What Was On This Day? 12th May 1971 Celtic 2 Rangers 1 Scottish Cup Final Replay

In the first match of the final between the old rivals, held the previous Saturday, a crowd of 120,092 had turned up and they were rewarded by a real end-to-end encounter, where Celtic made the better chances but Rangers fought all the way, the game ending in a 1-1 draw.

On the evening of this day in 1971, 103,332 were present for the replay, when the teams were;-

Celtic; Williams, Craig, Brogan, Connelly, McNeill, Hay, Johnstone, Macari, Hood, Callaghan, Lennox.

Rangers; McCloy, Denny, Mathieson, Greig, McKinnon, Jackson, Henderson, Penman, Stein, MacDonald, Johnston.

Celtic were the quicker and sharper side in the first half, getting goals from Lou Macari in 24 minutes and a Harry Hood penalty one minute later.

MACARI2

LOU MACARI

Rangers were better after the interval and pulled one back in 58 minutes. In most reports, this is credited to me as an own goal but I can state with complete honesty that, as I tried to clear a viciously spinning ball in the six yard box, I missed it completely and it rotated into the corner of the net!. Fortunately, we managed to hold out till the end and sent our fans home in a happy mood. It was Celtic’s 21st Scottish Cup success.

NB  That attendance of 103,332 was the 3rd last occasion when a six-figure crowd turned up for a Scottish Cup final or replay. The following season, 106,102 were there for Celtic meeting Hibs; and one year later, 122,714 crowded in for the clash between Celtic and Rangers.

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