Rangers & Celtic: The Decline Of The Northern Empire?


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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7 Responses

  1. John smith says:

    Definately the worst rangers team in 20 years! Very poor side! Celtic also a very poor side but the worst team in twenty years- NO! Wayne Biggins and carl muggleton were part of that particular worst Celtic side in 20 years!

  2. Ross says:

    I’d argue about it being the worst Rangers side in 20 years. McLeish’s team with FanFan, Jeffers, Ostenstaad and a few other complete donkeys were surely far worse.

    This team has internationalists from some fairly decent ranked countries.

    It’s certainly not great stuff to watch though.

  3. David says:

    O’Neil’s team was full of strong characters of genuine ability, such as Larsson, Sutton and Lennon. Strachan had at least one match winner in Nakamura. This current Celtic side is the poorest we’ve had for a long time. McManus and Caldwell are a disaster waiting to happen. Brown offers virtually nothing. If McDonald isn’t on his game Celtic don’t look likely to score. The Celtic fans are all asking where our supposed “massive financial advantage” has gone. Two consecutive last 16 finishes in the CL, almost zero debt. Lowest wage bill in a decade, over 50k season tickets sold and this dross on the pitch. Apart from McGeady not one of the present Celtic team would get a game with any top half EPL side.

  4. George says:

    I have to agree that it wasn’t the very best of Old Firm matches and even the hype seemed watered down this weekend. I was disappointed too.

    What I do find odd is this continual need to ‘batter’ the Sottish game from the perspective of English football. It’s not only pointless but nonsensical. It always seems to me that the English, or rather London-centric press are bitter or disappointed that Scotland no longer produces the great players that once littered the English leagues in the past. I don’t know why.
    Yes we Scots are passionate about our football, yes we love our country and yes we love to waive the rag at the English, but I doubt any sensible Scot really thinks that we are as good or better than the upper English leagues. Nor do we regard ourselves as good on the International stage as we were 20 years ago when we could still cause an upset.
    Scotland has a population of just over 5M, less than the population of Greater London (7.5/6) So I don’t think we do too bad getting our nice little premier league on Sky sports, do you?

  5. Gavin says:

    Fair enough, both teams have signed some duff players and turned in some dismal performances in the last couple of decades (indeed, my mob have beaten Celtic in a League Cup final within that period) but to refine that slighty – I think it’s fair to say these are the poorest teams they’ve had *collectively* since the 80s.

    And maybe my use of a couple of English reference points in there was misleading, but just to be clear, I am a Scottish and Scottish-based fan, just not an Old Firm one.

  6. George says:

    Oui, tout a fait,

    However, a lot of those East European countries have just as proud a history in the world of football as many other countries, like Scotland, that have had a bigger, more affluent, influential nation ‘alongside’ them in their current or recent social, or demographic history and are only now starting to find their feet.
    Think of all those USSR teams that could call upon, literally, thousands of players, hundreds of teams, tens of countries and I think you’ll find that Scotland, in those days, could still hold their heads high amongst the rest, as could England (possibly under performing) Ireland and Wales.
    Again the point is irrelevant, pointless and possibly mean spirited.

    Cet obsession avec le foot écossaise (sic((let’s dance!)) C’est quoi ça?

    Or, ??????? ??????

    Don’t you just hate the nuances! One could say beware of Greeks (Sky) and so forth! Would the ‘lesser’ nations benefit from a time of hardship and lack of money (including the lower English divisions) as the Northern European leagues have had to? Would we see a sharp rise in home grown talent, an enforced academy culture because there was no-where else to hide, least of all behind a rich Russian or Arab sheikh, or foreign grown talent?

    By the way Gavin, I’m a Partick Thistle fan. I grew up in Springbank Street No61 (look at the map) right next to the ground and I look forward to The Jags (my five year old calls them Patrick as did I) taking their place in the Champions league.

    Isn’t that the point?

  1. October 7, 2009

    […] Rangers & Celtic: The Decline Of The Northern Empire? “Arsene Wenger might think the Scots are still influential in Europe, but he’s about the only person left who does. It being October, it must be just about time for Scottish football pundits to do their usual soul-searching, surveying the wreckage of another failed qualification campaign for the national team, while both the Old Firm sit bottom of the European groups and all the various other qualifying round defeats are already forgotten along with most of the names of the East European teams who inflicted them. Plus ça change, as the French might put it.” (twohundredpercent) […]

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