On 26th October in season 1979/80, Celtic signed Dom Sullivan from Aberdeen for £80,000. 24 hours later – on this day in 1979 – Dom took his place in the Celtic eleven which ran out at Parkhead to face Rangers in a league match. It comprised Latchford, Sneddon, Aitken, MacDonald, McGrain, Sullivan, MacLeod, Burns, Provan, McCluskey and MacAdam.
Celtic had started well in the League, winning 6, drawing 3 and losing 1. They had also reached the third round of the League Cup, beating Falkirk in round one ( 1-2 (A); 4-1 (H)) and Stirling Albion in round two ( 1-2 (A) ; 2-0 (H)). In the European Cup, Celtic had overcome Partizan Tirana of Albania 4-2 on aggregate in the first round but only three days before the match versus Rangers mentioned above, they struggled somewhat to beat Dundalk of the Republic of Ireland 3-2 at Celtic Park in a second round first-leg tie.
It was not an ideal result only three days before an Old Firm contest and Rangers would have received a boost from it. However, from the start of the game that afternoon, Celtic took control but thanks to some excellent work by the Light Blues defence, the Hoops were given few opportunities to create chances. The further the match went on, though, the occasional gap began to appear and with 10 minutes to go, a Davie Provan cross into the box was met perfectly by Roddy MacDonald, who rose high above everyone else to head home.
In the final 10 minutes, Rangers caused the Celtic defence more problems than they had in the first 80 but at the whistle that single goal was enough to give the Hoops victory and their fans in the crowd of 56,000 went home deliriously happy.
NB Of the 22 players who started the match, 21 were Scots, the only ‘outsider’ being Peter Latchford, born in Kings’ Heath, Birmingham.
NB2 On 17th November , just under four weeks after his goal at Celtic Park against Rangers, Roddie MacDonald turned down a move to Dundee. 18 months later, in July 1981, Roddie moved to Hearts, where he spent the following six years. However, Roddie was back in the Hoops when Celtic won the Old Crocks Six-a-side Championship in 1992, alongside Peter Latchford, Danny McGrain, Ronnie Glavin, Dom Sullivan, Jim Casey and Joe Craig.
NB3 In a four-year Celtic career, Dom Sullivan made 113 appearances, scoring 15 goals. He freed by the club in June 1983 and had trials with both Dundee United and Manchester City before joining Morton on 8th November 1983.