Former Celtic defender Vidar Riseth still remembers the last time Rangers won the title at Celtic Park, being sent off as the Parkhead side imploded in May 1999, and warned the current side that a repeat next month would be the “worst thing that could happen.”
Not content with seeing Rangers crowned champions on their own patch 22 years ago, Riseth joined Enrico Annoni in being sent off for Celtic as their fans chucked themselves from the top tier of the ground (literally) and Gers fans partied long into the night.
Rangers are Celtic are currently on course for a repeat of May 2 1999 with the Light Blues closing in on their first title in a decade and Neil Lennon defying all logic and clinging on to his job for dear life.
The Norwegian confessed that Celtic just “fell apart” that famous May afternoon, and admitted he and his team-mates felt “shame” at watching Dick Advocaat’s side doing the huddle in front of a rapidly emptying Celtic Park.
“Seeing Rangers winning the league in our stadium is the worst thing that could happen, not only for the players but for the club and the fans as well. That was not a good experience,” Riseth said [Radio Clyde]
“I remember this game. It was terrible.
“We hadn’t played well that season of course but we had a good week’s training before the game and we actually started the game quite well.
“But once Rangers got in front we just fell apart.
“I remember thinking, ‘Oh no, not again’ because we had played so many bad games that year.
“We got angry and when that happens, you are behind in everything you do.
“It was a really bad feeling.
“I got a red card in this game – but I wasn’t the only one. There were a lot of cards flying about – so many reds and yellows. We didn’t cope with the situation well and Rangers were able to win the game comfortably.
“I was sent off with around 10 minutes left. I was already in the shower when the other boys came in. I just remember the place being so quiet. I don’t remember the dressing room at Celtic ever being that quiet.
“To lose the league at home to Rangers is the worst thing. We all felt shame, we felt angry, we were thinking about the fans. We know the rivalry, the fans hate each other so you don’t want to give the other side reason to gloat.”