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Several objects were thrown by Celtic fans, one of which struck referee Hugh Dallas forcing the game to be stopped while he received medical treatment.
Infour players were charged by the police with breach of the peace for their conduct during a match at Ibrox and had to appear at court,    with two Chris Woods and Terry Butcher convicted and fined.
He has stated that he later received threats via telephone calls from persons purporting to be members of the IRA over his behaviour. In response, Celtic indicated they would do likewise, bringing to an end a long tradition of both clubs offering an generous proportion of their stadium to their rivals. In the minutes before kick-off, a main access road was closed as part of the amended segregation plan and thousands of spectators approaching Celtic Park from both directions were directed to the narrow enclosed walkway below the North Stand to reach the opposite side of the stadium, along with those trying to enter that stand via turnstiles.
The volume of people in the walkway area built up to the extent that many were unable to move forward with more approaching from either side, and crushing was experienced in the congested area for some minutes, causing panic, with several fans scaling a high perimeter wall and fence to escape; one of them fell from the wall and later required hospital treatment, while four other persons were treated at the scene as the situation subsided.
Those involved expressed their anger afterwards regarding the arrangements and the policing at the stadium on the day, with Celtic issuing an official apology to the fans. The law was designed specifically to target the Old Firm rivalry by reducing the religious hatred between the two opposing sides. People convicted under the act could face up to five years imprisonment, a much higher sentence than was previously in place. Newcastle United went on to win the trophy. Having brought the legendary Jim Baxter back home at the start of the —70 seasonWhite's faith was repaid immediately when in his first game back at Ibrox, Baxter masterminded a famous 2—1 comeback victory over Celtic in the League Cup sectional round that had the crowd in raptures.
In the Cup Winners Cup we beat Steau 2—0 at home, and held out in Bucharest for a 0—0 draw where White cleverly employed John Greig in a sweeper's role. He was promising to, "attack, attack, attack!
Baxter scored a stunning goal after 18 minutes, and it all looked to be going to plan as Rangers sustained pressure continued for the first hour, and then the game changed. Gornik started to play and scored three quite brilliant goals in the final half hour as they toyed with Rangers, looking as if they could score at will. Gornik were applauded off the park. The next day, 27 NovemberWhite's assistant Willie Thornton took over as caretaker and the club began to look for a new manager.
The lack of honours during White's reign at Ibrox, however, masks the fact that he did improve the team during a difficult period. Celtic, under Stein, were at the peak of their success and White, as Rangers' first track suit manager working on the pitch with the players every day, did not fail through any lack of tactical knowledge.
In his two seasons in charge Rangers had finished 2 points and 5 points behind Celtic. White was replaced by Willie Waddellthe former Rangers legendary winger, who had also won the Championship as a manager in with Kilmarnock, before returning to journalism with the Daily Express, where he was heavily critical of Rangers, and White in particular, referring to him as 'the Boy David'.
With Waddell in charge, the next three seasons saw Rangers finish 12, 15 and 16 points adrift of Celtic in the Championship — 2 points for a win back then. The team also failed to beat Celtic in 10 of the 11 games it played with Waddell at the helm. European success and national tragedy — [ edit ] William Waddella former player who had made himself a name both in journalism and as the manager of Kilmarnock 's championship-winning side of —65, was appointed as Rangers manager on 8 December the same year.
Due to a pitch invasion at the end of the match, the team were presented with the trophy in the dressing room. The triumph in the European Cup Winners' Cup came less than two years after the Ibrox disasterwhen 66 people died leaving the east terrace at staircase Within weeks of their European success, Waddell moved to the general manager position and his coach Jock Wallace was appointed as manager.
The reasons for the year-old Waddell relinquishing the reins at Rangers were never fully explained but he probably saw the coaching of players as a younger mans job.
He also became determined to complete the reconstruction of Ibrox Stadium. Waddell's spell can only be seen as a unique achievement. In just little over two years he had enforced discipline and order to the club. This in turn brought European success and broke the dominance of Celtic, if only in the League Cup.
Waddell also oversaw the recovery after the second Ibrox disaster, helping the families of the victims and forging strong links with supports' clubs. Wallace becomes manager — [ edit ] Jock Wallace 's managership of Rangers saw the club achieve a period of sustained success. His first season as manager, —73 was the club's centenary year. After taking over the first-team managers position on 31 MayWallace set about reshaping the side. After a stuttering start to the league campaign, three defeats and a draw from the first six matches, the sides fortunes greatly improved.
From October to the end of the season Rangers suffered only one league defeat, at home to Hearts on 2 Decemberand went on a run of sixteen wins. However this run was not enough to become league champions as the side finished second, one point behind Celtic.
In the cup competitions, the Scottish Cup campaign was to culminate in a 3—2 win over Celtic. The final was attended by Princess Alexandra along withother spectators.
It was Rangers first Scottish Cup win in seven years. The League Cup run was ended in the semi-finals at the hands of Hibernian after a 1—0 defeat. This season also saw compete in the first ever European Super Cup. The side played the European Cup holders Ajax in January The Dutch side were the only continental opposition the side faced that season due to the club's European competition ban.
In the end Ajax proved to strong and recorded a 6—3 aggregate win, with Rangers losing 1—3 at Ibrox and 3—2 in Amsterdam. In the summer of Rangers chairman John Lawerence retired and was replaced by vice-chairman Matt Taylor. A nine-year period of Celtic dominance in the league was ended in —75 as Rangers captured what was to be the last championship of its kind.
The new ten-team Scottish Premier Division saw Rangers crowned inaugural champions, as part of a triumphant domestic treble. A barren subsequent season in — Wallace presided over the club's fourth domestic treble and second in three years in — They were joined at the club by Bobby Russell who arrived from Shettleston Juniors for free.
Despite these expensive signings the side did not make the best start to the league campaign, losing the opening two matches to Aberdeen and Hibernian. Order was restored the following week with a 4—0 defeat of Partick Thistle.
A resounding 3—2 win over Celtic in the first Old Firm match of the season set the tone of the season.
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Rangers had been 2—0 down at half-time but recovered to win the game after outclassing Jock Stein 's side in the second 45 minutes. In Marchsecond placed Aberdeen won 3—0 at Ibrox to set up a tense title run in. Rangers dropped seven points from twenty-one but held on winning the final four fixtures and the league. The League Cup was won by defeating Celtic 2—1 after extra time.
Goals from season new boys Davie Cooper and Gordon Smith completed the first leg of the treble. The 2—1 Scottish Cup Final win over Aberdeen made Wallace the only Rangers' manager to win two domestic treble's. Surprisingly despite this unprecedented success Wallace resigned from his position on 23 May The reason for his departure was never revealed but it is widely believed that a breakdown in the working relationship between Wallace and general manager William Waddell was the cause. At a time when Ibrox Park was undergoing extensive redevelopment the transfer budget was to suffer.
Waddell was suspected of vetoing many signings, Alan Hansen from Partick Thistle and David Narey from Dundee United among them, in favour of investing in the rebuilding project. The burst of success under Wallace in the mids saw Rangers once again established as Scotland's most successful club. When Wallace, suddenly and unexpectedly, announced his resignation, Rangers turned to another of the stalwarts of the great side of the mid-to-late s, the captain John Greig.
John Greig, from captain to manager — [ edit ] After the departure of Wallace the board acted quickly to replace the void with club captain Greig being promoted to first-team manager.
Greig took a phone call on the day of Wallace's resignation from general manager Waddell. Greig was playing golf with teammate Sandy Jardine when Waddell called him to offer him the job. On 24 May Greig was confirmed as the seventh manager of Rangers. Greig's tenure began promisingly. The —79 season could so easily have mirrored the previous. Despite a fixture pile-up which resulted from the club playing three league games in nearly three months, and some overly negative tactics from Greig, Rangers came close to winning a quadruple of trophies.
Unfortunately it was not to be and the season ended with just the domestic cup double. Wallace's treble-winning team of the previous season performed ably in the European Cup.
Rangers eliminated Juventus after defeating the Italians 2—1 on aggregate — the first time Rangers had ever recovered from a first-leg defeat to win a two-legged European tie.
The Ibrox Disaster of January 2, 1971 which claimed 66 lives was a tragedy waiting to happen
Dutch side PSV Eindhoventhe then UEFA Cup holders, were overcome in the next round the club's first home defeat in European competitionbefore an injury-stricken Rangers side lost to Cologne at the quarter-final stage. John Greig's statue outside Ibrox The early season league form was terrible as the team failed to win any of the first six league matches but a run was put together. Things began to unravel, however, as leadership of the league evaporated.
The team had to settle for second place behind champions Celtic. The pivotal match was a 4—2 Old Firm defeat a Parkhead. There was success for Greig in the national cup competitions. Victory in the Scottish Cup Final over Hibernian required a second replay to separate the sides before Rangers eventually won 3—2. The following the season finished trophyless. Rangers finished an embarrassing fifth in the league, eleven points behind champions Aberdeen.
The main cause for such a poor showing in the league was pointed at the team's away form, only ten points from eighteen matches. Aberdeen also knocked Rangers out of the Scottish League Cup over a two-legged third round tie. The side got off to a good start in the league, going on a fifteen match unbeaten run, including two Old Firm wins, was to end in November. A disastrous run in November and December all but ended the title challenge as the team finished third, twelve points behind champions Celtic.
The League Cup campaign was halted after a controversial defeat by Aberdeen in a match where the Dons were awarded two contentious penalties. Due to having no European participation, Rangers entered the Anglo-Scottish Cup which led to humiliation and embarrassment at the hands of English minnows, Chesterfield. The third division side held Rangers to a 1—1 draw at Ibrox before defeating Rangers 3—0 in the away leg at Saltergate.
Greig's fourth season in charge, —82, ended yet again without the league championship. Rangers finished third, twelve points behind Old Firm rivals Celtic who were champions. There was an apparent lack of ambition at the club due a lack of transfer funds which were being directed towards the redevelopment of Ibrox Park.
The Ulsterman proved to be a shrewd acquisition and later became the club captain. European participation was halted by Dukla Prague who soundly beat the team 3—0 in Prague and a 2—1 second leg win for Rangers was not enough for the team to progress. The domestic cup competitions provided successful ground as Rangers reached both finals. The team lost the Scottish Cup Final 4—1 to Aberdeen despite leading for the majority of the match. A late Aberdeen equaliser took the game into extra-time before the Dons added a trio.
Greig made big-money signings in the pre-season —83 with renewed hope that they could at least mount a serious title challenge, but once again, the season ended in trophyless failure. The early signs were positive. The opening eight league games saw the side unbeaten but the final match saw Rangers lying in fourth, a massive eighteen points behind champions Dundee United. The team was knocked out of Europe after suffering a 5—0 defeat from Cologne.
The —84 season would signal the end of John Greig's managerial career. Still, the attendance on January 2 was impressive — at least 75, Yet to anybody familiar with the game the atmosphere was subdued. The lowering mist seemed to tranquillise the customary tribal passions — or maybe it just seemed that way to an impressionable schoolboy on a day when there was nothing much to shout about. The three arrived later than usual and found that they could not take up their usual stance in the Shed, the enclosure favoured by Rangers supporters opposite the Main Stand.
They turned back towards Stairway 13, the precipitous steps that led up to the terracings at the east end of the ground, where they found a vantage point behind one of the goals.
Also assembling on the same slopes were five teenagers from the small Fife town of Markinch. The youngest was Peter Easton 13whose mother had resolutely opposed his going to the game but who relented when her son pleaded that he had done well in his studies at Auchmuty High School in Glenrothes, where all five were pupils. Somewhere nearby was an eight-year-old lad from Liverpool, Nigel Pickup, who was attending his first ever football match, as a special treat in the company of his stepfather — and not just any football match, but Rangers v Celtic, another episode of the longest running internecine strife in football.
Yet, as it turned out, the occasion — by the standards of this turbulent fixture — was placid. The lack of fervour was dictated by that singular occurrence, an almost entirely humdrum Old Firm derby.