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  Wednesday, 1 May, 2002, 19:03 GMT 20:03 UK
Old Firm cup final memories
Peter McCloy is beaten in the 1980 cup final
Peter McCloy is beaten in the 1980 cup final
BBC Sport Online pundits Murdo MacLeod and Gordon Smith played on opposite sides when Celtic met Rangers in the 1980 Scottish Cup final.

Both recall memories of a special day sullied by scenes of terrible crowd trouble in the aftermath of a 1-0 win for Celtic.

Murdo: The 1980 game will always have a special place in my heart because it was my first Scottish Cup final.

Having spent my early years with Dumbarton, the step up was colossal but I think I adapted to life at Celtic quickly and I always enjoyed the big occasion.

I had had a taste of the Old Firm clashes and loved the tension during the build-up and the colour and passion on the day.

I had been lucky enough to play in the league championship decider with Rangers the year before and scored in what was a wonderful game.

The cup final was not a classic. It was a very tight affair with not too many efforts on goal, which was unusual for an Old Firm game.

Rangers were the more experienced side, packed full of good players, but we had a great bunch of young lads and we were all full of confidence.

Eight of our side won their first cup winners' medals that day.

Murdo is mobbed by celebrating fans
Murdo is mobbed by celebrating fans
Our regular centre halves Tom McAdam and Roddy McDonald were missing, so Roy Aitken and Mike Conroy had to step in as makeshift defenders and did brilliantly to cope with the threat of big Derek Johnstone.

As for Gordon Smith, I had him in my pocket all day.

The only goal came in extra time when George McCluskey stuck out a foot and diverted Danny McGrain's volley past Peter McCloy.

I was very relieved to see George get the credit because I'd promised Danny a kiss if he scored.

Gordon: I remember we went into the match as favourites with Celtic missing a couple of players and we missed a couple of good chances early on.

It was our last chance to win a trophy that season, having won five out of six in the previous two terms, so that provided extra tension to what is always a fraught occasion.

Old Firm games were always much more of a strain on the nerves.

With Rangers you were almost always firm favourites to win games, but against Celtic it was always close and it could go either way.

It was touch and go whether Iżd make the game all week and I had to undergo a fitness test on the Saturday morning. It was also the week my first son was born.

When I did make it, I was played out of position - wide on the left, so I think Murdo's memory is playing tricks on him.

I had the task of keeping Davie Provan and Danny McGrain quiet and it was a very tough shift.

It was my only Scottish Cup final against Celtic which is disappointing, but I did manage a League Cup winner against them two years before and I scored a few more in Old Firm games.

Murdo: We didn't find out about the trouble that had erupted after the game until later that night when we got back to the hotel.

We were told we couldn't take the cup back on to the pitch, but I didn't really think about it and when we left the stadium everything had quietened down.

Gordon: Like Murdo, I was totally unaware of the fighting on the pitch afterwards. We were lead up a back stair to get our medals and I had my head down the whole time.

Afterwards, a few of the lads remarked on a riot but I had no idea what they were talking about.

Murdo: The sides competing in this year's final are very different from the teams we played in.

In the 1980 final there was only one non-Scot on the park - our goalie Peter Latchford. It will be a surprise if there are more than five Scottish players at Hampden on Saturday.

If Celtic can reproduce their best form, then they should be too powerful for Rangers, but Rangers are improving.

I can't see many goals in it, so I'll go for a repeat score from the final we played in.

Gordon This game is much like 22 years ago - very hard to call.

Rangers have improved markedly since Alex McLeish took over and he remains unbeaten in three Old Firm clashes.

He has lifted the spirit at Ibrox and has organised well in games against Celtic.

I'm looking forward to a good tactical battle and whoever gets it right on the day should prevail.

I wouldn't be surprised to see the game go to extra-time and I'll tip my old team to shade it.

Murdo's prediction: Celtic 1-0 Rangers

Gordon's prediction: Narrow Rangers win

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