Wednesday 28 September 2016

Rangers fans pulled off a prank for the ages ahead of Old Firm showdown with Celtic

Published 17/04/2016 | 12:49

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers holds off the challenge of Dedryck Boyata of Celtic during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - APRIL 17: Kenny Miller of Rangers holds off the challenge of Dedryck Boyata of Celtic during the William Hill Scottish Cup semi final between Rangers and Celtic at Hampden Park on April 17, 2016 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

The fierce rivalry between Glasgow’s Old Firm hardly requires any further stoking but, prior to today’s Scottish Cup semi-final, some Rangers fans went ahead and stirred the pot.

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When Glasgow Rangers were liquidated in 2012 and, indeed, marooned to the lowest ebb of the Scottish league, it meant the temporary suspension of one of football’s most deep-rooted and visceral local derbies.

In the interim, the SPL has failed to capture the imagination in any meaningful way, but Rangers’ recent promotion means today’s cup clash against Celtic will provide a telling precursor to resumption of hostilities next season.

Last night, in an act of true gamesmanship, Rangers supporters decided to paint the curbs outside Celtic Park in their patented red, blue and white.

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