by Colin Campbell
RANGERS fans in Inverness lit up the sky to celebrate the club winning the Scottish Premiership title on Sunday night.
Around 8pm a sustained barrage of fireworks was launched and was visible across the city.
It was a reaction which was repeated across the country to mark the long-awaited title triumph in a season when Ibrox Park and other stadia have been completely empty.
Thousands of supporters gathered outside the stadium to celebrate yesterday afternoon. They were criticised for breaching lockdown rules by the Scottish Government. No arrests were made.
Manager Steven Gerrard said that after missing the entire season as a live spectacle, it was inevitable that supporters would let their feelings be known.
Celtic needed to beat Dundee United to prevent their bitter rivals from securing the title, but failed to score as the match ended in a goalless draw.
As Rangers struggled to mount a challenge after being demoted to the third division of the Scottish League for financial irregularities, Celtic scooped up nine titles in a row.
The onus this season was on preventing them making it 10. In the end the Ibrox club cruised to regain the title, and when they clinched it yesterday they led Celtic by 22 points.
Quite how the club’s supporters in the Highland capital managed to get hold of fireworks in the current situation is unclear. But wherever they came from, they were sufficient to blast out the message that Rangers are back on top.