BILLY McPHAIL (Celtic 7, Rangers 1; League Cup Final 1957/58)
THE astute centre-forward bided his time before inflicting a hat-trick upon the Ibrox side in one of the most memorable games in the history of the Parkhead men.
Celtic were the holders of the trophy after beating Partick Thistle 3-0 the previous year, but Rangers were favourites to pick up the silverware in front of 82,293 spectators at a packed Hampden.
Jimmy McGrory’s team were dominant straight from the kick-off and led 2-0 at the interval with goals from Sammy Wilson and Neilly Mochan. McPhail added No.3 shortly after the turnaround and had completed his terrific trio by the time Willie Fernie slotted in a last-minute penalty-kick. Mochan added the other.
(Celtic 2 Rangers 1; League Cup Final 1965/66)
CELTIC had gone eight years without success in the League Cup and, under Jock Stein, had claimed their first piece of silverware to end the barren years when they beat Dunfermline 3-2 to lift the Scottish Cup the previous season.
Rangers had beaten their Glasgow rivals 2-1 the year before with Jim Forrest snapping up two for the Ibrox men. The Parkhead side were out for revenge and giant winger John Hughes, the original Yogi, slammed in two first-half penalty-kicks to send them on their way.
The first spot-kick was awarded for a handball by Ronnie McKinnon and Hughes gleefully thumped his effort past Billy Ritchie. David Provan brought down Jimmy Johnstone for the second and Yogi again did the needful. Ian Young put through hiis own goal, but Stein’s men held out for a narrow victory.
(Celtic 1 Rangers 0; League Cup Final 1966/67)
THIS triumph kicked off Celtic’s season in Paradise when they won every domestic trophy and, of course, the European Cup. They threw in the Glasgow Cup for good measure.
A tough game was predicted, but the Hoops got a goal early on when Joe McBride nodded down a Bertie Auld cross into the tracks of Bobby Lennox and the pacy striker didn’t hesitate as he struck a vicious first-time effort away from the helpless Norrie Martin.
Rangers pushed their age-old rivals back in a spirited second-half display, but Ronnie Simpson’s goal remained intact after a fairly hectic 45 minutes.
(Celtic 2, Rangers 1; League Cup Final 1982/83)
THE rain lashed down at Hampden on the Saturday afternoon of December 4 and the conditions were hardly conducive to slick play on a greasy surface.
That didn’t matter, though, to the twinkle-toed Charlie Nicholas. His moment of magic materialised in the 22nd minute when he accepted a pass from Davie Provan and took Jim Stewart totally by surprise with a whiplash effort low to the keeper’s left. Murdo MacLeod thundered in a second just after the half-hour mark and the trophy looked to be already heading to the east end of Glasgow.
However, two minutes after the turnaround, Jim Bett pulled the Ibrox side back into the contest with a long-range free-kick that eluded Pat Bonner. Billy McNeill’s men, however, took control again to see out the second-half with a fair degree of comfort.
(Celtic 2, Rangers 0 aet; League Cup Final 2008/09)
GLASGOW-BORN Republic of Ireland international Aidan McGeady was the man who mattered as the trophy switched from Ibrox to Parkhead after a dramatic afternoon of action.
It was all-square after 90 minutes with neither team dominating. However, the Hoops broke the deadlock when Darren O’Dea launched himself at a Shunsuke Nakamura free-kick 90 seconds after the restart to bullet a header beyond Allan McGregor.
McGeady, who had teased and tormented the opposition all day, was flattened by Kirk Broadfoot as he raced into the box in the fading moments. The Ibrox defender was dismissed and McGeady lashed the killer goal into the net to complete a superb two hours of football.