If You Know The History – 12th December Celtic 0 Rapid Vienna 1

The first leg of the Cup Winners’ Cup 2nd round tie between Rapid Vienna and Celtic – held in the Austrian capital – resulted in a fine 3-1 victory for Rapid, with Brian McClair getting the Hoops’ only goal.


Two weeks later came the return at Celtic Park, which attracted a crowd of 48,613. It started brightly but descended into a shambles, with one Rapid player sent off, another leaving the field with his head swathed in bandages and the whole Austrian team, plus those on the touchlines, complaining about decisions made by the referee. Celtic won 3-0, ostensibly taking the tie 4-3 on aggregate but Rapid took their case to the ultimate authority and UEFA ordered that the game be replayed at a ground more than 100 miles from Celtic Park.

Old Trafford was the chosen venue and the two sides ran out at Manchester on this day in 1984 for the deciding tie. It was a very emotional occasion and the Celtic players could not find the form which gave them a good win in the second leg. Rapid left-winger Pacult broke away in the 17th minute to slam the ball past Pat Bonner and that proved to be the only goal of the game. Even more disastrously for Celtic, a ‘supposed’ fan raced on to the pitch to attack the goal-scorer, an incident which once again brought the club to the attention of UEFA.


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