Football Trip to Glasgow – Experience Celtic & Rangers

Football trip to Glasgow
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Glasgow is home to two of the world’s biggest football clubs – Celtic and Rangers. The Scottish city is steeped in football history and is split into two colours: green and blue. Glasgow’s football passion runs deep and is defined by history, religion, and politics. In most Old Firm Derby matches, those three areas spill over onto the pitch, making for some of the fiercest games in football.

A football trip to Glasgow is like no other in the world. The Celtic-Rangers rivalry is one of the best in all of football. The Old Firm Derby is considered one of the all-time greats thanks to the passion in the stands and on the pitch.

If you are looking for an exciting football trip, do not miss out on a holiday to Glasgow. With two of the world’s biggest clubs in the world, a football trip to Glasgow is a unique experience you should book right away.

Celtic tours

Celtic Park is holy ground for fans of the Hoops. Celtic tours of the famed ground are a magical experience. You can feel the passion when touring the ground as you soak up the atmosphere even when the stadium is empty.

Celtic tours are one hour in length as a guide takes you around the stadium and shares inside knowledge of the legendary venue. Celtic Park is one of Europe’s biggest football stadiums. Your guide will teach you about the history and heritage of the club. 

You will go back to 1888 and learn all about the club leading up to the modern-day. Celtic Park holds a capacity of 60,411 fans. When the stadium is full of Celtic fans, especially during the Old Firm Derby, the stadium rocks. The ground opened in 1892 just a few years after the formation of the Glasgow Celtic Football Club. 

The tour of Celtic Park includes a full guided stadium experience. You will go behind the scenes at Celtic by visiting the club’s boardroom, the players’ tunnel, dressing rooms, and the dugouts where your favourite Celtic players sit during games. 

Celtic tickets

Tours take place Monday through Thursday at 11:00 am and 1:30 pm. Tours take place on Fridays from 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm on the hour, every hour. Tours also take place on Saturdays and Sundays when games are not played at Celtic Park. Tickets can be conveniently purchased online for Celtic Park tours. 

Celtic Tickets for the tour are:

  • Adults: £13.50
  • Kids under 12: £8
  • Family (two adults, two kids under 12): £40
  • Over 65s and students: £11
  • Kids under 5: Free

Celtic tickets for Scottish Premiership matches are sold subject to ground regulations. Ticket prices differ for each game at Celtic Park. Celtic Park is around half a mile from Glasgow Central Station. It is advised that visitors on matchdays arrive at Celtic Park early due to the traffic that builds up around the famous ground. 

Rangers tours

Rangers tours of Ibrox give you exclusive access to the home and away dressing rooms where you will explore behind the seasons at the stadium. During your Rangers tours of Ibrox, you will climb the marble staircase and explore the illustrious Trophy Room that shows off the 54 Scottish top-flight titles won by Rangers. 

You will also visit the famed Blue Room and old Managers Room where you will discover the incredible atmospheres of both. Before the day is done, you will have the opportunity to emerge from the players’ dressing rooms via the tunnel. After walking onto the haloed grass at Ibrox, you will take a seat in the dugout just as the club’s greats have done over the decades. 

Rangers were founded in 1872 and there is plenty of history to learn about at Ibrox, even if you are a long-time fan. The famous Ibrox Stadium was built in 1899. The venue replaced Rangers’ previous stadium, Ibrox Park, and holds just under 51,000 fans. 

Rangers tickets

Rangers tours of Ibrox take place every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, depending on matchdays. On matchdays in which Rangers kick-off at 3:00 pm, stadium tours take place at 9 am. The best part about visiting Ibrox on a matchday is that you can see the dressing room kitted out in preparation for the game.

Rangers tickets to attend the tour are priced at: 

  • Adults: £15
  • Kids and adults over 65: £5
  • Kids under 5: Free
  • Family ticket (two adults, two kids): $35

The Rangers tours of Ibrox take place at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm. Visitors also have the opportunity to get their picture with Boxi, the club’s mascot.

Tickets for stadium tours of Ibrox can be purchased from the club online. Tickets can also be purchased by calling 0871 702 1972 or by visiting the walk-up ticket centre at Ibrox. If you want to attend a Rangers game, you can purchase tickets online at the club’s official website. Tickets can be purchased for individual cup and league matches. 

It is easy to reach Ibrox from Glasgow Central Station. The local tram runs from the station to the stadium for a mere £2. You can also take a taxi, bus or walk to the ground. It takes around 45 minutes on foot. 

Why you should take a football trip to Glasgow

Celtic and Rangers contest the biggest derby in British football. Some football fans will argue that the Old Firm Derby is the biggest rivalry in the world – and it is difficult to claim it isn’t. The Old Firm Derby is not only steeped in history, politics, and religion, but also in winning. 

The Glasgow clubs have combined for 105 Scottish top-flight trophies over the centuries. Since the 1984-85 season, no team outside of Glasgow have won the Scottish top-flight title. The last team to upset the apple cart in Scotland were Aberdeen, who were coached by future Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. 

Celtic and Rangers are all about winning silverware. You will be able to see much of that silverware on display when you visit Celtic Park or Ibrox on a tour. 

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