If You Know The History – 14th May 1983 Celtic 4 Rangers 2 League

On this day in 1983, Celtic met Rangers at Ibrox in the final league match of the 1982/83 season.

It had been a most unusual campaign. Celtic had won the first two championships of the decade, pushed all the way not by Rangers their usual rivals, but by Aberdeen, under Alex Ferguson. So, it came as no surprise when the Dons again put in a strong performance in 82/83, level on points with Celtic just before the final match. But, to the amazement of many, Dundee United, under Jim Mclean, had also put in a remarkable effort and  led the table by one point, with one game left.

The fans were well aware that there might be many twists and turns on the final day but the Celtic players, knew that they had to put all the other matches out of their minds and concentrate on taking full points from the clash with Rangers.


CELTIC  1982-83

The side on the day was Bonner, McGrain, Sinclair, Aitken, McAdam, McLeod, Provan, McStay, Nicholas, Burns and McGarvey. Unfortunately, the players seemed to freeze a little in the first-half  and as the half-time whistle blew, they were 0-2 down. However, no doubt having received some harsh words from Billy McNeill at half-time, the players started the second period with a much more positive attitude and the goals came. Charlie Nicholas scored two penalties – in 48 and 86 minutes – and there were two brilliantly headed goals by Tom McAdam and Frank McGarvey, giving the Hoops a 4-2 win.

That left them on 55 points, the same total as Aberdeen, but in the Tayside derby, Dundee United had overcome Dundee and that victory left them on 56 points, giving the Terrors their first Premier Division title.


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