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Glasgow: the Old Firm

David Ranc

in Foreign Players and Football Supporters

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780719086120
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702246 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719086120.003.0004
Glasgow: the Old Firm

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This case study looks at the change introduced by the signing of Maurice Johnston in 1989 by Rangers. For the first time in living memory a Catholic (and more importantly, a Scot from arch-rivals Celtic) was signed to play for Rangers, hitherto an exclusively Protestant club. It is argued that the opposition really is ‘ethnic’, between ‘old British stock’ and ‘non-integrated Irish migrants’ rather than between Catholic and Protestant. It shows that the Pres is divided between hyping up the rivalry (mostly done by tabloids) and playing it down (mostly the work of broadsheets. It shows the crucial role played by markers of identity: symbols (emblems, flags, colours, names), the team and the players to perpetuate the identity of Rangers. It shows that representations of the styles of Celtic and Rangers serves to exclude Celtic from national memory. It concludes that the place of religion in the Old Firm rivalry should be reassessed.

Keywords: Old Firm; Celtic; Rangers; Glasgow; religion; tabloids; broadsheets

Chapter.  16996 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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