If You Know The History: 20th February 1957 Rangers 0 Celtic 2 Scottish Cup

20th February 1957 Rangers 0 Celtic 2 Scottish Cup

Only four months after Celtic had won the League Cup for the first time, beating Partick Thistle 3-0 in a replayed final, they were drawn against their main Glasgow rivals in the sixth round of the Scottish Cup, the tie to be played at Celtic Park.

A crowd of 50,000 was there to watch the action and they certainly saw plenty of that, the match finishing in a 4-4 draw, with Rangers equalising only five minutes from time. Four days later, on this day in 1957, a massive gathering reputed to be around 88,000 was crammed into Ibrox for the replay. Both sides put out the same teams as in the first match;

Rangers; Niven, Shearer, Caldow, McColl, Davis, Baird, Scott, Simpson, Murray, Morrison, Hubbard.

Celtic; Beattie, Haughney, Fallon, Evans, Jack, Peacock, Higgins, Fernie, McPhail, Mochan, Collins

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JOHN JACK – JONAS KADUSKEVIECHI

On a frosty, heavily sanded pitch that evening under the lights, Celtic played all the football and Rangers tried the tough approach but there were quite a number of Celts in the team who could handle themselves and that tactic just failed to work. Goals by John Higgins in 15 minutes and Neil Mochan in 35 minutes gave Celtic an early lead and they worked hard to hold on to this for the rest of the match.

Jim Craig

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