Good morning, with the clash with Celtic just hours away I thought I’d get everybody in the mood and thinking positive. So here are 5 memorable strikes at Parkhead. Hopefully we will be able to add a few more to the list after today.
1: PAUL GASCOIGNE
Celtic 0 Rangers 2 30/9/95
Another vital win and 3 points secured for the Gers at Parkhead, this time courtesy of goals from Alec Cleland and Gazza. The second goal was about as good as it gets, Gascoigne finding himself on the end a fine pass by Ally McCoist, calmly sliding it past the onrushing Marshall into the net.
2: DANIEL COUSIN
Celtic 2 Rangers 4 31/8/08
This may have been Cousin’s last game as a Rangers player, but what a way to sign off. This was a performance for the ages. He bullied and rag dolled the Celtic defence to great effect, even after he was sent off the Celtic defence was still looking for him. Latching onto a long ball, before outpacing and leaving Mark Wilson for dust, then cutting in and finishing past Boruc at his near post.
3: NACHO NOVO
Celtic 0 Rangers 2 20/2/05
A match that is more remembered for Rab Douglas and his prawn cracker hands, at Gregory Vignal’s opening goal. It was Novo’s that sealed the points however. Getting on the end of a long ball, in behind 3 hapless Celtic defenders and lobbing it over the hapless Douglas once again.
4: UGO EHIOGU
Celtic 0 Rangers 1 11/3/07
Rangers today can draw inspiration from this game, heading into the game as huge underdogs. Walter Smith set about shaping his second spell as Gers boss with a statement win and what a way to win it. In a game where Rangers were rarely seen as an attacking threat, the breakthrough came after 50 minutes, when after a Charlie Adam corner and a spout of head tennis involving Sebo, and Davie Weir his centre-half partner sent a sensational overhead kick into the Celtic net, sending the away fans into pandemonium. R.I.P big man we will never forget.
5: CLINT HILL
Celtic 1 Rangers 1 12/3/17
Not a winning performance, but again with the odds stacked against us the team spirit came through. This was caretaker boss Murty’s last game in charge (or so we thought), and manager in waiting Pedro Caixinha sitting in the stands, it was another centre-half that took the glory. Coming from a goal down, and just 4 minutes left. Tavernier made a strong run, sliding a pass to Hyndman whose shot could only be parried onto the ex-QPR player’s path, slamming the ball into the empty net. Hill was a rock all game and into injury time made an all-important, perfectly timed challenge, ensuring the Ibrox men took a well-deserved point.
Let me know if I missed your favourite goal. Let’s hope for more of the same today.