The English can stop sneering at Scottish football now | Kevin McKenna

Despite being awash with money, teams from south of the border can’t seem to succeed on the international stage

On a chill November evening in 2002, more than 10,000 Scots made the three-hour journey from Glasgow to England’s north-west to watch Celtic face Blackburn Rovers in a Uefa cup tie. These encounters with top-class Premiership outfits tend to come along once every five years or so, and often conclude with a reminder to English supporters and commentators alike that belonging to the richest league in the world doesn’t automatically confer class, style or a sense of decorum.

On that night nearly 15 years ago, Celtic dismantled a decent Blackburn side before finally outclassing them in a 2-0 victory that should have been 5-0. Later in the same competition, they would visit Anfield and take down a very good Liverpool side by the same score. Before the match at Ewood Park, Graeme Souness, Blackburn’s manager, described the first game in Glasgow as “men against boys” because his team had played better than Celtic despite losing 1-0 on the night.

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