have been able to fulfil the dream of securing the title on their neighbour’s hallowed turf. The Bhoys will win the league at some point in the next couple of weeks and the penalties imposed on Rangers shouldn’t take away from it. Running a club within budgets and the laws of business is a necessary part of modern football and clearly they’ve managed that better than the other half of the Old Firm. As much as they may be enjoying the difficulties at Ibrox, Celtic need Rangers to avoid total decimation and occasions like Sunday need to remain contests rather than cake-walks.