What Was On This Day? 25th February 1905 Celtic 4 Rangers 1 League

The winning of the Scottish Cup in 1904 gave everyone connected with Celtic a real lift, as the lack of a major trophy since the year 1900 had been causing some concern.

The win obviously had given the players a boost too, as they went on to show good form and determination in the league campaign of 1904-05. The results also turned out to be impressive, so much so that with only two matches left, Celtic found themselves only two points behind Rangers.

On this day in 1905, a strong Celtic side – Adams, McLeod, Orr, McNair, Loney, Hay, Bennett, McMenemy, Quinn, Somers, Hamilton – ran out at Ibrox to play their penultimate match of the season. It was a crucial afternoon; the match was against Rangers, so it gave Celtic a chance to pull level with their strongest rivals.

During the first league game between the two biggest Glasgow clubs that season – on 15th October, a 2-2 draw – there had been some crowd trouble. Unfortunately, similar problems surfaced in this second game but it seemed to bother the home team rather than the visitors, the Celtic players raising their game to win the contest 4-1, the goals coming from Jimmy Quinn (2) and Davie Hamilton (2).

1907 team

NB Celtic went on to win their final match – 6-2 against Motherwell at Fir Park – which meant that Celtic and Rangers were both locked on the same points total – 41 – at the end of the campaign. At that time, there was no method like goal average or goal difference to decide the final placings. This was just as well for Celtic, as Rangers were superior in both. The preferred method then was the play-off, which took place at Hampden (with an English referee) on 6th May 1905, when Celtic won 2-1, picking up the first of what would be 6 consecutive league championships.

NB2 On the same day, 65 years later, Celtic lost 1-2 to Feyenoord in the final of the European Cup in Milan.

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