8th September – This day in Celtic history
8th September 1973
To celebrate the winning of Celtic’s 8th consecutive title in season 1972/73, the club decided on a rather special gesture for the first home match of the following season. The match was against Clyde, a crowd of 25,000 turned up to see the League flag unfurled and the team was Ally Hunter, Danny McGrain, Jim Brogan, Steve Murray, Billy McNeill, George Connelly, Brian McLaughlin, Harry Hood, Kenny Dalglish, Davie Hay and Bobby Lennox.
As the players came out, the crowd went into raptures as they noticed that the players were all wearing the number ‘8’ on their shorts, by special permission of the Scottish League. The game turned into something of a romp, Celtic winning 5-0, the goals coming from Bobby Lennox (3(pen), 40, 84), Kenny Dalglish (8) and a very rare strike by one Daniel Fergus McGrain. Unfortunately, a tough tackle with the Bully Wee centre-half Willie McVie caused severe damage to the knee of very promising midfielder Brian McLaughlin, an injury which effectively ended his Celtic career, although he did move on to Ayr United, with whom he was Division One Player of the Year in 1979.
by Jim Craig