Celtic getting a bad press from the establishment journalists is not a new occurrence. It’s at least a century old. Iain Reynolds tells the story of how the Celtic players from 1896 reacted to the way in which they were written about in the Daily Record…
In November of 1896, a trio of 3 players downed tools and refused to take the field in an important top of the table game against league leaders Hibernian at Celtic Park. It caused a stooshy at the time and also had ramifications for the players involved.
In a tale that will seem familiar to supporters nowadays the players felt justified in their stance.
The previous week to the incident, the Celts lost a Glasgow Cup final replay against Rangers (1872, now in liquidation) at Cathkin Park by 2 goals to 1. The press coverage was less than complimentary.
Celtic had injury problems before the match. Sandy McMahon had a knee injury but was selected. Johnny Madden was out with an ankle injury picked up in the first game, and Morrison and new signing Charlie McEleny were soon to be dispatched to “Cottonopolis” (Manchester) to receive specialist treatment for knee problems.
During the game valuable talisman McMahon, (he has a better goals to game ratio than Henrik Larsson) after shuddering the upright, hobbled off with 30 minutes left unable to continue, with no substitutes allowed.
The Daily Record reported on the game,”They (Celtic) fought with valour, especially in the closing stages, when they had to contend with the dispirited kicking out tactics of their opponents in that style which is characteristic of the club.”
The report then changes tack. “Rangers were better than Celtic. The latter carried a couple of passengers in Divers and Ferguson, whose wretched show, was entirely due to lack of condition.” There was also reference to Barney …read more
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