1918-04-13: Celtic 1-1 Motherwell, League

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  • Gallacher opens for Celtic in 23 minutes but Rankin scores an equaliser two minutes before the break and in so doing ensures that the title goes to Ibrox where Rangers had beaten lowly Clyde. If Celtic had held out at 1-0, or had both teams been defeated the League championship would have been decided by a play off. LINK
  • Also in Page 4 of the Herald is an advert for Father Vincent Vaughan who is appearing at the St Andrew's Hall, Glasgow with his lecture: "Man's right to a human life". Father Vaughan's life must be stressful as he also appears in caricature on Page 3 advertising Sanatogen the nerve tonic, which, it is stated, is in short supply due to its great demand at the front.
  • Another advertisement in the Herald is on behalf of General Sir Douglas Haig who exhorts Scottish shipyard workers to build more ships in support of the war and food imports.
  • Again in the Herald is a report from Baltimore, USA, where a shipyard riveter, Charles Schock, has set a new world record by driving 2,720 rivets in a 9 hour shift (just over 5 a minute).




Shaw, McNair, Dodds, Jackson, Cringan, Brown,McAtee, Gallacher, McLean , McMenemy, Browning
Scorers: Gallacher


Rundell, Robertson, McSkimming, McIntosh, Finlayson, Stewart, Lennie, Rankin, Ferguson, Gardiner, Morton
Scorers: Rankin

Attendance: 30,000


  • Match Report (see end of page below)


  • Match Pictures


The Glasgow Herald – Apr 15, 1918
The Scottish League Championship, a Celtic monopoly for the past four seasons, has passed into the hands of Rangers, no strangers to the honour. At one time it was hoped Kilmarnock, Greenock Morton, or Motherwell would imitate Dumbarton and invest provincial football with a tinge of transient glory, but from various causes the trio did no more than faintly threaten, and the struggle was narrowed down to the usual and monotonous duel between Rangers and Celtic. The city clubs had the advantage of both being at home in their last fixture – Rangers to the lowly Clyde, Celtic to the vastly improved Motherwell. Had the leaders been equally successful, or had both gone down, a deciding game would have been necessary, as in the season 1904-5, and the newly instituted fund for disabled football players would have benefited enormously. As it happens the Rangers defeated Clyde, and they did Motherwell, by a late recovery that had been the feature of the play of the new Champions in several matches this season, and Celtic could do no better than draw with Motherwell. Like many other clubs, Heart of Midlothian and Clyde, to mention only two, are well represented on another field. But unlike the majority, the Ibrox officials cast about for capable substitutes, permanent or temporary, and the “comb-out” has resulted in Queen’s Park, Heart of Midlothian, Dundee, Raith Rovers, St Mirren, Clyde, Hibernian, and Dumbarton being interested, involuntary or otherwise in the successful outcome of an enterprising policy.