The Big Analysis: Celtic vs Rangers

The anticipation and fanfare that surrounds the Old Firm game creates an allure that football fans around the world find infectious. The rivalry between the two clubs stretches back over a century, with their recent past only serving to stoke up this competitiveness further. Despite the sides’ meeting in both domestic cup competitions in the…

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The end of the great Scottish manager

For more than half a century, a few managers from the West of Scotland had a huge influence on British and European football. From Matt Busby in the 1950s to Sir Alex Ferguson, who retired in 2013, Scots managed top clubs in England and led Scottish and English teams to become European champions. Busby, Bill Shankly,…

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The last Battle of Britain

There have been frequent clashes between English and Scottish clubs in European competition since, and there were many before. However, few were as keenly anticipated or as evenly matched as Leeds United against Rangers in the 1992-93 European Champions Cup. This tie, taking place during the inaugural season of the English Premier League, was the…

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Andrew Watson: the silent pioneer for black footballers

Discussions of pioneering black athletes almost inevitably descend into common tropes about breaking race barriers, facing racial slurs of unmentionable evil and overcoming professional prejudices. A complete absence of such experiences makes the life and times of Andrew Watson, Britain’s first black footballer, something of a mystery. Predating Arthur Wharton, whom many credit as Britain’s…

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The divine prophecy of Graeme Souness

It was with a certain sense of self-prophecy and a heavy helping of style that Graeme Souness controlled the ball on his chest. Shoulders as far back as his body would allow, his chest almost caught the ball, as it seemed to linger there for what seemed an unnatural span of time. A yard-and-a-half outside the…

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