Red Rum’s Grand National, Celtic effectively relegate Hearts

RED RUM won the Grand National at Aintree for the third time and Champions-Elect Celtic won 3-0 at Tynecastle to effectively relegate Hearts for the first time in their history on this day in 1977 – lovely!

The Celtic team was Baines, McGrain, Lynch, Stanton, MacDonald, Aitken, Doyle, Glavin, Craig, Dalglish and Conn.

Edvaldsson replaced Craig and Tommy Burns came on for Johnny Doyle. The Celtic goal scorers were Roy Aitken, Joe Craig and Ronnie Glavin.

The Celtic Reserve side played at home on the same day against St Mirren and won 6-0. Last week we mentioned the Celtic Reserve side from 1970 which has jam-packed with future stars such as McGrain, Dalglish, Macari and many others. By 1977 the Celtic reserve team was Latchford, Gourlay, Innes, McLaughlin, McGrane, P. McCluskey, Gibson, Henderson, Wilson, Hannah, Lennox Subs Temperley and Barclay.

But just like in 1970, the result at Tynecastle was significant in securing the league title for Celtic, who now needed four points from the last seven match to win the league. Nearest rivals Dundee Utd were 8 points adrift with Rangers, having played a game more, a further point behind.

Celtic attacked constantly and should have scored more. Aitken opened the scoring when a corner failed to be punched clear enough and Aitken shot home. Hearts huffed and puffed but came to nothing and on the half hour Joe Craig put Celtic further ahead. Glavin’s goal in the second half rounded it off after a fine move by Dalglish and Doyle.

If you weren’t at Tynecastle then you may well have been in the house trying to get the score on the television with the half time and full time results shown on Grandstand – so you might have watched the big race.

Here’s how Red Rum won the National…it’s still awesome after all these years!

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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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