Hail Glorious St Patrick, Dear Saint of our Isle


Celtic TV this morning released a video of Celtic famous Irish Stars, the most recent in a long line being Jonny Hayes, the last Celtic player to score at Ibrox.

And maybe we should have a rendition of Hail Glorious St Patrick this morning? Why not?

And a game on this day to recall? What about the St Patrick’s Day Massacre where Hurlock, Walters and Hateley were all sent off?

ON this day in 1991 Celtic beat Rangers 2-0 at Celtic Park in the Quarter Final of the Scottish Cup – but that is only half the story for three Rangers players are sent off – Terry Hurlock, Mark Walters and Mark Hateley as Celtic ruthlessly exposed the ugly side of Rangers. At least their manager Graeme Souness, who almost signed for Celtic twenty years earlier, has the grace to apologise at the end.

Celtic’s goals are scored by Dariusz Wdowczyk and Gerry Creaney. Peter Grant was also sent off, but for the less than totally heinous crime of breaking from a wall too early at a free kick!

Here’s what happened…

Other good St Patrick’s Days for Celtic were 1954 when a hat-trick from Neil Mochan and a goal each from Sean Fallon, John Higgins and Willie Fernie beat Airdrie 6-0 at Broomfield, 1926 when goals from Paddy Connolly and Willie Malloy are enough to beat Dundee 2-1 at Dens Park and 1934 when Jimmy McGrory and Hugh O’Donnell score the goals that beat Hibs 2-1 at Easter Road.

A BAD 17 March was in 1962 when the young Celtic team which had shown promise in recent weeks went down 0-1 to Airdrie at Broomfield.

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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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