Will Celtic choose to repeat infamous Ibrox trick at Hampden?

By Hamish Carton

December 7, 2019

Odsonne Edouard made a pretty telling contribution in our only previous derby against Rangers so far this season. The Frenchman scored a clinical goal at Ibrox, and also had a hand in the second strike in the 2-0 win. Yet neither moments were talked about quite as much as his first involvement of the afternoon.

Many fans may remember Edouard’s first touch of the game if they think carefully. It was pretty memorable after all. The forward chose, under some instruction, to kick the ball out for Rangers throw right from the get-go as we penned them into their corner.

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Steven Gerrard’s men barely recovered from that first second incident as we ran out comfortable winners, and were unfortunate not to win by more.

But as we prepare to face our rivals again tomorrow, could history repeat itself?

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We never quite did get to the bottom of who ordered the prolific Frenchman to kick the ball out from kick-off. Many Celtic figures flirted with the suggestion that they had been responsible, before passing on the blame elsewhere. It’s not really relevant who the idea belonged to. It worked. That’s all that matters.

But could it work again? Kicking the ball out from kick-off may seem like such an miniscule detail in a match of football. But the message it sends is a more profound one. Celtic were letting Rangers know that they would be playing the game on their terms back in September. The same should go for tomorrow.

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While repeating the trick is perhaps a little unlikely, we must start the game with the same tempo as we did at Ibrox. Our commitment that day was excellent as we harried Rangers into mistakes and allowed our superior quality to show.

The likes of Scott Brown and Callum McGregor will once again be key in the midfield. If they start well, chances are that the rest of the team will soon follow.