The Scotland Euro 2020 omen that's good news for Rangers - but not Celtic
Scottish football fans united to celebrate last night after 22 years of waiting came to an end and the national team finally landed another place at a major men’s tournament.
But maybe not all fans will be pleased when viewing the success through the prism of their club allegiances, because there are a few similarities and if those are repeated – it’s not good news for Celtic.
Back in 1998 the national headlines were taken up by the qualification pursuit of Scotland – successful in the end – while domestically it was all about the league title race which looked like going right to the wire.
Then, just like now, a tenth consecutive league title was on the line in the months leading up to Scotland’s big stage bow.
However while Scotland fans were celebrating when Gordon Durie scored against Latvia to seal a place at a major tournament – the striker wasn’t celebrating in the league.
Rangers’ tilt at ten-in-a-row DIDN’T come to fruition and the championship changed hands with Wim Jansen’s Celtic ending the Ibrox club’s dominance by taking the then Bell’s Premier Division.
Fast-forward 22 years and after Ryan Christie’s goal and David Marshall’s save it’s the Euro’s Scotland are heading for, instead of the World Cup – and rather than Rangers seeking a decade of decoration, it’s Celtic.
Throw in the anomaly of Hearts sitting in the Scottish Cup final for the team chasing ten both times – and Rangers fans will be asking ‘can history repeat its mirror-image all the way’?