The decade of the 1990s was one of change for Celtic Football Club, not only as regards players but also managers, chairmen and directors. In the managerial chair, for instance, which Billy McNeill vacated in 1990, we then had Liam Brady (1990-1992), Lou Macari (1992-1994) and Tommy Burns (1994-1997).
Under the latter, Celtic picked up their first trophy of that decade, in 1995, when they beat Airdrie in the final of the Scottish Cup. Just under two years later, again under the aegis of Burns, Celtic went into a quarter-final tie against Rangers in the same competition.
The match took place on the evening of this day in 1997, a Thursday, and the Celtic side which took the field was Kerr, Annoni, McKinlay, MacNamara, MacKay, Grant, Di Canio, McStay, Stubbs, O’Donnell and Cadete. It turned out to be the usual tough encounter between these teams, where very often the beautiful game is marred by tough challenges. This was the case that night but Celtic got the goals which mattered, one from centre-half Malky MacKay and the other from an o.g. It had certainly not been a memorable match. However, at least the Celtic fans went home happy with the result.
PS Many fans might have though that the hard work had been done with the defeat of Rangers. Unfortunately, in the semi-final, the Celts disappointed, losing out to Falkirk by the single goal in the replay after a 1-1 score in the first game.
PPS Of the team listed above, Kerr, MacNamara, Annoni, MacKay, Grant, Di Canio and Stubbs all either went into coaching and management or are still in the profession.