Five seasons when Celtic failed to beat Rangers in an Old Firm derby

Rangers host Celtic at Ibrox on Sunday looking to end the season unbeaten against their Old Firm rivals.

Friday, 30th April 2021, 6:00 am

The Light Blues, who won the Premiership title back from Parkhead for the first time in 10 years, have won two and drawn one of the three league games against the Hoops and also knocked Celtic out of the Scottish Cup.

Here, the PA news agency looks at the five previous seasons, with regards to the three major competitions in Scotland, where Celtic failed to beat the Gers over the course of a campaign.


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Rangers have had the upper hand over Celtic this season.

Dick Advocaat’s Rangers side won three and drew one of the four Old Firm clashes.

John Barnes was in charge of the Hoops for the 4-2 defeat in Govan and the 1-1 draw at Celtic Park but, following the famous Scottish Cup defeat by Inverness, he had been replaced by interim boss Kenny Dalglish for the 1-0 home defeat and the 4-0 thrashing at Ibrox.

The Light Blues won the title for the second successive season, beating Celtic by 21 points.

Rangers also won the Scottish Cup but Celtic did not finish the campaign empty-handed, capturing the League Cup with a 2-0 victory over the Dons at Hampden Park.


Tommy Burns’ Celtic side lost only one league game that season – against Rangers – but still finished behind the Ibrox men at the top of the table.

Light Blues goalkeeper Andy Goram made his famous save against Pierre van Hooijdonk in the 3-3 draw at Ibrox in November, one of three draws in six Old Firm meetings.

The Gers knocked Celtic out of both the Scottish Cup and League Cup.

Rangers collected their eighth successive title and went on to win the Scottish Cup beating Hearts 5-1 in the final, while Celtic finished the season trophyless.


In the season that saw assistant Sean Fallon acting as Celtic manager while Jock Stein recovered from a serious car crash, Jock Wallace won the first of two domestic trebles with Rangers.

It was the first year of the new 10-team Premier Division with 36 fixtures, and the Gers won their two home games against Celtic and drew the two fixtures at Parkhead

The Light Blues also beat Celtic 1-0 in the League Cup final at Hampden Park.


Back in the days when there was only one home and away fixture in the Scottish First Division, Rangers won both Old Firm games and prevented the Hoops racking up a 10th successive title.

The Gers’ 2-1 victory at Parkhead in September was Celtic’s first league defeat of the season and the 3-0 win at Ibrox in January was their second.

After that the Hoops’ title challenge collapsed but having already won the League Cup, they finished the season with a 3-1 win over Airdrie in the Scottish Cup final.


The season did not start well for Celtic with 3-0 defeats home and away to Rangers in the League Cup section in August

The following month Rangers won the Old Firm game at Ibrox 2-1 and triumphed 1-0 when the teams met at Celtic Park on January 1.

Scot Symon’s side also beat Celtic 2-0 on their way to winning the Scottish Cup and ultimately it was five Old Firm wins out of five as they secured the domestic treble for just the second time in the club’s history.

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