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Celtic 6-1 China

Scorers: Provan (16) McCluskey (21,82) MacLeod (70,73,87 Pen)

Xu Yonglai (69)

Friendly match

Wed 08/08/1979

Celtic Pk.

Kick Off 7.30pm

Attendance: 18,000

Programme Price: 15p

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A game that tends to come up in conversation at times is the time the China National team came calling to Glasgow’s East End. In attendance were 18,000 Celtic fans and that was a respectable turnout given the unknown quality of a part time team made up mainly of students, one teacher in the group and the oldest player at a ripe old 26 years of age.

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Monday 6 February 1978.

Celtic 7-1 Dundee

Celtic Scorers.

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Dundee Scorer.

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The Celtic match day programme cost 10p and dated for Saturday JANUARY 28, 1978. Kick Off 3pm.

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The outbreak of a pandemic has caused panic across the planet, and this is very serious stuff. People are dying and will continue to die. It has led to panic buying of sanitisers, face masks, pasta and toilet roll in supermarkets up and down the country. It is a dire situation, and will likely get a lot worse before it gets better.

The governments of Europe have taken to cancelling large gatherings, in order to socially distance us from each other. This has resulted in the cancelling of football matches across the continent and it will likely go on for several months.

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