There’s no question that if you’re a fan of Scottish football, you’ll want to know who are playing today in the UEFA Champions League and the Scottish Cup. Celtic vs Rangers is the match of the day, and fans are expecting a big battle between the two teams.
Celtic vs Rangers
The Celtic vs Rangers rivalry is an intense one, with football fans and political activists alike taking a keen interest in the two teams’ clashes. It’s a rivalry that has extended well beyond the world of football, and goes deeper into the concepts of national identity, religion and politics.
There’s no denying the fact that the Glasgow derby has been a hotbed of sectarian violence in recent years. This isn’t the first time that the two clubs have found themselves at the center of riots and pitch invasions.
In the past, the Scottish Cup Final has served as a trigger for clashes between the rivals. A series of riots in the 1980s, which culminated in the final, brought the rivalry to a boil.
While it may be easy to overlook the religious nature of the competition, the fact is that the Rangers and Celtic have a history of mortal combat that stretches back over a century. Despite the conflict, these two clubs have managed to stay a step ahead of their rivals.
These teams’ long histories of competition have led to some of the most memorable matches in the history of sport. From the fabled “Old Firm” match in 1890 to the more contemporary “Classico dos Milhoes” to the UEFA Champions League group stage draw in August, these are games that have made a big impression on their countries and around the globe.
UEFA Champions League
It has been a long time coming for Rangers to be back in the UEFA Champions League. The team had been waiting for a return to the European competition since 2005. Since then, the Glasgow-based side has had a painful reality check. They have failed to score in any of their three group stage matches, despite holding Liverpool to a draw in their opening match.
Liverpool have won two wide open games against Napoli and Ajax this season. However, they are 14 points off the leaders after eight matches. That’s not quite good enough for a top-four finish, but the quality of their opponents is undeniable.
Meanwhile, Benfica have begun the league campaign 100%. Their victory against PAOK in the first leg qualifier means they will qualify for the play-offs.
This match will be dubbed the “Battle of Britain” due to its Scottish and English heritage. Rangers and Celtic are both strong supporters in their own countries. Combined with the team’s status as Scottish and English champions, the game has been dubbed a “must-see” event.
With the return of the Champions League, the squad has been in desperate need of a win. But Liverpool have scored plenty of goals at home in recent times, so the pressure is on Rangers to keep the scoreline respectable.
The Scottish Cup is the oldest national football trophy in the world. It was first awarded to Queen’s Park in March 1874.
Rangers are one of Scotland’s most successful clubs. They have a record 55 league titles, the most of any Scottish club. So they’re aiming to add to that by winning the Scottish Cup.
As of the start of the 2022/23 season, Celtic and Rangers are the only two teams to have won all of the top six Scottish domestic titles. Celtic have won a total of 107 titles, while Rangers have finished runners-up 33 times.
Rangers are currently sitting second in the Scottish Premiership. However, they’re still four points behind Celtic, who lead the way in the league after the second stage. This means they’re likely to finish second again next season.
Rangers’ UEFA Europa League campaign will be remembered for more than their run to the final. Despite losing to Eintracht Frankfurt in Seville on Wednesday, they are still in a strong position to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
Aside from their recent European successes, Rangers also have plenty of other achievements to be proud of. They’ve won 55 titles in all competitions, including the Scottish Challenge Cup and the Scottish Championship. That makes them the most successful team in the country.