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Celtic 0-0 Livingston

SPFL

Celtic Park

Saturday 16th January 2021

Depleted Celtic welcomed a Livingston team on an eight game winning streak to the East End of Glasgow looking to secure our first win in 2021. The Hoops still without 13 first team regulars and the manager after the disastrous trip to Dubai that saw Jullien test positive for Covid and in turn an isolation period for anyone with close contact to the Frenchman. That has presented last ditch opportunities to fringe players and youth and it is safe to say it is harsh for these Bhoys to be put under the microscope in this manner. Take a bow Mr Lawell and your apologies are like hollow echoes in the wind at this stage and considering you had the perfect opportunity to remedy the glaring issues as far back as September last year.

There are so many factors and problems that have surfaced in a season that should have been so prestigious for Celtic Football Club and the fans alike. We have...
SPFL

Celtic 3-0 Dundee United


Scorers: Soro (22) Turnbull (39) Edouard (75)

30th December 2020

K.O. 3pm. Celtic Park


Visitors Dundee United arrived at Celtic Park still fresh from the loss of one of the club’s greatest servants, ex manager Jim McLean. Wee Jim was a tough cookie in his heyday when he delivered the Arabs the League title in 1983 and drove them on to the Semi Finals of the European Cup where they lost narrowly 3-2 to Roma on their debut in the competition. McLean was offered the manager position at Rangers around this time but famously turned them down because he found their policy of not signing Catholic’s ridiculous. The two teams lined up to a minute silence in respect of McLeans passing.

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Neil Lennon made three changes to his team who had a good away win to Hamilton on Saturday with Barkas, Jullien and Laxalt starting in place of Hazard, Bitton and Greg Taylor. Celtic were chomping at the bit and 2 mins in Soro...
Celtic face Dundee United in the week where former legendary Dundee United manager Jim McClean sadly passed away. I am of a vintage to remember his managerial career, and I can say that he really was superb in putting together great teams and bringing through lots of good young Scottish talent.

Only one team in the history of world football have faced Barcelona 4 times in competitive games, and won every one of them. Jim McLean's team did just that, and he had them competing on every front in Scotland and Europe at that time. He wasn't without his flaws and had a miserable demeanour and a very short temper, but I can honestly say that he was a legend and deserving of all the plaudits that have come his way this week.

A minutes silence was observed before the game in honour of the great man, and may he rest in peace!!

The team had three changes from the weekend fixture against Hamilton, with the reintroduction of Christopher Jullien at Centre Half...

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Hamilton 0-3 Celtic


Scorers: Edouard (Pen 49). Griffiths (54). Turnbull (74)

SPFL
Saturday 26th December 2020

K.O. 3pm

New Douglas Park


It was into darkest Lanarkshire in the worst of weather conditions for a game against Hamilton which is usually anything but academical for Celtic. On a plastic surface that is usually lambasted by players and fans alike, it may have been the difference in making this a game that was played at a very high tempo. The downpour of rain and the gusty wind, which made visibility fairly poor, would have made for difficult conditions on a grass pitch. Hamilton took to the field in their home strip of red and white hoops while Celtic opted for their smart all black third kit and they looked ready for business.

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Hamilton were suffering from an injury crisis with seven first team players out and would be hoping for damage limitation. Lennon made two changes from...
The old guard in the Celtic squad were rested for this game, giving the sparkling and exciting youth players in our ranks another chance to shine. Soro, Turnbull and Hazard all begin the game in the starting eleven after strong performances in recent weeks. Ross County had put us out of the League Cup less than a month previously, and Neil Lennon will be looking for a much improved performance from that day.


Personally I'm delighted to see Griffiths playing up front with Edouard. The best of last season was when the two of them linked so beautifully up front, and it is exciting to see what they can conjure together.

The game came to life early, and Christie was unlucky not top open the scoring early when his shot on the turn took a deflection away for a corner, when it could easily have gone anywhere.

The champions were camped in the Ross County half with a succession of corners, but on a breakaway County came close with a glancing...