If You Know The History: 30th October

30th October Rangers 1 Celtic 2 Lou Macari’s 1st Old Firm match

After two years in charge of Stoke City, Lou Macari arrived as manager of Celtic on 26th October 1993. It was, perhaps, a surprising choice by the Board but as an ex-player, Lou took over with the best wishes of most Hoops fans.

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Four days later, on this day in 1993, came his first match in charge, when he led his troops over to Ibrox for the 3rd Old Firm clash of the season. Wisely, Louie had left team selection to coach Frank Connor, who had been at Celtic Park for a few months and he chose this eleven to represent the club. Pat Bonner was in goal…..the back four read Peter Grant, Tony Mowbray, Gary Gillespie, Tom Boyd……Pat McGinlay, Paul McStay and John Collins held the midfield roles…..with Paul Byrne, Charlie Nicholas and Gerry Creaney up front.

Rangers opened the scoring but John Collins soon equalised for Celtic and from then on, it was the usual frenetic Old Firm contest. It looked likely to finish as a draw but, with only a minute left, substitute Brian O’Neill, on for Charlie Nicholas, headed the winning goal to get Lou Macari’s tenure at Parkhead off to a winning start.

Jim Craig

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