In the Glasgow Cup of 1893-94 season, Celtic had beaten Govan side Linthouse 2-1 in round one and Northern, from Springburn in the north of Glasgow, 3-2 in round two. Both of these matches were away from home and Celtic were asked to travel again in the third round, this time to the West of Glasgow to face Thistle.
This club had no connection with Partick Thistle but just played in the same part of the city. They had been elected to the Second Division that season but were finding the going very hard in the league campaign and their morale would not have been helped by the thrashing they received from Celtic on this day in 1893 in that Glasgow Cup tie, the final score being 7-0 in favour of Celtic.
Not one paper of the time listed the team but judging from other matches round about that time, we could make a guess that it would be along the lines of McArthur, Reynolds, Doyle, W Maley, Kelly, McEleny, Blessington, Madden, Cassidy, Campbell and Divers.
That put Celtic into the semi-final, where they found Rangers just too strong for them, the ibrox club winning 1-0; Thistle went on to finish the season anchored firmly at the foot of the Second Division, their performance considered so poor that none of the other clubs supported their re-election.
PS The first Albanian player to join Celtic was Rudi Vata in 1992.
PPS Which of the above team took over as gatemen of the covered enclosure at Parkhead in 1911?