If You Know The History – 20th February 1982 Celtic 2 Partick Thistle 2 League

Celtic were lying top of the table at this time year back in 1982, four points ahead of Morton and five in front of Rangers.

On this day in 1982, Partick Thistle were the visitors to Parkhead for a league match. The Jags were not having a good season, lying second-bottom in the ten-team league. In the league matches already played between the sides that season, Celtic had won both home and away by 2-0.

On that afternoon in Glasgow, manager Billy McNeill had put out a team of Bonner, McGrain, Aitken, McAdam, Reid, McStay, MacLeod, Burns, McCluskey, McGarvey and Halpin. In the Partick Thistle were three future Celts, Alan Rough, Brian Whittaker and Mo Johnston.

The first half was fairly even and the game was still goalless at the interval. Indeed, the first goal did not arrive until the 52nd minute when Mo Johnston scored for the Jags; and they went two-up in 72 minutes when Watson scored from the penalty spot. The Celtic players, though, refused to give up, knowing how vital points were at that stage of the season. George McCluskey pulled on back in the 75th minute and two minutes later, Roy Aitken got the equaliser.



A lowly crowd of only 14,200 was present with the Celtic fans making up the majority less than impressed by their side’s performance. However, one point was better than none, a point that a relieved Billy McNeill put over to the press after the match.


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