If You Know The History: 2nd December 2000 Celtic 3 Dunfermline 1

2nd December 2000 Celtic 3 Dunfermline 1

In Martin O’Neill’s first season in charge, Celtic were showing promise. They had won 14 and and drawn 3 of their first 18 league matches, including a 6-2 thrashing of Rangers. Unfortunately, their only defeat was also to the Light Blues, a 1-5 hammering at Ibrox. In the UEFA Cup, Celtic had beaten Jeunesse Esch and HJK Helsinki before being beaten by Bordeaux in round three; while they were still in the CIS Cup after wins over Raith Rovers and Hearts.

On this day in the year 2000, in front of a massive crowd of 59,244, the manager sent out possibly his strongest side for the visit of Dunfermline; Douglas, Agathe, Boyd, Mjallby, Valgaeren, Thompson, Moravcik, Petrov, Larsson, Johnson, Petta.

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Unfortunately, the Celtic fans making up the majority of that huge crowd were stunned into silence just after the kick-off, when Dair gave the Pars an early lead but the Hoops soon took control and got some quick rewards.

In the 7th minute, Lubo scored with a left-foot drive; and in 21 minutes, Henrik Larsson took the ball away from his immediate opponent and stuck the ball through the legs of Dunfermline keeper Marco Ruitenbeck. Twelve minutes from the end, though, the Pars custodian got his own back when he saved a penalty taken by that same Henrik. Just on the final whistle, Celtic got a third through a Tommy Johnson header.

Jim Craig

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