Celtic on This Day…Alan ‘Skelper’ Thompson scores the only goal against Rangers

A NEW series for The Celtic Star starts this morning and every morning going forward.

Going forward we’ll look back at memorable Celtic games that happened on this day and to start we’ll go back to 11 February 2001 and a match between Celtic and Rangers in the SPL.

The Celtic side was Douglas, Boyd, Mjallby, Vega, Agathe, Thompson, Lambert, Lennon, Petta, Larsson and Sutton while Rangers played Klos, Konterman, Malcolm, Wilson, Ricksen, Ferguson, Albertz, McCann, Numan, Flo and Miller.

The match was refereed by our old pal, Hugh Dallas, who somewhat mysteriously ruled out a Ramon Vega header in the early stages after apparently spotting an infringement.

But the early Celtic pressure paid off with 16 minutes on the clock when a Larsson header found Sutton in for a neat one two, which resulted in a Larsson shot being blocked only to fall nicely for Thompson to fire Celtic into the lead.

Ricksen picked up a second yellow just before the interval and with the visitors down to ten men Celtic looked in easy street. However Douglas had Agathe to thank on 63 minutes when he headed off the line after the keeper failed to deal with a Konterman shot.

Thompson had a chance to double Celtic’s lead but shot over and the home side were happy enough to see out the game and stretch their lead at the top of the table to 11 points over nearest rivals Hibs and 12 points over the big spending Rangers.

Here’s the highlights, brings back great memories from what was a wonderful season watching the Hoops!

And there’s joyful scenes at the start of the next video which films the Rangers fans leaving our ground with their tails between their legs. Man of the Match Bobby Petta was going through his purple patch in the Hoops and he’s interviewed post match in this video, which hilariously features a sick to the stomach Souness in the studio…pure comedy gold!


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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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