Celtic thought they’d found themselves a little sliver of glory to attach themselves to as celebrity fan John Higgins took part in the final of snooker’s Masters – but it all went wrong as the Scot was beaten by Chinese rookie Yan Bingtao, leaving Rangers fans in hysterics.
The Parkhead side took to Twitter to wish Higgins luck before last night’s final – including the obligatory picture in a Celtic kit – only for the Chinese ace to become the youngest winner in a quarter of a century.
🧙🏻♂️ Good Luck to John Higgins ‘The Wizard of Wishaw’ in the conclusion of the Masters final tonight 🍀 pic.twitter.com/JwF5AMru3O
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) January 17, 2021
It was world number 11 Yan’s first major title, adding to the Riga Open ranking event that he won last season and Higgins led 5-3 and 7-5 before chocking spectacularly to lose five of the next six frames to lose the title.
became the first debutant to win the Masters since 2008 at the Marshall Arena in Milton Keynes – and Rangers fans were quick to take some joy in Higgins’ failure and Celtic’s rush to wish him luck.
Higgins admitted that he was “sick” to have lost, having been in front, as he congratulated Bingtao following the 20-year-old’s win.
“I had chances I should have gone 6-3 in front,” he said [BBC]. “I am sick. I should have been in control to go 8-5 in front and I had a couple of chances in the last frame there. I am gutted but every credit to him. Congratulations to Yan.”
Fans on Twitter blamed Celtic for “jinxing” Higgins – one saying “everything” was going wrong for them this season.
— Jack Meadows 🏴 (@JackMea86114677) January 18, 2021
Yan in a row😂😂 https://t.co/BoRWN0Oeq3
— Dougie (@55Beats10) January 18, 2021
Read our match report as Rangers came back from a goal down to move 21 points ahead of Celtic at the top of the Premiership