Old Firm Countdown – 14 Photos of Celtic & Rangers in the black & white era


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Counting down to one of the biggest fixtures in world football, browse a selection of old photographs capturing Celtic and Rangers players throughout the black and white era.

We start with a photograph of a Celtic icon taken during his playing days.

1. Jock Stein

Jock Stein

Jock Stein (DC Thomson)

After plying his trade for Llanelli Town, Jock Stein headed north in 1951 to sign for Celtic in what proved to a pivotal moment in the club’s history.

Falling in love with the club, Stein made over a century of appearances for Celtic before being forced to hang up his boots due to a persistent injury.

Going on to manage Dunfermline to Scottish Cup success then Hibs, Stein eventually returned to Parkhead in 1965.

Guiding the club to multiple honours, Stein became the first British Manager to lift the European Cup in Lisbon (1967).

Enjoying thirteen years at the club, Stein managed Celtic to nine successive league championships, building one of the greatest club sides in football history.

2. Billy McNeill

Billy McNeill

Billy McNeill (DC Thomson)

Captaining the Lisbon Lions, the first British side to lift the European Cup, in 1967 to victory over a star-studded Inter Milan, Billy McNeill is photographed during the 1960s.

Playing over 400 times for Celtic, McNeill went into management, returning to the Celtic dugout in 1978 for a spell in charge of the Glasgow side.

3. Jimmy Johnstone

Jimmy Johnstone

Jimmy Johnstone (DC Thomson)

“Jinky” Jimmy Johnstone, another Lisbon Lion, played for Celtic for an incredible 13 years.

Terrifying defenders with his wizardry on the wings, Johnstone became famous across Europe, particularly during Celtic’s incredible run to European campaign during the historic 1967 season.

Here, Jimmy is pictured away from football during his early welding days (1962).

4. Hampden

Celtic celebrating in 1931

Celtic celebrating in 1931 (DC Thomson)

Travelling back to the early 1930s, this next nostalgic photograph captures the Celtic team with the Scottish Cup.

Lifting the cup after a replay against Motherwell, Bertie Thomson and Jimmy McGrory both scored a brace that day.

5. Bertie Auld

Bertie Auld

Bertie Auld in action for Celtic (DC Thomson)

The third Lisbon Lion featured in today’s list, Auld enjoyed two spells at Celtic, winning five league titles, three Scottish Cups and four League Cups during his career.

6. Alex Ferguson

Alex Ferguson

Alex Ferguson during his time at Rangers (DC Thomson)

Long before Gothenburg and that special night at the Nou Camp, Alex Ferguson was a smart finisher that played his way into getting a move to his boyhood club – Rangers.

Signing from the Pars in 1967, Ferguson’s spell at the club was short-lived. Despite that, his strike rate at Rangers was quite impressive.

Highlights for the once Scottish transfer record holder included a strike against Athletic Bilbao and a famous double against FC Köln.

Here, Ferguson is pictured jogging out the tunnel in 1968, Ronnie McKinnon following him out.

7. Jim Baxter

Jim Baxter

Jim Baxter in 1964 (DC Thomson)

Widely regarded as one of Scotland’s greatest ever players, Jim Baxter had two spells at the club.

Born in Cowdenbeath, Baxter played over 100 matches for Rangers and won 34 caps for his country, famously tormenting England on their own turf in a 1963 win.

8. George Young & William Struth

George Young & William Struth

George Young & William Struth (DC Thomson)

Two club icons photographed together, William Struth and George Young are familiar names to Rangers fans.

Struth managed the Ibrox for an incredible 34 years from 1920 to 1954. Amassing over 290 appearances, George formed an integral part of the renowned “Iron Curtain” defence, also winning over 50 caps for Scotland.

9. Rangers v AS Monaco

Rangers v Monaco, 1961

Rangers v Monaco, 1961 (DC Thomson)

Over 65,000 fans watch Rangers defeat Monaco during the European Champion Club’s Cup (1961).

Stars taking to the field that day included Jim Baxter and Eric Caldow.

10. John Greig

John Greig with the Scottish Cup

John Greig with the Scottish Cup (DC Thomson)

Playing his entire career for the club, John Greig later managed Rangers in the 1970s.

Starting his playing days up front, Greig eventually gradually moved his way back into defence.

In one of the club’s greatest moments, it was Greig who lifted the European Cup Winner’s Cup for the club in 1972.

Greig is pictured lifting the Scottish Cup in 1976. The 91st Scottish Cup final, Rangers won the match against Hearts 3-1.

11. Jock Shaw

Jock Shaw Rangers

Jock Shaw is lifted by his teammates, 1950 (DC Thomson)

Twenty-six years earlier, Rangers legend, Jock ‘Tiger’ Shaw led the Ibrox side to Scottish Cup victory over East Fife.

Captaining Rangers to their first treble (League, League Cup and Scottish Cup) triumph during his time as a player, Shaw (pictured in the centre with trophy) served as team captain, third team coach and groundsman during his long association with Rangers.

12. Old Firm Derby, 1974

Old Firm Derby, 1974

Old Firm derby in September 1974 (DC Thomson)

Kenny Dalglish put Celtic ahead in September 1974 only for Rangers to comeback, Colin Jackson scoring a 75th-minute winner.

This was the first time Rangers had won at Parkhead since 1968.

13. 1982 League Title Win

Celtic celebrating their league title win, 1982 (DC Thomson)

Celtic won consecutive league titles for the first time since 1974 with a 3-0 victory over St Mirren.

Danny McGrain is lifted by his teammates. On the far left, you’ll spot a young David Moyes celebrating with his teammates.

A substitute on the day, Moyes currently manages West Ham United.

14. Old Firm Derby, 1983

Rangers v Celtic in November 1983

Rangers v Celtic in November 1983 (DC Thomson)

A young Ally McCoist challenges for the ball in November 1983. Tommy McLean in the dugout following John Greig’s resignation as Rangers manager, Celtic would win the game 1-2 at Ibrox.

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