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Veolia Trophy Tournament.

Groupama Stadium.

Thursday 16th July 2020

Kick off: 5.15pm U.K.

The SPFL Champions kicked off a triple header of French friendlies against OGC Nice at Lyon’s Veolia trophy tournament in the Groupama Stadium. Last season’s Ligue 1 5th place Nice would be a good test for the Hoops after 131 days of inactivity and have done well under the guidance of manager Patrick Vieira. Another famous name was included in the Nice lineup with French U19 Khépren Thuram whose father Lilian has won so many trophies including the World Cup and European Championship with France as well as playing for Juve and Barca among others.


Celtic and Nice chose to play two strong starting 11 of mostly first team players and both teams took the knee before kick off in solidarity with Black Lives Matter, the black players raising the fist salute. It took only 4 minutes for the Bhoys to take the lead with top marksman Edourd...
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


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.

Blue ticks indicate starting 11.

But Why did the hoops play China? How did it come about? The answer can be traced back to 1978 when West Bromwich Albion went on a tour of China and played against the National team. Being courteous to their hosts they invited them to a return game in England at both their...
Scottish Cup 3rd Round. Celtic Pk.

Monday 6 February 1978.

Celtic 7-1 Dundee

Celtic Scorers.

Burns (4). MacDonald (39) McCluskey (48, 63, 83) McAdam (58, 73)

Dundee Scorer.

Schaedler (9)

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


The game didn’t take place on the date as stated due to the coldest winter in the U.K. and specifically Scotland since 1962/63. The game was called off and rescheduled for Wednesday 1st February but again fell foul to the weather. It would eventually be played on the following Monday in front of a reported 22,000 fans.

Celtic Legend and Lisbon Lion goal scorer Tommy Gemmell would bring his young Dundee side through to Glasgow for the fixture and were duly handed an unforgivable hiding. It was youngsters for the hoops who certainly made an impression that night with a special mentions for George McCluskey (hat trick), Tom McAdam...
Somewhat of a Cult Hero among hoops fans old enough to remember the Wee Man playing. Always celebrated for ‘that goal v the huns’ in the 1989 Scottish Cup Final. A tight affair that Celtic had just shaded and finish 1-0 with thanks to ‘Joe, Joe, Super Joe’ for the third successive game. This would be Celtic’s last big trophy win until 1995.


Captain Roy Aitken touched the ball over the line on the right side but a quick reaction saw big Roy lift the ball and take the throw quickly through to Peter Grant. He launched the ball forward and from a head on it fell at the feet of Gary Stevens whose legs seemed to turn to jelly and Wee Joe was onto the ball like a whippet and coolly slotted the ball past England Goalie Chris Woods. This win was so much sweeter due to the fact we were written off completely before a ball was kicked. Rangers under Graeme Souness were famously throwing money around like confetti and had a team full of England and Scotland...
Willie Wallace - The Lesser Lauded Lion!

William Semple Brown Wallace - “Wispy”- signed for Celtic from Hearts on December 6th, 1966, for a fee in the region of £30,000. The move came right out of the blue; Willie had been unhappy at Hearts for some time, unable to see eye to eye with manager Tommy Walker, and it was widely expected that Rangers would make a move for him. Willie was known to have been a Rangers fan in his youth, so Ibrox would seem to be his preferred destination. However, Jock Stein had other ideas. He saw Wispy as the perfect strike partner for Joe McBride, and he would provide competition for Stevie Chalmers in that role. Rangers were out of town, playing Borussia Dortmund in the European Cup Winners Cup in Germany when Jock struck. He met Willie, and it did not take him long to persuade the astute Wallace that his prospects would be much brighter in the east end of Glasgow than the west. A deal was swiftly concluded, and Wispy was a Celt!...