No Forgone Conclusion – Jock Wallace warning for Ajax after Celtic win 7-0

This was a quite simply a perfect performance from Billy McNeill’s exciting Celtic side on this day in 1982 and the former Rangers manager, who had to take his medicine that afternoon with Celtic hitting his side for seven without reply at Fir Park, warned Ajax that despite getting a 2-2 draw in the European Cup against Celtic the previous midweek, the second leg was far from settled in the Dutch side’s favour with Celtic on this form. Luckily the Amsterdam side, with superstar Johan Cruyff in their team, failed to heed the warning and the rest is history.

Remarkably this Celtic team didn’t win the league that season after blowing up in the new year. It was one of a good number of titles that Celtic could and should have won but managed to blow it. Still you can marvel at the football on offer that day. It was extra special from Celtic…

Celtic: Bonner, McGrain, Reid, Aitken, McAdam, Moyes, Provan, McStay, McGarvey (Crainie), MacLeod, Nicholas (McCluskey).

Goals:- Nicholas 26, 61, 70, McGarvey 32, MacLeod 41, Aitken 57, 66.

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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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