Definition of The Old Firm

The Old Firm is regularly the most prominent fixture in Scottish football. It is between the 2 most successful clubs in the country, which are both based out of Glasgow: the Glasgow Rangers and the Celtic Football Club. The origin of the name of the fixture is debated, but seeing as the two clubs are 2 of the founding members of the Scottish football league, it fits nicely.

The meaning of the term The Old Firm is explained when it comes to Scottish football.Rangers are historically the leaders when it comes to the trophy haul, although only slightly. They have won a total of 116 trophies to Celtic's 111. In terms of the league, Rangers have 55 to Celtic's 51. Celtic do have a European Cup to their name, but Rangers also have a European Cup Winners' Cup to equalize the continental trophies.

The Old Firm was interrupted for quite a few years between 2012 and 2016 when Rangers finally regained promotion to the Scottish Premiership after liquidation. In that time, Celtic dominated the league and cups for years. However, the overall head-to-head record also stands slightly in Rangers' favour, having won 165 matches across all competitions. Celtic has won 159 and the sides have drawn exactly 100 between them.

It is yet to be seen whether or not Steven Gerrard's Rangers can continue their long history of success after clinching the title in the 2020-21 season. Regardless, it is good to see that the age-old competitive rivalry being reignited for the first time in almost a decade. Long may the Old Firm continue to excite audiences in Scotland and beyond!