NOW YOU KNOW: Super Cooper scored great 'keepy-up' goal

DAVIE COOPER was regarded by many as one of Rangers' greatest-ever players during his 12-year spell at Ibrox.

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Davie Cooper is welcomed to Ibrox by Tom Forsyth and Rangers captain John Greig in 1977 after his £100,000 transfer from Clydebank

He also scored one of the best-ever goals in an Old Firm game...

BLUE BOY (Clarkston) – In a recent On This Day column in the Evening Times, mention was made of Davie Cooper's sensational "keepy-uppy" goal against Celtic in a Drybrough Cup final. I remember seeing footage of this wonder goal, but I would be obliged if you could provide information about the match details.

The final was played at Hampden Park on Saturday, August 4, 1979, and Rangers won the game 3-1.

Rangers' line-up was: McCloy, Miller, Dawson, Jardine, Jackson, Watson, Cooper (Smith), Russell (Johnstone), Parlane, A MacDonald and J MacDonald.

Celtic's team was: Latchford, Sneddon, McGrain, Aitken, McDonald, McAdam, Provan, MacLeod, McCluskey (Lennox), Burns and Doyle.

Rangers scored after 13 minutes through John MacDonald, then Sandy Jardine added a second in the 28th minute.

Davie Cooper's moment of magic came in the 78th minute when he played "keepy-uppy" with the ball, lifting it over several Celtic defenders before lashing it past Peter Latchford. Celtic did grab a late consolation when Bobby Lennox scored in the 84th minute.

B JAMES (Coatbridge) – On a visit to the Football Museum last year, I had the pleasure of meeting the former Celtic player Bobby Carroll. I know that he has a particular claim to fame in the history of Celtic, but I cannot remember the details. Can you help?

Bobby won the Scottish Junior Cup with Irvine Meadow before joining Celtic in 1957. In all competitions, he made a total of 78 first-team appearances and scored 27 goals – a good return for an outside-right.

He won a permanent place in Celtic's history when he scored the club's first-ever goal in a European competition. The game was an away Fairs' Cities Cup-tie in Valencia on September 26, 1962.

The Spanish side were holders of the trophy and Celtic lost the match 4-2, with Bobby scoring both of Celtic's goals, the first of which was their historic first-ever competition goal in Europe.

The return leg at Parkhead finished in a 2-2 draw. Later in his career, Bobby had spells at St Mirren, Dundee United, Coleraine and Queen of the South.

JAMES (Knightswood) – The recent draw for the Scottish Communities League Cup gave Queen's Park an away tie against St Johnstone. Billy Stark, the Scotland Under-21 coach, managed both these clubs. Can you provide details?

Billy managed St Johnstone from 2001 to 2004 and then took over at Queen's till 2008. In season 2006/7, he guided Queen's Park to promotion, playing an attractive style of attacking football.


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