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Q Lindsay Robertson is looking for “goalscorers in the Dundee V St Johnstone League Cup semi-final in 1967-68?"

A A crowd of 18,000 saw Gordon Whitelaw give St Johnstone the lead 1-0 at half-time in this match at Tannadice on October 11th 1967. But Dundee came storming back in the second half to win 3-1 thanks to two own goals by Saints’ Millar and a penalty from Jim McLean.

Seventeen days later, Dundee were beaten 5-3 by Celtic in a classic Final.

Q Can you please tell me how many times Celtic and Rangers have played each other in the Scottish Cup Final, and who has won the most of their meetings in the final? asks Will Demetriou.

A Prior to the 2002 Final the score is 7-6 in Celtic’s favour. They’ve triumphed in 1899, 1904, 1969, 1971, 1977, 1980 and 1989 while Rangers have won in 1894, 1928, 1963, 1966, 1973 and 1999.

The teams have actually met 14 times in the Final. But after rioting fans had burned down the turnstiles in 1909, the SFA decided not to award the trophy that season

Q From David Mitchell: Can you provide me with the St Johnstone team in 1969 Cup Final to resolve a pub debate?

A This was the line-up which played in the League Cup Final in 1969-70 against Celtic: Donaldson, Lambie, Coburn, Gordon, Rooney, McPhee, Aird, Hall, McCarry (Whitelaw 33), Connolly, Aitken.

This was St Johnstone’s first ever appearance in a major final and although it was an entertaining and evenly contested game, an early strike from Celtic’s Bertie Auld proved to be the only goal.

Q Michael McKernan wants to know who was the first Scots-born player to be capped for the Republic of Ireland?

A This was the Gorbals-born Charlie Gallagher, a cousin of Pat Crerand, who was on the books of Kilmarnock Amateurs and Yoker Athletic before signing for Celtic in 1958-59.

He played twice for Ireland in 1967 – away to Turkey then at home to Czechoslovakia four days before Celtic won the European Cup. Gallagher was usually understudy to Bertie Auld in that great Celtic team.

Gallagher played 171 times for Celtic in first class competitions (106 League) scoring 32 goals (17 League). He was freed at the end of the 1969-70 season and joined Dumbarton.

He scored two and made another in the match which saw the Sons win promotion for the first time in 50 years in 1972 and played fifteen times in all competitions in 1972-73, scoring six goals, before retiring at the end of the season.

Q From Jamie Findlay: "I'd like to know how many times Partick Thistle have actually beaten Airdrie since the start of the football league, they seem to be Thistles bogey team?"

A Well, Jamie, bogey team they may be but the Jags have the upper hand in games between the pair. Since they first clashed in the League back in 1894-95, Thistle have won 71 times as opposed to Airdrie’s 63 with 41 draws. At home, Thistle are ahead 47-22 with 19 draws. Away, Airdrie lead 41-24 with 22 draws.

In the Scottish Cup its two wins apiece and one draw but Airdrie edge it in the League Cup 5-3 with another three drawn. So all in all it’s Thistle 76, Airdrie 70, Draws 45. Thistle’s best spell came at home in the League when they were unbeaten between 1928-56, with a draw and twelve successive victories including 8-2 in 1947-48 and 9-0 in 1953-54.

But in recent times the Diamonds have certainly been a bogey team on their own ground. They’ve won ten with eleven drawn in the last 21 League matches at Broomfield and New Broomfield. The Jags last won away 3-1 back in 1982-83.

Q Alan Rankin says: "I would like to know who the past ten Scotland international managers were? (not including Bertie Vogts). I have got as far as the following: Craig Brown, Andy Roxburgh, Alex Ferguson, Jock Stein Ally McLeod, Willie Ormond, Bill Brown?, Jock Stein?, Ian McColl?"

A We’ll take it from the start Alan. The SFA used to have a Selection Committee which picked the teams. Andy Beattie, then Huddersfield Town boss was appointed manager in February 1954 for that year’s World Cup in Switzerland but resigned during the tournament citing interference from the committee. Next up was the legendary Matt Busby in January 1958. The Man Utd boss agreed to take charge of Scotland for the World Cup in Sweden. But one month later, horrendous injuries suffered by Busby as a result of the Munich air crash put paid to that. He did return briefly after the tournament before giving it up in December.

Andy Beattie returned in March 1959 but was still a club manager and found both jobs too much so next up was Ian McColl in November 1960. He was the first Scotland boss not to combine the job with managing a club. But when McColl was sacked in May 1965, the SFA asked Celtic’s Jock Stein to take over on a part-time basis for the duration of the World Cup qualifiers.

Next was John Prentice in March 1966 who lasted only until October the same year. Another stand-in took over in the shape of Kilmarnock manager Malky Macdonald before Bobby Brown (note the first name – Bill was a Spurs and Scotland keeper and no relation) took over in February 1967. Four years later Brown was sacked and eventually replaced by Tommy Docherty.

When Docherty landed the Man Utd job in Dec 1972, Willie Ormond became Scotland boss the following month. He was succeeded in turn by Ally McLeod in May 1977 then Jock Stein in October 1978. After Stein’s tragic death in Cardiff in September 1985, his assistant, Alex Ferguson, took over as a caretaker until the end of the World Cup in Mexico in June 1986.

After Fergie it was Andy Roxburgh, then Craig Brown which brings us up to date. You can work out for yourself who the last ten were. It depends if you count caretakers like Ferguson, Macdonald and Stein (the first time) and part-timers like Beattie and Busby as managers or not. If you don’t then there are only nine managers before Vogts. If you do then it runs back to John Prentice. Personally I would include them all. After all, Alex Ferguson was in charge during a World Cup Finals, something which eluded a few of his full-time predecessors.

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