This season of 1946/47 was the first official league season after World War Two and as April’s Fools Day approached, Celtic were lying 7th in the table – behind Rangers, Hibs, Aberdeen, Hearts, Partick Thistle and Morton – with a record of P26, W11, D10, F48 and A50.
When a team is losing more goals than it is scoring it never makes for an easy time and this was also reflected in the two major cup competitions. Celtic failed to qualify from their League Cup section comprising Hibs, Hamilton and Third Lanark; and went out of the Scottish Cup to Dundee of B Division at Dens Park, losing 1-2.
On this day in 1947, a Celtic side ran out at Rugby Park to face Kilmarnock in the club’s fourth last league match of the season. The team was Willie Miller, Bobby Hogg, Jimmy Mallan, Rab Quinn, Willie Corbett, Roy Milne, Frank Quinn, Gerry MacAloon, Tommy Kiernan, Bobby Evans and George Hazlett.
Kilmarnock were in second bottom place in the table and heading for relegation but they competed well that afternoon. Still, Celtic made more chances and took two of them, through Tommy Kiernan in four minutes and Gerry MacAloon halfway through the first half. The Ayrshire side did pull one back in the second period but at the end, the two points went to Celtic to maintain their position in the table with Kilmarncok edging ever closer to Division B.
PS Celtic also lost out in the final of the Charity Cup, going down 0-1 to Rangers; while in the Glasgow Cup, they were beaten 0-2 by Clyde in round one. However, two friendlies turned out to be more successful, Celtic beating Aston Villa 2-1 at Villa Park and Leeds United 3-1 at Elland Road.