Jim Craig’s 7am start: Billy McNeill had played 787 games for Celtic

In the early rounds of the Scottish Cup in season 1974-75, Celtic had beaten Hibs 2-0 at Easter Road in Round One, Clydebank 4-1 at home in Round Two, Dumbarton 2-1 at Boghead Park in the quarter-final and Dundee by a single goal in the semi-final at Hampden, watched by a crowd of 40,702.

On this day in 1975, a better attendance of 75,457 was at the National Stadium to see Celtic take on Airdrie in the final, when the team was Latchford, McGrain, Lynch, Murray, McNeill, McCluskey, Hood, Glavin, Dalglish, Lennox and Wilson.

Eight minutes after the re-start, Celtic got the crucial goal when, after Lennox had been pushed off the ball, Pat McCluskey scored from the spot, the 3-1 score-line enough to give Celtic victory, the club’s 24th success in the competition.

Billy McNeill collected the cup and announced his retirement after the match; he had played 787 times for Celtic in his career.

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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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