Today’s photo of the day rewinds to an iconic moment in Celtic history; the 6-1 demolition of Hibernian in the 1972 Scottish Cup Final.
The result capped a superb season, in which Celtic won the League and Scottish Cup double, lost in the League Cup Final and exited the European Cup without losing a single games (lost the European Cup Semi-Final on penalties against Inter Milan after two 0-0 draws).
A look at the team line up from the Scottish Cup Final reveals how much class the Hoops had at their disposal. Certainly, in such scintillating form, they could have given Johan Cruyff’s Ajax a run for their money in the European Cup Final. Was this the season that got away? We’ll never know.
Over 106,000 fans turned up at Hampden Park for the match. Jock Stein left Bobby Lennox out, but there was no shortage of talent on the pitch:
Williams, Craig, Brogan, Murdoch, McNeill, Connelly, Johnstone, Deans, Macari, Dalglish, Callaghan. Substitute – Lennox.
Jimmy Johnstone was in fine form, taking on the Hibs defence at will…
Jinky terrorises the Hibs defence in the 1972 Scottish Cup Final.
But Dixie Deans was the star that day, scoring a hat trick. Billy McNeill and Lou Macari scored 2 each.
Celtic won 6-1 and over 106,000 people attended the game. pic.twitter.com/nehzOf1QKa
— Liam Kelly (@cfcliamk96) February 9, 2021
Dixie Deans was the star of the show, scoring a hat-trick. He did the same against Hibs in the 1974 League Cup Final, writing his name in the history books as the first and only player (to date) to have scored hat-tricks in both a Scottish Cup and League Cup Final!
Beyond Dixie’s monumental contribution, Billy McNeill scored and Lou Macari bagged a brace.
Highlights of the action can be seen below: