THE wind was blowing and the hailstones started to fall, but nothing was going to stop the Jethart Auld Firm having a day to remember.
After a year of all the wrong headlines for the two Glasgow clubs it was time to set the record straight and show the people that Celtic and Rangers supporters can play football without bigotry.
The Susanna Smith Trophy was in its third year, and each team had won once so the pressure was on to see who would go in front in the bragging stakes.
Referee Alan Marshall took charge of proceedings and Celtic were first to strike the back of the net after a mistake by David McWilliam in the Rangers goal – Kevin Lee was on hand to put the Bhoys into an early lead.
Play began to pick up with some of the older players feeling the pace, but as the sun began to shine, so did the skills.
It was Rangers this time putting on the pressure and after a corner kick from Graham Smith Celtic failed to clear and Kevin Cooper rifled the ball into the roof of the net to draw the sides level at half-time.
The second half saw the introduction of several players on both sides and the game began to pick up again. Rangers were unlucky not to go into the lead when Sean Wood went close, however, the Celtic central defence of Steven and Dougie Page shoved the years behind them by putting up as good a fight as they had ever done.
Then, with 62 minutes gone, young Declan Wallace popped up with a piece of class finishing to put Celtic in front.
It was a lead Rangers never caught up with. Even with a last-gasp shot from Scott, it was not going to be the Teddy Bears’ day. The game ended 2-1 Celtic.
Event organiser Steven Somerville told TheSouthern: “I would like to thank all the players and supporters for being a credit to the town, their respective clubs and themselves for putting up a fine show of football and sportsmanship.
Man of the match was Kevin Lee (Celtic). The penalty shoot-out competition was won by Blake Douglas, while Kyle Finlayson and Liam Wallace won up-and-coming player awards. A special award was made to Steven Page for services to Jed Legion and Border football.