21st January Hibs matches
On this day, during the course of the 20th century, Celtic have played – and beaten – Hibs on five different occasions.
The first came in 1901, in the football tournament of the 2nd Glasgow International Exhibition, held at Kelvingrove Park. Hibs went down 1-0 to a goal by James Drummond, a protégé of Sandy McMahon, by then in the twilight of his distinguished career. That put Willie Maley’s developing side through to a tie with Hearts.
Game number two was a league match at Celtic Park in 1905. Two goals by inside-forward Peter Somers and an inspired display in goal by Davie Adams gave Celtic a 2-0 win. Three matches later, they had tied with Rangers for the title, then beat them 2-1 in a play-off, the goals coming from Davie Hamilton and Jimmy McMenemy.
For game three, we have to come forward to 1967, when Hibs arrived at Parkhead to meet a Celtic side at the height of its power. John Hughes in for Bobby Lennox was the only change from the side which would win the European Cup only four months later. On this day in 1967, 41,000 were inside the ground to see Willie Wallace and Stevie Chalmers get the crucial goals against a very useful Hibs side.
Game number four was in 1987, again at home and this time a solitary goal by left-back Anton Rogan, one of only five in his Celtic career, broke the deadlock.
And the final match was on this day in 1989, with Billy McNeill in charge, at a packed Easter Road. Goals by Paul McStay, Andy Walker and Mark McGhee gave the Hoops a 3-1 win.
By Jim Craig