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CELTIC VS HAMILTON ACCIES
13/12/2017 19.45 KO
CELTIC PARK
SPFL

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Neil Lennon’s Hibs were within a Mikael Lustig clearance off the line from ending Celtic’s unbeaten run, a run that now includes sixty eight matches and stretches back to May 2016. In what was an enthralling contest and a magnificent advert for the Scottish game, both sides created numerous chances and there were goals aplenty.

One would have been forgiven for believing it would be plain sailing for the men in pink on the day, as two second half Scott Sinclair goals gave the Hoops a healthy cushion. However, characteristically of a Lennon team, Hibs fought their way back into the game and seemed to inflict some nervy moments upon the heart of the Celtic back four.

It was former Celt Efe Ambrose who got one back for the Edinburgh side when a well worked corner eventually found the central defender in the penalty area, and his effort was deflected into the back of the net. The most worrying thing about the game on Sunday was the manner in which the Hoops responded to Ambrose’s apparent consolation. Within only a few minutes the deficit had been nullified and the two teams were square once more.

While Rodgers’ side has been associated with the utmost professionalism and composure in maintaining such an emphatic unbeaten run – it appeared that these traits had vanished in allowing Hibs to rescue a point from the game. With what was almost the final kick of the game, Oli Shaw had his effort cleared off the line from a back tracking Mikael Lustig – after Craig Gordon had laid the ball on a plate for the Hibs attacker when he misjudged the flight of the ball. It was the type of indecision that had been so rare in an unbeaten run that had broken all sorts of records, however it was a stark reminder that such a run can be eradicated so suddenly....
Celtic v Anderlecht
UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
5/12/17, 19:45, Celtic Park

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Celtic's Champions League campaign comes to a conclusion tonight, that much is guaranteed. However, the hoops have the opportunity to extend their European journey into 2018 as they come up against Belgian champions Anderlecht at Parkhead in matchday 6.

The Hoops grabbed their only 3 points of the group so far away to side from Brussels with a convincing 0-3 win, and hope to replicate that kind of performance to secure a win and qualification into the UEFA Europa League round of 32.

Brendan Rodgers' side will be at full strength, as Moussa Dembele returns from a knock picked up in the Scottish League Cup final, although a long term hamstring injury to Patrick Roberts means the in-form James Forrest will be certain to start the match.

"We played very well in the first game over there and now we look to finish it off at home," said Rodgers.

"They will come to attack and look for a victory but that's also what we want. We want to give the supporters a Champions League win at home.

"That would take us to six points, which would show a great level of progress for us at this level."

Scott Brown will set a new Scottish record of 69 appearances in Europe's premier competition, passing Kenny Dalglish's combined total with Celtic and Liverpool.

On the subject of Brown's record, Rodgers added, "He's in great company with Kenny, who is obviously a real legend here and at Liverpool,"

"It's a mark of his consistency, to have played that number of games under various managers. It's a great accolade and hopefully he's got many more ahead of him."

Brown has been one of many consistent performers in a rapidly developing Celtic...
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Edouard (16', 33', 85'), Forrest (76', 88')/Frear (65')

Celtic Park
Saturday 2nd December, 2017
Ladbrokes Premiership
Round 15
67. A number which holds such a special place in the Hearts of every Celtic fan worldwide. Today however, it took on a new meaning, at least until the next domestic outing for the Hoops. Thanks to a fantastic hat-trick from Odsonne Edouard and a double from substitute James Forrest, Rodgers' men swept aside Motherwell inside Celtic Park to make it an incredible 67 games unbeaten in Scottish competition.

Not only was the scoreline emphatic in the end, but the overall performance from a Celtic side missing several key faces - either through injury or simply being rested - was commanding. From the kick off, it seemed as though they were keen to inflict a heavy 'doing' upon Stephen Robinson's outfit, with both sides facing off against one another for the 3rd time this week, incredibly, with no shortage of controversy throughout.

The surprise inclusion in the starting XI would end up being the shining light for the Hoops, with young striker Edouard taking his chance impeccably, hitting his first ever professional hat-trick in front of a healthy Paradise crowd. The Frenchman has had to be patient for his opportunity to impress, and little wonder with both Moussa Dembele and Leigh Griffiths ahead of him in the pecking order for much of this season. Having scored on his debut against Hamilton at the beginning of the season, he has found game time very hard to come by since, but was thrown in today with Moussa injured, and Griffiths seemingly being rested ahead of...
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Celtic vs. Motherwell

Betfred League Cup Final

Sunday 26th November

Kick-off: 15:00

BT Sport 1

On the 27th November 2016, Brendan Rodgers guided his Celtic side to their first silverware of the season and began the march towards a historic, undefeated treble. This Sunday, on the 26th November 2017, he’ll once again lead his Invincibles out on to Hampden’s pitch with the aim of repeating that feat.

Sunday’s final will also have an added dimensions for both sides, as it also happens to be the first meeting between Celtic and Motherwell this season and the first in a trilogy of matches against the Steelmen in the space of a week. So whoever wins the final on Sunday, will also be setting the tone for the subsequent matches.

Celtic

The main topic of discussion regarding Celtic heading in to Sunday’s final is that of injuries and potential absentees.

Brendan Rodgers confirmed during his press conference on Friday that Mikael Lustig and the man that replaced him on Wednesday night, Nir Bitton, are both doubts heading in to Sunday’s clash. Whilst Bitton has largely served as an emergency centre back during our recent injury crisis, and was unlikely to be chosen ahead of a fully fit Boyata or Simunovic anyway, Lustig is pretty much our undisputed right back As such, that raises the question of who will replace him should he fail to recover in time for Sunday?

The obvious choice would be Cristian Gamboa, an experienced player in his own right, and, more importantly our only fully fit right back (Anthony Ralston is not in contention, as he's still rehabilitating following his knee injury) . However, the Costa Rican international has struggled to get minutes on the pitch since arriving the last summer. That in turn raises the question of whether the manager will give Gamboa the nod,...


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Sinclair (28'), Dembele (72') Anderson OG (75') Ntcham (89')


McDiarmid Park
Saturday 4th November 2017
Ladbrokes Premiership
Round 12


CELTIC FOOTBALL CLUB are a side well versed to breaking records and today will now go down as another one to celebrate in the unbroken history of the side from the East End of Glasgow. Goals from Scott Sinclair, Moussa Dembele, an Anderson OG, as well as a crisp Olivier Ntcham strike, catapulted the Hoops towards breaking a 100-year old British record, which was set way back in 1917 by the club's very own legend Willie Maley and his mythical squad. Since Brendan Rodgers arrived over 18 months ago, he has transformed this club from top to bottom, improving not only the 1st team squad but also managing to have a profound effect on the already fantastic youth set up at Lennoxtown. This record though - a staggering 63 games unbeaten - is without doubt the most glittering testament to his managerial ability, and one which, as a Celtic fan himself, he will cherish.

Now, if you are going to break a record such as this one, it is best to do it in style, and that is exactly what the Celts done, pounding Tommy Wright's side for the full 90 and racking up over 27 efforts on goal in the process. As per usual, possession was dominated by Celtic from the outset, who did not look overly fatigued following their mammoth effort against Bayern Munich mid-week. However, this might not come as too much of a surprise, due to Rodgers' outstanding record in games following European ties, a challenge which, under past gaffers, was often a lot more difficult.

Despite their early domination, it took the Hoops 28 minutes to find the breakthrough, with the goal coming...