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  • The View’s Favourite… Derby win: the perfect pass at Paradise

    The View’s Favourite… Derby win: the perfect pass at Paradise

    By: Paul Cuddihy on 02 Apr, 2020 19:01

  • ‘The View’s Favourite’ is a daily web series that explores the Celtic View team’s fondest Hoops memories on a specific theme. Every Friday, we’ll turn it over to our Twitter followers to vote a winner and be included in an end-of-week round-up.

    This week, we’re talking favourite Glasgow derbies. Today, in the last of our selections, Celtic View editor, Paul Cuddihy, remembers a moment of perfection from The Maestro.

    GAME: Celtic 2-0 Rangers
    Scottish Premier Division, Celtic Park
    January 2, 1988

    As my Celtic View colleagues have discovered, it is a near impossible task to choose your favourite Glasgow derby win. There have been so many and, in truth, everyone is special in its own way.

    The start of John Keats’ poem, Endymion, begins with these lines which, though written in 1818, perfectly sum up what happened at Paradise in 1988.

    ‘A thing of beauty is a joy for ever:
    Its loveliness increases; it will never
    Pass into nothingness;'

    And Paul McStay’s pass was indeed a thing of beauty which was not into nothingness but, instead, into the path of the overlapping Chris Morris, whose first-time cross into the box was coolly slotted home by Frank McAvennie for the first of his two goals in what was a 2-0 win for Billy McNeill’s side.

    We were in the middle of the Centenary season, of course, and on our way to a momentous League and Scottish Cup double, and that January derby win was one of three we enjoyed over our city rivals.

    Paul McStay would score at Ibrox in a 2-1 win in March that season, but it is pass which still has the capacity to take my breath away whenever I watch it back. He was The Maestro, one of the greatest players ever to have worn the green and white Hoops, and I consider myself lucky to have seen him play throughout his career.

    The Centenary season remains my favourite ever season as a Celtic fan, Paul McStay is one of my favourite ever players, and that pass… well, John Keats summed it up perfectly – it was a thing of beauty that is a joy forever.

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