A great time to be a celtic fan……………………….. when your team is destroying the main opposition…rangers 1873-2012 deceased -those fans must look back and wonder how come we can’t have them days back,well of course it can never happen its resigned to history rangers died as a football club in 2012 and the old firm moniker died with it,we only have our memories and there’s some real classics from this period,the club was truly blest with fine player at that time,Sutton,larsson,hartson,to name a few………………..
who was to know that just a few yrs later celtic oldest rival rangers 1873-2012 would be liquidated and kicked out the premier league by the sfa all but 1 off the spl clubs voting to cast them out,during a period when clear cheating was going on by rangers 1873-2012 unknown to everyone else outside Edmondson drive,celtic still managed to dominate a club who had been hanging on the hoops coattails for yrs,the jealously from ibrox was at its peak as game after game celtic played them aff the park….
when i think of rangers 1873-2012 today it’s as i write 2 and a half yrs ago they went bust-il not lie i loved the old firm games but had i known what i know now of the goings on behind the scenes i would have been crying from the rooftops to have THEM gone just like they are today,in sport there’s no room for cheats,rangers were consumate cheaters they bent the rules to suit their agenda and finally it caught up with them,in the shadow off celtic they lived and in the shadow of celtic they died…
Below are some of the games that Highlighted Celtics dominance enjoy the memories hh..
Thursday, 8 February, 2001
Celtic clinch stormy semi-final in League Cup
Celtic 3-1 Rangers
Three players were sent off and referee Willie Young awarded two disputed penalties as the Old Firm semi-final boiled over into controversy.But it was Celtic who emerged the victors to deservedly take their place in the final against Kilmarnock.Celtic took command with goals from Chris Sutton and Henrik Larsson after only 17 minutes.Jorg Albertz brought Rangers back into the game shortly before the break from the spot.
But Larsson killed off the reigning league champions with another penalty in the second-half.I wasn’t satisfied with some of my players and I’m not happy with how they behaved ……Dick Advocaat,Rangers lost their discipline at that point and Claudio Reyna was sent off minutes from the end after being shown a second yellow card for a lunging tackle on Bobby Petta.In the melee that followed, Celtic substitute Lubo Moravcik and Rangers replacement Michael Mols were both shown red cards and Celtic’s Neil Lennon was lucky not to follow.
Rangers captain Barry Ferguson and winger Neil McCann had returned from suspension and midfielder Jorg Albertz was back in the squad after an ankle injury.But Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Craig Moore, Lorenzo Amoruso, Billy Dodds, Sergio Porrini and Ronald de Boer all remained on the sidelines.Belgian defender Joos Valgaeren was out injured for Celtic.Petta was injured in training and was on the bench, but midfielder Stilian Petrov was back from suspension and international duty.Jonathan Gould replaced the cup-tied Rab Douglas in goal, while Didier Agathe was also out having played for Hibernian earlier in the competition.Celtic took the early initiative and took the lead after six minutes from an Alan Thompson free-kick.
Ramon Vega climbed above the Rangers defence to head against the crossbar after a touch from Stefan Klos’s fingertips.Our penalty also looked an innocuous challenge from where I was standing….’ Martin O’Neill’..
But Chris Sutton volleyed home from 10 yards.Henrik Larsson put Celtic two ahead after 17 minutes and it was a disaster for Rangers’ Robert Malcolm.The 20-year-old defender was a surprise choice for his first Old Firm game and slipped going for a long ball into the Rangers box.Larsson stole in to chip the ball over the advancing Klos.
Rangers rarely threatened but eventually back into the match after 36 minutes.Scott Wilson collapsed inside the Celtic box as Vega and Sutton came in from behind.It looked a soft award as the referee pointed to the spot and Albertz sent Gould the wrong way from the spot.Reyna was booked for a late challenge on Celtic’s Paul Lambert, who was then left hurt by another fair but powerful challenge from the American.
Lambert and Rangers’ Tugay were booked after an altercation as they left the field at half-time and the volatile Turk was replaced by Allan Johnston during the break.A Thompson free-kick again caused Rangers a problem and his cross found Vega eight yards out as the Swiss defender again evaded the marking of Tore Andre Flo.
But the Celtic man’s downward header bounced off the Hampden turf and over the bar.A clash of heads between Larsson and Wilson left the Rangers man with blood flowing from a head wound and the Celtic striker nursing a black eye.It was a tangle between the two that settled the tie after 67 minutes.The pair crashed to the ground as they chased a ball inside the Rangers box and referee Young pointed to the spot.
Klos was booked for protesting what looked like another dubious decision and was then sent the wrong way by Larsson from the spot.Then came those unsavoury final moments that leave three players out of Sunday’s league game between the sides.
Celtic: Gould, Boyd, Mjallby, Vega, McNamara, Lambert, Lennon, Petrov, Thompson, Larsson, Sutton.
Subs: Moravcik, Petta, Tebily, Johnson, Kharine.
Rangers: Klos, Malcolm, Wilson, Konterman, Tugay, Numan, Reyna, Ferguson, Albertz, Flo, McCann.
Subs: Ricksen, Mols, Miller, Johnston, Brown.
Referee: W Young.
Sunday, 11 February, 2001
Celtic 1-0 Rangers
Alan Thompson’s first-half goal rubber-stamped Celtic dominance over their Old Firm rivals this season and looks to have ensured that his side will lift the Scottish Premier League title.Rangers at last showed something resembling the performance expected of reigning champions as they battled for their lives with only 10 men after the break.But Celtic stretched their lead over Rangers to 12 points and over second-top Hibernian to 11.Rangers paid for a first half in which they were totally outplayed, allowed Thompson to score and had Fernando Ricksen sent off.
Celtic made three changes from the side that beat Rangers 3-1 in the CIS Insurance Cup semi-final on Wednesday.The cup-tied Robert Douglas and Didier Agathe returned at the expense of Jonathan Gould and the suspended Stilian Petrov, while Bobby Petta replaced the injured Jackie McNamara.Rangers brought in Kenny Miller and Ricksen as they dug deep into resources stretched by suspension and injury.But it was Celtic who had the ball in the net as early as the eighth minute.From the home side’s first corner, Ramon Vega headed home only to be pulled up for a foul.
Ricksen was booked two minutes later for a late tackle on Thompson.Larsson then sent an overhead kick a couple of feet over.Those three incidents were indications of a nervousness and disarray in the Rangers defence that was finally exploited after 16 minutes.Larsson won a header against Scott Wilson and Chris Sutton played it neatly back into his strike partner’s path.The Swede’s attempted shot deflected off Jorg Albertz and into the path of Thompson unmarked 12 yards out.The English midfielder slotted the ball wide of the exposed Stefan Klos for the crucial goal.
Rangers’ only attempt of the first half arrived two minutes later.But a head flick by Albertz from a Neil McCann corner flew well over.The nervous moments continued at the back for Rangers and Paul Lambert just could not put enough of a lift on his shot after Konterman forced Klos into a hurried clearance with a bad back-pass.It looked all over for Rangers a minute before the break.Ricksen had already lived dangerously with a couple of challenges.When he floored Tom Boyd with another late tackle, referee Hugh Dallas had no option but to show the Dutch full-back a second yellow card.
Rangers brought on midfielder Tugay for striker Miller at half-time.The Turk helped set up the champions’ best chance yet, a 20-yard drive from Albertz flying a couple of yards over.Tore Andre Flo broke clear and set up Albertz on the edge of the box and the German’s low drive from the edge of the box forced Douglas into his first save of the match.Rangers came close to equalising after 63 minutes.Douglas flapped at an Albertz corner and Konterman’s shot from the edge of the box was first touched by the goalkeeper’s outstretched hand then headed off the line by Agathe.Celtic were sitting back but should have killed Rangers off on the break after 70 minutes.
Larsson found Thompson in the clear, but this time the midfielder powered his 18-yard drive yards over.Rangers had claims for a late penalty waved aside after Sutton appeared to hold back Flo inside the box.
Celtic: Douglas, Boyd, Mjallby, Vega, Agathe, Thompson, Lambert, Lennon, Petta, Larsson, Sutton.
Subs: Gould, Tebily, Johnson, Healy, Smith.
Rangers: Klos, Konterman, Malcolm, Wilson, Ricksen, Ferguson, Albertz, McCann, Numan, Flo, Miller.
Subs: Christiansen, Tugay, Johnston, Hughes, Carson.
Referee: H Dallas.
Sunday, 29 April, 2001
Celtic crush Rangers
Rangers 0-3 Celtic
Henrik Larsson’s 50th goal of the season and two from Lubomir Moravcik put the icing on Celtic’s championship cake at Ibrox.Martin O’Neill’s team had rarely threatened the Rangers goal until Moravcik put them ahead in the 61st minute.He burst into the home side’s box onto a lay-off by Larsson and slotted coolly past Stefan Klos.Larsson completed the rout in the 87th minute after Jackie McNamara dispossessed Tugay and supplied the Swedish goal machine.He rounded the hapless Klos and tucked the ball away in front of Celtic’s ecstatic followers.
Moravcik’s first strike had breathed life into what had been a poor game notable only for a glaring first-half miss by Rod Wallace.He somehow headed wide inside the Celtic six-yard box from Arthur Numan’s cross in the 23rd minute.A typically fast and furious Old Firm encounter also saw Rangers defender Lorenzo Amoruso stretchered off in the 71st minute.Celtic substitute Shaun Maloney, on in the 67th minute, nearly made a dream Old Firm debut seven minutes from time.He found himself on the end of an Alan Thompson pass into the Rangers area but saw his close-range shot saved by Klos.
The game was O’Neill’s 50th in charge of the Parkhead outfit and gave him his 41st win. It was Rangers’ eighth defeat this season.Rangers should have been ahead at half-time, having fashioned more chances, but Celtic maintained their composure.Rangers captain Barry Ferguson was the first player to be booked on seven minutes, going in on Alan Thompson with his studs showing.Ferguson nearly put the home side ahead in the 21st minute after robbing Paul Lambert and setting off on a 40-yard run.His lofted shot from 20 yards looked to be going just wide, but Celtic keeper Rab Douglas took no chances and tipped over.
Rangers went even closer two minutes later, as Jorg Albertz set up Numan to deliver a dangerous cross into the Celtic area from the left.Wallace rose unchallenged but put his header outside the upright.His miss summed up a dismal afternoon for Rangers.
Rangers: Klos, Moore, Konterman, Amoruso, Ricksen, Ferguson, Albertz, Numan, Wallace, Flo, Dodds. Subs: Christiansen, Tugay, Wilson, Leven, Fernandes
Celtic: Douglas, Mjallby, Vega, Valgaeren, Agathe, Lennon, Lambert, Moravcik, Thompson, Johnson, Larsson. Subs: Gould, Boyd, McNamara, Healy, Maloney.
Referee: S Dougal (Scotland)
Sunday, 25 November, 2001
Celtic edge Old Firm derby
Celtic 2-1 Rangers
Celtic went ten points clear at the top of the SPL with a fortunate win over their arch-rivals.Goals from Joos Valgaeren and Henrik Larsson were enough to give the Parkhead side three valuable points.
Celtic started the game with John Hartson partnering Henrik Larsson up front, with Chris Sutton absent as his baby son recovers from illness in hospital.
Rangers manager Dick Advocaat opted to drop Fernando Ricksen from his squad altogther following his midweek dismissal against Paris Saint-Germain – although there was a suggestion that the former AZ Alkmaar player had picked up a knock.Rangers settled quickly, with Fernando Ricksen’s replacement, Maurice Ross, coming close early on, but Douglas saved comfortably.
Moments later, Stefan Klos needed to be alert to save Larsson’s long-range effort, before Lubo Moravcik joined Michael Ball in the referee’s book for a reckless tackle on Shota Arveladze.
Tore Andre Flo hit the post after 19 minutes following a slick threaded pass from Arveladze.Rangers continued to take the game to Celtic, and were almost rewarded on the half-hour mark when Douglas saved a point-blank effort from Ronald de Boer.Arthur Numan had spotted the run of De Boer and found him in the box, but the Celtic keeper was quick off his line to save the Dutchman’s shot.
Moments later,the former Dundee keeper saved weak efforts from Barry Ferguson and Flo before Lorenzo Amoruso blasted a free-kick well wide of the post.Celtic almost took the lead two minutes into the second half, but Ross’ saving challenge prevented Balde from connecting cleanly from two yards out.
Larsson broke forward moments later, but pulled his effort wide.The Parkhead side took the lead after 57 minutes when Joos Valgaeren followed up on a Balde knockdown.The Belgian international stretched to beat Numan to the ball, sending it past the stranded German keeper.
The goal came against the run of play, as the Celtic defence struggled to cope with the movement of the Rangers midfield.Celtic were awarded a penalty after 70 minutes, when Bert Konterman barged Henrik Larsson. The Swede dispatched the spot-kick to claim his 14th goal of the season.Rangers manager Dick Advocaat was embroiled in controversy as he brought on Peter Lovenkrands in a last effort to get back into the game.
Michael Ball reacted angrily to being taken off, provoking an equally volatile reaction from Advocaat before Rangers backroom staff intervened.Rangers pulled a goal back five minutes later when Caniggia and Lovenkrands combined well, resulting in the young Dane scoring from close range.As Rangers pushed for an equaliser De Boer was unlucky not to score when his effort from the edge of the box was deflected off Amoruso and out for a goal-kick.
Celtic: Douglas, Balde, Mjallby, Valgaeren, Petrov, Lennon, Lambert, Moravcik, Petta, Hartson, Larsson.
Subs: Gould, McNamara, Maloney, Thompson, Crainey.
Rangers: Klos, Ross, Amoruso, Konterman, Ball, Reyna, de Boer, Ferguson, Numan, Flo, Arveladze.
Subs: Christiansen, Caniggia, Dodds, Wilson, Lovenkrands.
Referee: S Dougal
Who remembers these classics,this was a run off games where Celtic steamrollered Rangers(deceased)1873-2012 almost to the point of utter embarresment….it was indeed a great period to be a celtic fan ………….
Six wins in a row against Rangers(deceased)1873-2012 with five over one season, it actually became a magnificent seven as we won the first league game of 2005 as well. In the space of thirteen months between April 2003 to May 2004 it was ten goals for and only two against in Celtic’s best run against Rangers(deceased)1873-2012 for over 30 years.
Game 1..Beachball Sunday at Ibrox a few days after beating Boavista to reach the UEFA Cup final. . beachball pitch invasion as the teams came out. The one thing everyone remembers about this game . As for the game itself Celtic run out comfortable 2-1 winners with goals from Thompson and Hartson. Watch out for Numan patting Thompson on the back as he runs up to score his penalty. Would have been more but Klos made one fantastic save from larsson after a great move between Agathe and Sutton.
Game 2..the first league encounter in the 2003/04 season at Ibrox. . This one is settled a minute into the 2nd half when a McNamara ball is knocked on by Hartson to Larsson and Hartson continues his run to receive the return pass. His shot takes a helpful deflection and loops over Klos into the net off the underside of the bar. This was the game where Sutton was pushed into defensive duties as injuries and suspensions had left the defence a little short.
Game 3.. was the 3-0 demolition at new year at Celtic Park. First goal is Petrov’s diving header that hits both posts before crossing the line. Craig Moore is his usual animal self and commits enough assaults to be red carded twice but somehow manages to stay on the park. Varga grabs number 2 after a Bobo knock back across goal from a corner and the icing on the cake was Thompson’s sensational 30 yard free kick into the top corner. The foul leading up to this should have seen a red for Lovenkrands. The victory was Celtic’s 18th league win on the trot and virtually secured the title despite it only being the beginning of January.
Game 4.. The game that effectively finished Rangers(deceased)1873-2012 season as a Larsson strike in the 2nd half after a penalty box scramble ended their interest in the Scottish Cup. Surprisingly it is Henrik’s first goal in this sequence of wins. Celtic completely dominated this game and it should have been 4 or 5. Agathe’s pace was devastating and you forget how fast he really was. The ability to give a defender 5 yards of a start and still overtake them. Also noticeable in this game is how wound up Thompson makes Ricksen. An early confrontation on the touchline sees Thommo place Ricksen neatly into his back pocket.
Game 5.. Beachball Sunday – the return. After the small matter of knocking Barcelona out of the UEFA Cup in the Nou Camp it’s back to Ibrox to extinguish the very small flickering flame of title ambitions that Rangers(deceased)1873-2012 still harboured. Despite the exertions of Barca an early header from Larsson settles the Celtic nerves. Moore once again gets away with an assault, this time on Pearson. Marshall continues his heroics from the Barca game with a stunning near post stop from team mate Varga before clawing a net bound Lovenkrands header away a few mins later.
In the 2nd half the calm head of Thompson picks up a loose ball in the box and takes a touch away from Klos before finding the net with his right foot shot. The 2nd time he’d scored at Ibrox with his right. Even rarer than a right foot Thompson goal is a yellow card for Moore but he does finally get one in this game. Rangers(deceased)1873-2012 do get a goal back but never look like equalising and answers on a postcard how Varga failed to score from 3 yards out. Still it didn’t matter as Celtic had win no 4 over Rangers(deceased)1873-2012 for the season.
Game 6 ..Sutton’s chip. That’s all you really need to say about this game. Celtic should have had this wrapped up long before the 92nd minute but in many ways it made victory all the sweeter. As Rangers(deceased)1873-2012 hordes were celebrating a draw Stephen Thompson chickened out of a challenge with Marshall and Celtic had a goal kick. The game was all but over and the referee was checking his watch. Rangers(deceased)1873-2012 were singing ‘We love you rangers, we do’ as they sensed they’d survived and were going home with a point and denying Celtic a clean sweep of league wins and a 6th straight win overall.
I’m sure you’ll agree some fine memories of victory over rangers deceased 1873-2012 ….HH