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The Run-In…

By Tgriff67

Over the years, there have been several instances when Celtic have been faced with a hazardous minefield of fixtures on the run-in to victory in the League Championship. One of the most famous was that of season 1967-68. We began the season as Champions of Europe, but although we prevailed over Rangers in a tricky League Cup section which also included Aberdeen and Dundee United, and eventually won the trophy in a highly-entertaining 5-3 win over Dundee at Hampden in October, our form in the early months of the season was patchy. We lost 1-0 to Rangers in a hard-fought league match at Ibrox, which gave the Ibrox men the early lead in the title race - a lead they would not give up lightly. To compound the loss, Celtic produced their worst European display since Jock Stein’s arrival when they went down 1-2 to the Russian Champions Dynamo Kiev in the first round, first leg European Cup tie at Celtic Park. Celtic were woefully out of touch, and...
SUNDAY 23/02/20.

ATT: 58,883.


Celtic took to the field for a 3pm kick off with no television coverage. The opposition came in the form of Kilmarnock who were bearing a striking resemblance to the Brasil National team, decked out in yellow jersey and blue shorts. For the first ten minutes it seemed to be to their advantage as they set off in a pressing manner with a few early attacks. This paid off in 6 mins after Jozo Simunovic had a nibble at Kilmarnock striker Eamon Brophy just outside the box. The Killie player done well to keep his composure and that was more than could be said of Jozo as the defender tried to recover from the first tackle but only managed to use his forearm to lean all his weight on the striker who went to ground. A Clear penalty that was struck cleanly to the right side of Fraser Forester to give the visitors a lead in just 6 minutes.


This seemed to rattle Celtic...

20th February 2020

Celtic secured a valuable 1-1 draw in the first leg of their Europa League round of 32 clash with FC Copenhagen tonight as the Hoops got their first taste of VAR in a game filled with plenty of chances.

Odsonne Edouard opened the scoring after 14 minutes and Celtic should have been further ahead before the break with Hoops controlling proceedings in the first half.

It was Copenhagen who dominated the second period however and Dame N’Doye brought the Danish side level before a Jens Stage penalty was saved by Fraser Forster after a Ryan Christie handball had been picked up by VAR.

Neil Lennon made three changes from Sunday’s...
Title challenges can take may turns, and while you love to see scintillating football, played at tempo, with intricate passing moves and spectacular goals - not every game can be won in the manner you enjoy. Yesterday's game at Pittodrie was a prime example of how a dogged team, playing at their best, compounded with blustery conditions, can cause a potential upset. Could Celtic stand up to the conditions and a resurgent Dons team?

The champions made a change at the back with Bitton coming in for Simunovic in order to maintain the 3-5-2 formation that had been blowing teams away recently.

The first 10 minutes of the game passed without much to talk about. It was a scrappy affair brought to life by a long clearance out of defence by Ajer that bounced awkwardly in front of McKenna in the Aberdeen defence. Griffiths managed to use his body to cause an error from the defender and get a nod on into his own path. He broke down the left and...
12th February 2020

Celtic moved closer to a ninth title in a row last night after a commanding 5-0 win over Hearts at Celtic Park sent the Hoops 10 points clear at the summit of the Scottish Premiership.

Olivier Ntcham opened the scoring in the first half with a volleyed finish before four goals after the break secured a comfortable victory against a Hearts side that had proved difficult to break down in the early stages of the match

Hearts set out to make things difficult for Neil Lennon’s men as manager Daniel Stendel instructed the Edinburgh side to adopt a high press from the off. It was a bold move from the German and despite Hearts appearing to keep Celtic at bay in the early stages of the game, the hoops midfield were still managing to break through Hearts’ high defensive line with relative ease on the...