Video of the Day: Celtic vs Motherwell, November 1982
It isn’t only the English Premier League that is sending today, of course. Celtic have already Scottish league championship, and this afternoon the Scottish Premiership plays its final round of fixtures, with Celtic hosting Motherwell at Celtic Park. Five points behind fourth placed St Johnston and five points above sixth placed Ross County, Motherwell are to finish this season in fifth place in the league table, but this is an enormous thirty-three points behind the champions.
This morning’s video comes from a slightly more difficult period in the club’s history. Under threat from a resurgent Aberdeen and Dundee United, the early 1980s were not a dominant period for the big Glasgow clubs, and Celtic went into their home league match against Motherwell on the twentieth November 1982 having already been knocked out of Europe by Real Sociedad, although they were three points clear of second placed Dundee United, off the back of four wins in a row.
Motherwell, meanwhile, were rooted to the bottom of the table with seven points, although only two points separated them from fifth placed Dundee. More ominously for the visitors, however, the negative goal difference that largely accounted for them being at the bottom of the league table came about when Celtic put seven goals past them without reply at Fir Park a couple of months earlier, and on top of that Motherwell travelled to Celtic Park having lost every single one of the away matches that they’d played to that point in the season.
By the end of the season, both clubs had shifted in their league position. Celtic were knocked from the top of the table by Dundee United, who won their one and only league title at the end of that season, while Motherwell eventually moved away from the bottom of the league table with a little to spare. Morton and Kilmarnock ended up being the clubs relegated from the Scottish Premier League at the end of that season.