Alan Pattullo: Celtic's linguistic gymnastics to avoid saying "Old Firm" is becoming a comedic staple of meetings with Rangers

There’s another Old Firm game looming and part of the fun has been observing the linguistic gymnastics involved as Celtic seek to avoid using the term “Old Firm” as well as the name “Rangers,” as has increasingly been the case, in the run-up to the fixture.

Another Old Firm match - or is it Glasgow derby? - looms this weekend (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)
Another Old Firm match - or is it Glasgow derby? - looms this weekend (Photo by Alan Harvey / SNS Group)

A statement earlier this week reminding supporters not to turn up for tomorrow’s game managed to carry no mention of who Celtic were playing. There were references only to “the clash” and “the match in question” while even more impressively in that it involves re-writing history, Bertie Auld takes us on an enjoyable walk down memory lane on the club’s website charting “Glasgow derbies” he has known.

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A newer recruit, Jonjoe Kenny, pondered his first “Glasgow derby” experience, as if this is how he would have termed it – if he gave much thought to it at all - when growing up on Merseyside.

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