If You Know The History – 27th September Lou Macari debut 1967

6-2 up from the first leg, Celtic travelled down to Somerset Park in Ayr on this day in 1967 for the second leg of a quarter-final League Cup tie.

Pretty sure that his side had made the semi-finals, Jock Stein took the opportunity to give a chance to some squad players, sending out a team of Fallon, Shevlane, O’Neill, Cattenach, McNeill, Brogan, Wallace, Gallagher, McBride, Auld and Hughes. From the start, Celtic controlled the play and got off to the perfect start with a goal by Jim Brogan in 17 minutes but the substantial crowd had to wait almost to the final whistle before seeing another goal, when Willie Wallace gave Celtic a 2-0 victory.

There were two other notable moments in the match, firstly when Joe McBride – most unusually – missed a penalty; then when Bertie Auld was taken off, to be substituted by a 18-year-old debutant recently arrived from Kilwinning Amateurs called Luigi ‘Lou’ Macari.


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