A goal by Pierre van Hooijdonk had given Celtic a Scottish Cup success in 1995, their solitary win in this competition in that decade. That gave the fans a lift and as the new season approached, they had another reason to be cheerful.
Since the close season of 1994, a massive reconstruction project had been taking place on the North Stand, the work costing some £17million. The Old Jungle was no more, the new edifice capable of accommodating 26,000, all seated; and plans were put together for a grand opening. Newcastle United, with David Ginola floating everywhere and Peter Beardsley buzzing about, were asked to provide the opposition for the occasion.
And on this day in 1995, Rod Stewart did the honours for the new North Stand, before the fans sat back to watch the two teams play out a 1-1 draw.