AN IRISH pub has caused a stir with a poster of an advert for the Old Firm derby depicting Rangers as a zombie club.

Malones Glasgow in Sauchiehall Lane has used the flier online to promote a competition with the winner getting two tickets to the Saturday's Celtic v Rangers at Parkhead.

The pub has described it as "a bit of lighthearted banter".

The 'zombie' reference has come about as Celtic fans believe the Ibrox club died as a result of being placed in liquidation four years ago and that it is now a new club.

The Celtic bar's poster includes a new version of the Rangers badge calling the Ibrox club The Zombie Rangers Football Club. A zombie hand is central to their take of the Rangers emblem.

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One Rangers fan commented after seeing the poster: "It's a little bit pathetic. They really should know better."

Those Celtic fans who feel Rangers are a new club, have objected to any commentary when it got promotion from the Scottish Championship, that they returned to the top flight.

A group of Celtic fans caused controversy when they paid for an advert in a newspaper last year saying Rangers are a new club.

The advert was a lengthy statement which claims Rangers became a new club following liquidation in 2012.

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Many diehards will only refer to Rangers as Sevco, the name given to the Charles Green-headed consortium that bought the liquidated assets with a £5.5 million loan in 2012.

Rangers has previously dismissed jibes that it is a new club indicating that those who don't accept that "cannot accept reality or legal judgment".

In December, 2014, Scottish Professional Football League chief executive Neil Doncaster insisted Rangers are the same club which existed before liquidation.

He referenced the  Scottish Premier League (SPL) commission headed by former Supreme Courts of Scotland judge Lord Nimmo Smith which said the club was a "continuing entity" now owned by a new company, Rangers International Football Club.

The Advertising Standards Authority in December, 2013, in considering challenges to Rangers' claims as "Scotland's most successful club", supported the view that continuity of history continued.

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UEFA, the governing body of football in Europe had confirmed to the ASA that its rules allowed for the recognition of the "sporting continuity" of a club's match record, even if that club's corporate structure had changed.

Rangers Football Club plc, the former operating company, went into administration in February, 2012, after a £9 million PAYE and VAT debt was amassed to the taxman under Craig Whyte's leadership. The oldco renamed RFC 2012 plc is now going through the liquidation process.

The pub's website home page was down on Wednesday.

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