Celtic on This Day – Our most convincing win over Aberdeen for years

ON THIS DAY in 1985 Celtic enjoyed their most convincing win over Aberdeen for a number of years. A massive crowd estimated at 48,000 was at Celtic Park, and this turned out to be the highest attendance of the season for a Scottish league match.

The Celtic team selected by manager Davie Hay was Bonner, Willie McStay, McGrain, Aitken, McAdam, O’Leary, Grant, Paul McStay, Judas, MacLeod and McGarvey. The substitutes were Provan and McInally.

Paul McStay was outstanding in this match and the arrival of Provan fro the bench gave Celtic the width to get behind a resolute Aberdeen defence that was used to soaking up pressure at Parkhead.

Provan’s perfect delivery from a corner on 68 minutes was met by Aitken who knocked down to Judas who finished neatly to put Celtic in front.

Celtic deserved more than a narrow win and they got their reward for a dominating performance when another fine run from Provan found Judas in the box. he was up-ended by Cooper and Man of the Match Paul McStay confidently converted the penalty to complete the score. The match finished Celtic 2 Aberdeen 0 and after some real steals from the visitors in recent seasons, that felt particularly good.

Highlights are below…

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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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