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…
25 years ago today, Celtic 5:1 Dunfermline.
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