Johan Cruyff in Scotland

Johan Cruyff takes on Rangers' Derek Johnstone during the 1973 Super Cup. Picture: SNS

Johan Cruyff takes on Rangers' Derek Johnstone during the 1973 Super Cup. Picture: SNS

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Johan Cruyff played five times in Scotland, gracing Hampden Park, Ibrox, Celtic Park and Love Street with his sublime skills.

Celtic 1, Ajax 0

24 March 1971, European Cup, quarter-final, second leg, Hampden Park

Jimmy Johnstone’s goal was not enough for Celtic to overturn a 3-0 first leg deficit which had been orchestrated by a brilliant Cruyff display in Amsterdam two weeks’ earlier.

Rangers 1, Ajax 3

16 January 1972, European Super Cup, first leg, Ibrox Stadium

Goals from Cruyff, Johnny Rep and Arie Haan cancelled out Alex MacDonald’s strike for Rangers to give European champions Ajax a clear advantage in the inaugural Super Cup. Cruyff scored again the following week when Ajax won the second leg 3-2 in Amsterdam.

Celtic 2, Ajax 2

15 September 1982, European Cup, first round, first leg, Celtic Park

After Jesper Olsen gave Ajax the lead, Cruyff conceded a penalty with a trip on Tommy Burns which Charlie Nicholas converted. Soren Lerby restored Ajax’s lead before Frank McGarvey levelled. In the second leg, Celtic produced one of their finest away displays in Europe to defeat Ajax 2-1 with Graeme Sinclair effectively man-marking Cruyff.

St Mirren 0, Feyenoord 1

14 September 1983, Uefa Cup, first round, first leg, Love Street

In a match marred by some racial abuse of Feyenoord goalscorer Ruud Gullit, the Paisley public were treated to a vintage display of midfield craft by the now veteran Cruyff. Feyenoord pressed home their advantage with a 2-0 win in the second leg.

Rangers 3, Feyenoord 3

11 January 1984, challenge match, Ibrox Stadium

Bobby Williamson scored after just 15 seconds and Rangers led 2-0 in the ninth minute when Ian Redford netted. Ruud Gullit pulled one back with a long-range thunderbolt before Cruyff brilliantly set up Willy Carbo to make it 2-2 before half-time. Cruyff tapped in from close range to put Feyenoord 3-2 ahead before Robert Prytz levelled from the spot. Cruyff received a standing ovation from the Rangers fans when he was substituted after an hour.

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