Celtic had won the Scottish Cup in 1923 and 1925; now, in season1926-27, they were having another good run. They had beaten Queen of the South 4-1 after a replay in Round One; Brechin City 6-3 in Round Two; Dundee 4-2 in Round Three; and Bo’ness 5-2 in the quarter-finals. The semi-final draw paired them with Falkirk, the match was played on this day in 1927 and a crowd of 73,000 had gathered at Ibrox to witness the occasion.
The Celtic side was J Thomson, W McStay, Hilley, Wilson, J McStay, McFarlane, Connelly, A Thomson, McGrory, McInally and McLean. Willie Maley would have been a little apprehensive before the match as, frankly, his defence had been leaking too many goals in the earlier rounds. However, on that afternoon, the whole team played much better.
That is not to say that Falkirk did not rise to the challenge. They did and their defence, in particular, made life difficult for Celtic. But the forwards, controlled and urged on by the great ex-Celt Patsy Gallacher, just could not make the breakthrough and in the end, a single goal by outside-left Adam McLean put Celtic into the final.
PS This season of 1926-27 was the one during which a new Celtic star became a regular in the side. After Charlie vacated the goalkeeping position in October 1925, Peter Shevlin came in and took over. He lasted until February 1927, when John Thomson replaced him, making the first of his 188 appearances at Dens Park