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Clash of the Old Firm: Mayhem and madness
Eight of the most controversial moments in Old Firm history

AS Celtic and Rangers gear up for their first Old Firm clash since April 2012 in Sunday's League Cup semi-final, we take a look down the decades at the mayhem and madness this fixture has caused.



Scottish Cup Final, May 1980


Police and fans on the pitch at Hampden during the riot at the 1980 Scottish Cup final


Celtic won the Scottish Cup 1-0 after extra time. Then it all kicked off at Hampden.

Drunken fans invaded the pitch lobbing missiles before cops on horseback forced the factions apart. And to make matters worse it was live on TV - with Archie Macpherson commentating.

The rammy sparked fury in the House of Commons and resulted in an alcohol ban at all Scots sports grounds that still stands today



McAvennie v Woods, Butcher & Roberts, October 1987


Frank McAvennie, Terry Butcher, Chris Woods and Graeme Roberts


A 2-2 draw also finished 2-1 to Rangers in red cards and saw Celtic’s Frank McAvennie and Gers rivals Chris Woods, Graeme Roberts and Terry Butcher end up in court for a bust-up on the pitch – earning them the nicknames Goldilocks and the Three Bears.

Woods and Butcher were found guilty of a breach of the peace and fined, while Roberts and McAvennie were cleared.



Lennon v McCoist, March 2011


Ally McCoist and Neil Lennon square up
Mark Sweeney - The Sun Glasgow


A fiery Scottish Cup encounter boiled over after full-time as a snarling Neil Lennon, infuriated by something Ally McCoist whispered in his ear, squared up to the Rangers assistant boss.

The pair were quickly pulled apart but the ramifications soon spread out of Celtic Park and into the Scottish Parliament - where even First Minister Alex Salmond condemned the bust-up.



Rangers win title at Parkhead, May 1999


Hugh Dallas was struck by a coin


Rangers sealing their 10th title in 11 seasons at the home of the Hoops in a 3-0 win that sparked mayhem.

Referee Hugh Dallas needed stitches after being hit by a coin during the game, three players were sent off, fans tried to invade the pitch and Gers stars sparked further fury by mimicking Celtic’s huddle in celebration.



Ball v Advocaat, November 2001


Michael Ball and Dick Advocaat argue


The pair clashed on the touchline when feisty Dutch manager Advocaat dared to sub his £6million stopper.

Advocaat waved his arms, Ball stormed off and Rangers lost 2-1.



Scottish League Cup Final, October 1957


A fan holds up a copy of the match report from Celtic's 7-1 League Cup final victory in 1957


The first ever Old Firm final in the League Cup was a black day for Rangers – with the Hoops running rampant at Hampden.

Billy McPhail scored a hat-trick to inflict a scoreline that’s still the official record margin of victory between the teams.



Weir v Caldwell, April 2008


Rangers' David Weir and Celtic's Gary Caldwell get into a fight after the final whistle
EMPICS Sport/PA Photos


An injury time goal by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink sealed a 2-1 win for Celtic, sparking a player melee – and red cards for David Weir and Gary Caldwell after they appeared to exchange blows.

Both received one-match bans.



Scottish Cup Final, April 1909


Scottish Cup final riot in 1909


This was the year no-one won the trophy – as both sets of fans invaded the pitch for more than two hours following a 1-1 draw in a replay.

They tore up Hampden's goalposts and set fire to wooden barricades, while mounted police had stones lobbed at them.

The mayhem even led to calls for troops with bayonets to marshall matches.


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