When it was announced last year, that Linfield were to be invited to Ibrox for a friendly game, I was excitedly looking forward to this game.
I’m not that fussed about Rangers, but it was a chance to see Linfield play an away game somewhere different, get to visit a new stadium, and have an opportunity to properly visit Glasgow., was certainly something to look forward to.
When flicking through the programme, it featured an article about past meetings between the sides. From memory of games from 2002 onwards, I knew Linfield’s record against Rangers was awful, six defeats and only one goal since then.
What surprised me most was the fact that this was Linfield’s first ever visit to Ibrox. For some reason, i;d always thought there would have been a game there in the 30s, 40s, 50s or 60s.
Getting to Ibrox was easy and cheap, a short train ride from St Enoch’s in the City Centre.
Ibrox is a fantastic stadium visually. It combines old classic structures with modern facilities. The players entrance made for some good pictures.
When I got in, Linfield fans were given the usual away end. If you’ve seen a match at Ibrox on TV, it’s the end at the top left of your TV screen.
There was no segregation however, and it was possible to walk across one stand to the end behind the other goal.
I decided to watch the first-half from that end as Linfield were attacking there in the first-half, then moving to the other end for the second-half.
It wasn’t the best game in the world, though I wasn’t expecting it to be. It was a friendly in April for crying out loud.
You could tell that the Rangers players were fitter and stronger on and off the ball, and they deserved the win, even though Linfield rallied towards the end when the score was 1-0.
Despite that, it was an enjoyable evening and a chance to visit a top class stadium and managed to get some nice photos.