Celtic had played well in the early rounds of that year’s Glasgow Cup, beating Queen’s Park 3-0 in round one and Partick Thistle 2-0 in the semi-final. The final was held on this day in 1904 at Hampden and over 50,000 were there for the clash, with both teams at full-strength. Celtic fielded Adams, MacLeod, Orr, Young, Loney, Hay, Bennett, McMenemy, Quinn, Somers and Hamilton.
The weather was fine for the occasion but the play disappointing, apart for ten minutes at the start and also at the end. Rangers, playing with the wind behind them in the first half, scored first but Celtic equalized before the interval through Jimmy Quinn. In the second period, the Bhoys always had the upper hand, their defence in particular giving nothing away. Alec Bennett – ironically a player who was perceived as having inclinations towards Rangers -scored the winner late on to give Celtic a well-deserved victory.
NB The victory was Celtic’s 5th in the Glasgow Cup, the competition having started in season 1887-88.
NB2 That season of 1904-05 was the first in which Jimmy Quinn took over the mantle of number one centre-forward. Up till then, he had often been played at outside-left. In the 7 league matches played up to the above date, Quinn had been in the number 9 shirt in 6 of them, scoring 6 goals in the process.