Charlie Gallagher captains Celtic ahead of his Republic of Ireland debut

On this day in 1967,  on the way to a Scottish Cup win that season, Celtic defeated little Elgin City at Celtic Park by 7 goals to nil. As the year was 1967 the highlanders could perhaps have left the East End of Glasgow thinking that they did well to keep the scoreline down, particularly as at one stage the rampant Celts scored three goals in two amazing minutes in this game, which attracted a crowd of 34,000.

Celtic inside-left Charlie Gallagher (what a player!) – ahead of making his international debut the following midweek for Ireland against Turkey – was given the honour of leading out the team.

Jock Stein had made two changes to the side that had hammered Ayr Utd by 5-0 at Somerset Park, with Cattenach in for Craig at right back and Lennox preferred to Wallace at inside right.

Chalmers got the first with a header from a Hughes cross. Lennox netted a second and then a third. The second half was all Celtic with Hughes scoring before Wallace on for the injured Bobby Murdoch, added two and Lennox completed his hat-trick.

The Celtic side was Simpson, Cattanach, Gemmell, Murdoch (Wallace), McNeill, Clark, Johnstone, Lennox, Chalmers, Gallacher, Hughes and the goal-scorers were
Chalmers (43), Lennox (44,45,70), Hughes (62), Wallace (83,89).

Charlie Gallagher? What a Player!

These certainly were the best of times for the Celtic support!

READ THIS…Celtic Curio’s Leões de Lisboa, 1967 Collage

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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

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