by Marc Roseblade
Glasgow Rangers have had a torrid time recently with administrators running the club, players taking huge wage cuts to help the club survive, Craig Whyte seemingly syphoning millions from the coffers, unpaid tax bills and to top it all off, they didn't seem to be able to win a game on the field of play.
So when Motherwell were beaten in Saturdays round of matches, it seemed the scene was set for Celtic to be able to clinch the title at the ground and stadium of the their old foes Rangers.
Things didn't go as planned though as goals from Sone Aluko, Andy Little and Lee Wallace gave Rangers a three goal lead before Celtic grabbed two back late on from Scott Brown and Thomas Rogne but it was too little-too late for the Hoops.
The game lived up to its normal charming self with red cards for Celtic Cha-du-ri and Victor Wanyama, Rangers followed suit with Carlos Bocanegra also seeing red in the final flurry of action in the match.
As if the day wasn't bad enough for the Celtic team, boss Neil Lennon was also sent to the stand at half time for an alleged altercation with the referee in the tunnel over his handling of the first half.
A couple of things to point out out here;
Why are the players sent off foreign to these shores? Do they get themselves worked up so much in the hype surrounding the old firm that they act recklessly? Or are they just caught up in the moment of the atmosphere and get carried away?
Why does Neil Lennon only ever complain about the refs when his team get beaten? Can't he ever be gracious in defeat and just accept that the better team on the day won the match? Does everything need to be a conspiracy?
It will be a welcome relief to Ally McCoist, his players and fans that they won at Ibrox and gives them some bragging rights at workplaces around the country for at least the next week or so but come next weekend, unless Rangers defeat Motherwell, Celtic can wrestle the championship trophy from the hands of the Ibrox club.
There will be no helicopter Sunday this season in Scotland!
Marc Roseblade is a Contributor for Bleacher Report, Football Speak, OurGameMagazine and CalvinAyre.com. As well as writing and editing this football blog at NotJustScottishFootball, he works as PR for Ayr United Football Academy & Galveston Pirate Soccer Club who play in the NPSL in Texas, USA. All quotes are obtained first-hand unless otherwise stated.