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- Celtic refused to be impressed by the samba-style footwork of the Uruguayans and drove home the message that they are in fair nick for more important engagements ahead.
- This was Jock Stein's first game as Celtic manager on his return from recovering after the serious car accident he was involved with in 1975.
- Celtic considering a bid for Middlesbrough's unsettled Scottish midfielder Graeme Souness.
ReviewWhile it took a penalty kick from young George McCluskey in 42 minutes to break down the defensive barriers of Penarol, Celtic fully deserved the margin of their extremely entertaining victory. there was valuable experience for the leisurely Tommy Burns, front runner George McCluskey and the snappy energetic Johnny Doyle - and also a few bruises from the swarthy senors.
Though skipper Kenny Dalglish took some time to make his contribution, there was a lot of movement and judgement in the play of Danny McGrain, Ronnie Glavin, Andy Lynch and Doyle, who looks like a player determined to prove worth his £90,000 transfer fee.
Celtic gained confidence, realising that Penarol would rather play across the field than directly down it. And soon the Parkhead men had Glavin and Burns pitching balls through to McCluskey, Doyle and the disappointing Paul Wilson, who was replaced in the second half by Bobby Lennox.
In 39 minutes Faral chopped down Doyle inside the box and referee John Paterson rightly gave a penalty. There were arguments, treatment for Doyle, and roars from the crowd before the ball was spotted. the Penarol striker Morena didn't agree with the sitting of the ball, so he moved it, and was booked by the referee. It was fully three minutes after the foul that George McCluskey got the all clear to take the kick and he fairly sizzled the ball low into the net.
There was some petty fouling by the Uruguayans at the edge of their box after this as they tried to stop Celtic one way or another, but eventually Dalglish hammered home a second goal in 65 minutes with the Penarol defence in a dreadful state.
Dalglish, now in full flight, made the third goal with a head flick to the feet of Bobby Lennox, who almost burst the net from eight yards.
Latchford, McGrain, Lynch, Glavin, MacDonald, Edvaldsson, Doyle, Dalglish, G McCluskey (P McCluskey 74), Burns, Wilson (Lennox 45).
Goals:- G McCluskey pen 42, Dalglish 65, Lennox 84.
Corbo, Gonzales, Olivera, Peruena, Faral, Unanus (Faral 59), Acosta, Silva, Cruz, Morena, Gimenez (Pissani 65).
Ref:- John Paterson.
- Match Report