Gary Dempsey remembers old Celtic team

By Connor Gordon

March 3, 2020

Former Dunfermline player Gary Dempsey has hailed Martin O’Neill’s former Celtic team.

The Irishman faced off against the Hoops in a Scottish Cup final in 2004.

Dempsey told a local reporter that, along with Rangers, it was a “proper team” he played against.

The ex-Aberdeen man also rhymed off a sea of former stars who lit up the Scottish game for both rivals.

Dunfermline star Gary Dempsey on Celtic and Rangers

Dempsey turned out for many clubs during his 15 year spell as a professional footballer.

Gary Dempsey in action for Dunfermline against Celtic in 2004 Scottish Cup final. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

However, the Wexford lad is probably best known for his three years with the Pars between 2002 and 2005.

Dempsey made 80 appearances and even won a Young Player of the Year gong in 2003.

The 39-year-old scored on his debut against the Hoops at Parkhead and played in the 2004 Scottish Cup final.

Dempsey is speaking up about his time in Scotland’s north east after reaching out to a young fan that was bullied on social media.

He told RTE: “Dunfermline was brilliant, we were playing against Celtic and Rangers every other week and that was the proper Old Firm.

Gary Dempsey believes Celtic’s 2004 side was “Proper Old Firm.” (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

“When we played Celtic in the Cup final you had Hartson, Larsson and Sutton, Petrov and Paul Lambert.

“When we played Rangers in the quarter-final you were looking at Mikel Arteta, Barry Ferguson, Amoruso, Frank de Boer.

“They were a proper, proper team them.”

Dunfermline’s Scottish Cup final appearance against Celtic won them a UEFA Cup spot the following season.

The Pars lost to Icelandic part timers Fimleikafélag Hafnarfjarða 4-3 on aggregate.

But, Dempsey netted in the home tie before moving to Aberdeen.