If You Know The History: 20th March 1993: Celtic 2 Rangers 1

20th March 1993 Celtic 2 Rangers 1

Like much of the 1990s, the season of 1992/93 was not going Celtic’s way. After disposing of Stirling Albion, Dundee and Hearts in the League Cup, they had gone out at the quarter-final stage to Aberdeen 0-1 up at Pittodrie.

In the Scottish Cup, Celtic had beaten Clyde 1-0 in a replay after a goalless first match but found Falkirk at Brockville a much tougher proposition, going down 0-2. And in the league, they had to settle for third place, behind Rangers and Aberdeen.

Even worse, they had to cope with a period of dominance by the Light Blues, who were in the middle of a great run. In the first three Old Firm clashes of the season, there had been a draw followed by two 1-0 wins for Rangers, so as the teams came out at Celtic Park on this day in 1993, Celtic were desperate to end their rivals 44-match unbeaten run.

The team charged with the task was Pat Bonner, Tom Boyd, Dariusz Wdowcyk, Peter Grant, Mark McNally, Mike Galloway, Stuart Slater, Paul McAvennie, Andy Payton and John Collins. And they rose to the occasion, winning 2-1, the goals coming from Payton and Collins.

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PHOTO: JOHN COLLINS

Jim Craig

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