Beautiful Sunday! Five things worth mentioning after Rangers 2 Celtic 3


ROD STEWART tells the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow about Celtic’s win at Ibrox. He was in Russia to present the gong for best conductor at a glitzy music awards ceremony and didn’t miss his chance to add a little insult to injury to the permanent ragers who will be a bunch of Bears with sore heads today. Here’s what Rod told the audience at the Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow.

“Before I go on to give away the award, I would like to tell you about my football team, Celtic, that beat Glasgow Rangers today 3-2, with goals from Dembele, Rogic and Edouard, and we only had 10 men.”

Stewart posted a hilarious video of the tribute on Twitter, saying that he felt he had to mention Celtic’s 3-2 win at Ibrox.

He said: “I was so struck with pride and excitement for my team and supporters that I had to shout it from the rooftops.

“Which happened to be the stage of the Bolshoi ballet where I was presenting the award for the best conductor #CelticPride.”


RANGERS FLOP Joey Barton, the man who was going for 55 last season, told Alan Brazil that he didn’t even know that Celtic were playing at his former club yesterday – despite mouthing off in the papers last week.

“Why would I watch that Al, who watches Scottish football? There were big Premier League matches on, Arsenal and Watford was on.
I didn’t even know that there was a game on.

“Did you watch any Sunday league games yesterday? Well why would we watch a Sunday league competition up north? We’ve got proper football down here.”

Brazil, a Celtic man, pointed out the flaw in his bitterness.

“Worldwide, probably more people watched that than they did anything. What a game it was, it was absolutely brilliant.”

Bitter Barton’s last word: “Don’t be stupid. Listen, my lower Sunday league side won 5-4 and that was a cracking game.”

Brazil should have reminded him that he tried and failed miserably to make his mark in this “Sunday league up North,” in his only appearance against Celtic he lost 5-1 and was terrified of Scott Brown all day long.


There was no field invasion, the TV cameras didn’t pick up the home support racially abusing Celtic players, so it was looking like the host Club were going to get through the day without their support disgracing themselves and their club. Okay we heard their song-book too, but putting that to one side – it wasn’t looking like a day of shame for Rangers because of the actions of their supporters.

Then their fat cats got involved. Celtic star Scotty Sinclair, an unused substitute, was on his way to his family home at Glasogw airport when two fat-cat Bears couldn’t help themselves.

“A few guys who looked a bit worse for wear seemed to get wind there was a footballer in the lounge. Police had to be called. The two men were chucked out but no complaint was made to the police. Sinclair shouldn’t have to put up with that while minding his own business after a match,” an eye witness stated.

Another added that the Celtic star maintained his dignity. “He held his head high,” she said.

“Armed police escorted the scum out and their bags are being taken off the plane. Absolutely disgusting. Sad thing is these were bloody businessmen.”

British Airways’staff helped “manage a disagreement” – really? Glasgow Airport confirmed that “three individuals were removed from the flight and airport by police.” So another one got involved!

The Polis, who probably thought that Scotty had brought it upon himself, stated: “Two men were asked to leave the lounge and advice was given.”

Scotland’s fat-cat Shame.


The Celtic manager has quite a few Ibrox victories to look back on now and yesterday’s 3-2 win, which maintained his 100% win record in Govan, is he believes the best of the lot.

“Yes, definitely because the odds are against you at times. It was like a game I’d watch when I was growing up watch Celtic v Rangers with all the drama.

“We made a mistake to go behind and we were behind twice but we had great pride in the team. We played well and showed that toughness and character you need.”


As the final whistle sounded the usual routine kicked in.  Those glass staircases are teaming with Bears walking away as fast as they could. The Celtic players, in triumph made their way to the where the party was,  over at the Free Broomloan. Two security guards moved faster though and got into position, guarding the goal-posts.

Word had obviously reached them that Leigh Griffiths was on the prowl. And he had in his possession, that most offensive of items imaginable in these parts, a Celtic scarf. To be fair, Griffiths, although  out injured so not involved, had hardly been discrete.

The host Club had asked Celtic fans not to fly their flags over the front row of the rear Free Broomloan, but Griff probably figured he was a player rather than an fan and they never mentioned players not flying flags did they?

Had he however made his way onto the pitch the stewards were ready for him.  There would be no surrender of these goal posts to Griffths this time.

The Celtic striker instead found a pole in the Free Broomloan and tied his scarf to that.

As for that flag? Outrageous!  A brilliant finish to Beautiful Sunday!

PS the funniest moment of the day was the Bears celebrating the foul on Scott Brown just before his pass to Moussa Dembele brought Celtic level just before the half-time whistle.

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About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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