22nd October 1991 Neuchatel Xamax 5 Celtic 1
In the opening tie of Liam Brady’s first European campaign with Celtic, two goals by Charlie Nicholas – one of them from the penalty spot – gave Celtic a 2-0 win at home against Germinal Ekeren of Belgium. Two weeks later, in the return leg, a strike by midfielder Mike Galloway gave the Hoops a 1-1 draw, which was enough to put them through to the second round. For round two, they were drawn with Swiss opposition….
……and on this day in 1991, Celtic ran out at the Stade de La Maladiere to meet local side Neuchatel Xamax.
Pat Bonner was in goal; the full-back pairing comprised Mark McNally and Dariusz Wdowczyk; Brian O’Neill was at centre-back, alongside Derek Whyte; Peter Grant, Paul McStay and Stevie Fulton made up the midfield; with Tony Cascarino, Charlie Nicholas and Tommy Coyne as the strike force.
It turned out to be a humbling night for the Hoops. By the time Brian O’Neill scored for Celtic just on the hour mark, they were four-down and before the end, Liam Brady had to cope with the Swiss scoring a 5th. It was Celtic’s biggest defeat in the European scene up to that point.