The season of 1895/1896, the 8th of Celtic’s existence, very nearly turned out to be the perfect season.
Certainly, the club won the league title, finishing four points ahead of Rangers, with Dumbarton, champions only 4 seasons before, in the dreaded relegation spot.
Celtic beat Queens Park 2-1 at Ibrox in the final of the Charity Cup, their 5th consecutive victory in that competition
And on this day in 1895, Celtic thrashed Queen’s Park 6-3 in the final of the Glasgow Cup.
24,000 were at Ibrox and Celtic fielded a strong side, with Dan McArthur in goal, Peter Meehan and Dan Doyle at fullback, Willie Maley and Barney Battles at wing-half, and a forward line of Johnny Madden, Jim Blessington, Allan Martin, Sandy McMahon and Willie Ferguson.
The man-of the –match, though, was James Kelly, superb in the attacking centre-half role, comfortably controlling the play.
Almost unbelievably, Celtic were drawn against Queen’s Park again in the first round of the Scottish Cup, this game played at Celtic Park. The Bhoys were 2-1 up at half-time but thanks to their star player – a man called R S McColl, who later became better known for his shops – the Spiders came back and won the tie by 4 goals to two.