On 11th April 1925, Celtic had beaten Dundee in the final of the Scottish Cup, the match made especially memorable for a remarkable solo effort by Patsy Gallacher. 48 years later, on this day in 1973, the teams met again at Hampden, this time in a semi-final replay of the same trophy.
In the earlier rounds, Celtic had beaten East Fife 4-1, Motherwell 4-0, Aberdeen 1-0 in a replay after a 0-0 draw in the first match and that goalless stalemate was also the score in the first match between the Hoops and the Dark Blues. The Celtic team that evening for the replay was Hunter, McGrain, Brogan, Murdoch, McNeill, Connelly, Johnstone, Dalglish, Deans, Lennox and Callaghan.
Unfortunately, as in the first match, the 90 minutes turned out to be a fairly dull encounter and the lack of goals put the game into extra-time. Thankfully, things then picked up, especially for Celtic. In the 101st minute, Kenny Dalglish guided a long upfield punt out of defence into the path of Jimmy Johnstone, who steered the ball the Dundee keeper. One minute later, a Tommy Callaghan cross was only parried by the keeper as far as Dalglish, who had the simple task of hooking the ball home. And, 10 minutes from time, a pass from Danny McGrain gave Wee Jimmy the chance to race forward and fire home a fierce shot to give Celtic a 3-0 victory.
NB This would prove to be Bobby Murdoch’s last full season with Celtic. On 17th September 1973, he joined Middlesbrough on a free transfer.
NB2 At centre-forward for Dundee that night was John Duncan, for whom Celtic made an unsuccessful bid of £50,000 in August 1973.