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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.


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...


Hamilton 0-3 Celtic

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

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.


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...
There have been many comments made about this year, but this will be a Scottish Cup Final like no other. There will be no fans, and it is being held 5 days before Christmas instead of it's usual time of the year when it is the end of season glamour showpiece.

The Scottish Cup is a tournament that has been running since 1873, and during that time not one club has ever won it 4 times in a row. Celtic have the chance to be the first team in 147 years to achieve that accolade. We have won the trophy 39 times so far - more than any other club, and will hopefully become the first to reach 40 wins.

Along with the cup history, this victory would see Celtic become the first team globally to win 4 domestic trebles in a row. That is potentially, quite an achievement, as cup competitions are notoriously uncompromising. One off day and the record is gone, as was proven recently when we lost in the League Cup to Ross County.

The big question pre-match was how many of the youngsters who had...