If You Know The History: 1st Jan: Celtic 3 Rangers 2

1st January 1900 Celtic 3 Rangers 2

On this first day of the new century, there were more important matters than football for the papers to write about. The Boer War was occupying the minds of our politicians and also the front pages, while inside there were calls for foodstuffs and clothing to be sent to the front. Matches were still going ahead, though, and on this day in 1900, at Celtic Park, the Bhoys faced Rangers in the final match of the league campaign, already won by the Light Blues.

Some newer players were involved that day. Bob Davidson, who had joined from Dykehead 18 months before, was at right-back. Harry Marshall, known as the ‘Portobello Boatman’ was at centre-half and Tom Turnbull at left-back was making one of his 11 club appearances.

Celtic had the better of the play from the start and took the lead through right-winger John Bell in 15 minutes and got another two before the interval, John Divers scoring both of them to give him a total of 6 for the season.

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Above: Team Photo, John Divers is left seated

After the break, Rangers came back and scored twice to equalise but Celtic got a chance to go further ahead from the penalty spot when Bell was pulled down. Divers had the chance of a hat-trick but he missed and Celtic had to hold on to take the win by 3-2.

Jim Craig

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