Jim Craig’s 7am start: Barry Robson blasted the penalty past the Rangers keeper

On this day in 2008, there was a crowd of 56,662 at Celtic Park for this league meeting of Glasgow’s Big Two.

The teams were –
Celtic…..Boruc, Hinkel, Caldwell, McManus, Naylor, Nakamura, Hartley, Robson, McGeady, Vennegoor of Hesselink, McDonald.

Rangers..Alexander, Broadfoot, Dailly, Weir, Papac, Whittaker, Hamdani, Ferguson, Davis, Novo, Cousin.

Scott McDonald got Celtic off to the perfect start with a goal in 4 minutes but Rangers came back with efforts from Weir and Cousin. McDonald pulled Celtic level two minutes before half-time but after the break, the Light Blues seemed scrappy and disjointed.

Celtic got lucky when the referee seemed to overlook a wild challenge by Vennegoor of Hesselink on Rangers substitute Faye but then were rightfully awarded a penalty for an obvious assault by Broadfoot on McDonald.

Barry Robson stepped up to do the needful and fairly blasted the ball past Neil Alexander for what would prove to be the winner.

It was an unusual result in several ways –

1. It put Celtic five points ahead at the top of the table although Rangers had 3 games in hand!
2. It was the first time in 40 Glasgow Derbies games that Walter Smith suffered back-to-back losses against Celtic.

3. It was the first game since 1993 that Celtic had come from behind to win a game against Rangers.

4. It was Scott McDonald’s first double against Rangers.

Here are the highlights…

Jim Craig


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Lisbon Lion and Celtic Ambassador Jim Craig provides The Celtic Star readers with a 365 day diary of all things Celtic, providing a remarkable and unique insight into our club from one of the players who won us The Celtic Star in Lisbon on 25 May 1967.

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