27th May 1995 Scottish Cup Final Celtic 1 Airdrie 0
It was a tough job being a Celtic supporter in the decade of the 1990s; disappointment was a constant companion. By the middle of the decade, Rangers had won all five league titles , the Scottish Cup had been picked up by Aberdeen, Motherwell, Rangers (2) and Dundee United, while the League Cup had gone to Rangers (3), Hibs and Raith Rovers.
Then, on his day in 1995, came a ray of light for the Celtic faithful making up the majority of the crowd of 36,519, as their side ran out as favourites to face Airdrie in the Scottish Cup Final at Hampden. The fans were also a bit apprehensive as they could recall, only too clearly, the shattering blow of losing just months before to Raith Rovers in the final of the League Cup.
The team on the day was Bonner, Boyd, McKinlay, Vata, McNally, Grant, McLaughlin, McStay, van Hooijdonk, Donnelly, Collins and they took charge from the start as the Diamonds seem to freeze on the big occasion. In the 9th minute, left back Tosh McKinlay sent a lovely inviting cross into the middle and new boy Pierre van Hooijdonk, all 6 feet 5 inches of him, rose above the Airdrie defence to head home the only goal of the game.
It was Celtic’s 30th win in the competition, the first since 1989 and also the first time an Albanian player – Rudi Vata – had played in a Scottish Cup Final.