The Scotsman - - Sport - MartIN HaN­NaN

THERE is a fa­mous satir­i­cal Monty Python sketch with four York­shire­men rem­i­nisc­ing about their roots in ab­ject poverty.

“We lived for three months in a paper bag in a sep­tic tank,” says one. “Lux­ury,” replies an­other, “Dad would thrash us to sleep with a bro­ken bot­tle.” And so on, hi­lar­i­ously.

It ends with the line: “You tell young peo­ple that and they won’t be­lieve you.”

Back in the space of eight days in May, 1967, Celtic won the Euro­pean Cup, Rangers only lost the Euro­pean Cup-Win­ners Cup fi­nal to an ex­tra-time goal, and Kil­marnock were beaten in the semi-fi­nal of the Fairs Cities Cup (later the UEFA Cup) by a mag­nif­i­cent Leeds United side.

You tell young peo­ple that, they won’t be­lieve you.

Over the next five years, Celtic would reach an­other Euro­pean Cup fi­nal, and Rangers would win the Cup-Win­ners Cup. In the 1980s, Aberdeen won the Cup-Win­ners Cup and Su­per Cup while Dundee United reached the UEFA Cup fi­nal, and Celtic and Rangers have sub­se­quently made fi­nals in that tour­na­ment.

You tell young peo­ple that, they won’t be­lieve you.

The ex­tra­or­di­nary Euro­pean foot­ball record of this small nation needs re­peat­ing, be­cause af­ter this calami­tous week, if you tell young peo­ple about it, they would have ev­ery right not to be­lieve you. It’s not re­ally a ques­tion of

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