The rain bucketed down from the Sky as we left Glasgow and continued long into the night after we arrived in Edinburgh to see Celtic turn on the style at Easter Road against Hibs while back in Glasgow dark forces were cheating Scott Brown and his new Aberdeen team out of all 3 points against the Rangers.
The traffic was heavy on route to the game, as was the rain but our spirits were not dampened as we pulled into Leith close to the stadium for some Salt and Sauce Fish Suppers before settling into a pub for some pre-match drinks with Frank and the Bhoys from Galway before making the short walk to the stadium.
As the Police directed supporters to the turnstiles high up on their horses, I noticed a Celtic Fan entering the upper tier turnstile having an argument with a steward about Covid Certs. Not sure if he was refused but at our turnstile we moved quickly as we produced our certs. This was the first time I had to produce a cert at a football game in Scotland or Ireland since we got back in July.
Inside it was bucketing down on anyone in the front lower rows of the stand while most of the stadium kept silent for the minutes respect for Walter Smith there were a small number who let themselves down.
Joe Hart seemed well up for the game as he came back to his goal after the huddle and saluted the travelling fans before we witnessed 15 fantastic minutes. We are 2-0 up and back in Glasgow Aberdeen are 2-0 up and Scott Brown has just scored, then noised up their fans and the chant was Broony- Broony throughout the South Stand.
Half time sounded and it was 3-1 and 2-1 at Ibrox. The second half was end to end stuff with both teams going for it. Tom Rogic was outstanding but limped off to great applause and the tackles were hard with Captain Callum McGregor showing the scars of battle.
The Celtic players saluted the Celtic Fans after the game and Ange got in on the action by tapping his hand across the Celtic Crest on his Chest as he fist pumped the fans. Celtic Fans and Celtic Players are united behind Ange that’s for sure.
In Glasgow the Rangers Fan and Referee, Brother Beaton awarded a penalty because he is a cheat, pure and simple but he knows he will get away it. It’s nothing new!
Other results went our way on the night with both Hearts and Dundee United dropping points and now we have climbed to second in the table behind Rangers. Roll on Saturday and if you’re in Glasgow for the game don’t forget to drop in to Murphy’s in the Merchant City for the Celtic AM pre-match show with myself, Alan Thompson and a great line up of guests.
Andrew Milne is Editor of More than 90 Minutes Celtic Fanzine which he started in 2001. He has been involved with fanzines since 1989 and has written for numerous publications and online about Celtic. He is a former newspaper columnist with the Daily Ireland and the man behind celticfanzine.com. He is host of the Celtic Soul Podcast, Talk form the Terrace Podcast, Grand Auld History Podcast & Celtic AM pre-match events at Murphy’s in Glasgow on match days and follows Celtic Home & Away. He is a season ticket holder for Celtic FC and the Republic of Ireland. He is also P.R.O. of St. Margaret’s CSC, a member of the Celtic Trust and the Celtic Graves Association.