Just over two weeks remain until Rangers and Celtic face off in the first Old Firm derby of the season – and fans are counting down the days until the Ibrox grudge match.
It’s the perfect opportunity to do soSignings to cement their status as club legends – but fans will be excited to put their old heroes to the test in a new board game to be released soon Month.
and football lovers alike were treated to perfection or a Christmas gift idea from Celtic and Rangers fans Alex Duff and Michael O’Donnell.
The Scottish couple have come up with a unique and interesting plan to combine two of their interests – chess and football – and have designed a bespoke game board featuring Old Firm icons from the past.
Using 3DSoftware Zbrush, they founded theirs in 2020.
The twoof Glasgow graduates were extremely successful with their first chess set, which was inspired by Glasgow landmarks and included iconic landmarks such as the Duke of Wellington statue, Riverside Museum and SEC Armadillo.
The success of their original design prompted them to develop a similar version for Edinburgh.
But now they have gone one step furtherto the football crowd in Glasgow after unveiling their new Celtic and Rangers boards due for release in September.
Legendary Old Firm captains John Greig and Billy McNeill are king pieces on the board, while Walter Smith and Jock Stein are the queens.
Ally McCoist and Henrik Larsson are the runners, Graeme Souness and Jimmy Johnstone are the runnersand Davie Cooper and Scott Brown make up the Rooks.
Finally, the figurines are the Cup Winners’ Cup and European Cup trophies as a tribute to the success of both clubs on the continental stage.
But choosing the pieces wasn’t an easy task for the couple.
Michael, a Celtic fan, shared STV News: “Alex and I are both Celtic and Rangers fans and when we weren’t arguing about them we wanted a way to have them play each other off matchday so that was our next logical step.
“We obviously had an idea of who to put in the sets. Choosing our five legends was a balancing act.
“We needed players who were iconic but also had a wide range of players over the past 70 years. We could easily make a chess game out of the five most famous Lisbon Lions, but that may not appeal to some younger fans.
“Originally we wanted one player from each decade to try and hit all age groups, but we soon realized that with successful teams you just couldn’t include key players.
“If we only had one player for Celtic in the 1960s, for example, we would have to choose between Johnstone, Stein or McNeill if all three of those individuals have statues outside of Celtic– we just had to include them.
“Another player that we considered intensively and even made onebecause was Kenny Dalglish.
“However, we came to the conclusion that he was more of a…legend and his inclusion would mean we would have to remove Scott Brown, who is one of Celtic’s most decorated players and captained the team that recently clinched nine straight wins and four trebles.”
“We’ve spoken to fans on both sides who have provided us with further updates on who they think we should include. At some point after we won the treble last year, we even had Ange Postecoglou with us, but we quickly removed him when he left.”
Fans can pre-order the sets that shipped in September, but there are only a limited number left.
They can be purchased online at your website or in store at SDX Buchanan Street and the Clydeside Collective at St Enoch Centre.
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