Season 1913-14 was one of the ‘special’ seasons, when Celtic had the chance to do the ‘Double’ of League Championship/Scottish Cup. They had already won the league, not by reasons of their goal-scoring exploits – they had only scored 81 goals in 38 matches, an average of 2.1 goals per game- but more due to the parsimony of the defence, who allowed only 14 goals to be scored against the team, a quite remarkable performance. With Charlie Shaw in between the posts, 26 of the 38 matches were shut-outs!
The Cup run was not easy. Clyde in round one, a 0-0 draw followed by a 2-0 win, in front of great crowds of 46,000 (Shawfield) and 40,000 (Parkhead); 5-0 against Forfar away (6,000) in round two; 3-1 over Motherwell at Fir Park in the quarter-final (18,000); and a crowd of 50,000 turned up at Ibrox for the semi-final against Third Lanark, which Celtic won 2-0. Their opponents in the final would be Hibs, who had disposed of Morton, Rangers, Queen’s Park and St Mirren.
56,000 were at Ibrox for the big day and frankly, they left disappointed, as it became one of those matches where defences were too strong for forwards and neither side made any clear-cut chances. On this day in 1914, a Thursday evening, the replay got underway with the problem of the setting sun right into the faces of the Celtic players in the first half. It seemed to affect them for the first 20 minutes or so, then they apparently got used to it and the goals came, two from Jimmy McColl – the first a close-range flick, the second a fine shot from an acute angle – and one from John Browning.
Hibs pressed strongly from the re-start but never looked likely to penetrate Celtic’s rearguard. Browning scored another and then eventually Hibs did manage to pull one back 20 minutes from time but Celtic were always in control and picked up both their 9th Scottish Cup and 3rd League/Scottish Cup ‘double’. Celtic team; Shaw, McNair, Dodds, Young, Johnstone, McMaster, McAtee, Gallacher, McColl, McMenemy and Browning.