As Rangers get set for a tough trip to Parkhead on Sunday, we take a look at three top Parkhead silencers.
Steven Gerrard’s men will be looking for a hero tomorrow, but who will step up to take control and seize the moment? It’s now been 11 Old Firm games without a victory for Rangers, and the club are in need of ending that run.
It’ll be no easy feat at Celtic Park. Rangers haven’t won there since a 3-1 win back in 2010. One of the goalscorers that day was Kyle Lafferty – a good omen perhaps?
Regardless, Rangers haven’t been short of heroes at Celtic Park over the years. Many in Light Blue have stepped up away to their fierce rivals to silence the East End of Glasgow on derby day.
Below, we take a look at three of the main antagonists of Celtic who always seemed to boss them.
Five of Kenny Miller’s nine goals came at Celtic Park, including two braces during his second spell at Ibrox.
The veteran may have left the club with a bitter ending over the summer, but there was no doubting his record in this fixture.
However, it was at Celtic Park where the Gers really seen the best of their former front-man.
Just months after returning to Ibrox after a spell down south back in 2008, question marks were raised over the striker because of his previous spell at Celtic. It would’ve been difficult for Miller to be taken in by Gers fans at that period.
Yet, a stunning display on his first Old Firm game back in Scotland went a long way to healing those wounds. A second-half brace led to a memorable 4-2 win at Ibrox, with Miller playing a starring role.
Two years later under Walter Smith, and Miller was still at it when he bagged another double at Parkhead. With Neil Lennon managing Celtic in his first full-season, he was fully thrown into the spotlight as Miller’s double downed the Hoops on the first derby day of the 2010/11 campaign. Miller had previously scored in Lennon’s first Old Firm also – a 2-1 defeat at Parkhead where the striker powered home a cracking header.
In recent years, Miller’s performances at Celtic Park had been disappointing. Struggling for form and his age, the veteran wasn’t as efficient in the fixture as he previously had been.
However, nobody can doubt his derby-day influence in Light Blue, and he could always be relied upon for a Parkhead goal.
Fans may raise a few eyebrows at this one. After all, when did Steven Davis score at Parkhead, right?
Sure, the Northern Ireland hero didn’t net away from home in the derby. His only two Old Firm goals came at Hampden and Ibrox. However, when it came to controlling some of Walter Smith’s best successes at Celtic Park, Davis was central to them.
Operating in the midfield, Celtic could barely ever get the better of Rangers’ driving influence. Davis consistently controlled proceedings from the midfield, and sprayed the ball around tremendously.
Despite this fixture being notoriously heated, Davis consistently dealt with the pressure from the Parkhead faithful well. His ball-control in this clash was always excellent, as was his composure.
In the big victories of 2008 and 2010, Davis was the man in the middle ensuring things ticked over. Never putting a foot wrong, several Celtic partnerships could never seem to get the better of them.
Even in matches where Celtic took the spoils, Davis often controlled the contest for Rangers. His box-to-box nature and ability to contribute at both ends of the pitch made him a hero in this fixture.
He won’t ever be remembered for a stunning strike at Parkhead. However, he should be remembered for being the architect of those memorable Celtic Park moments between 2008-2012.
It doesn’t matter who else you put on the list, Ally McCoist just has to be in it.
The Rangers icon netted an incredible 29 goals against Celtic throughout his career. That’s more than any other player in world football has managed. To put it bluntly, he was Celtic’s most feared nemesis of the 80s and 90s.
Many won’t remember this, but McCoist’s first goal against the Parkhead side at Celtic Park didn’t come for Rangers. It was actually in a 4-1 defeat to Celtic in the League Cup back in 1981 for St Johnstone. Little did the East End side know then just how big an influence McCoist would prove to be against them.
After signing for the Gers, he notched his first against the Hoops in 1983 in a 2-1 defeat at Celtic Park. After that, he went on to shut up Celtic Park on a further two occasions during his time at Ibrox. This meant that throughout his career he managed to net at Parkhead on four separate occasions.
It’s a relatively modest return given his quantity of matches at Celtic Park, but McCoist still netted a further 25 goals at Ibrox and Hampden.
Okay, we admit, his record at Celtic Park wasn’t too great. But it’s Ally McCoist, and any list to do with scoring against Celtic simply must have him there.