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1971-08-14: Celtic 2-0 Rangers, League Cup
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- This game was played at Ibrox but was technically a Celtic home game. The main stand was being built at that time and Rangers objected to Hampden so big Jock called their bluff and we thumped them 3 times in a month at Ibrox !
- There were 2 league cup section games and a league game.
- This was the opening day of the Scottish football season.
ReviewJohnstone gives Celts the lead then Hughes is pulled down for a penalty.
McNeill elects young 20 year old striker Dalglish to take it. This is his first big game in the Celtic side and he stops to tie his laces then calmly places the ball past McCloy at the Celtic end of the ground. The fans go mad with joy behind the goal and a new Celtic star is born.
Celtic don't have a bad player with Murdoch, Johnstone, Dalglish and Callaghan all particularly impressive.
McCloy Jardine Mathieson Greig McKinnon Jackson McLean Conn Johnstone Johnston MacDonald - sub Stein
Williams Craig Hay Murdoch McNeill Connelly Johnstone Lennox Dalglish Callaghan Hughes - sub Davidson
Goals: Johnstone 67 Dalglish 70 pen
Referee: W Mullen (Dalkeith)
- Match Report (see end of page below)
RANGERS 0-2 CELTIC
GLASGOW HERALD REPORT BY JIM PARKINSON
MURDOCH RETURNS TO CELTIC TEAM WITH MASTERFUL DISPLAY
Britain's biggest crowd - 72,500 - for the official start to the new season, assembled at Ibrox on Saturday and appropriately reserved for the occasion was the best Old Firm game for years.
Celtic, shaping like European Cup winning prospects, confirmed above all, by beating Rangers with two second half goals, that they will be the team that other Cup and Championship aspirants will have to chase for honours.
On his performance Murdoch disproved the old axiom that they never come back. He has had his full share of injury and, more seriously, weight trouble, but he is in the team again, fitter than ever and without having lost his immaculate passing skill. When he is directing the flow accurately Celtic are at their peak, and this was how they secured the initiative in their League Cup section.
The return of Murdoch and John Hughes to the first team was a refreshing sight. It reflected the amazing strength of the Parkhead side's resources. A roll call of the more established men who were not called upon or even in the reserves on Saturday would have included the names of Jim Brogan, Harry Hood, Tommy Gemmell, Willie Wallace and Lou Macari.
Despite the undoubted delight at the team's opening success, Jock Stein does not assume that the men who beat Rangers will become automatic choices for later games. He estimated that it will be October before he has a settled side. However he could not wish for better than to have the consistency of this match maintained. There was no obvious weakness in the side against strong opponents who did not have Celtic's cohesion. Particularly in midfield this was evident, as Murdoch, Tom Callaghan and and Jimmy Johnstone's individual genius provided a springboard for attacking operations. At times David Hay and George Connelly, the pure essence of coolness, stepped out of the rear to lend extra fire power to the offensive.
The assault on Rangers' goal was at it's height when little Johnstone flighted a cross to the unmarked Lennox whose shot hit the post. It was only minutes later - the sixty eighth - when this quicksilver pair reversed the procedure, Lennox sending a corner kick to Johnstone and the winger shooting through a ***** in the packed defence to score.
Rangers' defence surprisingly fell for their own offside trap a minute later when Hughes was pulled down for what was undoubtedly a penalty. Billy McNeill, Celtic's captain, signalled to Ken Dalglish to take the kick. It was the youngster's first Old Firm game and yet he showed no strain. He even took time to tie his bootlace a bit tighter before placing the ball well away from Peter McCloy.
The two goal blow terminated Rangers' hopes and left them to wonder about the openings they missed when they were, potentially, more dngerous. Alex MacDonald might have score in the first few seconds, as might Willie Mathieson when he twice accelerated from his full back position to the front.
At times too, the game could have turned, although the Ibrox side did not have Celtic's fine balance, especially in midfield. Tommy McLean's play was not so sustained as it had been in challenge games against Everton and Tottenham, although the delicate touches that may mean much to Rangers are still there.
Rangers were reluctant to use Derek Johnstone's height and jumping power. The young centre forward who troubled the Celtic defence in the club's meetings last season, was replaced early in the second half by Colin Stein. Colin Jackson and Ronnie McKinnon had a difficult task but played well even in defeat. They were relieved near the finish not to concede another goal when Hughes hit the bar with an explosive shot after one of the best moves of the match.
Although three players - Greig, MacDonald and Hay - were booked for fouls there could be few complaints about on field misbehaviour as Bill Mullan kept full control.
Rangers - McCloy Jardine Mathieson Greig McKinnon Jackson McLean Conn Johnstone Johnston MacDonald - sub Stein
Celtic - Williams Craig Hay Murdoch McNeill Connelly Johnstone Lennox Dalglish Callaghan Hughes - sub Davidson
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