You can ask which Scottish football teams have names starting and ending with the same letter, which has the strangest name (Clachnacuddin, meaning “stone of destiny,” which is a local landmark), which include body parts (Brechin, Peterhead, Heart of Midlothian, and never mind that “een” is Scottish for “eyes”) and which are not named after the town or city where they are located. Or you could ask what is the best option for an up bet in spread betting for when you finally avail yourself of the services of Cantor Index.
Glasgow Rangers is the most successful Scottish football team, with 51 league titles and a greater number of trophies – 107 – than any other football team in the world. The team went into administration for non-payment of around £14 million of tax after decades of financial mismanagement.
When Sir David Murray owned the club, he described it as Scotland’s second most important institution after the Church of Scotland. He said it would spend £10 on players for every £5 spent by Celtic. Rangers’ most successful years in the 1990s resulted from the spending of money that did not exist to pay inflated wages and lure big name players with massive transfer fees. Moves were facilitated by strategic tax dodging and offshore bank accounts. In this time, Ranger matched Celtic’s record of nine consecutive League championships.
A legal claim by Rangers against Customs and Revenue to the tune of tens of millions of pounds is yet to be resolved. Rangers will not compete in Europe next season, an absence that would continue for a further two years if it becomes insolvent. 100,000 season tickets were sold in advance, limiting working capital. Rangers were attractive to players due to its regular successes on the field and respectable salaries, but these will be lost. Rangers’ woes led to its relegation to the Third Division, causing defender, Dorin Goian to immediately depart. The good news for spread bettors is that Rangers is likely to triumph in its new division.
The most successful Scottish football team of the foreseeable future must surely be Celtic, with which Rangers has one of the most heated rivalries in the world and which has won the Scottish League 46 times. The two teams are referred to as the Old Firm, and their rivalry is sectarian in origin, with supporters of Rangers being predominantly Protestant and those of Celtic being mostly Catholic. Rather than Scottish flags, Rangers supporters tend to wave the Union Jack while Celtic supporters wave the Irish tricolour. Sectarian chants and songs are often heard from supporters.
Violent rioting between fans of the two teams erupted at Hampden Park, Rangers’ stadium, on the occasion of the 1980 Scottish Cup Final, which Celtic won. Police lacked the manpower to suppress the disorder, which BBC News described it as the “most infamous case” ever related to a match between the two. Match commentator, Archie MacPherson, likened the scene to one from Apocalypse Now or the Battle of Passchendaele. He concluded, “At the end of the day, let’s not kid ourselves. These supporters hate each other.” The sale of alcohol at sporting events in Scotland was prohibited by an Act of Parliament as a result and both teams were fined £20,000.
Since the season of 1985 to 1986, one of the pair has won the Scottish League. The clever money must now be on Celtic. First Minister Alex Salmond said that Celtic needed Rangers, which brought one commentator to remark that it was akin to saying that black people need the Ku Klux Klan.