Rangers’ title celebrations brought an emotional reaction for fans of all ages as the Light Blues got their hands on the Premiership title for the first time in a decade and brought a final conclusion to the ‘Journey’ the club began as a result of financial meltdown in 2012 – and for someone who has been around to see their fair share of title parties, yesterday was utterly surreal.
Seeing a Rangers captain hoist the league title trophy into the sky as fireworks, confetti and booming music fill the air is something I’ve been lucky enough to see happen on plenty of occassions over the years after growing up during the glory years of the 1990s.
Richard Gough, Lorenzo Amoruso, Barry Ferguson and Davie Weir and others have been cheered by me as they’ve been presented their medals at grounds across Scotland but there was something different yesterday. Something special.
Parts of it were just ridiculous and seeing Tinie Tempah release his ‘Glorious 55th’ track celebrating the title win before Rangers first quoted Wrestling icon Chris Jericho, then were mentioned by the Canadian grappler, wasn’t something I woke up expecting to see – although it’s maybe just something to do with the explosion of social media since Davie Weir lifted the title at Rugby Park ten years ago yesterday.
Being able to watch the players’ perspective of the celebrations through Instagram live streams was a fantastic peek behind the curtain at the players’ celebrations as we got to watch and listen from up-close as they danced and sang on the Ibrox pitch with thousands of supporters watching on.
While there have been one or two grumbles on certain corners of the internet about the players being ‘glued to their phones’ as the celebrations raged, there was something unique about being able to hear the players’ banter as they waited to go up and collect their medals.
There was none of inane chatter from under-qualified pundits as they waited to put the podium together (although Sky deserve a lot of credit for the coverage with Eilidh Barbour, Ally McCoist and Kris Boyd) and despite being stuck at home. fans could feel closer to the title celebrations than ever before.
Plenty of players were on their social media throughout the celebrations with Niko Katic, Kemar Roofe, Alfredo Morelos, Joe Aribo and Borna Barisic among those to stream live from the pitch and after a decade of waiting to see the good guys be the ones picking up the trophy, it helped lessen the blow of not being able to get inside Ibrox.
Hopefully next time Rangers go up to lift the Premiership trophy, the same players will also have 50,000 Rangers fans in the background as they live stream from the pitch.
— Chris Jericho (@IAmJericho) May 15, 2021
Instead, fans had to make do with being at home or outside with thousands making their way to the stadium and later into the city centre to celebrate.
The images of fans lighting flares late and turning Clydeside red on Friday night was an incredible start to a day that will live long in the memory of Rangers fans and players alike as a decade-long wait for the title to return home to Edmiston Drive was finally ended.
Let’s just not have to wait a decade until the next one though.