If You Know The History – 16th November 1974

16th November  1974  Glavin Debut

Since it began in season 1946/47, the League Cup has not always been Celtic’s favourite tournament but possibly the biggest upset was the 4-1 loss to Partick Thistle on 23rd October 1971

Three years later, one of the stars for the Jags that afternoon – midfielder Ronnie Glavin – signed for Celtic and on this day in 1974, he ran out at Parkhead to make his debut against Airdrie in a league match.

Alistair Hunter was in goal for the Hoops that afternoon behind a back four of Danny McGrain, Billy McNeill, Pat McCluskey and Jim Brogan; Stevie Murray, Ronnie Glavin and Kenny Dalglish made up the midfield, with Dixie Deans, Paul Wilson and Bobby Lennox up front.

It turned out to be a fine debut for the new boy, Celtic recording a comfortable 6-0 victory with Ronnie Glavin getting the third goal in 62 minutes.

This shot was taken later in Ronnie Glavin’s Celtic career and shows him in action against Hearts at Tynecastle.  If you had been lucky enough to own one of those flats behind the ground, then you could have saved yourself a bit on money on match days. Looks like they provided a perfect view of the pitch!


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