24th February Celtic 1 Rangers 0 1890
The first-ever meeting between Celtic and Rangers took place on 27th October 1888, when the new boys from the east end of Glasgow won 6-1 in the 2nd round of that season’s Glasgow Cup competition.
Just under two years later, on this day in 1890, the two sides met in the first round of the Scottish Cup, the match played at 1st Celtic Park, with 15,000 watching. The Celtic team on the day was Jim Bell in goal; Jerry Reynolds and Mick McKeown at full back; Paddy Gallagher, Willie McCallum and Willie Maley made up the half-back line; with Barney Crossan, Peter Dowds, Willie Groves, Johnny Madden and Mick Dunbar up front.
And the guys in the green-and-white stripes certainly rose to the occasion, the winning goal coming from ex-Hibs star Willie Groves – by that time the darling of the home support – in the 15th minute of the first half.