Jim Craig’s Festive Moments – Willie Maley’s Celtic team rose to the challenge

On this day in 1901, Celtic faced Kilmarnock at Celtic Park.

Their record in their previous 6 matches had been pretty poor – Won 2, Drawn 2 and Lost 2 – so manager Willie Maley was keen to give the supporters something to cheer about at this time of year.

The team he put out was a strong one – McFarlane, Watson, Battles, Loney, Marshall, Orr, Hodge, McOustra, Campbell, McMahon, Quinn – and it rose to the challenge, beating the men from Ayrshire 4-1, with the goals coming from Willie McOustra (3) and Johnny Hodge.

Jim Craig

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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