1. Paul Lambert v Rangers 97/98 – Celtic had to win this one to stay in the title race, but it wasn’t just any title race, we had to win it to stop the 10 in a row. Celtic went right at Rangers from the off and Larsson, Donnelly, Brattbakk, Burley and Lambert all tested Goram who seemed to do what he was doing all through the 90s pulling off a string of saves and despite Burley opening the scoring it was still a tense Celtic park with a few minutes to go, almost everyone expected a Rangers equalizer then bang, Paul Lambert smashed one in from 25 yards. “Lambert Ooohhh What A Way To Settle It”
2. Henrik Larsson v Rangers 00/01 – Celtic had long wrapped up the league cup and league double before returning to Ibrox for the second time that season, their last trip their had been a woeful 5-1 defeat following the europhia of the 6-2 win. A Lubo Moravcik double (the second which would be in here if it wasn’t for larsson scoring the next) had Celtic 2-0 in front. With a youthful Shaun Maloney making his debut as a substitute and running riot against a very down-hearted Rangers defence, Celtic pushed for the 3rd to rub it right in, me being 8 was desperate to see young Maloney score, the auld man wanting Larsson to score, only for the one reason, Henrik was stuck on 49 goals. McNamara slipped it through, Larsson touched it by Klos and with Maloney on the penalty spot waiting to tap it in, Larsson calmly slotted the ball into the net from a tight angle. God spare Shaun Maloney who must’ve been desperate to knock it in. 50 goals, the 50th coming at Ibrox in a 3-0 win against Rangers. “The Perfect End To A Perfect Day, In A Perfect Season.”
3. Chris Sutton 03/04 – The Green and whitewash looked like it was just about to pass Celtic by as the 5th and last Old Firm game of the season looked like dying out as a 0-0 draw. ‘You can stick your effin whitewash up your A**E’ was the song sung by the delighted Rangers fans who were ecstatic at not being hammered by a rampant Celtic team. The Rangers fans had started the bouncy to celebrate a point won when Chris Sutton shoved De Boer off the ball and chipped Stefan Klos from about 25 Yards. Suddenly the bouncy died out.
4. Scott McDonald 08/09 – Celtic travelled to Ibrox without Shunsuke Nakamura and without Aiden McGeady, and despite being 4 points behind their closest rivals, Rangers fancied themselves to beat Celtic in the late December clash. Artur Boruc had magnificently denied Kris Boyd as Rangers had the first real chance of the second half and shortly after Gary Caldwell played a lofted ball forward, Samaras flicked it on and my favourite player (honestly he is -ED) Scott McDonald with his back to goal, majestically turned and with Kirk Broadfoot trailing him, smacked a volley high into the net. A stunning goal.
5. Jan Vennegoor Of Hesselink 07/08 – This should be higher but it finds itself 5th in my current mood. Nakamura’s stunning effort was canceled out by a nacho novo fluke effort from the edge of the box. Celtic had to win to keep the title race further and despite my best pal Scott McDonald missing a penalty, Celtic were not to be denied. Samaras chested down a Mark Wilson cross towards the path of Gary Caldwell, who dinked the ball towards Scott McDonald who headered the ball on to Vennegoor Of Hesselink who bulleted a header home and keep Celtic in the title hunt.
So what goal against Rangers is a personal favourite of yours and its missing up there? ofcourse I’ve missed some obvious ones, like Kenny Millers for example (tut tut-ED) aswell as a few from Nakamura and Samaras (whose first goal at Ibrox last year was my all time favourite goal against Rangers but I’ll let some other Super Sam Fanatic bring that one up, Scott Brown’s goal aswell was a big one. Good Luck to the bhoys on Sunday and I think we’re due to hammer them, I’ll go 2-0.
Hail Hail and Lets Make Some Noise For The Bhoys!