Only the day before, Celtic had beaten Airdrie 6-1 in the opening match of the League Cup group stages and for this Glasgow Cup encounter, even though it was against Rangers, Jock Stein shook up the side, leaving out McNeill, Clark, Johnstone, Hughes, Chalmers, Auld, Hood and Lennox. However, he still put out a pretty strong eleven of Williams, Craig, Gemmell, Murdoch, Connelly, Cattenach, Callaghan, Hay, Wallace, Macari and Quinn.
There was a crowd of 58,144 at Hampden for the occasion and we took the lead in the third minute. I overlapped on the right and pulled the ball back for Tam Gemmell to blast home from 20 yards. In the 19th minute, TG sent a cross into the middle, Lou Macari rushed in to attack it but pulled back at the last minute and the ball hit the post and went in. Rangers pulled one back before the interval but in the 47th minute, Jimmy Quinn made a great break down the left and lobbed the ball over the keeper for a third goal. That proved enough to win the match and the players took the Glasgow Cup back to Parkhead for the 27th time.
NB1 Shortly after scoring that fine goal, Jimmy Quinn was pulled off, Victor Davidson coming on to make his first-team debut. He would go to make 66 appearances for Celtic in League, Scottish Cup, League Cup and European matches.
NB2 The price of a ticket for the North Stand at Hampden for this match was 14 shillings, or 70p in today’s money.
NB3 From this point on, the Glasgow Cup assumed a chequered history. In five of the seasons of the decade of the 1970s, the competition did not take place; in 1974/75, Celtic and Rangers were declared joint winners; in 1979/80, the Old Firm final was not played after the riot in the Scottish Cup final; Celtic only won the cup once more, in 1981/82; the competition again did not take place in 1983/84; and after the 1986/87 tournament, the competition was abandoned and later re-launched as a youth event.