If You Know The History: 26th December 1955 Celtic 5 Rangers 3

An Old Firm contest on Boxing Day seems to negate the whole idea of goodwill to all men but that is what happened on this day in 1955, when Celtic and Rangers met in a replay of the final of the Glasgow Cup at Hampden. All the talk before-hand was about the possible clashes between the two centre-halves – Jock Stein and George Young – and the respective centre-forwards, Jim Sharkey and Don Kichenbrand.

Rangers opened the scoring in 24 minutes; Bobby Collins levelled it one minute later after a pass from Sharkey. In 34 mins, Collins provided the pass, Sharkey made it 2-1. Rangers equalised again just before HT.

Bobby Collins

In 57 mins, a left-foot shot by Sharkey gave Celtic a 3-2 lead; a minute later, Rangers made it 3-3. Eight minutes from the end, though, Collins made it 4-3 after a Sharkey shot had re-bounded off the bar. And four minutes time, Eric Smith sent over a cleverly-flighted cross from the right and Willie Fernie was there to head home, giving Celtic a 5-3 victory, the club’s 20th success in this particular trophy.

Jim Craig


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