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1997-01-26: Clydebank 0-5 Celtic, Scottish Cup 3rd Rd
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- The game was played at Firhill. Clydebank were playing their home games at Dumbarton’s Boghead having sold their own ground to developers to stave off increasing debts. The SFA declared that Boghead was unsuitable for 1st level games and on application allowed the switch of venue.
- Celtic were receiving enquiries but no bids for Van Hooijdonk. Contract negotiations had broken down yet again and it looked as though Pierre would be leaving though he stated he was quite prepared to see out his contract and leave on a free. West Ham pulled out of a £4.5million deal to take him to Upton Park. The player himself was in trouble with the SFA after playing in a Testimonial back in Holland without international clearance.
- Attempts were being made by other clubs in the Premier Division and the First Division to devise a 16 team Premier League. Both Celtic and Rangers vetoed this plan.
- Following a meeting of the SFA Disciplinary Committee, Tommy Burns was banned from the touchline for 12 months and fined £2000.This was following his altercation with Eric Martindale at the last game against Rangers and followed a previous fine and touchline ban.
- The Club were closing in on the transfer of Enrico Annoni. Annoni had fallen down the order at Roma especially with the purchase of Vincent Candela. Roma initially gave the go ahead and then put a block on the transfer when they experienced problems of their own over Candela’s transfer. Roma then tried to squeeze up the transfer price for a player out-of-contract at the end of the season.
- Paolo Barbosa, Jorge Cadete’s agent, started to make noises about his client’s contract. This began to look ominous and was the start of the ‘Tres Amigos’ affair.
- Negotiations had begun with Oxford Utd. for the transfer of Malky MacKay and he had been watched during Peter Grant’s Testimonial.
ReviewBit of a tanking for lowly Clydebank
TeamsClydebank: MacFarlane; Irons, Connachan, Murdoch, Currie, Nicolls, Teale, Agnew, Grady, Brown (Connell 60), Bowman.
Subs not used: McKinstry, Robertson.
Celtic: Kerr; Boyd, McKinlay, McNamara, MacKay, O'Donnell (Hannah 62), Di Canio, McStay (Hay, 83), Van Hooijdonk, McLaughlin, Cadete.
Sub not used: Marshall.
Scorers: Cadete (2), Cadete (10), MacKay (29), Van Hooijdonk (57), Di Canio (81, pen)
Bookings: Connell (Clydebank)
Referee: J Rowbotham (Kirkcaldy).
- Match Report
The Scotsman 27/01/1997
Celtic 5 Cadete (2, 10), MacKay (29), Van Hooijdonk (57), Di Canio (81, pen)
IT was Paolo Di Canio, the Italian forward, who did what Clydebank palpably failed to do by upsetting the Celtic supporters in an otherwise one-sided game.
Tommy Burns' side were four goals in front and into the closing minutes of their Scottish Cup, third-round tie, when they were awarded a penalty kick.
Jorge Cadete, who had already scored twice, needed the hat-trick to complete a personal record of 31 goals in 31 games since joining Celtic. There were boos from his own fans when Di Canio took the ball from the Portuguese forward and insisted on completing the scoring for the side who now meet either Aberdeen or Hibs in the next round. Cadete was denied his accolade and 500 from the tournament sponsors.
"He has thrown more than that after a dog when he couldn't find a stick," said Celtic's manager, trying to defuse any hint of discord.
Burns, for whom there is never a dull moment, will today resume negotiations with another Italian, the AS Roma defender Enrico Annoni, with a view to having the player before Celtic play Dundee United on Saturday or even Dunfermline at East End Park on Wednesday.
Those who said that Clydebank wouldn't get one minute's peace against Celtic were incorrect but only marginally out in their prediction.
Cadete got the first of his goals after only 65 seconds and before a Clydebank player had intentionally touched the ball as opposed to having it ricochet from him.
Pierre Van Hooijdonk was given the kind of pass from Tosh McKinlay which tempted him into having a diagonal shot. Ian McFarlane could only parry the ball and Cadete scored from inside the six-yard box.
He added to his tally with another opportunist goal in the tenth minute. Brian McLaughlin fed the ball to his team-mate when he had his back to goal, but Cadete wheeled and finished with the consummate assurance of a man certain of his ability to score under any circumstances.
The same thing could not be said of Malcolm MacKay, but the defender was able to claim goals in successive matches against Bayern Munich and Clydebank when he powerfully headed a free-kick from Di Canio past McFarlane after 29 minutes.
The size of the attendance was, given the disparity between the clubs, remarkable and confirmed Celtic's status as the major box-office attraction in the country, the Scottish League's mid-season breakdown showing Burns' side to be averaging 1,000 supporters a week more than Rangers.
It took Celtic 12 minutes of the second-half to increase their lead, when Van Hooijdonk had only to knock the ball over the line after Jackie McNamara's cross was headed on to him by Cadete. Nine minutes from the end, after spending most of the game proving that he was a long way short of clinical when it came to finishing, Di Canio scored with the controversial penalty kick that was awarded when Cadete was brought down by Scott Murdoch.
The sobering thought for the day concerns the other half of the Old Firm and their next tie, against East Fife. Clydebank are 12 points better off than the bottom team in the First Division and East Fife's priority at Ibrox will be to avoid humiliation.
Fortunately, there are worthwhile ties in the fourth round. Celtic will know their fate when Hibs go to Aberdeen tomorrow night and Hearts' game against Dundee United is an equally attractive proposition.
Tommy McLean has transformed the Tannadice club, who fell to the bottom of the Premier Division after only two games in his charge.
Continental signings have now seen Dundee United win their last seven League and Cup games in succession.
The sequence of wins has included beating Hearts at Tynecastle and McLean knows how to negotiate the road to the Scottish Cup final.
In 1991, Motherwell, who were then managed by McLean, defeated Dundee United, coincidentally, in a Hampden final which went to extra time and produced seven goals.
There is ample room for that kind of endeavour and colour as this season's tournament struggles to come to life. But there is time yet.
- Manager Interview
"It's nice to see that the players are not too pre-occupied with who scores goals or hatricks.
"Cadete very kindly allowed Di Canio to take the kick which was a nice touch from him when he could have had a treble.
"But it was a good all-round professional performance from the team and it was important that we got the right start in this type of game.
"They had to go about things in the right way and they did just that, with Brian McLaughlin putting in a special performance.
"He has been exceptional over the past two or three games as well as being stronger and a lot more positive.
"We now have a tough tie in the next round - but they are all tough games and we have to win them all."
- Match Pictures
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