After 21 matches of the league campaign of 1985/1986, with Davie Hay in charge, Celtic’s record was inconsistent. 21 games played, 10 won, 5 drawn and 6 lost was not the form of a team at the height of its powers and Hearts were sitting comfortably at the top of the table.
On this day, in 1986, Motherwell arrived at Parkhead to face Celtic in the club’s 22nd match of the season, by now a must-win game. Peter Latchford was in the middle of a six-match run to replace Pat Bonner in goal; the back four was Willie McStay, Pierce O’Leary, Roy Aitken and Danny McGrain; Peter Grant, Paul McStay and Owen Archdeacon were in midfield; with Brian McClair, Mo Johnston and Mark McGhee up front.
Motherwell opened the scoring in 12 minutes but Mark McGhee equalised in 31 minutes, Mo Johnston made it 2-1 four minutes after the break and Brian McClair wrapped up the points with a third goal in 86 minutes.