Football: Advocaat predicts a trouble-free derby
Friday 24 December 1999
Rangers, who beat Celtic 4-2 in the League in November, are returning to Parkhead for the first time since 2 May, when they clinched the title amid disgraceful scenes. Hugh Dallas , the referee, was struck on the head with a coin, the Celtic pair Stephane Mahe and Vidar Riseth and Rangers' Rod Wallace were sent off, and fighting broke out between rival supporters.
But the Rangers manager said: "I am sure there will not be a problem with our discipline. My team will be professional. After the game in May there was no trouble at the Cup final."
Advocaat added: "Our recent games with them have seen a lot of high quality football. It should be another interesting game. We know that if we beat them we will go seven points clear with a game in hand."
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