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‘Total madness’ – Old Firm Derby between Rangers and Celtic delayed five minutes as broken glass bottle found in Joe Hart’s penalty area


The second half of the Old Firm Derby between Rangers and Celtic was delayed for five minutes after a glass bottle shattered in Joe Hart’s penalty area.

The former Manchester City goalscorer reported the smashed bottle as his side returned to the Ibrox pitch, with gardeners expected to come and clean the potentially dangerous glass.

Hart had to call in gardeners for a cleanup

‘Total madness’ – Old Firm Derby between Rangers and Celtic delayed five minutes as broken glass bottle found in Joe Hart’s penalty area

With some nasty shards in his penalty area

Celtic joined the fray 2-1 in Scotland’s biggest derby, with goals from Tom Rogic and Cameron Carter-Vickers obliterating an opener from Aaron Ramsey in the third minute.

talkSPORT’s on-site correspondent David Tanner described the scenes as “utter madness”, with play later resuming after a long delay.

“The game was delayed five minutes to restart,” Tanner explained.

“Joe Hart complained that something was thrown at him and it turned out to be a beer bottle.

“About 20 Rangers staff had to go on and pick up all the glass shards, hopefully all the glass shards, in and around the six meter box – total madness.”

Hart then showed the bottle was no distraction, pulling off a huge save on Fashion Sakala before counterpart Alan McGregor did even better with a goal-tying effort from Liel Abada.


‘Total madness’ – Old Firm Derby between Rangers and Celtic delayed five minutes as broken glass bottle found in Joe Hart’s penalty area

Hart and McGregor both made huge saves despite the distraction

Those saves saw the game finish 2-1, giving Celtic a six-point lead in the Scottish Premiership with six games remaining.

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