Twenty five years ago today the Temporary Stand was Opened to the Elements

And since we are talking about the late-great Tommy Burns team of the 1996/97 season – see Conall McGinty’s article on The Celtic Star titled Postecoglou’s Celtic Mirrors the attack-minded Tommy Burns team of 1996/97…here’s this team in action on this day 25 years ago in 1996.

A quarter century ago, Celtic dismantled Dunfermline at Celtic Park thanks to goals from Jorge Cadete, Paolo Di Canio (2), and Big Pierre with a double too. In front of a newly refurbished Paradise, Tommy Burns’ Celtic side cruised past the Pars with ease. A fitting inaugural performance to mark the opening of a new stand.

Cadete opened the scoring with a delightful touch near the by-line to knock the ball past the on-rushing Dunfermline goalkeeper, before knocking the ball home from a tight angle.

This was then followed up with a Cadete slide pass for maverick Italian, Di Canio, who scooped the ball over the ‘keeper in his fancy white boots.

A cross which Cadete tried to acrobatically kick failed, but landed to Di Canio again who had no problem taking a touch and finishing neatly to put the Celts in cruise control.

Pierre then thought he would get in on the action with a penalty, after Portuguese forward Cadete was cynically brought down in the box – he skied it however!

Di Canio would ensure his bug team-mate would get on the scoresheet though; following a slalom through the Dunfermline midfield, he slipped in Van Hooijdonk, who made no mistake in finding the net.

The Dutchman would go onto cap the afternoon off in style, with a trademark Pierre free-kick that fired over the wall and past the helpless Pars’ goalkeeper.

A fine result befitting a new look Celtic Park. Enjoy the action in the highlights below…

Paul Gillespie

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I'm a Garngad Bhoy through and through. My first ever Celtic game was a friendly against Italian side Parma at Celtic Park, in 2002. Currently a student of English Literature and Education at the University of Strathclyde for my sins. Favourite game would be a toss up between beating Manchester United with that Naka freekick, or the game against the Oldco when Hesselink scored in the dying seconds. I'm still convinced Cal Mac is wasted playing that far back.

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