Old Firm Scots. Celtic
Q Two posers from
Robert Houston: "Was the latest Old Firm match
a record for the least amount of Scots-born players on the pitch
at the start of play? And since the 1980s how many
Celtic players have gained full caps for England?"
A Yes. Celtic's Jackie McNamara
was the only Scot on the field at kick-off in the match at Ibrox
on October 4th 2003 - a new, and unwanted, record. Regarding your
second question, as far as I am aware NO Celtic players have
EVER been capped for England at any time in the club's history
and certainly none since the 1980s. You may be thinking about Chris
Sutton who came on as a substitute against Cameroon in 1997-98
while he was with Blackburn Rovers.
Baxter's Last Match. Jim
Q Roger Campbell asks:
" Which team was the opposition when Jim Baxter played
his last (league) game for Rangers? Did a Jim Kirk or Kirkland
play against him and what was that player's record with Aberdeen?
A The late 'Slim' Jim's
last outing for any Rangers first team match was a League fixture
against Aberdeen at Pittodrie on December 20th 1969
(though Baxter didn't officially retire from playing until the
following November) and, yes, Jim Kirkland played at
left-back for the Dons. Rangers won the match 3-2.
Kirkland made his Aberdeen debut at left-half in Iceland on September
13th 1967 when Aberdeen won 4-1 against KR Reykjavik in a Cup-Winners
Cup tie but didn't feature again until 1969-70. His first League
appearance was at home to Celtic on October 29th 1969 - a
clash the Dons also lost 3-2.
That was the start of a run of thirteen appearances in fourteen
League games for Kirkland. The Rangers match was his ninth outing.
Although he wasn't a member of Aberdeen's victorious Scottish Cup
side of 1970 he also took part in the first two ties of that campaign.
The second of these - a 2-1 home win over Clydebank on Feb 11th
1970 - was his last appearance for the first eleven.
All in all he played sixteen times for the Dons - thirteen League,
two Scottish Cup and one match in Europe. Kirkland was transferred
to Grimsby Town in the summer of 1970.
Bertie Auld and Partick
love to know who the Partick Thistle manager was after Bertie Auld?",
asks Carol Hamilton.
A Auld was actually in charge
of Thistle twice. He replaced Davie McParland as manager
in 1974 and in this spell in charge led the Jags to the First Division
title in 1976 and then kept them in the Premier Division. He was
succeeded in 1980 by Peter Cormack.
With Thistle languishing near the foot of the First Division, Bertie
returned as boss in April 1986 taking over from Benny Rooney. He
didn't stay long and was succeeded later that year by Derek Johnstone.
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