If Scottish football has becoming something of a laughing stock in recent times, with the annual two horse race between Celtic and Rangers now down to a one horse canter, it’s nice to be able to look back to a time when the suits in the boardroom kept their heads down and the headlines were made on the pitch.
It’s why I’m so excited by the Scottish Cup medal from the 1936-37 competition that we have in our upcoming auction.
The 14 karat gold medal was awarded to coach Willie Maley following Celtic’s 2-1 victory over Aberdeen.
For the uninitiated, Maley is one of the most famous names in Scottish football. Celtic’s longest serving manager, he masterminded 16 league titles and 14 Scottish cups between 1897 and 1940.
Today he is remembered fondly with his own song, sung lustily on the terraces every home game at Celtic Park.
This is an amazing memento from Celtic’s proud history.