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The Ultimate Game-Day Guide

Wow, what a season it's been for Scottish football with Celtic doing the double by clinching both the Premiership title and the Scottish Cup. We're gearing up for the next season and Euro 2024. Now seems like the perfect time to remind ourselves of Glasgow's footballing culture.

Believe it or not, there are still a bunch of folks out there who aren't clued up about Glasgow's top teams: Celtic Football Club and Glasgow Rangers. If you’re one of them don't sweat it! We're here to give you proper ball knowledge on their epic history and the old firm rivalry. But hold on to your scarves, there's more! We're here to amp up your game-day experience by dishing out some insider tips on how to make the most of the moments before and after the 90 or 120 minutes of pure football madness. 

So, are you ready to dive in? Let's kick things up a notch!

CELTIC FOOTBALL CLUB

Celtic also known as “Bhoys”, is one of the most successful and popular clubs in Scotland. With an impressive record of 54 league titles, Celtic has dominated Scottish football and made a significant impact in European competitions. Their home ground, Celtic Park stadium, known to many as "Paradise" with fans creating a sea of green and white, is not only the largest football stadium in Scotland, with a capacity of over 60,000 but a goldmine of footballing history. The Celtic Museum, located within the stadium, offers a fascinating journey through the club's past. Visitors can explore an extensive collection of trophies, memorabilia, and artefacts that highlight Celtic's many achievements.

Now to test your football knowledge, did you know that:

  • In the 2016-2017 season, Celtic achieved a historic "Invincibles" season by going undefeated in all domestic competitions, winning the Premiership, Scottish Cup, and Scottish League Cup without losing a single game. This remarkable feat marked the first time in Scottish football history that a club completed an undefeated domestic campaign.
  • They have also won the domestic treble 8 times
  • The Celtic Park stadium is only 15 minutes from the Alea Glasgow
  • Celtic holds the record for the longest unbeaten run in Scottish football, going 69 games without defeat from May 2016 to December 2017.

Rangers

Rangers are Celtic's fierce rivals, and together they form the famous Old Firm derby. With a record number of league titles under their belt, Rangers have a storied history of success in Scottish football. Their home matches are played at the iconic Ibrox Stadium, a fortress of passion and tradition for Rangers fans.

Ibrox Stadium stands as a symbol of Rangers' rich footballing heritage. The stadium not only hosts thrilling matches but also houses the Rangers Museum, where visitors can delve into the club's illustrious past. From historic victories to legendary players, the museum offers an immersive experience for fans to connect with Rangers' legacy.

Now to also test your football knowledge did you know that:

  • Rangers clinched their first Scottish Premiership title in a decade during the 2020-2021 season under the reign of Liverpool legend Steven Gerrad.
  • Rangers also hold the record for most scottish league titles winning the 55 times in the club history
  • The Ibrox stadium is also 9 minutes from the Alea Glasgow

The Ibrox Disaster

The Ibrox Disaster of 1971 was a dark day for Rangers Football Club and Scottish football. It happened during an Old Firm derby with Celtic at Ibrox Stadium on 2 January 1971. The Memorial Gates at Ibrox Stadium pay tribute to the 66 Rangers fans who lost their lives. Every year, on the anniversary, the Rangers community gathers to remember them. It's a sad part of the club's history, but it shows how strong and united Rangers fans are. We'll never forget those who were lost, and their memory lives on in our hearts.

The Old Firm Derby

The Old Firm Derby between Celtic and Rangers isn't your average match—it's one of football's fiercest rivalries, deeply woven into the fabric of Glasgow's social and cultural identity. From their first clash in 1888, these battles have produced legendary moments, captivating fans worldwide, just like they did in the recent Scottish Cup final.

For any football fanatic in Glasgow, catching an Old Firm Derby live is an absolute must. It's a chance to witness pure passion and vibrant football culture in action. And if you can't find your tickets, no worries! You are more than welcome to our  Alea Glasgow's sports bar, where you'll find massive screens and fellow fans cheering with all their heart. It's the next best thing to being there in person, trust me.

Top 5 Things to Do in Glasgow Before Kick Off

Join the Pre-Match Buzz at Alea Casino:

If you're like us and love diving into the full match day experience, start your day at our sports bar. This riverside gem is the perfect place to fuel up before the game with a delicious meal or a few pre-match drinks. The menu is packed with tasty options, and the atmosphere is electric with fellow fans gathering to build excitement. Both Celtic Park and Ibrox Stadium are easily accessible from Alea Glasgow, making it perfect for pre-match or post-match gatherings.

Glasgow Climbing Centre:

If you're the adrenaline-seeking type, this is the perfect pre-match ritual! Kickstart your day with a thrilling adventure at the Glasgow Climbing Centre. Conquer towering climbing walls, push your limits, and get your heart racing. It’s the ultimate way to get hyped up and reach your peak performance level—just like you'd want from your team.

Stroll Along the River Clyde:

If you're the nervous type who just can’t sit still on match day, we totally get it. Some of us need a way to unwind before the big game. Why not take a leisurely walk along the scenic River Clyde? Soak in the sights and sounds of Glasgow, enjoy stunning views of the city’s architecture, and let the calming riverside paths relax you. It’s the perfect way to spend some peaceful pre-game time.

Visit the Glasgow Football Museum:

Get into the football spirit by exploring the Glasgow Football Museum at Hampden Park. This museum is a treasure trove of Scottish football history, filled with fascinating exhibits and memorabilia. Immerse yourself in the sport’s heritage, and get even more pumped for the game ahead. It's the perfect way to connect with the passion and legacy of football before heading to the stadium.

Take a Guided Tour of Celtic Park or Ibrox Stadium:

Why not make your match day even more special with a guided tour of Celtic Park or Ibrox Stadium? You’ll get to go behind the scenes, explore the dressing rooms, and marvel at the trophy rooms. Relive those unforgettable moments that made you proud to wear your team's shirt and maybe pick up a few new banter points along the way. It’s an awesome way to get closer to your favourite team before the match!

Alright, game day in Glasgow. After that final whistle, whether we're jumping for joy with a win, holding our heads high despite a tough loss, or maybe even somewhere in between, it's all about what comes next. So, let's dive into five things to do after the game wraps up. Whether it's about celebrating those glorious three points or lifting our spirits for the next challenge, we've got you covered!

Top 5 Things to Do in Glasgow After Game Day

Head to Alea Glasgow

After the final whistle blows, keep the match day spirit alive by heading to Alea Glasgow. Gather with fellow fans to dissect the game, swap stories, and share your thoughts on all the highs and lows. Whether you're celebrating a win or consoling each other after a tough loss, our vibrant atmosphere sets the perfect stage for lively football debates. Grab a drink and enjoy some delicious food!

Head to Buchanan Street for a Post-Game Treat

After the match, unwind with a stroll along Buchanan Street, Glasgow's top shopping hub. Treat yourself to some retail therapy, explore sports-themed shops for unique finds, or grab souvenirs to cherish the memories. With its vibrant atmosphere, Buchanan Street offers the perfect escape to recharge and reflect on the game's excitement.

How about a Brewery Tour?

How about diving into Glasgow's brewing heritage with a brewery tour? You'll get the lowdown on how our favourite brews are made, sample some top-notch craft beers, and kick back with friends, swapping match day stories over a pint or two. It's the perfect way to keep the game day buzz going strong!

How about a Visit to Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum?

You could swing by the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum? It's like stepping into a whole new world of art, history, and stunning architecture. Take your time exploring the collections, checking out the cool exhibitions, and just soaking in the vibes. It's a peaceful retreat to reflect and recharge after the excitement of the game.

Experience Luxury with Diamonds Are Forever

You've just cheered your team to victory and now it's time to celebrate in style. Picture yourself sipping bubbly as you walk through our doors, ready to embark on an evening of pure luxury. Our Diamonds Are Forever package offers you and your crew the royal treatment at just £40 per person.

Here's what's included:

  • A glass of bubbly to kickstart the celebrations.
  • Get hands-on with a cocktail masterclass, where you'll shake and stir like a pro.
  • Then, indulge in a mouthwatering dinner at our Waterfront Restaurant.

And guess what? The fun doesn't stop there. After dinner, you can keep the party going at one of our two bars or stick around for more delights at the Waterfront Restaurant.

So, why wait? Treat yourself to the Diamonds Are Forever package and turn your post-game celebration into an experience you'll treasure forever at Alea Glasgow!

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