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RANGERS v CELTIC – SOME ODDITIES

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* LISBON Lion Jim Craig scored only one goal in 147 league games for Celtic, but netted TWO Scottish Cup goals for Rangers! The Hoops defender headed past Evan Williams as Jock Stein’s men won 3-1 in a quarter-final clash at Parkhead on February 21, 1970. He repeated the feat in the final on May 12 a year later. Celtic won 2-1 in the replay.

* CELTIC have twice gone 13 Old league games without a victory over the Ibrox side. The first run was during the seasons 1922/23 to 1927/28 and was broken by Jimmy McGrory’s winner on January 2, 1928. The other barren period occurred between seasons 1957/58 to 1963/64 and the sequence ended with Celtic’s 3-1 win on September 5, 1964.

* RANGERS’ worst barren spell was a run of eight league games without a victory during seasons 1981/82 to 1983/84.

* TODAY’S Betfred League Cup semi-final is the 403rd meeting between the Glasgow sides. Of the previous games, Rangers have won 159, Celtic 147 with 96 drawn.

* A TV audience of just under 130 million viewers in 54 countries in Europe watched Celtic beat Rangers 2-0 in the League Cup semi-final at Hampden on February 1 2015. The game was broadcast live to former Hoops boss Ronny Deila’s homeland of Norway, France, Italy, Sweden, Holland and Moldova, among others. In Asia, it was watched in the Philippines, Hong Kong and Cambodia while satellite giants Fox Sports beamed it to the United States. 

* RANGERS played three games against Celtic at Ibrox within a month at the start of season 1971/72 season – and lost the lot. The Parkhead side had to play their ‘home’ League Cup-tie at the home of their rivals with Celtic Park under reconstruction. Jock Stein’s men won both Cup-ties, 2-0 and 3-0. They also triumphed 3-2 in the league. Kenny Dalglish scored in all three games.

* SEVERAL brothers have played together for Celtic against Rangers. The first pair were the Maley brothers, Tom and Willie, chosen for the first-ever match against the Ibrox side on May 28, 1888. Celtic won 5-2 in the friendly. The Maleys teamed up again for the first competitive match against the Gers, winning 6-1 in a Glasgow Cup-tie at Ibrox on October 27, 1888. Among the others brothers to face Rangers are: the Dunbars (Tom and Michael) and both pairs of McStays (Jimmy and Willie; Paul and Willie) and the O’Donnells (Frank and Hugh).

* JIMMY QUINN, whose grandson of the same name also played for Celtic against Rangers in the early seventies, scored four hat-tricks in these encounters in the first decade of the last century.

* JIMMY SIMPSON, captain of Rangers and the regular centre-half throughout the 1930s, was the father of Ronnie Simpson, Celtic’s European Cup-winning goalkeeper in 1967.
  

* CELTIC fielded three Thomsons (John, Alec and Bertie) against Rangers in a league match at Parkhead on September 20. They were not related. John had a shut-out and Alec and Bertie scored the goals in a 2-0 win.

* RANGERS’ all-time scorer against Celtic is Robert Hamilton who netted 35 at the turn of the last century. The Hoops’ top man is Jimmy McGrory with 27.

* THE McAdam brothers (Tom and Colin) faced each other on August 23, 1980 with Tom playing for Celtic and Colin in opposition. Colin celebrated a 2-1 Rangers victory.

* The record League Cup attendance of 107,109 was set in 1965 when two John Hughes penalty-kicks gave Celtic a 2-1 win over Rangers.

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