Little Significant in winning a Dead Rubber

IT was a comprehensive win for Celtic ahead of the Scottish Cup Final which was still a few weeks away.

The league campaign had been poor as you can see below – these were the final placings in season 1994-95.

Celtic, enduring a season playing at Hampden as Paradise was being re-built, finished fourth behind Rangers, Motherwell and Hibs. Yes, that’s right we finished fourth. That didn’t seem to matter much on 7 May 1995 when Champions Rangers arrived at Hampden to rub our noses in it – again.  it didn’t work out that way though.

These were the teams…

Celtic: Bonner, Vata, Boyd, O’Neil, McKinlay; McLaughlin, McStay, Grant, Collins, Van Hooijdonk (O’Donnell, 76), Donnelly (Falconer, 67).

Rangers: Thomson, Moore, Boli, McLaren, Brown, Cleland, Steven, Ferguson, Durrant, Hateley and Laudrup.

The attendance was just 31,025.

Here are the highlights…

It seemed to be important and that Celtic had laid down a marker for the next season. It certainly cheered up the support and that Scottish Cup Final on 27 May 1995 saw Tommy Burns end the barren spell and lift the Scottish Cup.

But that 3-0 win did not de-rail the Rangers domination of the the Scottish title – unfortunately they won the league the following season. And the result of the first ‘Old Firm’ game the next season?

Celtic 0 Rangers 1 – League Cup 19 September 1995
Celtic 0 Rangers 2 – Premier Division 30 September 1995

Just shows you how significant winning a dead rubber actually is.

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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

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