Old Firm Classic: Rangers 3-2 Celtic
Scottish Cup Final
Saturday 4th May 2002
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Celtic: Douglas, Mjallby, Sutton, Balde, Agathe, Lennon, Lambert (McNamara 44), Petrov, Thompson, Larsson, Hartson. Subs Not Used: Gould, Boyd, Moravcik, Guppy.
Rangers: Klos, Ross, Moore, Amoruso, Numan, Ricksen, de Boer, Ferguson, Lovenkrands, McCann, Caniggia (Arveladze 20). Subs Not Used: McGregor, Vidmar, Nerlinger, Flo.
This Scottish Cup Final will live long in the memory of many Rangers supporters. The club was starved of success the previous season under Dick Advocaat, but the ‘little general’ stepped down as manager and moved to Director of Football to be replaced by Alex McLeish, then of Hibs. McLeish took over in January, and with the league title already sown up by Celtic, the focus was on retaining some pride and winning the two domestic cups. McLeish delivered and the Gers beat Ayr United 4-0 in the League Cup Final before reaching the second final in May, against rivals and league champions Celtic, who were thriving under Martin O’Neil.
Celtic took the lead in this one thanks to John Hartson’s close range header from a knockdown at an Alan Thompson free-kick after 19 minutes. The Gers responded quickly through the Danish striker Peter Lovenkrands, now with Newcastle United. The Dane, swiveled inside and fired home with his left-foot past Robert Douglas. Five minutes after half-time, Celtic went back infront through the giant Bobo Balde who leaped in to header past Stefan Klos. Rangers huffed and puffed and hit the post through a Barry Ferguson strike soon after. However, it was to be the Rangers skipper who took the game into his own hands, curling home a fantastic free-kick from the edge of the box. As time ticked away, the Gers surged forward and somehow in the 90th minute, Neil McCann’s excellent delivery was met by the diving figure of Peter Lovenkrands to seal cup success for the Rangers.
A classic cup-tie, another classic Old Firm game tomorrow.