What Was On This Day? 21st November 1981 Celtic 3 Rangers 3 Scottish League Premier Division

This was the second league meeting of the sides that season, Celtic having won the first 2-0 at Ibrox. The fans, as usual, all 48,600 of them, were full of anticipation and my goodness, did they get a start to remember;-

3 mins             Davie Moyes, in the unaccustomed position of right-back, headed a Davie Provan corner across goal and Tom MacAdam provided the final touch.  1-0 Celtic

5 mins  John MacDonald raced down Rangers left, his cross was headed down by Derek Johnstone and Gordon Dalziel, playing in his first Old Firm match, headed home. 1-1

10 mins Provan sent Moyes down the wing on the overlap and his great cross was headed high over Peter McCloy by Frank McGarvey.  2-1 Celtic

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20 mins Dalziel took a pass from MacDonald, jinked his way to the bye-line and sent over a cross which Jim Bett headed home.  2-2

21 minutes Another Dalziel cross troubled the Celtic defence and this time MacDonald was on the spot to poke the ball in.  3-2 Rangers

51 mins A corner by Provan, a header down by Moyes and Murdo MacLeod hammered a fierce drive past McCloy in the Rangers goal. 3-3.

The excitement continued but the goals had dried up and at the end, both teams seemed relatively happy with a share of the points.

NB The teams on the day were; Celtic – Bonner, Moyes, MacAdam, Aitken, Reid, Sullivan, MacLeod, Conroy, Provan, McGarvey, McCluskey.  Rangers – McCloy, Jardine, Jackson, Stevens, Miller, Russell, MacDonald, Bett, Cooper, Johnstone, Dalziel.

NB2 This was a first Old Firm clash for Davie Moyes.

NB3 On the same day, in the Reserve League West, Celtic drew 1-1 with Motherwell, the Hoops’ goal coming from Paul McStay, whose brother Willie was in defence.


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