An unlikely hero could prove to be the Celtic derby match-winner

By John Reid

March 27, 2019

The Glasgow derby between Celtic and Rangers can often be unpredictable. The form book can often go out of the window. Unexpected heroes emerge to become match-winners.

That has certainly happened in the past for Celtic. Players who you would not have expected to find the back of the net have managed to do so.

Unlikely cup hero


For example, Darren O’Dea didn’t score many goals in his time at Celtic. But the centre-back scored a vital goal to give the Hoops the lead in the 2009 league cup final.

The Hoops eventually won the game 2-0 after extra time.

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Another unlikely goal hero is Lee Naylor. The full-back opened the scoring in Neil Lennon’s first derby as Hoops manager, the 2-1 win over Rangers in 2010.

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The next unlikely hero?

Who could be the candidate to be the unlikely hero when the teams meet at Celtic Park on Sunday? A player like Emilo Izaguirre comes to mind.

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He would only be starting the game as a replacement for the injured Kieran Tierney. He isn’t the most prolific of goalscorers. Put those two factors together and perhaps it is made for him to score the winning goal for the Hoops.

Maybe Celtic’s hero against Rangers will be a player you expect it to be, like Odsonne Edouard. But don’t count out an unlikely goalscorer – it is the Glasgow derby after all.