Celtic’s Bobby Petta made his name in the Hoops in the legendary derby win. The winger helped inspire the team to a memorable 6-2 win over Rangers in August 2000.
The game was Martin O’Neill’s first derby as Celtic boss, and the match set the tone for the rest of the season, as the Hoops won their first domestic treble in 32 years.
Celtic’s win was also a rebirth for Petta, whose first season at the club under the management of John Barnes and Kenny Dalglish was poor. However, he has revealed that he was always confident he would do the job against Rangers if selected.
“My defining moment”
“My first year wasn’t great. It was my first one, after a horrific season, to prove to people, to be three goals up after 11 minutes…it was my defining moment in a Celtic shirt” Petta said, whilst appearing on the Open Goal YouTube podcast.
“I knew what I was capable of doing, the confidence was back. I was looking forward to it” Petta said, and he was right to be confident, as he helped the Hoops go three-nil up very early on. So good was Petta’s performance that Fernando Ricksen had to be substituted in the first-half.
The game made Petta’s career at Celtic. It made him a hero in the eyes of the Hoops support, as good performances against Rangers often can.
Performance was key to Hoops victory
His performance was key to the Hoops getting off to a good start in the game. He won the corners which led to Celtic’s first two goals. Petta also played a part in the third goal by Paul Lambert which all but killed the game as a contest after just over 10 minutes.
The victory has to go down as one of Celtic’s best ever against Rangers, as it was so unexpected, as the Hoops had failed to challenge for the league title the season before. This team would go on to become legends, and Petta helped to play a key role in making it happen.