Losing the 1961 Scottish Cup final to Jock Stein’s Dunfermline had been a real shock to the Celtic support and they were very keen for the players to show better form in the new season of 1961/62. However, as the middle of November approached, things were not getting any better. Celtic, having failed to qualify from a League Cup section involving St Johnstone, Hibs and Partick Thistle, were in 5th place in the league table, behind Dundee, Kilmarnock, Rangers and Third Lanark.
The next match was against St Mirren, who arrived at Celtic Park on this day in 1961 to find around 22,000 in the ground for the contest. The ‘Buddies’ were struggling down in the relegation zone and on that afternoon were not to find much consolation, as Celtic went on a rampage and won 7-1, with three players – Steve Chalmers, Bobby Carroll and Mike Jackson – each scoring two goals, the other coming from John Hughes.
The Celtic side was Haffey, McKay, Kennedy, Crerand, McNamee, Price, Chalmers, Jackson, Hughes, Divers, Carroll. In the Saints team, ‘Totty’ Beck, who scored their only goal, was one of the first Icelandic players to ply their trade in Scotland.