If You Know The History: 28th March 2004 Rangers 1 Celtic 2

28th March 2004 Rangers 1 Celtic 2

On this day in 2004, 49,909 had gathered at Ibrox Park for the third league meeting of the Old Firm during that season.

Both sides were by then reflecting the more cosmopolitan nature of that period in Scottish football. Celtic fielded only three Scots players, David Marshall, John Kennedy and Stephen Pearson; the other eight were Bobo Balde ( Guinea), Stan Varga ( Slovakia), Didier Agathe (France), Neil Lennon ( Northern Ireland), Stylian Petrov ( Bulgaria), Alan Thompson/Chris Sutton ( England) and Henrik Larsson ( Sweden).

Rangers had four Scots in the side, Alan Hutton, Bob Malcolm, Stephen Hughes and Gavin Rae; the others were Stefan Klos ( Germany), Craig Moore (Australia), Zurab Kivanishvili (Georgia), Michael Ball ( England), plus the Dutch trio of Peter Lovenkrands, Ronald De Boer and Micheal Mols.

It turned out to be really competitive match. In the 20th minute, after Gavin Rae had fouled Stylian Petrov, Henrik Larsson got his head to Alan Thompson’s free-kick to give Celtic the lead.

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In 51 minutes, a fierce shot by Larsson was only blocked by Stefan Klos and Alan Thompson reacted quickest to knock the ball home. Rangers solitary goal came in 82 minutes, when Steven Thomson powerfully headed home a corner from substitute Chris Burke.

So, 2-1 was the final score, Celtic’s fourth victory over Rangers that season.

Jim Craig

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