Former Scotland boss makes wild Celtic fan assertion in build-up to England clash

By John McGinley

June 18, 2021

Former Scotland manager Craig Brown has claimed everyone in Glasgow loved former Rangers and England player Paul Gascoigne, including Celtic supporters.

In an interview with Irish outlet Off The Ball this week, Brown was recalling Gascoigne’s famous goal for England against Scotland at Wembley in 1996.

Brown was of course the Scotland boss at the time and had to watch on in heartbreak as Gary McAllister missed a penalty at one end before the England star volleyed in at the other within seconds.

However, he still recalls Gascoigne fondly and reckons Celtic fans are the same.

He told Off The Ball: “A wonderful goal, an unfortunate penalty. Gascoigne’s goal was fit to win any match. The fact that he was popular in Glasgow, even with the Celtic fans, it was very similar to Henrik Larsson. Larsson was very popular with both the Celtic and Rangers fans.

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“Gascoigne had the same feeling in Glasgow. Everyone loved him. He was a nice guy. He scored a goal so we were upset but we had to acknowledge him.”

Gascoigne was a controversial figure for Celtic fans in Scotland

Now, I was but a youngster when Gascoigne was pulling on Rangers strips. However, I was old enough to know that he was not well-liked amongst Celtic supporters. I’m sure my dad and uncles would have a few words to say about this apparent love for the Ibrox player!

He was a controversial character in Scotland, infamously stoking sectarian tensions with a flute gesture during a derby match. [Daily Mail]

No one can really cast doubt on his ability. He was an immensely talented player, but well-liked by Celtic fans? Not for me! If anything, I’d say he was as disliked as most Rangers players during that period.

Paul Gascoigne in action for England against Scotland / (Photo by Ben Radford/Allsport/Getty Images/Hulton Archive)

You can correct me in the comments below if I’m wrong.

Perhaps Brown is confusing him with Brian Laudrup? He was a player I remember plenty having respect for, even though I wouldn’t say he was particularly liked either.

We don’t like Rangers players full stop. Or at least I don’t…

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