At this time of year in season 1976-77, Celtic were vying for top spot in the league. The Hoops had won the New Year clash with Rangers thanks to an o.g. by centre-half Colin Jackson; then had been held to a 1-1 draw by Airdrie in the Scottish Cup, although Celtic won the replay comfortably by 5 goals to nil.
On this day in 1977, a strong Celtic side took to the field at Parkhead for the second league encounter of the season with Hibs, the first having ended in a 1-1 draw. The players involved were Latchford, McGrain, Stanton, MacDonald, Lynch, Glavin, Dalglish, Aitken, Doyle, Craig and Wilson.
Celtic got off to an excellent start with goals from Johannes Edvaldsson – an early substitute for Roddy MacDonald – in 21 minutes and Ronnie Glavin on the half-hour mark. Hibs pulled one back through Smith in 37 minutes but Celtic increased their lead through Joe Craig (57) and Glavin again (72) before MacLeod got another for Hibs, making the final score 4-2.
NB This was Joe Craig’s first season with Celtic, having joined from Partick Thistle for a fee of £60,000 in September 1976. One month later, George Connelly was freed.
NB2 Only 26 days after the above match, former Rangers player Alfie Conn was signed from Tottenham Hotspur for a fee of £65,000.