If You Know The History: 27th October 1945

27th October 1945 Malky MacDonald to Kilmarnock

On this day in 1945, utility man Malcolm McDonald, by then 32 years of age, was sent out on loan to Kilmarnock.

Malky had joined Celtic in March 1932 from St Anthony’s and made a quick debut later that season, scoring twice as Celtic beat Partick Thistle 2-0 in a league match. In his long Celtic career, Malky played in most of the outfield positions for Celtic and excelled in every one. In fact, he was always regarded by his peers as one of the finest talents they had ever played with. That talent, in fact, often hindered him, as Willie Maley sometimes did not trust Malky’s considered approach.

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His big moment came in the Exhibition Trophy matches in 1938. Malky missed the drawn first round match against Sunderland but came in for the replay and performed well, keeping his place for the semi-final tie against Hearts and then the final, which, against Everton, went to extra-time before Johnny Crum got the only goal of the game, to send the Celtic support in the 82,000 crowd at Ibrox into raptures, the Exhibition Trophy joining the 1902 Exhibition Cup in the Parkhead boardroom.

Jim Craig

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