It wasn't the day of a title-clinching party, a cup final or a significant European win. I got very quickly very excited about it.".

What I should've done is when someone got steamed into me, I should've gone down and rolled over but that wasn't what you did in those days.

At a time when Rangers desperately need experience, they are in danger of being blinded by a big name and the kind of desperate urge to reannounce themselves as a grand club that is undermined by a string of core details relating to behaviour and performance. Duncan Morrow, a lecturer in politics at the University of Ulster, was asked by the Scottish government in 2011 to chair the independent Advisory Group on Tackling Sectarianism in Scotland.

Gerrard would be correct to point out modern-day football is not full of stable environments but Rangers, in this state, is an extreme case. I didn't know what I was getting into," Souness told Chick Young as part of BBC Radio Scotland's Managing the Old Firm series in 2010. Rangers would be banking on the iconic playing career of a 37-year-old triggering something remotely similar – and instantly – in the dugout. Back to back draws for either half of the Old Firm are the stuff of public relations disaster. Sportscene will show all of the day's Scottish Premiership goals every Saturday evening this season. The ferocious passion generated when the teams clash in the Old Firm derby makes global headlines but behind it is a hatred whose roots can be found in Scotland's history of religion and immigration. The signing of former Celtic player Mo Johnston in 1989 brought Rangers’ boycott of Catholic players to an end. The Scottish reformation movement of the 16th century saw the previously pious Catholic nation of Scotland adopting Protestantism as its national religion. However, the opening of a huge shipyard in Govan, just a short walk from Rangers' Ibrox home, by industrial firm Harland and Wolff, saw an influx of workers from Belfast in the 1910s.

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"Do you know how many times I was sent off in England? This was reflected in the songs the clubs' supporters adopted, which have tended to use the political events being played out in Northern Ireland as their inspiration. Rather, big clubs in need of personnel overhaul and emerging from a state of turmoil must surely look towards coaches who have a CV featuring the same.

Morrow added there is evidence that violence spikes when sectarian rituals are played out in the street or at stadiums.

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We were shooting ourselves in the foot.". Celtic and Rangers have exerted a vice-like grip on Scottish football for a century but their bitter rivalry is underpinned by sectarian tensions that predate the existence of either Glasgow club. It was a rollercoaster.".

I didn't know what I was getting into," Souness told Chick Young as part of BBC Radio Scotland's, Davie Cooper - 25 years since Rangers great died.

Smokescreens and a blame culture demonstrate shortcomings if you take time to look closely enough; Rangers’ erudite supporters have long since cottoned on, with their impressive loyalty being consistently abused. First published on Wed 2 May 2018 10.30 BST. Those directors did not even have the capacity to handle that properly, with Murty needlessly in attendance at a club function on Sunday evening – hours after a 5-0 mauling at Celtic Park – and youth game 24 hours later. "I got a call out of the blue, would I be interested in managing Rangers?

Barring delusion or huge ego, Gerrard must realise he would be pitching up at the OK Corral with a utensil from the Early Learning Centre. That such a possibility is not quoted again points to an obsession with star name rather than track record.

The clubs' identities were shaped in direct opposition to each other, with Celtic associated with socialism and Irish Republicanism, Rangers with conservatism and Northern Irish unionism.

But the title continued to elude Rangers as Aberdeen, Celtic and Dundee United claimed the crown.

It is an issue that former Celtic manager and player Neil Lennon can relate to after enduring sectarian abuse during his career in Scotland. Rangers’ most successful managers of recent times were Dick Advocaat, Walter Smith and Alex McLeish. "I was nearly two years into a three-year contract for Sampdoria," Souness explained. Gerrard was cute enough to see impending trouble at MK Dons.

The last thing you did is show that someone had hurt you.

"If you speak to young people, if you look at social media and visit some places in central Scotland then you can see that sectarianism is still there in communities," he said.

Closer to Ibrox, Kilmarnock’s decision to appoint Steve Clarke has completely revitalised a stagnant team and rudderless club.

[Late Celtic manager] Jock Stein always said, 'there's two kids, one's a Catholic, one's a Protestant, I only have to work hard to get the Protestant kid'. The real issue here is your religious bias and you are still living in the Dark Ages if that is your motivation to support Rangers. Neil Warnock has made sufficient overtures regarding management in Scotland to be viewed as a credible candidate when stability is required. Rangers’ most successful managers of recent times were Dick Advocaat, Walter Smith and Alex McLeish. Joey Barton was once part of a similar, short-lived, Rangers initiative. The establishing of Rangers as a clear second force in Scotland, thereby overhauling Aberdeen, is the first and achievable step for any new manager.

"I come up here and I was getting sent off every season. In Gerrard, Rangers would be taking a needlessly monumental punt. Steven Gerrard’s next England manager odds tumble as Rangers boss tipped to replace Gareth Southgate Steven Gerrard The Ibrox manager is listed among the favourites to replace the England manager. Hall of Fame; First Team; 89 10,120 posts; Gender: Male; Location: Cork; Share; Posted November 23, 2010. Johnston - like Butcher, Woods, McCoist and 1988 capture Mark Walters - played a pivotal part as, in 1990, the club won back-to-back titles for the first time in 14 years.

Rangers added the Scottish Premier Division to the League Cup they won in the early months of the Souness reign and the Ibrox fans' long wait for a championship was over. Rangers and Steven Gerrard are operating on the basis of shared risk being a minimised one, Rangers meekly surrendered to an embarrassing degree against Celtic, The club’s board has made such a catalogue of blunders. I was enjoying living in Italy, I was enjoying the football.
Rangers meekly surrendered to an embarrassing degree against Celtic, twice in as many weeks, with the aggregate score 9-0. But not many people want to listen to it any more.".

Jelle1880. Former Scotland centre Joe Ansbro tells his story to BBC Scotland for Black History Month. Maurice Johnstone became the highest-profile Catholic signing in the club's modern history - just days after he had appeared to be on his way back to Celtic from Nantes. At first, relations between the two clubs were cordial, with Rangers supplying the opposition for their neighbours' first game. The pressure all goes on the second team, although they can be playing the better football. Rangers, founded in 1872, became the team of the Scottish Protestant working class almost by accident. Religious hostilities existed for the next 300 years. The notion that players – regardless of wage packets and trophy chances – will be queuing up to play for a Rangers team on Gerrard’s watch is hilariously overplayed. Celtic were founded in 1887 by a Marist (Catholic) Brother from Ireland and the club's origins were firmly embedded in Irish Catholicism.

The midfielder joined as player-manager and was 33 when he made his debut after captaining Scotland at the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. Religion has nothing to do with ability to manage Glasgow Rangers and I would imagine Paul Le Guen is Catholic.

"There is no place for sectarianism any more. There is no breathing space, a situation which even decorated football men or managers – John Barnes, Kenny Dalglish, Paul Le Guen – have proven unable to handle and in spectacular style.

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"Irish immigration to the industries of central Scotland brought with it sectarian rivalries and stirred a cultural anti-Catholicism, and even anti-Protestantism, that infected the workplace, local politics and the shape of social life for generations," he told AFP. The signing of former Celtic player Mo Johnston in 1989 brought Rangers' boycott of Catholic players to an end.

I'd say, 'go and manage them but don't try and do both'.". What, it must be asked, attracts him to Glasgow – where he has no chance of overhauling his former manager, Brendan Rodgers at Celtic – other than a perception of Rangers in completely embellished form?

"In a time where religion is less important in society it is almost as if it has become part of the identity of football in Scotland," said Morrow. Sectarianism in Glasgow takes the form of religious and political sectarian rivalry between Roman Catholics and Protestants.It is reinforced by the fierce rivalry between Celtic F.C. It is safe to assume Rodgers will take great delight in slapping down one of his former charges.

I couldn't pick one specific moment. He left for Liverpool the following spring and handed on the reins to assistant Walter Smith, who oversaw title success for the next seven years as the club equalled Celtic's record of nine in a row. Look how far the club's come.

"In a sense, sectarianism now is a way of behaving rather than a way of believing.". In the 1920s, following the rise in popularity of the Orange Orderin Glasgow where Rangers players and directors attended functions, Rangers quietly introduced an unwritten rule that the club would not sign any player or employ any staff member who was openly Catholic.

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"The other side of it was something that desperately needed to take place. The company's infamous "Catholics need not apply" policy soon spread to the club their workforce adopted. In 2002, a year after signing for the Hoops, Lennon, a Catholic, stopped playing international football for Northern Ireland, where the majority of the population are Protestants, following a death threat.