14th September … if you know your history
70 years ago … 1952 we faced yet another tragic loss to The Celtic family. This coming Saturday 17th September, is the 70th Anniversary of the death of Jackie Millsopp (22), who took ill with stomach pains after playing in the 5-2 victory over Falkirk two weeks earlier.
Jackie born in Cambuslang and signed as a 16 year old from Blantyre Celtic, was a real utility player who played as cover for both Charlie Tully and Jock Stein. Indicating high levels of versatility.
Jackie Millsopp b. July 1930 Cambuslang d. 17th September 1952.
Fellow Celt Sean Fallon fondly recalled Jackie Millsopp and the shock of his premature passing:
“Jackie had been taken ill and needed an operation, but everyone at the club thought he would recover. It was a terrible shock when he didn’t make it. There were complications with his operation and we were told a few days later that he had died. I’m not ashamed to say that I shed a few tears around that time.
“I had got to know him well because we’d shared a cabin on the boat over to America the summer before, when the club took us over for a tour after we had won the Scottish Cup. We became good friends and Jackie was a lovely lad. Everyone at Celtic liked him, and it affected us all for a long, long time.”
On the day of his funeral – September 20th – the Celtic First Team attended Jackie Millsopp’s funeral along with a delegation from Rangers. That same afternoon Celtic played Rangers in a league clash at Celtic Park and the Celts honoured Jackie Millsopp’s memory with a 2-1 victory in what was an emotional and relatively more subdued atmosphere.
Champions League ‘previous’ …
We have played tonight’s opponents Shakhtar Donetsk from War-torn Ukraine, in The Champions League on four previous occasions. Honours are even with 2 ‘home’ wins apiece. Celtic scoring 3 with Shakhtar scoring 6.
We have never scored ‘away’ against them.
2004-10-20: Shakhtar donetsk 3-0 Celtic, Champions League
Martin O’Neill admitted the injuries to Chris Sutton and Jackie McNamara in the defeat by Shakhtar showed his squad’s “threadbare nature”. However, a quick glance at the team and bench indicates otherwise…maybe?
Both teams managed 6 shots on target – indicating that nothing much has changed under the sun???
A John Hartson cross after eight minutes skimmed off the face of the bar. David Marshall was called into action for the first time with 24 minutes gone when he pushed away a curling free kick by Dinca Razvan Rat. A fiercely-struck Chris Sutton drive from 25 yards after good hold-up work by Hartson forced Jan Lastuvka to get down well to keep the scores level. Celtic were forced into a change when Jackie McNamara failed to shake off an injury and he was replaced by the inexperienced Stephen McManus. Hartson should have opened the scoring seven minutes before half time following a Sutton knock-down, but the Welshman volleyed over from six yards. He passed up another good chance a few minutes later from a similar position when his control let him down. Celtic were dealt a further blow on the injury front when Sutton failed to reappear for the second half after stopping a powerful Anatoliy Tymoshchuk shot with his head. He was replaced by Ross Wallace.
It was the home side who took the lead after 57 minutes. The ball broke at the edge of the box to Matuzalem and his shot took a slight deflection on its way past David Marshall into the net.
Matuzalem doubled his tally just four minutes later, latching on to Vukic’s pass before slotting the ball between Marshall’s legs.
Celtic could have pulled one back on 64 minutes when Henri Camara’s shot was parried by Lastuvka into the path of Hartson, but again the striker was wasteful as he fired over the bar.
Brandao did get a third goal, bursting through the middle before chipping the ball over the already-grounded Marshall.
Lastuvka, Tymoschuk, Stoican, Rat, Matuzalem, Vukic, Lewandowski, Barcauan, Aghahowa (Srna 72), Vorobyey (Brandao 75), Marica (Duljaj 45).
Subs not used:- Shutkov, Hubschman, Bielik, Lalatovic.
Goals:- Matuzalem 57, 62, Brandao 78.
Celtic:- Marshall, McNamara (McManus 31), Baldie, Varga, Agathe, Lennon, Juninho (McGeady 71), Petrov, Sutton ( Wallace 45), Hartson, Camara.
Subs not used:- Hedman, Sylla, Pearson, Lambert
Booked:- Hartson, Varga, Balde, Juninho Paulista.
Referee:- Rene Temmink (Holland)
Then almost 15 years ago to the day we try again….
2007-09-18: Shakhtar Donetsk 2-0 Celtic, Champions League
Our shocking run of never winning an away game in the Champions League group stage continued and the performance was a bad as it gets.
Around this time more and more Celtic fans were questioning the true intentions of the Board around European ambitions, and the quality of the football in domestic games. One look at the depth of this squad would have probably made Bould Martin absolutely freak…but he was back in the Fast Lane on the M6 to Villa by then.
Shakhtar Donetsk team:-
Pyatov, Srna, Hubschman, Kucher, Rat, Ilsinho, Lewandowski, Fernandinho (Duljaj 86), Lucarelli (Gladkiy 70), Jadson (Castillo 65), Brandao.
Subs not used:- Shust Gay, Byelik, Yezerskiy.
Goals:- Brandao 5, Lucarelli 8.
Celtic team: Boruc, Wilson, Caldwell, McManus, Naylor, Donati, Hartley, Scott Brown, Nakamura (McGeady 65), McDonald (Killen 68), Vennegoor of Hesselink ( Zurawski 85)
Subs not used Mark Brown, Sno, Kennedy, O’Dea
Ref: Alberto Undiano Mallenco (Spain).
By Liam McLeod
Artur Boruc & Lee Naylor
Artur Boruc and Lee Naylor cannot believe it as Celtic go two down
Shakhtar Donetsk put Celtic to the sword with two early goals as the Glasgow side’s Champions League away hoodoo struck again.
Strikes inside five and eight minutes from a cool Evaeverson Brandao finish and a Christiano Lucarelli header sealed it for the Ukrainians.
Celtic rode out the rest of the storm but could not find a reply.
The SPL champions were better in the second-half but Shakhtar always looked the more likely to add to their lead.
News conference: Celtic manager Gordon Strachan
Celtic made one change from the side that started the weekend win over Inverness CT as Paul Hartley came in for Aiden McGeady.
Shakhtar – who splashed out £40m boosting their squad in the summer – included Italian international Lucarelli up front in a strong looking side in the compact but noisy Olimpiyskyi Stadium.
The SPL champions were under the cosh from the start and went a goal down after only five minutes as Scott Brown and Stephen McManus squandered possession deep inside their own half.
Brazilian striker Brandao was played in by Luis Fernandinho before unleashing a delightful shot beyond Artur Boruc from the edge of the box.
The Ukrainian league leaders turned the screw further almost immediately as they doubled their lead.
Razvan Rat whipped the ball in from the left flank and it was met by Lucarelli who stooped low to power a superb header passed the helpless Boruc from 12 yards.
Celtic – clearly shell-shocked – could not find a foothold in the game and Brown was booked for dissent following a foul by home skipper Darijo Srna.
Shakhtar had the ball in the net again in 19 minutes as Brandao rolled it into the empty goal but the offside flag went up despite it looking on.
Lucarelli wheels away in delight after doubling the Shakhtar lead
It took 30 minutes for Celtic to threaten as a Shunsuke Nakamura free-kick on the right was headed over by Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink although the ball fell awkwardly for the Dutchman.
Scott McDonald then drew a good save from Shakhtar goalkeeper Andriy Pyatov as he burst into the box to accept a through-ball, but he couldn’t beat the Ukrainian at his near-post.
As half-time approached, the home side almost made it three as Boruc superbly parried a vicious Brandao volley to safety.
Celtic began the second-half in more positive fashion as they tried to haul themselves back into the match although chasing the game meant the Parkhead side could be picked off at the other end.
Vennegoor of Hesselink went just wide with a header from a similar area to the one Lucarelli scored after good work on the left.
But it was the Ukrainians who looked the more menacing every time they came
JvH & Nakamura trying to unlock the backdoor in Ukraine.
Hopefully, Ange and our Bhoys can find a winning way in Warsaw tonite!
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