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1954-05-01: Celtic 0-1 Rangers, Charities Cup
|Match Pictures | Matches: 1953 - 1954 | 1953-54 pictures|
- The game was played at Hampden Park, entrance being 5/- to the Central Stand and 2/- for the terracing; the game was played in clear fine weather; in the other game played at Ibrox, Third Lanark drew 3-3 with Clyde with Third Lanark progressing on the toss of a coin.
- Bobby Evans was missing having played for the Scottish League against the English League at Stamford Bridge where he picked up an ankle injury. Jock Stein and Willie Fernie also played in the game.
- The reason given for the 'small' attendance at Hampden was because the English Cup Final was being relayed live.
- The Semi Finals were held on 4th May Queen's Park meeting Rangers at Hampden and Third Lanark meeting Partick Thistle at Firhill. Third Lanark went on to win the Cup beating Rangers 1-0.
ReviewRangers had the better of the play in the opening 20 minutes and thereafter it was mostly Celtic.
Rangers full backs were defensively excellent and the match was played in good spirit. Celtic's shooting was generally appalling and wayward, Fernie in particular spurning a glorious opportunity to square the match after Rangers had scored. Mochan had two glorious shots saved by Niven in the Rangers goal, with Niven having an excellent game. The second half Celtic played with the wind and put constant pressure on the Rangers goal.
Celtic undoubtedly missed the flair and vision of Evans. Meechan, Stein and Peacock were more valuable attacking in the second half than they needed to be in defense with Rangers breakaways only rarely troubling Bonnar.
Bonnar; Haughney, Meechan; Conroy, Stein, Peacock; Higgins, Fernie, Fallon, Collins, Mochan.
Niven; Young, Cox; Neilland, Stanners, Rae; Waddell, Grierson, Simpson, Prentice, McCulloch.
Scorers: Prentice (37)
Referee: J Jackson (Glasgow)
- Match Report (see end of page below)
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