WEEKEND IN PICTURES OR....I SURVIVED MY FIRST OLD FIRM GAME
Yesterday was the first Celtic v Rangers game of the new football season and shockingly, my boyfriend had an extra ticket and even more shocking? He took me (i.e. a dirty immigrant who is not emotionally invested in football)! Actually, I was really dying to go because I have heard that Old Firm games are nuts and besides, I've never seen a (near) riot so I thought, "what the hell?"
To be honest, I thought it would be a lot more chaotic and medieval, with people ducking for cover and charging at one another in drunken fervour. However, it was all pretty civilised. Until "the other team" took to the field.
Going to the Old Firm game was unlike anything I have ever experienced; it was wild. Initially, although I was excited to attend, I was also a bit anxious because I fucking hate the whole sectarianism bullshit that is rampant in Scottish football.
Also, I'm sensitive and didn't want to start blubbering (again) in front of Scottish people- like that time in Pollokshields.
Anyway, if you could somehow encapsulate the raw energy within the stadium of an Old Firm game, you could probably solve the world's energy crisis. That shit was FIERCE.
Directly across from us in the stadium: "the enemy"/ Rangers fans.
It was somewhat interesting because Celtic and Rangers fans went to great efforts to antagonise one another. Celtic fans were wandering around with beach balls and sombreros - to highlight the fact that Celtic are still in the European Champions League while Rangers are not. When I dared to point out to my boyfriend that actually, sombreros are Mexican, he glared at me and told me not to be so literal.
Rangers fans, meanwhile, win the award for douchiest banner ever. I don't know if you can see it in the picture above, but some fans painstakingly made a banner that read:
"The Queen's 11
God Save Our Queen
God Save YOUR Queen"
On the one hand, I gotta give 'em props for creating a banner that would piss a lot of people off but on the other hand, she's "our Queen" only via murder, rape, pillaging and war. So, really, I'm not sure that's worth pointing out to people? It's kinda like if I went up to a group of Native Canadians and was all, "hey dudes! God save the queen!" They'd be all, "the Queen?! That old goat and her inbred family stole my land".
Also, there was another banner with little men on it, wearing Celtic jerseys and running after an ambulance. I was totally lost as to what it meant and even fellow Celtic fans around me were as equally confused. An "ambulance chaser" as far as I know, is a personal injuries lawyer (see Jim "the Hammer" Shapiro) and so I'm left to assume Rangers fans are implying Celtic supporters are ...trial lawyers? You got me, Rangers fans!
And the game begins!
Empty stadium before the game (we got there early - too early!)
Overall, it was actually kinda fun (apart from the tension and fans calling players various four-letter words in thick angry Scottish accents) and like I said, unlike anything I have ever experienced. I think it would have been a lot funner if Celtic actually won - they lost to Rangers by an embarrassing 4-2. Ah well, everyone loves the underdog, right?