Source: The Scotsman, 23rd October 1926
PLAYERS BELOW FORM.Quite apart from the handicap under which they worked, few of the Aberdeen players reproduced anything approaching their best form, and individually and collectively they compared unfavourably with Celtic. Blackwell's anticipation appeared to be at fault when McGrory obtained at least two of his goals, as the goalkeeper remained below the bar when he might have gone out to meet the ball. D. Bruce stood up well to the brilliant attacking combination of Celtic, but his impetuosity cost the fifth goal, when he headed past his own goalkeeper. Cosgrove was not a success as a back, but Smith did well in that position iin the second period. There was a big disparity between the respective half-back lines, MacLachlan being the only Aberdeen middleman to approach the Celtic standard. After a sprightly beginning the Aberdeen forwards fell away badly, but as their numbers were reduced to four at a comparatively early stage of the game, it will appreciated they had to work at a serious disadvantage. Reid and Cheyne did much that was clever, but both were inclined to attempt too much, and a tendency to hang on the ball spoilt several otherwise good moves. R. Bruce tried hard to penetrate the Celtic defence, and several times had them puzzled, but he got very few chances to shoot. Neither McDermid nor Smith gave of their best, although the latter was more effective when he took up the left back position.
CELTIC BRILLIANCE.Celtic were a wonderful combination, who played brilliant football. All their forwards excelled in bewildering trickery. They played splendidly to each other, and invariably in conjunction with their half-backs. McGrory's dashing leadership was a big factor in the game, and all his four goals - three with his head - were brilliantly taken. Mclnally and McLean, on the left wing, showed a brilliant understanding, and their triangular work with Macfarlane was a feature. Connolly and Thomson, on the right, were not so clever, but were very dangerous. Macfarlane and Wilson were exceptionally clever wing half-backs, and W. McStay was the best back on the field. In goal Shevlin got little to do, and appeared to be at fault on the two occasions Aberdeen beat aim. There were 12,000 spectators?rather a disappointing attendance in view of the fact that this was the most attractive fixture in Glasgow.
Source: Press & Journal, 25th October 1926