“They did it because Celtic kept winning, genuinely,” Windass

Josh Windass scored the opening goal after just three minutes on Beautiful Sunday at Ibrox on 11 March 2018.

Josh Windass of theRangers scores  past Scott Bain of Celtic during the Scottish Premiership match between theRangers and Celtic at Ibrox on March 11, 2018.. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

After Tom Rogic equalised with 11 minutes on the clock theRangers restored their lead on 26 minutes when Daniel Candeias forced the ball beyond Scott Bain. And it looked like the him side would take their lead in at the break but Scott Brown’s determination in the middle of the park resulted in Moussa Dembele’s equaliser for Celtic that had Rangers TV asking ‘Whit’s the goalie daein’ Tom?”

Tom Rogic scores first goal during the Scottish Premiership match between theRangers and Celtic at Ibrox on March 11, 2018. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)
Moussa Dembele after scoring Celtic’s second goal during theScottish Premiership match between theRangers and Celtic at Ibrox on March 11, 2018 (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

The match seemed to swing back in theRangers’ favour in 57 minutes when Willie Collum rather harshly sent off Jozo Simunovic.

Brendan Rodgers made a tactical change, introducing Odsonne Edward to play with two strikers and rather remarkably the two French forwards combined with French Eddie scoring a wonder winner for Celtic to the delight of the Celtic support packed into the Broomloan Road stand.

Odsonne Edouard of Celtic celebrates scoring to give us a 3-2 lead. theRangers v Celtic, Scottish Premierhship, Ibrox – 11 March 2018. Photo Stuart Wallace/Shutterstock

The Celtic Star called it a Beautiful Sunday and for a while that term stuck.

It was also the day when theRangers supporters had had enough of watching these type of wind Celtic celebrations as they themselves streamed for an early exit. It was a close call that day but there had been others – like the 5-1 mauling the year before that drove them over the edge as they demanded that their club restrict the number of Celtic supporter at the Glasgow Derby matches.

Brendan Rodgers manager of Celtic celebrates victory after the Scottish Premiership match between theRangers and Celtic at Ibrox on March 11, 2018. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

In summary they were sick and tired of Celtic beating them at Ibrox. We all know that’s what happened but as is often the case with that lot, the truth seldom gets in the way of their hatred for everything Celtic. We called them out at the weekend regarding their decision to ban the Celtic fans from Ibrox yesterday afternoon and after the game Caitlin Hayes stood up and did the same. You should read the thread on their hateful forum on Caitlin if you can stomach it.

And their story is that this is all about the Green Brigade with them saying that around 1500 Green Brigade ultras were planning on going to Ibrox. Celtic had already sold-out our allocation of 700 tickets and none were taken up by the Green Brigade.

But back to what happened on Beautiful Sunday and we all know that the reason that they reduced the allocation was because Celtic kept winning at Ibrox. They deny that to they are bluer on the face but we know the truth.

So their propaganda hit a road-bump when Josh Windass commented on the reduced tickets for the Celtic support at Ibrox and explained the reason for that happening. Speaking on the Pitch Side podcast, Windass revealed why theRangers stopped allowing Celtic fans their traditional space at Ibrox in the Broomloan Road stand and this in turn led to their own away support being drastically reduced in numbers at Celtic Park.

“I think they did it because Celtic kept winning, genuinely, then Rangers cut the allocation and then Celtic was like we’ll cut it as well,” Josh Windass, who played in eleven Glasgow Derby matches against Celtic for theRangers, losing nine and drawing two,  said.

There’s the truth right there but they could never admit it. Their latest club released a statement claiming it was all down to additional demand for season tickets. “Our supporters will always come first and as many of them as practically possible must be accommodated. That is why the Club has decided on an overall increase in the total number of season tickets available to our supporters to what will be a historical record.

“An unfortunate consequence of putting our supporters first is that this increased demand negatively impacts on the number of tickets which will be allocated to visiting teams. This means all visiting fans will now be situated in the corner between the Broomloan and Sandy Jardine Stands.

“We believe that this is the best possible outcome after considering the unprecedented levels of support from Rangers fans.”

Lest they forget: “I think they did it because Celtic kept winning, genuinely, then Rangers cut the allocation and then Celtic was like we’ll cut it as well,” Josh Windass

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor, who 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 editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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