28 Feb 2010

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Rangers have extended their Scottish Premier League (SPL) lead to 10 points after beating their Glasgow arch-rivals Celtic, thanks to a Maurice Edu’s goal seconds from the end of the Old Firm derby.

Well,I still like football though it’s not as much as I used to be back in the days.Although I have never been to a football stadium for ages,but I could describe myself as a Celtic fan if you were to ask me which team I support in Scotland.That has got nothing to do with me being a Catholic but rather it’s largely due to Henrik Larsson,a former Celtic star who was at his peak when I first arrived in Scotland nearly a decade ago.

So am I hurt by today’s results?Not at all.Actually,I’m somehow happy that a scorer of the Rangers’ goal is a Black person.Nothing to do with race but what would you expect in a nation where football colours could inflame a fight.Yes,Edu is an African-American who emerged victorious today after scoring the goal that could as well help Rangers retain their SPL title.

I have always wished I could attend an Old Firm derby but a few people I know in Glasgow have always warned me about potential of violence when the two big guns in Scottish football meet.

Just like like back home where victory for Simba against Yanga,or vice versa,is more important than qualifying for regional competitions,so is to Celtic and Rangers.The two teams’ records in European competitions have generally been dismal.I’m of the opinion that local football success should also translate into performing well in international tournaments.Both Celtic and Rangers are said to be in to difficult financial position,and qualifying for the Champions League would really make a huge difference.But for Rangers fans today,all that matters is their victory against their arch enemies.

Well,although I wish Celtic could have emerge victorious today,I’m a bit consoled by the fact a Black person-Edu-is entered in the Scottish footbal history books.

Big up,Edu!


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