Video: Incredible atmosphere at Hampden as supporters turn Celtic end Irish

By John McGinley

April 17, 2022

The Celtic vs Rangers Scottish Cup semi-final has been as tense an affair in the first half as you’d probably expect.

Before the match, there was incredible noise and colour around the national stadium as Celtic supporters answered the call to bring thousands of Irish flags to the game.

As the teams walked out the atmosphere was truly stunning, with Celtic’s Irish heritage proudly on display through the fire and roars.

Premier Sports uploaded footage of the walkout to their social media pages which you can see via this link or embedded below.

Neither side has managed to really take control of the match since. Sparring has occurred with a couple of chances here and there, without either goalkeeper really being tested.

The closest to a goal we’ve come was when Rangers midfielder John Lundstram hit the post from long range.

Celtic supporters will definitely be looking for the team to build into the game more after the interval. Right now, there’s little control on the midfield and Callum McGregor is doing a lot of work on his own.

The good news is that manager Ange Postecoglou has lots of options on his bench to switch things up.

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Kyogo Furuhashi is available for starters, while Matt O’Riley is also an excellent candidate to enter the match.

Changes are inevitable, it’s just about when the manager decides to pick his moment for them to enter the fray.

A massive 45 minutes is ahead with the scores locked at 0-0!

In other news, Ange Postecoglou talks up behind-the-scenes impact of Celtic defender Cameron Carter-Vickers.