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Operation Tango - Best football fans prank ever?

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Something called "Operation Tango" was discussed secretly on a Glasgow Rangers forum last week, in order to mock their rivals Glasgow Celtic in the final day of the Scottish championship.

The Scottish Premier League title was decided on the last day of the championship last Sunday. Glasgow's green and whites needed to beat Hearts at home and hope that Rangers would not win at Dundee United.

Sadly for Celtic, that didn’t happen - even if for several minutes Bhoys fans believed the turnaround.

Midway through the first half at Celtic Park, a massive roar bellowed out from the Celtic fans as news spread like wildfire around Parkhead that Dundee United had equalised against Rangers. "Dundee United have equalised, Dundee United have equalised!", was the message passed around, initiated by thousands of SMS messages which arrived simultaneously at Bhoys fans' mobiles.

The roar led to confusion for the television's narrator. Why the fans screaming, if there is no goal for Dundee United?

Dundee United had not equalised. In fact, Rangers won 3-0 at Tannadice, which made them champions of Scotland.

And apparently the roar around Celtic Park was the result of a big prank by Rangers fans under the codename "Operation Tango".

The prank was organized on the Rangers forum FollowFollow, where someone came up with the idea for all Rangers fans to text their Celtic supporting friends at the same time, and tell them that Dundee United had scored, putting them in the driving seat in the title race.

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