Old Firm Facts and Figures
The Old Firm is one of the oldest and most heated rivalries in world football. Celtic and Rangers have been battling it out since the 19th century, with both teams often sharing the spoils in the Scottish Premiership. With such a historic fixture, they are some records that seem to be unbreakable. Bet UK has taken a look at some of the facts and figures that have defined the Old Firm Derby throughout the years.
Most Appearances in the Old Firm Derby
Player: Alex Smith - 87
Alex Smith was a skillful, tricky winger who represented Rangers for 21 years between 1894 and 1915. He appeared 481 times for Rangers, including 87 times against Celtic. During his 87 Old Firm games, Smith scored 14 times, becoming the 12th highest goal scorer of the fixture. During his time at Rangers, he secured 7 league titles, 3 Scottish Cups and also earned 20 caps for Scotland.
Manager: Willie Maley - 146
Willie Maley was the first ever manager of Celtic in 1897, at just 29 years of age. Maley remained as Celtic boss for a remarkable 43 years, including winning the league 16 times and the Scottish Cup 14 times. His 43 year reign over 146 Old Firm derbies. Maley only won 43 of his Old Firm games, a 29% win percentage. His win percentage cannot be looked upon too poorly, however, with a lot of these games coming at a time when Rangers were already a well established club.
Most Goals in the Old Firm Derby
Ally McCoist - 27 goals in 55 games
Ally McCoist is a Scottish football legend, representing Rangers 581 times, and Scotland over 60 times. He scored 355 times for Rangers, but he will look back most fondly on the 27 goals he scored against Celtic. The highlight of his Old Firm career came in the 1983 Scottish League Cup final, when McCoist scored a hattrick. He scored another hat trick in the 1986 Glasgow Cup final, helping to put his name in Rangers folklore.
Biggest Old Firm Derby Win
Celtic 7-1 Rangers - 19th October 1957
Nicknamed ‘Hampden in the Sun’ the 1957 Scottish Cup final is the heaviest defeat by either side in the Old Firm. It is also Rangers’ record defeat, and the heaviest defeat in a British football final. Celtic dominated from the start, finally opening the scoring in the 22nd minute. It was only 2-0 at half time, before Billy McPhail grabbed his first goal just after the break. McPhail completed a hat trick of headers before opting out of taking a late penalty, which would have seen him become the only player to score 4 goals in one Old Firm match. Billy Simpson scored for Rangers at 3-0, but it became little more than a consolation as Celtic’s rampage continued.
Biggest Old Firm Attendance - 132,870
Celtic 4-0 Rangers - 26th April 1969
The record attendance for an Old Firm wasn’t actually held at Ibrox or Parkhead. The game was a Scottish Cup Final, traditionally held at Hampden Park. Rangers came into the match as strong favourites after a 6-1 semi final win. The Rangers staff were so confident, they had actually arranged an after match party at Ibrox. That party clearly had to be cancelled as Rangers were dismantled on the pitch. Celtic completed their domestic treble, but the match was not without controversy. Around 200 fans were arrested both during and after the match, with Rangers fans attempting to storm the pitch with the score at 4-0.
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