Celtic On This Day – 24th December – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

Celtic Historian David Potter each morning on The Celtic Star looks back at key Celtic events and matches on this day starting on 24th December 1910. David’s latest bestseller The Celtic Rising ~ 1965: The Year Jock Stein Changed Everything SOLD OUT on Celtic Star Books but the good news is that it is now back in stock! You can place an order here and we’ll post your order immediately. The Celtic Rising is also now available on Amazon Kindle, link below.

Jimmy Quinn

SATURDAY 24 DECEMBER 1910 – In what was described as a “stirring” game at Cappielow, Celtic are a little unfortunate not to win against Morton on a treacherous surface. Jimmy Quinn scored from six yards in the first half, but Morton came back strongly in the second half, and Celtic had to be satisfied with a point. Already it looks likely that Celtic will not win their 7th consecutive League title this season.

Jimmy McGrory

SATURDAY 24 DECEMBER 1927 –  A glorious, yet trademark Celtic goal by Jimmy McGrory from a Paddy Connolly cross earned Celtic a point in a tough game at Easter Road which ended 2-2. Earlier Alec Thomson had scored Celtic’s first goal.

John Divers scored

SATURDAY 24 DECEMBER 1960 – By no means the best game of football anyone has ever seen, but still a win for the young Celtic team as John Divers scores the only goal of the game against Motherwell before a crowd of about 20,000 at Parkhead. The goal came from an indirect free kick which Bertie Peacock tapped to John Divers.

SATURDAY 24 DECEMBER 1966 – Celtic drop only their third point of the season as they draw 1-1 at Pittodrie in a game on a hard pitch which does not really live up to the expectations of the 31,000 crowd. Bobby Lennox scores for Celtic and Harry Melrose equalizes for Aberdeen, but it will be a sad Christmas for Joe McBride who injures his knee and will now be out of the game for some considerable time. Fortunately for Celtic, they have a ready-made replacement in newly-signed Willie Wallace.

Willie Wallace

SATURDAY 24 DECEMBER 2011 – It will be a Merry Christmas for Celtic as Georgios Samaras scores twice to help Celtic defeat Kilmarnock 2-1 at Parkhead. Kilmarnock score late to make it 2-1 but Celtic hold out for the victory which reduces the gap to just one point as Rangers lose today to St Mirren. Rangers are the next visitors on Wednesday night.

David Potter

About Author

I am Celtic author and historian and write for The Celtic Star. I live in Kirkcaldy and have followed Celtic all my life, having seen them first at Dundee in March 1958. I am a retired teacher and my other interests are cricket, drama and the poetry of Robert Burns.

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