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Edouard (14' and 41'), Forrest (45'), Rogic (47'), McGregor (53')

Celtic Park
Sunday 29th April 2018

Now that is how you seal the league!

After a disappointing result last weekend at Easter Road, Celtic were presented with the opportunity to wrap up their seventh consecutive league title in the Glasgow Derby, in front of their own fans. A situation the SPFL had desperately tried to avoid. The added pressure certainly did not faze the Hoops as they ran riot and dominated from start to finish.

The surprise inclusion in the Celtic line-up was Odsonne Edouard, the man who struck the winning goal only a month ago at Ibrox. Moussa Dembele missed out through injury, which paved the way for his fellow Frenchman to get his first start in this fixture. He was the only change from the team that hammered Rangers 4-0 on April 15th.

It was expected that Rangers would come out fighting after their dreadful display two weeks ago, however they could not get close to their opponents in the early stages. The early Celtic pressure paid off in the 14th minute. After some good work out on the left by McGregor, the ball fell to Tierney who skipped past Candeias and drilled a cut back straight to Edouard who only had to tap the ball in from 6 yards out. The Frenchman was off to a flier, and it was a sign of things to come.

Edouard opens the scoring after good work from Tierney.

Celtic could have been 2 or 3 goals up within the first 25 minutes, however just as the tempo of the game had slightly dropped and the half was winding down, the second...
Rodgers' Celts have a stranglehold over their rivals and will look to create yet more history this weekend
Getting one over your fiercest rivals tends to be sweet at the best of times. Indeed, thumping their next door neighbours has become somewhat of a familiarity for this Celtic team over the past few years, with last week's dominant 4-0 Cup win being the 10th straight undefeated game against Murty's mob. This coming Sunday however, Brendan Rodgers' record breaking side have yet another opportunity to write their names into the history books. With a win against Rangers, the Hoops will seal 7-in-a-row, not only taking a step closer to the mystical '10' AND -potentially- a back to back treble, but also rubbing their rivals' noses firmly in it in front of a packed out Celtic Park.

Undoubtedly, both the players and manager will have been dissapointed at failing to seal the trophy against Hibs at the weekend (despite what any conspiracy theorists might think). It was a very below average performance, in what has been a season full of inconsistency problems, which is perhaps not overly surprising considering the side's insane exploits last term. Many of the big hitters from the Invincible season have struggled to regain their blistering form, with Scott Sinclair looking particularly out of sorts of late, despite his statistics once again proving to be impressive. By Rodgers' own admission, the football has not always been what we had come to expect following the often all action, swashbuckling style witnessed in 16/17. On Saturday Lennon appeared to have Celtic 'sussed', the team failing to ever really get into their stride, with the Leith...
... having run riot at iBrokes.

The Champions proved why they're the dominant force in Scotland in last week's derby clash, and continue on their travels in the Premiership to Motherwell on Sunday.

Rangers 2-3 Celtic

The game against Scotland's shame last Sunday had even the most composed of Celtic fans on the edge of their seat. In a thrilling contest between 1st and 2nd place, the Hoops twice came from behind with goals from Tom Rogic, Moussa Dembele, and on-loan substitute Odsonne Edouard to win the match, despite being down to 10 men following Jozo Simunovic's dismissal.

It was a game that had been built up by the media as a chance for The Rangers to put pressure on Celtic in the title race, and many inside the Govan side's camp had the same optimistic outlook. However, a determined and resilient show from the away team had them and the ecstatic supporters bouncing and looking as strong as ever to cope with the demands of a championship run-in.

The win sent Celtic 8 points clear on 67, with their nearest rivals having played a game more - a comfortable lead to take into the back 9 of the league.

10 men Celts get fourth straight win at Ibrox.

Motherwell v Celtic

The Steelmen face the men in green for the first time since a treble-header back in late November / early December, which included the Betfred Cup final win for the Hoops. The other results, a 1-1 draw at Fir Park, and a 5-1 trouncing at Celtic Park in the third meeting compounding...
We are just days away from the biggest game against Rangers since their promotion to the SPFL just two seasons ago.

With Rodgers' side currently 6 points ahead with a game in hand, it's the closest the title race has been for some time.
Both sides enter the game in winning domestic form - Celtic with a 3-0 Scottish Cup win against Greenock Morton, while Rangers were 4-1 victors against Falkirk.

Dembele is coming into the game off the back of a brace against Greenock Morton, while Rangers' Cummings scored a hattrick against Falkirk. Both will be relishing the prospect of adding to this season's goal tally against Rangers on Sunday.

It was a cagey affair the last time the sides met at the end of December, with the game ending 0-0. There were really only two clear-cut chances of note - Celtic's Sinclair hitting wide from close range for celtic while Rangers' Morelos had a header saved from point blank range by Craig Gordon.

Celtic manager Rodgers felt a draw was a fair result. Speaking with the BBC, he said "First half we had created the better chances in the game, and some of the opportunities - how we didn't score them.

"It made it a wee bit difficult for us in the second half. If we score that first goal then of course it can really change the mentality in the game so we didn't quite get that.

"And then second half we had to defend a little bit more than what he had in the first half. They didn't create virtually anything in the first half but second half they had a couple of chance - one half-chance and one real, real good chance that Craig Gordon makes a great save from.

"So probably a point apiece is what both teams deserve.

Although disappointed with the performance in the last game against Rangers, he feels Celtic are ready for the big games heading into the final part of the season. He said "We're arriving into the league at that stage, with 10 games to go, so we're really excited about that,"

"This team have...

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McGregor (78')


Europa League Round of 32, 1st leg
Thursday 15th February, 2018
Celtic Park

AFTER so much talk beforehand regarding their poor performances of late and the prowess of their Russian opponents, Brendan Rodgers and his Celtic players can walk away from Paradise this evening beaming with delight at both the result and attitude they showed against European mainstays Zenit St Petersburg. A superb Callum McGregor finish on 78 minutes was enough to down Roberto Mancini's side, and was the very least that the Hoops deserved on a night where they hustled and harried the Italian's outfit from beginning to end. The lead may be a slender one, but with a clean sheet to go with it and with Zenit also still seemingly finding their form again after a 2 month winter break, Celtic can go into next week's 2nd leg with every hope of progressing to the Last 16.

It is fair to say that the Hoops have looked out of sorts for much of this season. The likelihood of us repeating the extraordinary exploits of last season domestically was never really likely, and it appears that many of the players have suffered from a 'hangover' of sorts throughout this season's games. European performances in particular have not offered much hope and this combined with our recent level of performance to create a real 'doom and gloom' feeling approaching tonight's 1st leg. Zenit were talked up continually even by our own press - as per usual - and put upon an almost godly pedestal at times. If you'd have bought into the hype prior, then you would have been forgiven for believing that another 5-0 home trouncing was on the cards.

Despite being a good side -...