7th May Scottish Cup Final 1977
On 16th April 1977, Celtic beat Hibs 1-0 at Easter Road to clinch their 30th Championship.
They then had the chance to do the ‘double’ of League and Scottish Cup – the 10th in the club’s history – when they met Rangers in the final of the latter competition on this day in 1977. Only 54,252 were in the National Stadium at Hampden for the Final, when the teams were;-
Celtic; Latchford, McGrain, Lynch, Stanton, MacDonald, Aitken, Dalglish, Edvaldsson, Craig, Wilson, Conn.
Rangers; Kennedy, Jardine, Greig, Forsyth, Jackson, Watson, McLean, Hamilton, Parlane, MacDonald, Johnstone.
Andy Lynch got the only goal of the game in the 20th minute from the penalty spot but there was considerable controversy over referee Bob Valentine’s decision to award it. A corner by Alfie Conn was headed back across the goal by Roddie MacDonald and the ball was only partly cleared by the Rangers’ goalkeeper. Johannes Edvaldsson raced in to shoot and his strike hammered against Derek Johnstone covering on the goal-line. Every Celtic player and fan thought that the ball had hit his hand, while naturally everyone with Rangers’ interests at heart though the opposite. The referee was in no doubt, though and awarded the penalty, which was calmly stroked home by Andy Lynch.
Possibly the happiest player on the pitch was Alfie Conn. He had been in the Rangers side which beat Celtic 3-2 in the 1973 final, when 122,714 were at Hampden; on that afternoon in 1977, he picked up his second medal in four years, this time in the Hoops. 21 years previously, his father, also Alfie, was at inside-right in the Hearts side that beat Celtic 3-1 in the Scottish Cup Final, scoring the third goal in the 81st minute.