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GUEST BLOG! Old Firm Memories – Andy Loughran

Peter Lovenkrands wheels away after scoring a great header in the dying seconds, to win Rangers the Scottish Cup back in 2002


This blog is about some of my favourite Old Firm memories, I was born in 1989 and have supported The Rangers since a young boy.

I’ve been very fortunate to witness many glory years supporting our great club, and none so sweeter is beating our old foes Celtic.

The first meeting between the two clubs was a way back in 1888 and since then a fierce competitive rivalry has been formed.

My first real memory of a victory over Celtic would’ve been in 1994 when the Parkhead was a construction site (some might say it still is) Celtic we’re forced to play home games at Hampden Park, Rangers had their sights on securing a 7th league championship in a row when they went to Hampden to take on Celtic in a derby game which The Gers would emerge winners on the day after a 3-1 victory with goals from Brian Laudrup and 2 from Mark Hateley.

Mark Hately loved a goal in the Old Firm Derby


Another early memory of mine, was a win against them on 3rd January 1997 when Rangers beat Celtic 3-1 at Ibrox with a rocket of free kick from ‘The Hammer’ Jorg Albertz and a double from Danish Striker Erik Bo Andersen would send The Light Blues fans home happy that evening.

Erik Bo Andersen was the unlikely hero in a cracker of an Old Firm encounter


A night that will live long in the memory of both sets of Old Firm fans would be on 2nd May 1999 when another ferocious encounter between the two sides would end in a 3-0 victory for Rangers in a game had so much drama in and out of play.

The Gers were rampant in the backyard of their rivals with 2 goals from Neil McCann and 1 from Jorg Albertz would seal the League championship.

Rangers would meet Celtic later that same month in the Scottish cup final with a chance to seal the treble if they could beat Celtic once again, and it was a single goal which decided the game with Rod Wallace scoring the winning goal at Hampden Park.

Celtic would have a change of Manager in 2000/01 season and would become a tougher test for Rangers with The Gers suffering a heavy defeat early that season at Parkhead but in the next meeting revenge would be served with a 5-1 hammering over their old foes at Ibrox with the goals coming from Barry Ferguson, Tore Andre Flo, Jorg Albertz, Lorenzo Amoruso and Michael Mols.

Another famous win over Celtic would be at Hampden Park in May 2002, with Celtic having recently crowned League champions, they would arrive at Hampden for the Scottish cup final full of confidence against Rangers, in yet another battle of the two giants of Scottish football it would be Rangers who would come out on top in a ding dong battle with Peter Lovenkrands who always seemed to find himself on the score sheet against Celtic opened the scoring before Celtic grabbing two goals from set pieces. Rangers would respond with a cracking free kick from Captain Barry Ferguson flying past Rab Douglas.

The game was looking set to go to extra time when Neil McCann sent in a perfect delivery to be met by the head of Lovenkrands to win the cup for Rangers and send the support home jubilant once more.

Rangers have had some great wins over the years at Parkhead and one of note was in August 2008 with a 4-2 win with the goals coming from Daniel Cousin, Pedro Mendes and that man Kenny Miller grabbing 2 himself.

Maurice Edu with the easiest, most important goal in a Rangers shirt in the dying seconds of the last Old Firm encounter in 2010. The goal that essentially handed Rangers the title


In 2010 with Rangers sitting 7 points ahead of Celtic in late February the two sides met at Ibrox in which was another encounter with late drama when a goalmouth scramble in the 93rd minute was won by a tap in from American Midfielder Maurice Edu.

In recent years there has been some memorable victories against Celtic with a Penalty shootout win in a Scottish Cup semi final in April 2016, A 1-0 win over Celtic in December 2018 with Ryan Jack scoring the only goal of the game.

There was some famous Old Firm wins for The Rangers in the season that would see the club clinch its 55th League championship starting with a 2-0 win at Celtic Park with a Conor Goldson double, The New year game would see Rangers win 1-0 through an Own goal from Celtic’s Callum McGregor.

The two sides would meet in the Scottish cup later that season at Ibrox and once again it was The Gers who came out on top with a Steven Davis goal and an own goal from Jonjoe Kenny, would send Rangers into the next round.

The final Old Firm meeting of that season end the way it started with Rangers romping home in a 4-1 victory with goals from Alfredo Morelos, Jermaine Defoe and a double for Kemar Roofe

I’m sure anyone with a Rangers connection would agree there’s no better feeling than a victory over our fiercest rivals and everyone will have plenty of memories throughout the years of supporting our club, let’s hope there is many more to come in the near future and further on.

Thanks to those who have decided to give this a read.

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East Belfast Bear Andy Loughran can be found on Twitter/X @AndyLoughran

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