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.

The Scottish Premiership Trophy (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)
The Scottish Premiership Trophy (Photo by Craig Williamson / SNS Group)

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.

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Then, just like now, a tenth consecutive league title was on the line in the months leading up to Scotland’s big stage bow.

In 1998 the league title changed hands, ending Rangers 10-in-a-row hopes

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’?

Scotland's players celebrate after David Marshall's save sends Scotland to the Euro's (Photo by Nikola Krstic / SNS Group)