1919-01-25: Celtic 0-0 Motherwell, League

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Craig, Bell, Anderson, McIntosh, Brown, McSkimming, Lennie, Rankin, Hugh Ferguson, Gardiner, Young

Referee: J. Matthews (Greenock)
Attendance: 25,000


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The Glasgow Herald – Jan 27, 1919
While Celtic and Rangers have been as consistently successful in League football as to stake the Championship their joint property, other clubs have been equally successful in their encounters with the monopolists. For several seasons Greenock Morton have waged relentless warfare against both clubs, and Rangers have provided the provincial club with several cherished victories. It would seem as if Motherwell were fated to thwart Celtic to an even greater extent; and for the second season in succession to be the arbiter as between the two city clubs. Last season a point loss to Motherwell at Parkhead deprived Celtic of the Championship, and a drawn game on the same ground on Saturday is likely to have a similar ending. A defeat sustained at Fir Park a few weeks ago was an incentive in itself for the Celts to improve upon last season’s home engagement with the Lanarkshire club, and it was with high hopes and their best eleven the ex-champions ventured upon the second meeting. Unfortunately for them, their opponents had a reputation to maintain, skill and determination to uphold it, and, if play was unevenly distributed, a faultless defence countered a spectacularly clever attack so effectively as to entitle Motherwell to share the honours as they did the points. If frequently outwitted and eluded, the Motherwell halves doubled back and either caught up their opponents or compelled them to shoot from such a distance as made scoring impossible. Brown and McIntosh discounted all the Celts’ carefully planned and deftly executed moves, and McSkimming was fortunate to find McAtee as obviously beneath his normal form as to enable the left half-back to be not the least effective member of an invulnerable defence.