If You Know The History – 12th January 1966 Celtic 3 Dinamo Kiev 0 ECWC QF 1st Leg

In January 1966, Celtic were top of the league table and had one trophy already in the cabinet, the League Cup, picked up against Rangers in October of the previous year.

They had also had fairly comfortable wins over Go Ahead Deventer and A.G.F Aarhus in the first two rounds of the Cup-Winners’ Cup

So, on this day in 1966, around 64,000 optimistic fans were packed into Parkhead for a quarter-final 1st leg tie against Dinamo Kiev of the USSR, as it was in those days.

With Billy McNeill injured, John Cushley took over the centre-half position

The free-scoring Joe McBride led the line alongside Stevie Chalmers

And ‘Big Yogi’ – John Hughes – was given free rein to go down the left-wing, while Jimmy Johnstone was doing the same on the right

Tommy Gemmell, with a fine shot, gave Celtic the lead in 27 minues

And two goals after the break by Bobby Murdoch – in 64 and 84 minutes – gave the Hoops a good 3-0 lead to take over to the Soviet Union for the second leg, a lead which would have been better had John Hughes not missed a penalty.

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