Photo Of The Day: Celtic v China 1979

Today’s photo of the day goes back to 8 August 1979 when Celtic thumped China 6-1 in an unusual pre-season friendly.

The Chinese national team had visited Paradise as part of their UK tour, having made contact with the Celtic board to arrange the fixture a year earlier. The visitors were given a warm welcome to Glasgow, being greeted by a piper and offered use of the training facilities at Barrowfield.

At the match itself, the Chinese players were given a great reception by the Celtic crowd. Meanwhile, Murdo MacLeod scored an incredible hat trick, adding to goals by McCluskey (2) and Provan.

It is the latter who features in our photo today, with an action shot from the match…

About Author

Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. I have written four Celtic books since the age of 19: Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support, Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events, Walfrid & The Bould Bhoys: Celtic's Founding Fathers, First Season & Early Stars, and The Holy Grounds of Glasgow Celtic: A Guide To Celtic Landmarks & Sites Of Interest. These were/are sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores, and are available on Amazon.