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.