Jim Craig’s 7am start: Watch Celtic score 5 in Scottish Cup semi-final

On this day in 1963, Celtic met Raith Rovers at Ibrox in a semi-final of the Scottish Cup.

To be honest, everyone in the football community – players and managers from other clubs, fans, pressmen and the media – were all of the opinion that the team from Kirkcaldy had very little chance. And when Johnny Divers got the opener for Celtic in the 10th minutes, all these ‘experts’ were nodding their heads in an attitude of ‘I told you so’.

Raith, though, pulled one back in 16 minutes through McDonald and for the rest of the first-half, gave as good as they got and it was still 1-1 at the interval.

The game swayed in favour of Celtic in the 51st and 57th minute through penalties through Dunky MacKay; Raith pulled one back in 64 minutes but then Celtic sealed the match with further strikes by Stevie Chalmers and Frank Brogan to make the final score 5-2.

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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