The Old Firm game was one of a kind and an indicator for change?


Well, have we all got our breath back now? Fiery, competitive and intoxicating Sunday’s Old Firm had everything.

The 2-2 in the 120 minutes was followed up by a nerve-jangling penalty shoot-out which was settled when Tom Rogic fired his penalty high over the bar.

The game will have major repercussions for the losing side with all the anger and criticism now aimed at Celtic’s beleaguered manager Ronnie Delia and board. It has now been reported that Deila will leave Celtic at the end of the season.

The build-up to the match had been focused on the supposed gulf in class between the two clubs or more over the two leagues. That has now been blown out of the water as Rangers outplayed Celtic for long periods of the game who only seemed to really trouble Rangers at set-pieces.

The performances by Halliday, Wilson and McKay were all impressive as they rose to the occasion something that could not be said for their opposite numbers with only the ever impressive Kieran Tierney and Erik Sviatchenko having anything that resembled a good game.

The question that is now raised especially after Hibernian’s victory against Dundee United thanks to Conrad Logan’s goalkeeping heroics is what gap is there between the two leagues and is it now time to change the league setup once more?

The all-Championship final is a huge indicator on how close the standard is between the two tiers, for years now fans have been demanding a change from the regular monotony of the 12 team top league, but for the first time in years there is a valid argument for four or five of the sides from the Championship to be brought into the top flight.

Whether the SPFL take any action is doubtful, as logic is not one of their strong suits. But as for the football that was seen on Sunday, I think all of us can agree it was a wonderful advert for Scottish Football.


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