On this day in 1985 Celtic enjoyed their most convincing win over Aberdeen for a number of years. A massive crowd estimated at 48,000 was at Celtic Park, and this turned out to be the highest attendance of the season for a Scottish league match.
The Celtic team selected by manager Davie Hay was Bonner, Willie McStay, McGrain, Aitken, McAdam, O’Leary, Grant, Paul McStay, Judas, MacLeod and McGarvey. The substitutes were Provan and McInally.
Paul McStay was outstanding in this match and the arrival of Provan from the bench gave Celtic the width to get behind a resolute Aberdeen defence that was used to soaking up pressure at Parkhead.
Provan’s perfect delivery from a corner on 68 minutes was met by Aitken who knocked down to Judas who finished neatly to put Celtic in front.
Celtic deserved more than a narrow win and they got their reward for a dominating performance when another fine run from Provan found Judas in the box. he was up-ended by Cooper and Man of the Match Paul McStay confidently converted the penalty to complete the score. The match finished Celtic 2 Aberdeen 0 and after some real steals from the visitors in recent seasons, that felt particularly good.
Highlights are below…