When anyone mentions Murdo, I immediately think of the wonderful goals, he scored for us.
The first 3, I thought about, when I started this article, were all against Rangers. It’s maybe an indication of how important they were, at the time, and how sweetly struck, the goals were.
The first one was, possibly, his most famous, the thunderbolt against Rangers, in the dying seconds to ensure the league title, in a 4.2 victory, the 10 men won the league game in 1979. A game that will never be forgotten.
Murdo himself says it was a 20 yarder, but over time folklore has changed it to a 40 yarder.


The next one was in the 2.1 League Cup final in 1982, he scored the second, and what a sweet strike it was, in a game remembered, apart from us winning the cup, for the torrential rain and the absolute soaking the Celtic fans got, in the uncovered terracing at Hampden, that day, I think half of us ended up with pneumonia after that game.


The third and my own personal favourite, was the fourth goal, in a 4.4 draw at Ibrox.
This was another game, played in torrential rain, at least this time, we had a roof over us.
This game was played in March 86.
Celtic had gone 2 up, after 29 minutes, however Willie McStay was sent off after 31 mins and Rangers pulled one back before half time.
Early in the second half, Tommy Burns made it 3.1 and all seemed well, Celtic then lost 3 goals in an incredibly disappointing 11 minute spell, to go 4.3 down, it was, then, Murdo who stepped up with 20 minutes left, to rifle an unstoppable shot, into the top corner, if you watch that goal on you tube, you can actually hear the fans screams in anticipation, as soon as the ball leaves Murdo’s foot and when it hits the net, absolute joy and total bedlam.
There was no further scoring and it was one of those rare occasions, for a Celtic/Rangers game, when both sets of players were applauded off, by their fans, at the full time whistle.
The fans appreciating that the players had served up a cracker, under very difficult conditions.


Murdo signed for Celtic in November 78, from Dumbarton, there was no transfer window back then, and He made his debut the following day against Motherwell.


Murdo was a midfield player of the highest calibre who, as I’ve already written about, had a wonderful knack for scoring spectacular and often important goals, Murdo also, in emergencies played both full back positions for Celtic and never let us down, when playing in those positions.


His first goal for us, was a 25 yarder, at Easter Rd, which was a sign of the type of goals, that were to come from him.
Murdo kept some of his best performances for the European arena and scored some more memorable goals, playing for Celtic ,in Europe, Juventus, Real Sociedad and Nottingham Forest, spring to mind.


He was another Celt, who had to wait a long time for a cap, there’s definitely a pattern here, it finally came, in May 1985, in a 1-0 win over England at Hampden. He did then become a regular in the Scotland squad until 1990.


Borussia Dortmund, who were the sleeping giant of German football, came calling, in 1987and Murdo joined them for a fee of £250,000 which gave Celtic a tidy profit, especially after the great nine seasons of service he had given. It was strongly suggested that Murdo actually wanted to stay with Celtic, but with contract talks not working out and the offer in from the Germans, he took the leap to move on. On this occasion, I don’t think Peter Lawwell can get the blame for that one.
As fate would have it, Celtic were later drawn against Dortmund in the UEFA Cup in September 1987, the Germans narrowly triumphing 3-2 on aggregate. Murdo was given a richly deserved great welcome by the Celtic fans in the home leg at Parkhead.


As a Celtic Player, Murdo made 386 appearances and scored 81 goals
Murdo won 4 League titles, 2 Scottish Cups and 1 League Cup.
Of course, Murdo returned to Celtic as Assistant Manager to Wim Jansen in 1997 and played a big part in us winning the league, that season, and, in the course of doing that, had the bonus of preventing Rangers achieving 10 in a row.
It’s no wonder that Murdo is fondly remembered by the Celtic support.


Once again, thanks to the wonderful Celtic Wiki, which helped me piece this article together.

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March 11, 2020 3:30 am

Cheltenham napsters should place their tips on this link

Puff puff
March 11, 2020 3:45 am

Murdo … wonderful read and brought back so many memories … thanks jimmynotpaul

Big Audio Dynamite
March 11, 2020 5:14 am

Ah, the team of my childhood, heroes to a man! (Then some of them went on tv! ?) great memories, JNP!

And, drumroll …..

Roll up roll up!, Get your Ibroke season tickets!!!

Massive invest incoming
Millions from Europe this year
Win the SPL 20-21
CL qualification next year
A player pool worth over £100m (The days of selling our players on the cheap are gone! …oh, wait)

Did we mention MASSIVE investment?!!!

You do trust Dave, dontcha?!

Big Audio Dynamite
March 11, 2020 5:18 am

I’m almost beginning to feel for their fans, they are treated exactly the same as us …a ripe tree to be picked.

Almost! ?

Tempt not a desperate man – Shakespeare

Big Audio Dynamite
March 11, 2020 5:41 am

Asian investers! Eh?, Surely two Wongs don’t make a Whyte ☺

Big Audio Dynamite
March 11, 2020 6:09 am

The Herald: How Celtic changing to a 3-5-2 can help stop the rot against Rangers!

Read on ..naw, seriously!

“It could be argued they have outplayed Celtic on no fewer than 5 of the last 6 games”

?????????? oh ma sides ????????????

Stop the rot?!


March 11, 2020 7:36 am


That’s brilliant,mate. It’s too easy to give Murdo a bad press based on his media stuff since he left us for the second time-not saying that’s not deserved,an argument for another day!-but there is no doubt that he really helped Wim to stop the ten.

On top of that,as you rightly say,he was a terrific player for us. He always reminded me to a certain extent of Billy Bremner,but without the nastiness. He could pass,tackle,shoot. The all-round midfielder,and he gelled terrifically with those beside him.

IIRC,there were a number of players about to end their contract in 1987,and the arrival of Souness meant that there was a growing gap between their wages and what our players were receiving. Freedom of contract,the precursor to the Bosman ruling,had also recently arrived-a double complication for a tight-fisted and ham-fisted board. Their solution to these problems was to tell David Hay in December that no more discussions would take place until the end of the season,and the board’s offers would be dependent on performances between those two dates. And that David was to relay this to the players.

They reacted really in the same way that you and I would under those circumstances. Murdo left because the board f…d it up and treated those players very badly. But particularly so in Murdo’s case. He was a 29yo midfielder,and in those days clubs would probably have thought that he would be lucky to last another two or three seasons at the top so would be unlikely to cough up the money for a fee and a contract. Additionally,he was due a testimonial in a year. Shameful stuff,and while I was sorry to see him go I was delighted that he got such a great offer from Dortmund.

I would love to have been there when the board heard that Murdo was leaving,and with a German GIRUY too. He’ll mend them.

big packy
March 11, 2020 8:13 am

JIMMYNOTPAUL, great article, unfortunately living down in England then and no live games, did not see to much of murdo, but what I did see cracking player.hh.

March 11, 2020 8:33 am

Thanks for the informative response.
That could be an article in itself, how the old board treated the players with contempt and yes I would love to have been there too, when the board heard.

March 11, 2020 8:35 am

BAD 6.09
Thats hilarious.
Thankfully the Herald is a!most out of time.
It’s “journalism” is awful.
Playing to what’s left of its gallery before the sands of time run out on both.

big packy
March 11, 2020 8:39 am

BAD, you sound,as if you don’t like, the pretendy wee gers?????

March 11, 2020 9:19 am

Man City v Arsenal called off

Manchester City’s Premier League match with Arsenal, which was scheduled for Wednesday night, has been postponed as a “precautionary measure” and several Gunners players are in self-isolation after Olympiakos owner Evangelos Marinakis contracted coronavirus. Arsenal say Marinakis, 52, met a number of their players when the Gunners hosted the Greek side in a Europa League match two weeks ago.

Sevco 2012 away leg against Bayer Leverkusen in the Europa League last 16 is “set to be played behind closed doors”, the German club have announced.However, Thursday’s first leg at Ibrox will be open to ticket holders.

And back in the real world the Bank of England has cut interest rates to 0.25% (??) An emergency cut in interest rates to shore up the economy amid the coronavirus outbreak allegedly. These measures will, again allegedly, help to keep firms in business and people in jobs and help prevent a temporary disruption from causing longer-lasting economic harm.

” A fecking liberty I call it. I was getting little enough from the old savings accounts so now I’ll receive the sum total of hee haw” Other European countries going into lock down and limiting public gatherings to try and limit the spread of the virus but what do the Brits do – yup cut interest rates! “

Dharma Bam
March 11, 2020 9:43 am

Now would be a good time to go for a mortgage, though?
Trying to look on the upside ?

March 11, 2020 10:07 am

Dharma Bam

Mortgages are for working plebs. But ‘poor’ oul me, I am suffering a double whammy my share portfolio taking a hit and interest from my savings accounts now basically 0. ????

Peter Lawell CSC

Bada Bing
March 11, 2020 10:12 am

The only ‘good news ‘ for the hun hordes, is another £20 million loan to keep the lights on,dressed up as a share issue, when are those renewals due?

March 11, 2020 10:41 am


Now and again,we get a minor glitch or other which stops me or the other fellas getting into admin,or certain parts of it. At the moment,I can’t access the articles,either to edit or to write one.

So I literally just fired off a mail to Mahe for him to put up tomorrow about the virus. Seems the news is marching faster.

March 11, 2020 10:49 am

When I say fired off an article,it took me about a bliddy hour!

March 11, 2020 10:52 am


Who’s buying the shares? Surely not OGLACH?

Seriously,there must be some right nutters out there,dripping wi ready cash. I thought the reason they were,erm,minted was that they knew about business and finance. Hence their lucre.

Seems not. Heyho.

March 11, 2020 11:09 am

Great article JNP

Loved Murdo. Brilliant centre mid but also filled in at LB a few times due to our threadbare squad and even sweeper in 84 when Roy got sent off in the cup final. Shame it took so long for him to get a run in the Scotland team (we did have oodles of talent in midfield in the 80s to be fair)

Favourite goals : 82 LCF as above (great set up from Charlie); the 4-4 game as above (right foot too); a header vs Hibs where he did a ‘headbutt’ style header at the back post from a corner that burst the net; belter against Sporting Lisbon in 83; exact same goal vs Dun Utd the previous year

My dad always said that Murdo fouls with his brain – unlike big Roy. I think he was right in terms of bookings/reds

Took that Branco free kick to the head as well in Italia 90

March 11, 2020 11:22 am

Interesting read JNP, well done!

Andy Devlin
March 11, 2020 11:24 am

Celtic angst as Rangers secure Hong Kong based-backer poised to plough hundreds of millions in
Andy Devlin
10 Mar 2020, 22:31Updated: 10 Mar 2020, 23:04
RANGERS are closing in on £20million worth of investment through a share issue which could bring about significant boardroom change.

SunSport was informed today by Rangers PR department that a mystery Asian investor and a Hong Kong-based backer are poised to plough millions into the Ibrox club.

Both the mystery Asian investor and the Hong Kong-based backer will today be in the town of Helensburgh. If any lucky Rangers fan sees them and asks them if the are the men of mystery they could win the prize money of ten pounds from Sunsport Scotland

Douglas Park, tipped to become chairman when Dave King officially stands down later this month in January, will also provide further additional funding once he is certain that Dave King has well and truly fucked off

The deal has been a few minutes in the making of Jim Traynors wildest imagination and it’s understood both Far East businessmen could be in attendance at Ibrox for the Old Firm clash.

Two local Chinese restauranteurs will be given a free suit and tie and a free ticket for Ibrox this week and camera crews and Wille Vass is primed and ready. Aye

The Asian investor was given a guided tour of the stadium and the club’s training facilities when he was a guest for the Scottish Cup victory over Stranraer back in January.

He was so impressed by Stranraer and how Rangers managed to overcome them that we are only telling you fucking deluded numpties about it now. Thankfully they missed every other domestic game this season.

The Hong Kong backer has been brought to the table by existing directors George Taylor and George Letham begging them to buy that cunt Kings shares

In November, Rangers announced an annual loss of only £11.3m — forecasting they needed only another £10m in investment possibly, before the end of this season.

The club’s annual report showed increased turnover of 63 percent to a total of £53.2m, but operating expenses rose much much less by about £20m to £58.2m. So everything is alright now long term.

At the time, Gers also declared share issues totalling £18.2m, the vast majority of which went into converting investor loans into new shares.

The annual report stated: “Building a team to challenge for the Ladbrokes SPFL Premiership and compete in European competition requires continued investment before success in these areas will generate a significant contribution to the revenues and cash flows of the club. Thankfully the majority of you are deluded bigoted cunts who need lessons on how to wipe your own filthy arses you dumb fucks. Thank fuck or we´d be out of business”

SunSport and Jim Traynor understands both Far East businessmen have provided Gers with proof of funding. We need to stress this to you dumb fucking assholes in case King absconds and never comes back.

Both are keen to become involved at Ibrox and are even willing to take flute lessons if King is willing to sell his shares.

March 11, 2020 11:29 am

Well,I never. A good article in The Sun. And straight up honest too.

Awe Naw
March 11, 2020 11:34 am

Andy thanks for that .. a great read

Their Season Tickets Sale uptake must be down in the fucking trainspotting cludgie

Awe Naw
March 11, 2020 11:35 am


a great article

March 11, 2020 11:46 am

Andy Devlin, what a breathe of fresh air – such honesty! – but I suspect you are holding back on the juicy details?

March 11, 2020 11:53 am

Bobby, you haven’t posted your own naps yet.

March 11, 2020 11:58 am

What better place to launder dirty money than The Rangers?
When the authorities, legal system and police have shown a willingness to bend the rules and turn a blind eye with zero media scrutiny it’s hard to think of anywhere better.

March 11, 2020 12:02 pm

Thanks for the kind comments, folks.
Genuinely appreciated.
Took that Branco free kick to the head as well in Italia 90.
I had forgotten all about that.
What a sore one that was.

March 11, 2020 12:06 pm


Aye,I’d forgotten that too,till CONEYBHOY reminded us. Still,I’m pretty sure Murdo can’t remember much about it either.

March 11, 2020 12:08 pm



I did post them,no idea why they didn’t show up. Probably flicked over to mail or summat.

March 11, 2020 12:08 pm

Thank you for this.
Always loved Murdo.
A great Celtic player.

Awe Naw
March 11, 2020 12:11 pm


It is truly jaw dropping. If Rangers start of next season without an admin event then it´s quite incredible how easy it is for their protestant over lords to exploit working class Scottish protestants. If it was any other social grouping it would be getting called out but in shitey wee Scotland .. and man what a fucking shite hole it has truly become because it is the considered superior class of protestant that they are allowed to exploit the underclass of protestant. When they turn they will turn on their own.

I think the underclass is diminishing fast.

1) Asian business men . Basically Cold shouldered King moving his shares in name only to Asia in the hope that they can be fooled again .. and they will …but their is only so many times you can go to any well before it dries up

2) John Beatons appointment

3) Scottish media wishfully thinking aloud that the destination of this years title can be suspended due to coronavirus

I do think we will be tucking into the jelly and ice cream over the summer

March 11, 2020 12:23 pm


I was in Asda overnight,during my shift. Only time to do your shopping-getting paid for it,and no crowds!

Of course that means it’s the self-service tills,but heyho. The supervisor there is almost always the same fella,elderly gent and very amenable. We’ve struck up a bit of a rapport over the years,as he knows he’s gonna have to authorise my alcohol purchases,etc. We always have a wee blether,even if neither of us would be likely to recognise the other outside the context of the store!

Told me he’s on holiday next week,and I asked him if he was going anywhere. No,I just like to take the week off for my birthday. So I congratulated him in advance and asked him what age he would be.


Ffs. I was gonna say I’d buy him a pint to celebrate but I think the shock of me putting my hand in my pocket might have been too much for the oul’ ticker. His and mine.

So I put my shopping through while he was regaling me with tales of some of the panic buying going on. I was like WTF? When I went up the aisle to buy my usual four tins of tomatoes and two of kidney beans,I noticed that the rice and pasta section on that aisle looked like them Kenyan locusts had nipped over for a visit. People were buying forty packs at a time!

Btw,this isn’t intended as scaremongering,nor to encourage anyone to do the same as above. Far from it. The supermarket was pretty much loaded with produce,including the fresh stuff. Just to point out the hysteria involved here. It’s like a “thing” that you just have to have. I’d love to figure out how people think they will survive simply because their garage is full of rice and pasta.

March 11, 2020 12:27 pm


I don’t want to flag up tomorrow’s article too much,but your point 3 is a large part of it.

March 11, 2020 12:32 pm

Bobby, it’s the same in my local Co-op, pasta shelves empty! Why pasta? I don’t notice any other product range being affected. Must be the sheep instinct in folk 🙂

ps Glad you’re posting on Awe Naw’s 3rd point, interesting stuff. Looking forward to it.

March 11, 2020 12:36 pm


I love pasta. Wonderful stuff,could eat it with anything. Not sure I could survive on it,quite literally,as my last remaining source of food.

Btw,today’s article on CQN is a cracker and well worth a read. As is JOHNJAMESSITE

March 11, 2020 12:39 pm

Afternoon All,
Good article today, JNP, there was a few wee facts in there I had either forgotten or didn’t know. Cheers!! The most surprising take away was that Murdo had been there for 9 years before moving to Germany, I can honestly say I didn’t know he was there that long! His treatment a the end was typical of Celtic then and now, they don’t appreciate what they’ve got till its gone!

Was in my supermarket of choice last night and while there was plenty of everything re dried and fresh foodstuffs, the cleaners/disinfectants and antibac handwashes were obliterated!! People defo aware or scared and stocking up!

Get your money out of savings into Celtic PLC, theyre at an 18 month low!! Good investment, and if you enough you could maybe swing this Res 12 issue that’s been causing some consternation!! 😉

March 11, 2020 12:43 pm


Didn’t go near those aisles. The cleaners/disinfectants and antibac handwashes are Poundland stuff on the way to the pub. Probably Sunday.

The life of the single bloke…

March 11, 2020 12:46 pm

I bought some crisps though! They’re usually a Poundland job anaw,but couldnae miss out on Pickled Onion flavour. Can’t usually get them down here and my van/picnic hamper was running low.

Next stopover the wish list,Tomato Sauce crisps. Seen them once here. Didn’t buy enough of them.

March 11, 2020 12:49 pm


Are you still going to the Laurieston on a Sunday, Boab? Just when you mention picking up the cleaners and disinfectants on the way there…… 🙂 🙂 🙂

March 11, 2020 12:52 pm

Here’s a wee walk down Memory Lane for you…

March 11, 2020 1:00 pm


Sadly,The Laurieston in Ardrossan is like my youth. The structure still stands but virtually unrecognisable from the vibrancy of those halcyon days.

The owner,Agnes,was a wonderful and crotchety old dame. Her daughter Liz,who ran the main site in the lounge,taught me the basics on sarcasm. Her son John,who ran the bar,ended up living across from my parents,and became a good friend. John and Agnes are no longer with us,The Larieston is a husk.

But the memories remain-and when,like on 4 April, I meet up with SOLKITTS,better believe we keep the memories alive!

Tales of daft boayishness.

March 11, 2020 1:02 pm


Same two flavours anaw!

Off ski,catch up later…

Joshua Peck
March 11, 2020 1:12 pm

Rangers set for transfer window millions as Asian and Hong Kong Backers backer come forward with plans for £20m investment
Rangers may be busy in the summer transfer window and they could now have more money to spend
with a Hong Kong-based backer and Asian investor set to plough cash into the Ibrox club

ByJoshua Peck
09:12, 11 MAR 2020

Rangers will reportedly be given a cash boost with £20m becoming available through a share issue.

Rangers look set to miss out on the Scottish Premiership this season with Celtic 13 points clear at the top of the table.

Steven Gerrard is likely to want to spend in the summer as he looks to get the league title back at Ibrox for the first time since 2011.

Rangers are closing in on £20m worth of investment with Asian investor Win Wan Soon (34) and Hong Kong-based backer Sum Ting Wong (54) poised to plough millions in.

It comes after Rangers declared share issues totalling £18.2m with operating expenses rising by about £20m to £58.2m.

In November, the Gers announced an annual loss of £11.3m and the club forecast they needed another £10m in investment before the end of this season.

Win Wan Soon and Sum Ting Wong have been given a guided tour of Ibrox and Rangers’ training facilities.

Win Wan Soon has reportedly been brought to the table by existing directors George Taylor and George Letham.

The annual report stated: “Building a team to challenge for the Ladbrokes SPFL Premiership and compete in European competition requires continued investment before success in these areas will generate a significant contribution to the revenues and cash flows of the club.”

Gerrard has been urged to undertake a drastic overhaul of his squad in the summer by former club captain Barry Ferguson.

“I think he knows himself he’ll need to go and bolster the squad,” Ferguson said.

“He does certainly need to go and get players that can come in and handle the pressure.

“It is simple that some players can’t handle it and it is too inconsistent for me.”

Rangers are due to return to action on Thursday as they face Bayer Leverkusen in the last-16 of the Europa League.

March 11, 2020 1:19 pm


Get your money out of savings into Celtic PLC, theyre at an 18 month low!! Good investment, and if you enough you could maybe swing this Res 12 issue that’s been causing some consternation!! ?
Aye and there’s the rub. My Celtic shares value keeps dropping 🙁 Thought about selling them but didn’t, the old emotional link got to me. However feck considering buying anymore until DD & PL are gone.

March 11, 2020 1:19 pm

stockpiling processed pasta is pointless. i make my own pasta

I pity the fools…..

Ps just checking my massive stockpile of ’00’ flour and eggs.

March 11, 2020 1:35 pm

I was in Lidl this morning and it is noticeable how empty the selves are where bog roll, cleaning products and dried pasta are usually kept. Seems I was in the minority not wishing to purchase any of these. Majority of shoppers buying kitchen roll in lieu of toilet roll now. Feck me but people really are sheep or is it monkeys? Monkey see monkey do!

March 11, 2020 1:38 pm
Twists n Turns
March 11, 2020 2:26 pm


Jim the Tim

You’re on a non runner amigo. 3-30 race selection is not going.

Choose another from any of the remaining races please Jim.

March 11, 2020 2:27 pm

Celtic FC has instructed it’s employees not to stop for fans requesting photographs and autographs and to avoid shaking hands/contact with supporters to minimise the chances of any players or background staff contracting the virus. Nae hugs fae Hoopy for me then 🙁

The SFA have already stated that it would be “difficult” to finish the season should even just one club become affected by the Corona virus.

9 & 10IAR now under serious threat me thinks. Any excuse to stop Timmy in ‘one Scotland many cultures’. I wonder what the English FA will do – not award Liverpool the title? Not a chance season cut short Liverpool will be awarded the premiership title. Up North I can see every excuse not to award the title to Celtic being used.