Rangers’ beating of Celtic shows why Scottish football needs the Old Firm

Sometimes in life success comes your way, but in other instances you’re left bitterly disappointed because of events that are completely out of your hands.

Sunday saw the first Old Firm meeting since February last year and you could tell this one was oh so important to both sets of fans, not only because of the football being played on the pitch, but because what it meant off it. Rangers came out on top on penalties, yet whilst many would look in wonder at the result, the game typified the never-say-die attitude Rangers have encapsulated for the past five years.

Did anyone mention it was a Scottish Cup semi-final too? Just in case any more fire needed to be added.

The Teddy Bears have been on the most unbelievable journey, and as Tom Rogic smashed his penalty over the bar for Celtic, you could see what it meant to every single Rangers fan in the stadium and around the world.

When the Gers were placed into administration back in 2012, many chuckled as people suggested Scottish football would remain strong without both Glasgow giants in the top-flight. They’re the two huge clubs football and it was thought to be ridiculous that an SPL could exist without both. Yet when a failure to reach agreement with creditors in June 2012 meant Rangers Football Club entered the process of liquidation – chaos ensued.

The club was renamed ‘The Rangers Football Club Ltd’ and they failed in their attempt to regain their place in the Scottish Premier League. They were instead accepted into the lowest division in competitive Scottish Football, the third tier.

Football fans in Scotland and around the world were shocked by the spiralling demise, but what was more impressive was how the Gers supporters remained behind their team as they started their new quest to get back into the top level, and back into Europe where they belong.

Months and months of battling on a low budget, fighting the people that had let the club spiral out of control and lower-league promotions had left Rangers fans battered and beleaguered, but in the Old-Firm game Rangers showed that they were ready to return and that they deserve to be back in the Scottish Premiership.

When Kenny Miller swept home to give Gers a 1-0 lead, it seemed that history was set to re-write itself. However Celtic grabbed an equaliser and the game went to extra time only for Barrie McKay to put Rangers back in the lead on the 96th minute. But, Rogic smashed home minutes later to send the game to penalties, to which there was only going to be one winner – it was fate’s decision.

It was the right result in a game that was just about won by Rangers. It’s important to remember that Rangers’ squad is still nowhere in the same league as the Bhoys’ and they won the Old Firm with a second division budget, which is highly admirable.

Scotland needs it’s regular Old Firm Derby back, and yesterday Rangers proved that in abundance.