Rangers 1-0 victory over Celtic on Saturday was the club’s first festive derby win in over 20 years.
The last time the club sent the Bears into Hogmany with bragging rights was in 1997. Rangers defeated Celtic 3-1 at Ibrox thanks to a thunderbolt from Jorg Albertz and a double from cult hero Erik Bo Andersen.
Yesterday was our first win in a festive period derby since 1997.
That was a 3-1 win courtesy of an Albertz free kick and 2 from sub Bo Anderson in the last 7 mins of the match.
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That’s incredible. It certainly didn’t feel that long. In fact, the 12 games we just went without a win against them felt amongst the longest of any barren run.
Ryan Jack’s goal ended a near two and a half year spell without victory. The last coming in the Scottish Cup penalties win in 2016.
It was also the first league victory for over six years. The last came at Ibrox in March 2012, with Sone Aluko, Andy Little and Lee Wallace securing a 3-2 victory. We also famously denied Celtic a league title win on our home ground.
Ryan Jack’s solitary goal against Celtic won the latest festive derby but it didn’t begin to do Rangers performance justice. The Ibrox club were utterly dominant and showed Celtic no respect from the first whistle. This was perhaps best summed up by Scott Arfield’s celebrations towards Celtic Captain Scott Brown.
As we split off for a three week winter break, there’s now real hope of a title race when things resume against Kilmarnock on the 23rd of January.