20th January 1945 Hibs 2 Celtic 4
As the war years drew to a close, Celtic were still playing in the Southern Division of the Scottish Leagues, Jimmy McStay was still the manager and the team’s form remained uncertain. On this day, as the players and staff travelled to Easter Road for another league match, the campaign record read P23, W14, D1, L8, F53, A36.
The team that afternoon was Miller, M MacDonald, P McDonald, Lynch, Mallan, McPhail, Delaney, Divers, J Gallacher, McLaughlin, Rodgers
PHOTO: JIMMY DELANEY
and a crowd of some 12,000 had come along to see the action. They certainly got plenty of that, as the ball hit the net on six occasions.
Celtic’s four were shared by a quartet of players – Delaney (pen), Divers, J Gallacher, Mclaughlin – which gave the club its ninth consecutive win, more than making up for the poor start to the season. Malky MacDonald had been given another chance to show the versatility he was noted for, this time at right-back; while outside-left Paddy Rodgers, brought in the year before from Bowhill St Ninian’s, was making only his ninth appearance for Celtic.