Of course, depending on who you meet and talk to when you arrive in Glasgow, everyone will have a different opinion on what football team to go watch when you're visiting. As it turned out, pretty much everyone we spoke to was a Rangers fan, so all of their advice, tips and help led up to a game at Ibrox Stadium to see the Rangers play East Fife.
Apparently the Rangers ran into some financial trouble a few years ago, so they were dropped into the bottom division and are working their way back up. When we saw them play they were in the second lowest division, so they absolutely dominated the visiting team - which in a way was quite fun to watch. The final score was 5-0.
The best part of going to a game was it was easy to get to the stadium by jumping on the subway and catching the train to Ibrox. Thankfully the subway in Glasgow is quite easy to get around since it's just one giant circle. It will be quite busy on game day, but they seem to be quite organized and try to keep the trains from getting too jammed, especially after a game so it helps quite a bit.
We tried to call in advance and order tickets over the phone, but we couldn't do it without a local address, so we just bought tickets the day of the game. We didn't arrive too far in advance, and had to wait in line for a while, but we had no issue getting two tickets beside one another, and arrived about 12 minutes into the game. We quite enjoyed the experience, and recommend taking in a game (no matter who you see play) when you're in Scotland!
The biggest and best football and possibly sporting derby in the world.
The rivalry between the two clubs Rangers and Celtic is intense, while some 'idiots' take the rivarly to far ont he main the rivalry between fans is fierce but friendly. This makes for one of the most atmospheric sporting occasions you will ever see.
If you are lucky enough to get a ticket, this is a must !
The home of Glasgow Celtic Football Club, commonly known as paradise to supporters of this famous football club. Celtic were the first ever British team to win the European Cup, and they did it with a pool of players all born and bred within 40 miles of this stadium. It's now one of the biggest and best arenas in Europe to watch a match, or even have a meal and it now boasts one of the best Museums dedicated to football in this country. Celtic have a fanatical following and you can often see celebrities jetting in from all round the world to watch them, including Rod Stewart, Billy Connolly, Simple Minds and many others.
Alright let's face it, there's no way you're gonna get a ticket to an Old Firm on your vacation. The tickets don't even go on public sale because they're all bought by season ticket holders.
Unless you pay extreme over-prices on e.g. the internet (as much as ý1000 has been paid!) there's more or less only one way to get to watch the match live.
Go out to the arena and ask out loud in the crowd for spare tickets. I did so. I went to Ibrox and since I'm a Celtic fan I went for the stand called "Broomloan". Well, you'll notice which one it is on all the green and white people. 20 minutes of random asking and I got my precious ticket. Since it was ten minutes before kick off the guy was just happy to get his money back, why I did NOT have to pay ý300 like another guy but the ý27 it actually costed.
This is no fool-proof tactics though. Of all who tried during the year I was in Glasgow I was the only one who succeeded to get in, and a friend of mine tried a couple of weeks ago and failed. But it's sure worth the effort if you succeed and if you don't there are plenty of pubs nearby in which you can watch the match never the less.
Although I am not a soccer fan on a day to day basis I have to say that you can feel the presence of it in the city.
Not the sectarian stories of 30 years ago, just the sheer relevance. It is in the daily press, on the front page, TV and the radio. Go in any taxi and you will hear about which player/manager had what for breakfast on the local radio.
Scenes of rival teams supporters walking around Glasgow wearing Hawian shirts while carrying sun beds to demostrate how well their team are doing in European competitions highlight the humerous way Glaswegians manage this intense subject.
The only thing to top that is the passion of following Scotland both in Soccer and Rugby. The national anthem of "Flower of Scotland" being sung just makes you cry. Whether you are from there or not .. you will feel the passion.
If you can, get to see an Old Firm Derby (football game, Rangers v Celtic). Tickets are very hard to come by, but if you get the chance don't miss it.
Unique qualities? Sectarianism, religious bigotry, centuries of hate, obscene outbursts of abuse that Irvine Welsh couldn't make up - and that's just the players.
Go and see Celtic FC win at home!!
It won't be quite the same these days, what with all-seater stadiums etc, but there's nothing like the thrill of watching the Bhoys netting a few... especially if they're giving Rangers a good thrashing at the time!!!
Unfortunately I didn't get the chance to go to a football match but I think if you get a chance you shouldn't miss a match! Preferably a Celtic one...
Glasgow is a football crazy city. The teams of Celtic and Rangers are huge rivals so if you get a chance to see a Celtic vs. Rangers match it's probably the best experience!
culture, sport, passion, henrik, lots of goals, craic,emotion, life,...... you get the general idea, right?