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1994-11-27: Celtic 2-2 Raith Rovers, League Cup Final
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- League Cup Final
- Raith Rovers win 6-5 on penalties after no goals in Extra-Time
- Our first final since the 1990 Scottish Cup defeat to Aberdeen.
- We hadn't won a trophy since the 1989 Scottish Cup final.
- This loss carried on the Barren Years!
- We finally won a trophy in May 1990!
ReviewThe Barren Years as "1990-1994" were to be known as, were a desolate time to be a Celtic fan. To be on the terraces watching our club go through hell both on & off the pitch ("Sack the Board" days) was unbearable. Previous season had though seen it all come to a head, and the club was nowunder new management with Fergus McCann at the helm and Tommy Burns as the new club manager, and a great start to be in our first final since 1990. Taking in that we were to play lowly Raith Rovers, surely this was it! Finally to lift a trophy! Cracking day to come, and a first step back to respectability. It wasn't to be!
A poor performance saw the team concede two poor goals. We came from behind to lead but then concede very late on. The dreaded penalty kicks saw our talisman Paul McStay be cruelly the one to miss the decisive kick. Pathetically derided for it by the press and even a number in our support (they took the media line to heart too much), Paul McStay was targeted for it. Roberto Baggio was the star of the 1994 World Cup and he missed a penalty and we can list other greats through the years who have missed penalties, so why Paul McStay deserved any more stick is pathetic. It can be quite a lottery. Gordon Marshall also received heavy stick, something that again was disproportional to his efforts.
Heads were down, but to some it was as if little had changed, but much was changing. It was to be a far slower turnaround for the good old ship Celtic than many had hoped.
Must add, we shouldn't take away from Raith Rovers' achievement here. They fought well and won the trophy fair and square. They deserved their moment in the sun.
GK 1 Scott Thomson
MF 2 David Sinclair
DF 3 Shaun Dennis
DF 4 David Narey
DF 5 Steve McAnespie
MF 6 Colin Cameron
MF 7 Jason Dair
FW 8 Stephen Crawford
MF 9 Julian Broddle; Substituted off
FW 10 Gordon Dalziel; Substituted off
FW 11 Ally Graham
GK - Brian Potter
DF - Wales Jason Rowbotham; Substituted on
MF - Ian Redford; Substituted on
- Crawford 19'
- Dalziel 86'
GK 1 Gordon Marshall
MF 2 Mike Galloway
DF 3 Tom Boyd
DF 4 Mark McNally
DF 5 Tony Mowbray
DF 6 Brian O'Neil
MF 7 Simon Donnelly; Substituted off
MF 8 Paul McStay
FW 9 Charlie Nicholas, Substituted off
FW 10 Andy Walker
MF 11 John Collins
GK - Packie Bonner
MF - Paul Byrne; Substituted on
FW - Willie Falconer Substituted on
- Nicholas 84'
- Walker 32'
- Match Report (see end of page below)
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