Jim Craig – Celtic’s Swiss humbling at Neuchatel Xamax

In the opening tie of Liam Brady’s first European campaign with Celtic, two goals by Charlie Nicholas – one of them from the penalty spot – gave Celtic a 2-0 win at home against Germinal Ekeren of Belgium. Two weeks later, in the return leg, a strike by midfielder Mike Galloway gave the Hoops a 1-1 draw, which was enough to put them through to the second round.

For round two, they were drawn with Swiss opposition and on this day in 1991, Celtic ran out at the Stade de La Maladiere to meet local side Neuchatel Xamax.

Pat Bonner was in goal; the full-back pairing comprised Mark McNally and Dariusz Wdowczyk; Brian O’Neill was at centre-back, alongside Derek Whyte; Peter Grant, Paul McStay and Stevie Fulton made up the midfield; with Tony Cascarino, Charlie Nicholas and Tommy Coyne as the strike force.

It turned out to be a humbling night for the Hoops.

By the time Brian O’Neill scored for Celtic just on the hour mark, they were four-down and before the end, Liam Brady had to cope with the Swiss scoring a 5th. It was Celtic’s biggest defeat in the European scene up to that point.

Many Happy Returns to Paul McStay, born on this day in 1964.

Jim Craig


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About Author

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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