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The passion of the Glasgow derby

Published 1052 GMT (1852 HKT) January 30, 2015
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Fans of Celtic and Rangers taunt one another before an Old Firm fixture at Ibrox Stadium in 2011. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
The famous Glasgow rivals will meet one another this weekend at Hampden Park in the semifinal of the Scottish League Cup. Gary M. Prior/Getty Images
The two sides have not faced each other since this 3-0 victory for Celtic in April 2012. Clive Bunskill/Getty Images
Rangers demise into administration and subsequent liquidation has seen the club feature in the lower divisions of Scottish football in recent years. Here, Celtic fans display banners reveling in the plight of their Old Firm rivals at Celtic Park in 2012. Jeff J Mitchell
Old Firm or New Firm? Rangers are Scotland's most successful club, but their liquidation has led many Celtic fans to claim the Rangers currently operating in the Scottish Championship is a different entity altogether. Some Celtic fans even took out a full page ad in a national broadsheet to state this opinion. Getty Images
Rangers fans see things differently with the vast majority of the opinion that they are the same club as it was the company that ran the club and not the club itself that was liquidated. Here, a group of Rangers fans display a Union Jack and a banner emphasizing their support for the club at Celtic Park in 2012. Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
This combustible fixture has been known to boil over both on and off the pitch. In 1987 Frank McAvennie (left) of Celtic as well as Chris Woods and Terry Butcher of Rangers faced charges of breach of the peace for this bust up. Woods and Butcher were found guilty while McAvennie was found not guilty. Getty Images
In more recent times, former Celtic manager Neil Lennon (pictured) was sent live ammunition and a parcel bomb in the post in 2011 while ex-Rangers player Nacho Novo allegedly received death threats in 2008. Getty Images
Celtic fans wave flags and an Irish tricolor at an Old Firm game at Ibrox Stadium in 2012. Historically, Celtic has been the club of Glasgow's Irish Catholic diaspora while Rangers the club of the city's majority Protestant population. Ian Walton/Getty Images
The passage of time has diluted these stereotypes although many supporters still cling to these identities when in the stadium on Old Firm day. Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images