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Celtic’s 50 Flags – Monday evening in May, 1979, ten men won the league

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Celtic’s first League game of 1979 was against Aberdeen at Celtic Park on 3 March, although they had managed to play a couple of games in the Scottish Cup against Montrose and Berwick Rangers, two grounds which because of their proximity to the East coast evaded the worst of the weather.

1979 dawned with Celtic in sixth place but still within touching distance of League leaders Dundee United.

In a sense, the League season had not really started yet, and indeed it would not really start until the month of March for there was an enforced “winter shut down” – the worst since 1963 – because of bad weather.



A couple of League victories followed but then the last day of March saw Celtic back to square one when, on the same depressing day that Rangers were winning the League Cup, Celtic went down to Hibs.

The stage was thus set for what is probably Celtic’s third most famous game in our history (behind Lisbon and the 7-1) when ten men won the League.

Extract from David Potter’s book, Celtic How the League was Won 49 Times.

It was a sunny, but windy day when Aberdeen came on 3 March.
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