Monday, April 30, 2007
Old Firm: While I considered the Barcelona-Real Madrid rivalry as the greatest in the world, many people will consider the Old Firm -- the rivalry between the Glasgow-based football teams Celtic F.C. and Rangers F.C. -- as number one. Liked the rivalry in Spain, the Old Firm is more than just a sport. Although both clubs did not associate themselves on religious ground officially, it is a fact that Celtics represented the Catholics and the Rangers the Protestants. The rivalry went beyond Scotland and spilled into United Kingdom and Ireland. It is infused with a series of complex disputes, sometimes centred on religion (Catholic and Protestant) and Northern Ireland politics (Loyalist and Republican).
Players who played for both clubs.
Alfie Conn, Jr,
Mo Johnston ****
**** In 1989, he moved from Celtics to Rangers and became the first Catholic to sign for Rangers since the WWI. His signature caused anger for fans from both teams. The Celtic fans saw him as a traitor. The Rangers fans viewed the move as a betrayal of the club's traditions