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CELTIC v RANGERS: OLD FIRM FACTS

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PARKHEAD tomorrow hosts the 414th Old Firm derby in major competitions over 130 years. Rangers have won 159 compared to Celtic’s 155 with 99 ending a stalemate.

* BRENDAN RODGERS has been in charge of Celtic for 11 of the fixtures, winning nine and drawing two.

* WALTER SMITH’S 28 successes in the Glasgow derby surpassed Jock Stein’s haul by two. Only Bill Struth (35) and Willie Maley (29) have been more successful.

* KENNY MILLER is just the 17th player in Old Firm history to have played first team football for both sides. However, 13 of those played pre-World War Two.

* THE highest attendance for a league meeting between the clubs is 118,567 at Ibrox in January 1939. It is still a British record.

* CELTIC PARK’S record crowd is 92,000 for their 3-0 win over Rangers on New Year’s Day 1938.

* ALAN THOMPSON holds an unwanted record in Old Firm clashes – he is the only player to be sent off on three occasions, all three defeats at Ibrox.

* RANGERS took full points from their four league encounters in 1996/97 – the first time that had been achieved since the start of the Premier League in 1975.

* CELTIC have twice gone 13 Old Firm league games without a victory. 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.

* 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 Old Firm 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.

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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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