Yet again the festive season is once upon us.The tears,the laughter and undoubtedly the expense involved.

That build up to the opening of the presents, watching as children’s young bleary eyes unwrap presents from Santa ( if only ).

Then follows the traditional Christmas Day dinner and retreating to the television to watch yet another re-run of a James Bond film or maybe if you prefer the Queens speech ( aye that will be right ) whilst indulging in a drink or three and another item of chocolate from your selection box.

I never had the chance to watch Celtic playing on Christmas Day and indeed you have to go back to 25th December 1971 for the last match played by Celtic on this date.

The opposition on this day at Celtic Park were Hearts and around 35,000 made their way to cheer The Bhoys or possibly to avoid the chore of washing the dishes and clearing up the children’s presents.

The following players took to the pitch in the attempt to gain 2 points towards yet another league title -Connaghan, Hay, Quinn, Dalglish, McNeill, Connelly, Johnstone, Lennox ,Deans, Callaghan, Hood.

In the first minute Harry Hood gave Celtic the lead with a header, Hearts duly equalised after half an hour but Celtic were soon back in front thanks to a wonder goal by Jimmy Johnstone whom by all accounts had delivered a virtuoso performance.

After 70 minutes Dixie Deans would add a third and despite Hearts pulling a goal back Celtic would run out 3-2 winners to send the vast majority of the crowd home happy.


No doubt upon returning home some would inevitably find the dishes still to be washed, the presents still to be tidied and some due to their love of Celtic the dinner still in the oven or maybe even the dog.


Hail Hail

Have a great Celtic free Christmas Day




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