Noel Gallagher: Sing When You're Winning

It’s a sunny day in London’s Baker Street, where Oasis’s record company Big Brother have their HQ. Here in the office hang gold discs and a John Lennon autograph.

Back home chez Noel Gallagher, however, hangs another treasured memory, a framed Paul Lambert shirt signed by the Celtic captain. It’s a gift from Rangers fan Alan McGee who discovered Oasis in Glasgow’s King Tut’s club. Everyone knows Noel is a Manchester City diehard, but these days the green of Glasgow runs light blue a close second.

Noel breezes in, sharply turned out in shades, faded denims and a green army jacket. And over a cup of tea, he looks back with pleasure over both clubs’ recent seasons, even if last May, Celtic missed out on a memorable Double by the slenderest of margins.

“I remember there was a terrible period where Celtic would continually outplay Rangers and lose 1-0. Then all of a sudden it’s scorelines like 6-2, 3-3 and 5-1,” he enthuses. “I like to watch the games at home and get my head into it. It’s also good watching it in the pub when it’s packed for the atmosphere.

“I watched both the Boavista UEFA Cup semi-final legs at my girlfriend Sarah’s flat – it was fantastic. She’s a Rangers fan but wanted Celtic to win, although it was still nice to rub it in. I also saw the two Blackburn games; Celtic deserved to win both of them – they were bigging it up far too much, saying they played us off the park.

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Richard Purden is a freelance writer based in Scotland contributing to Four Four Two since 2003 as well as wide variety of newspapers and magazines around Europe. He has written three books on Celtic including We Are Celtic Supporters. Among his favourite interviews are Oasis duo Noel and Liam Gallagher, Rod Stewart and Henrik Larsson.