If You Know The History – 10th December 1977 Celtic 3 Partick Thistle 0 League

At the end of October 1977, Celtic were placed 7th in the league table, 8 points adrift of Rangers. However, good victories over Motherwell (A; 3-2) and Aberdeen (H; 3-2) plus a draw with the Light Blues had pulled Celtic up to 5th place by the beginning of December.

On this day in 1977, 27,000 spectators turned up at Parkhead for a league fixture against  Partick Thistle. The Celtic team on that day was Peter Latchford, Joe Filippi, Roddy MacDonald, Frank Munro, Andy Lynch, Roy Aitken, Jo Edvaldsson, Alfie Conn, Johnny Doyle, Tom MacAdam and Joe Craig. Most unusually, three future Celts were in the Jags side; Alan Rough in goal, Brian Whittaker at left-back and Jim Melrose in the striker role.

Celtic opened the scoring through Tom MacAdam in 10 mins; got another thanks to Roddy MacDonald in 41 minutes; and made it three from the penalty spot by Andy Lynch in 52 minutes. That was enough to give Celtic the points and help them keep the pressure on the leading sides.

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Centre-half Frank Munro had been on trail from Wolves and his good form meant that his trial period was extended for a further month. Three weeks later, he was signed from the Midlands club for a fee of some £20,000.

PS The nickname of ‘Jacky’ Dziekanowski was ‘The Playboy of the Western World’.

PPS Brian Whittaker played for Celtic from 1983 to 1984. Which side did he then move to?

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