The Rangers dugout celebrate their win Pic: © SNS Group
Rangers produced a second-half comeback to win the first Old Firm derby of the season against ten-man Celtic.
The home side trailed 2-1 at the break after a blunder from goalkeeper Allan McGregor allowed Badr El Kaddouri’s shot to slip through his fingers and into the net.
But they came back to score three goals in the second period, which also saw Celtic’s Charlie Mulgrew sent off with fifteen minutes remaining.
There was little between the teams when Naismith fired the home side in to the lead in the 22nd minute.
Billy Dodds scored on his Old Firm debut in 1999
Sunday’s Old Firm match will create new memories for players and fans alike and former Celtic winger Bobby Petta and ex-Rangers striker Billy Dodds will certainly never forget their experience of the derby.
Petta produced a superb individual performance as Celtic beat their old rivals 6-2 in 2000.
“The 6-2 game, that was my first one and it was a special one too, of course,” Petta told BBC Radio Scotland’s Sportsound programme.
“It was a great experience for me and a great result and obviously it’s something I will never forget.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s clash with Celtic at Ibrox, McCoist said he hoped for “lots of excitement and goals”.
“I was very lucky as a player against Celtic and hopefully I’ve kept some of that luck,” said the manager of the Scottish Premier League leaders.
“The pressure as assistant manager was very intense and I realise the responsibility is certainly greater.”
RANGERS are to commemorate the 1961 Ibrox disaster at the Old Firm match on Sunday, September 18 which falls almost 50 years to the day that Tommy Thomson and George Nelson lost their lives.
The families of the two men will be special guests of the club at the derby fixture. On the morning of the game a short wreath-laying ceremony will take place at the John Greig Statue and black armbands will be worn during the game.
Tommy, 29, from Gourock and George, just 22, from Penilee in Glasgow were caught up in an horrific crush at the end of the Rangers-Celtic match on September 16, 1961, which had finished 2-2, and died on the stairway as they tried to leave the Copland Road end of the ground.
Witnesses said two men fell and as others tried to stop them being trampled upon a terrible crush developed and a barrier gave way and a fence to the right collapsed.
Supporters were swept off their feet. An official of the St Andrews Ambulance Association said at the time that it was like a solid mass of people plunging down the stairway.
Around 30 ambulances took the injured to the Victoria Infirmary and the Southern General Hospital and many were detained over the weekend.
Over 50 people were hurt but, worst of all, Tommy Thomson and George Nelson lost their lives.
The 1961 disaster will also be recognised every January at the nearest home match to January 2 which is the anniversary of the 1971 tragedy when 66 people died on Stairway 13. Two wreaths will be laid in remembrance.
Samuel English (18 August 1908 – April 1967) was an Irish football player who played for several clubs, but is mainly remembered for his time with Rangers.
He was born in the hamlet of Crevolea in Aghadowey, Northern Ireland. In 1924 his family moved to Dalmuir in Scotland, and for a time he worked at the John Brown & Company Shipyard.
During the 1930s he played with Yoker Athletic Juniors and with Rangers. He holds the Rangers record for the most league goals scored in one season: 44 goals from 35 appearances in 1931-32. He was also capped twice for Ireland in 1932, although he ended up on the losing side on both occasions (0-4 v Scotland and 1-4 v Wales).
His career was overshadowed by an incident in September 1931 where he was involved in a collision with John Thomson, the Celtic goalkeeper. Thomson dived for the ball and his head collided with English’s knee (not his boot, as sometimes claimed). Thomson suffered serious injuries to his skull and died in hospital a few hours later. The official enquiry found that the collision was an accident, and cleared English of any blame, a view which was fully supported by John Thomson’s family and all players from both teams who were on the field at the time. Nevertheless, English was deeply traumatised by what had happened to Thomson.
Although he was cleared of malice in incident, jeering by Scottish crowds caused his transfer to England. He played for Liverpool, then for George McLachlan at Queen of the South, and then Hartlepool United. He was to find that his reputation had preceded him, he often faced similar taunts, and he never recovered his playing form. Eventually he gave up football at the age of only 28.
He died in the Vale of Leven Hospital, in West Dunbartonshire, at the age of only 58 after battling motor neurone disease.
Sun 28 Aug 2011
RANGERS had to produce a gritty and determined performance to beat Craig Brown’s Aberdeen 2-0 at Ibrox this afternoon.
A goal from captain Steven Davis after 14 minutes was deserved given the positive start the Light Blues made to the match.
The Ulsterman received a clever pass from Nikica Jelavic and his dinked finish beat keeper David Gonzalez at his back post.
After the break, however, the Dons looked a different side and before the hour mark they should have been level with former Ibrox defender Richard Foster, in particular, missing a sitter.
They will perhaps feel frustrated at not taking any points back to the Granite City given the chances they created in the second half.
But in the end it was the Champions that secured three valuable points and they doubled their advantage with seconds of the match remaining.
It was Davis who fired a free kick at Gonzalez and when the Columbian spilled the ball Steven Naismith was there to hit the net from close range.
Clydesdale Bank Scottish Premier League
- Venue: Ibrox Stadium
- Date: Sunday 28 August
- Kick-off: 1500 BST
Rangers defender Lee Wallace misses out with a hamstring strain while David Weir, Sasa Papac and Lee McCulloch are unlikely to be fit in time.
Steven Whittaker may recover from a broken toe and Jordan McMillan from a calf strain, while new signing Alejandro Bedoya joins the squad.
Aberdeen are hopeful Chris Clark and Kari Arnason will recover from injury.
Rob Milsom will return from a groin problem while Yoann Folly is back in the squad after a leg break.