The two teams meet in the first domestic cup final of the Scottish season on Sunday, November 26, with the clash coming almost 10 years after O’Donnell tragically died whilst turning out for Well.
O’Donnell suffered a cardiac arrest at the age of just 35 during a league match against Dundee United in December 2007, and according to the Sun, both of his former clubs have agreed to salute the late midfielder, whilst also raising money for the heart screening charity CRY — Cardiac Risk in the Young.
O’Donnell cemented his place in Motherwell folklore when he scored in the club’s famous 4-3 Scottish Cup Final victory back in 1991, and went on to win another Scottish Cup with Celtic in 1995. He was also a part of the Hoops side which stopped Rangers winning 10 league titles in a row in 1998.
It remains to be seen exactly what sort of tribute will be made to O’Donnell on the day, but respects have been paid in the Scottish League Cup final before.
Back in the 2006 final, every Celtic player wore the number seven on their shorts to honour Jimmy Johnstone, who had died a week earlier, whilst the 2005 final between Rangers and Motherwell was dubbed the ‘Davie Cooper Final’, with the game taking place almost 10 years to the day after his death.
What do you think of the idea, and how exactly should both clubs properly honour O’Donnell?