Scottish football Sébastien Costa 2MG03 Summary Introduction Glasgow Rangers Glasgow Celtic
Football is the most popular sport in Scotland and is the country's national sport. There is a long tradition of football games in Orkney, Lewis and southern Scotland, especially the Scottish Borders, although the modern game (Association Football) first took off in the Nineteenth century in west central Scotland, primarily Glasgow and Dunbartonshire. Scotland has the second oldest Football Association in the world and its own premier league and knockout competition.
The Scottish Premier League (SPL) is the top league in Scotland, and consists of a single division of 12 teams. It has existed since 1998 (before then the top league was the Premier Division of the Scottish Football League). This league has one of the world's most famous football rivalries; between Celtic F.C and Rangers F.C. Together the two clubs are known as the 'Old Firm' by virtue of the profitability of their rivalry. Both teams have won more awards than other teams such as Real Madrid and AC Milan who struggle to keep up with the Old Firm with League Wins (Rangers have 51 league championships and Celtic have 41. Rangers have won more league championships than any other club in the world and are second only to Linfield from Northern Ireland in terms of trophies won