Down Memory Lane…’St Mirren 0 Celtic 5 Saturday, 3rd May 1986′ (God Bless Albert Kidd)……………

St Mirren 0 Celtic 5 Saturday, 3rd May 1986

 (God Bless Albert Kidd)

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Celtic Versus St Mirren 1986

Celebrations in the dressing room. 5 – 0
Back: (l to r) Roy Aitken Willie McStay Derek Whyte Paul McStay Brian McClair Danny McGrain Owen Archdeacon Pierce O’Leary Pat Bonner
Front: Murdo Macleod Paul McGugan Alan McInally Peter Grant Maurice Johnston Peter Latchford Mark McGhee Tommy Burns Davie Provan

1986
Celtic snatch the championship by edging out Heart of Midlothian on the last day of the campaign. The margin was on goal difference, as Celtic beat St Mirren 5-0 at Love Street and Hearts fall to two late goals from Dundee at Dens Park.


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Story of the season

Hearts and Celtic drew on the first day of the campaign. No one realised that it was a portent of how tight their fight for the title would be. Hearts, promoted just a few seasons before, were considered also-rans, and Celtic inferior to Dundee Utd and champions Aberdeen.

Hearts lost their next two games – one of them 6-2 to St Mirren – and for three months Celtic, Rangers and Aberdeen traded the top spot like nervous party guests playing pass-the-parcel. Rangers self-destructed in November, however, as Hearts hauled themselves into the top half. The Gers would only win six more games from November to the end of the season.

Alex Ferguson’s Aberdeen initially looked the most likely to capitalise on Rangers’ implosion, leading until just before Christmas. But then Hearts, fired by the goals of fans’ favourite John Robertson and with Player of the Year Sandy Jardine and current Scotland manager Craig Levein in defence, overtook them with a momentum that in the new year would appear as unstoppable as it was unexpected.

They went 27 games unbeaten, but Celtic and Dundee Utd remained in close pursuit. And on the final day of the season, with Celtic banging them in at St Mirren and Hearts apparently clinging on for the point they needed, Dundee substitute Albert Kidd sensationally scored twice in the last ten minutes. Supporters with transistor radios spread the news among the delirious away section at Love Street and Celtic, who had only been top for two weeks in the autumn, were champions. And Kidd was now an unlikely Celtic hero. Hearts then lost the Cup final to Aberdeen and the “I’m forever blowing doubles” jokes rang around Scotland’s playgrounds.


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Saturday, 3rd May 1986

Clydebank – Aberdeen           0-6       Stark 9, McMaster 10, Weir 16, Hewitt 29,
McDougall 38, 67
Dundee – Hearts                     2-0        Kidd 83, 87
Hibernian – Dundee Utd        1-2        Cowan 63 pen / Fulton 25 og, Beedie 87
Rangers – Motherwell            2-0       McPherson 44, McCoist 65 pen
St Mirren – Celtic               0-5       McClair 6, 54, Johnston 32, 33, P.McStay 38

Top Goalscorers 1985/86: Ally McCoist (Rangers) 24; Brian McClair (Celtic) 22; John Robertson (Hearts) 20.

Apps & Goals of champions Celtic:

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Roy Aitken               36-0                       Alan McInally       16- 1
Brian McClair           34-22                    David Provan        12-2
Thomas Burns         34-5                       Pierce O’Leary     12 -0
Paul McStay             34-7                       Derek Whyte        11 -0
Maurice Johnston    32-14                    Peter Latchford     6 -0
Patrick Bonner         30-0                     Thomas McAdam  5 -0
Peter Grant              30-1                       Paul Chalmers       3 -0
Murdo MacLeod      30-3                       Ronald Coyle         1 -0
Daniel McGrain        28-0                       Tony Shepherd     1 -0
Owen Archdeacon   23 -3
Paul McGugan         21 -1
Mark McGhee         18 -4
William McStay      17 -0

Manager: David Hay

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Danny Mcgrain said::

on May 3, 1986, when they won the Scottish title under David Hay.Mo Johnston scored twice that day and McGrain was involved in the build-up to the striker’s second goal as Celtic went 3-0 ahead. “I started that move when I gave the ball to Murdo MacLeod,” McGrain recalled. “Then Paul McStay got it and he pushed it to Roy Aitken. By this time I was up in their penalty area – which we will come back to – Roy passed to me and I gave it to Brian McClair.“I think he nutmegged a St Mirren defender and then he cut it back across the goal and Mo was in the right place to stick it away. The peculiar thing about that goal is that I know I started in our own box and ended up in theirs but I can’t remember how that happened. I do not know how I got there.

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Teams:
Celtic:
Bonner, McGrain (Grant), Whyte, Aitken, McGugan, MacLeod, McClair, P McStay, Johnston, Burns, Archdeacon Sub: McGhee
Goals: McClair (6, 54), Johnston (32, 33), P McStay (38)

St Mirren:
Stewart, Wilson, D Hamilton, B Hamilton, Godfrey, Cooper, Fitzpatrick, Abercrombie, McGarvey, Gallagher (Spiers), Mackie Sub: Rooney

Ref: A Waddell
Att: 17,757

Match Facts::::

Nothing will ever top Love Street

Davie Hay

Question:

What was the best last day of the season you ever had?

This is an obvious one: Love Street in 1986. I actually watched that game back very recently on Celtic TV and I couldn’t believe the quality of the goals. They were outstanding. It was a remarkable day and the scenes afterwards were extraordinary.

Albert Kidd (born 19 October 1961) is a Scottish former football player who now lives in Australia.[1] He is best known in Scottish football for scoring two goals for Dundee against Hearts on the final day of the 1985–86 season to deny Hearts the championship.

May 3 rd 1986 was a dull wet day. In the East of Scotland, mist was prevalent, that cold unpleasant mist which hangs around and makes one wonder whether there is to be any kind of spring this year. In the West, it was wet – nothing unusual about that – as 17,557 fans made their way to the still primitive Love Street with its open terracings and toilets that were, frankly, a health hazard.


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Gerrard Says Goodbye To Merseyside’…….Today will Be A Emotional Day..!

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Steven Gerrard plays his final game for Liverpool this weekend and after 645 games scoring 184 goals , who would bet against the legend  scoring in his final game ,with 2 goals to his credit  in his last 2 games against Qpr and Chelsea Gerrard would love to go out on a high in front of the kop………..

In what’s going to be an emotional day for the player on Saturday , I’d like to just wish him all the best for the future ,my first love has off course always been Celtic but Liverpool were always my English team and having watched Stevie G all these yrs he’s been brilliant for the club…………

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It’s not often you get a player who devotes a lot of his career to one club it doesn’t happen much these days , Paul Mcstay of celtic was a player a bit like Gerrard came through the youth setup and gave Celtic his all , player like Steven Gerrard and Paul Mcstay are few and far between these days with money dictating things more , one things for sure though Gerrard will go with the blessing of the Liverpool faithful because like Mcstay he was a brilliant servant to the club, you’ll never walk alone Steven hh

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Dispelling The Myth Sevco5088 is Rangers 1873-2012 Deceased…….

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Dispelling the myth sevco5088 is Rangers 1873-2012 had been hard, but after yrs of drumming it into the zombie hoardes everyone in Scottish football or should I say world football agrees Rangers died in February 2012 , the hardcore old brigade who follow the tribute act now are so far away from reality that their can be no return , like the football team they now follow there a dinosaur a thing committed to the past they’ve not moved on their living in the bubble made up by the people at Edmondson Drive feeding them the same club same entity   moniker …

Football fans aren’t stupid at least the ones who don’t wear royal blue , behind the closed doors all seemed to be getting better after a board change and there saviour Dave king took charge but again the reality of things is there in massive debt , not trading on the stock exchange their stadium is a crumbling wreck and Mick Ashley is about to cash in his chips , the blind will always believe they have hope of emulating Scotland’s shame Rangers fc 1873-2012 but truth be told they’ve fallen so far into the abyss it would take a financial miracle to pull their arse out the fire ……..


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There in a playoff against queen of the south and if they negotiate that tie they will play hibs in the semi final the winners to play whoever finishes 2 nd bottom of the premier league, the scenario should scare all of Scotland’s top flight teams and fans not on the footballing side of things but on the bigotry side of things let’s face it the team is pardon my pun ‘shite! So that’s not the worry , no it’s the return of sectarian poison to the top flight , hearts in some respects will bring there own brand of hatred , but the SEVCO fans reborn of the pre loyalist hoardes of 2012 are an entirely new breed of parasite….

Ask any of the opposing fans of the clubs the tribute act have played in the last 3 yrs , there’s many a horror story, the most recent with a young disabled Livingston fan who was accosted by several baboons from Scotland’s shame having beer thrown over him for wearing a Livingston strip…… away from football slightly who can forget the loyalist hoardes in George square after the referendum loyalist supporting SEVCO and Chelsea fans this is the poison we cannot allow back into the premier league, the football team and club are irrelevant they will be kicking about in the sess pit of the game for a number of yrs

If there’s any justice in the world queen of the south or hibs will dispose of this disease quickly , the taxman and the reaper are still hovering over the shell of a club clinging to their lost heritage, how long they can survive nobody knows but there sadly mistaken if they think we will all forget , no way the  war has only just begun …..HH GOD BLESS


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Celtic Win Again’As Aberdeen Throw The Pie In’………….

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Going into Sundays afternoon kick off against Aberdeen I wasnt to bothered by the outcome having won the title the week before after a fine win against Dundee on the friday night, Aberdeen had to win to keep their slim hopes alive of wrestling away the title from Celtic, on the saturday against Dundee utd Aberdeen raised the white flag as there
championship challenge came crashing down,a brave effort but Celtic were never going to look back after gaining top spot way back in nov 2014….

The games between the 2 have been close in competitiveness during the 90 mins but celtic in all 4 games would find that wee bit extra to take the points,indeed 12 points from 12 against Aberdeen would partly be the difference between celtic winning the league this season,in yrs gone by when rangers 1873-2012 were alive it would be the old firm games that decided the destination of the Scottish title ,it seems now that rangers are dead Aberdeen are the closest challengers to threaten Celtics ambitions for the season….


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Yesterdays game was no classic but there was just enough in Celtics play to take a well-earned win,the winning goal from Scott Brown was a thing of beauty it wasnt a 40
yard screamer it wasnt something with trickery and skill with a finish to boot,no it was a goal of sheer determination,our captain has had a fantastic season,and when he charged down Barry Robson on the edge of the celtic box the ball broke and Celtic counter attacked with precision Armstrong picked the ball up on the left-wing and drove into the box where he duped Shay Logan with a drop of the shoulder and played a perfect pass into the six yard box for the Celtic skipper to slide the ball beyond his namesake and give the champions the lead….

49 mins on the clock and Celtic had the lead ,the highlight of the day though for me was when a Aberdeen fan who obviously doesnt like the pittodrie mince pies chose to donate one to the Celtic skipper as he celebrated his goal,broonie in typical jovial fashion decided to
try to pick the pie up in a show of good faith,but had second thoughts when he realised the boss was watching….


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A healthy lead at the top of the table moving into the last 2 fixtures should see some of the top stars rested the jobs been done and some players should get the benefit of a few weeks extra rest,especially with champions league qualifiers early July ,its been one hell of a season it started with a new boss unknown to the celtic faithful but who now is their hero
Ronnie Deila has delivered a double winning team in his first season ,things as they say can only get better…

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if they do next season we should be looking at the treble we were denied this yr by some dodgy officiating ,of course europe will be interesting also ,so as we say goodbye to this season we welcome the 2015-16 campaign Hh And God Bless………


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St Johnstone v Celtic
Scottish Premiership
15th May 2015
Kick Off 19:45

Highlights

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Its All About The Celtic 4 in A Row – Cleaning Up All The Awards………..

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The Seasons is almost finished 3 games to play Against:

(A) Sun 10th Aberdeen …….14.30pm (SKYSPORTS)
(H) Frid 15th St Johnstone..19.45pm (BT SPORT)
(A) Sun 24th Inverness CT…12.30pm (SKYSPORTS)

Celtic have had a fine season under Ronnie Deila in the Norwegians First Year In Charge a League Cup Win in March Against Dundee Utd and on Saturday 2nd of April Finally Closing Out the League title without having to play,as Aberdeen lost to Dundee utd and relinquished their challenge ,with 3 games to spare the boss will be able to rest some of the players ,had circumstances or dark forces not intervened early april in the Scottish cup semi final we would possibly have been looking at a treble,Celtics dominance this season came to the fore from november onwards as they reached the summit of the table and never looked back,a double in Ronnies first year as boss is proof positive that he’s the man to lead celtic in the coming years,his football philosophy has enhanced the team this year and as ive said before in other posts the levels of fitness in this team have been second to none……

As well as the awards at team level individually the bhoys have been cleaning up awards Stefan Johansen winning the PFA player of the year And Jason Denayer Winning the Pfa Young player of the year award,add to all that the under 17s Glasgow cup win ….http://www.celticfc.net/news/8159 …..And you can see why its been a good season all in ,it’s just a pity Ronnie Deila didn’t win manager of the year as well ,so we go into the final phase of the 2014-15 season on a high and we can look forward to next season 4 in a row in the bag …………………

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6 celtic players in the spfl team of the year Gordon,Denayer,Van
Dyk,Armstrong,Brown,Johansen

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Stefan follows up his joint team award-winning the pfa player of the year

Celtic defender Jason Denayer, on loan from Manchester City, won the young
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Biton’s 30 yrd Screamer Class as Celtic Rout Dundee 5-0..To Setup Pittodrie Clash Unless??????…….

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Celtic rout Dundee in a game that was so one-sided Craig Gordon was often seen  out his box trying to get in on the passing just to get involved,its safe to say Dundee probably expected Celtic to dominate this game but im sure they never expected a 5-0 drubbing ,all 5 goals had their own piece of class ,the pick of the bunch though was Nir Bitons instep shot from 30 yards which flew into the top corner of the net,from the moment it left his boot the ball hardly rotated in the air as it sailed into the Dundee goal…..

It was just reward for a player ive raved about all season,some of his passing tonight was of for the first time I can remember this year  but that goal was a little special and I think the player and his team mates enjoyed it,Leigh Griffiths scored goal 1 with a brilliant header from a in swinging izzguire cross that was just superb,the player this season is back to his old self and has been one of the team’s top stars,Griffiths accepted the chance from his
teammate to score his 19th of the season….


If that goal had a stamp of class on it then goal2 would have the decent sized parkhead crowd buzzing ,starting at Craig Gordon the whole Celtic team would be involved in the build up to Scott Browns goal not one Dundee player touched the ball from start to finish of the move ,where broonie tucked the ball away low to the left of the Dundee goalkeeper one to be enjoyed in the highlights package…….

Goal 3 came from the penalty spot as Darnel Fisher who had come on as a substitute was felled in the box by the Dundee defence,Nir Biton chipped a beautiful ball into his path from a central position and as Fisher calmly took it on his chest he was brought to the ground,referee Madden had no choice but to award the penalty which Kris Commons struck sweetly low into the net……………………………..


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Goal 4 came from the marauding James Forrest also a 2 nd half substitute his pace was too much for the Dundee defence and when he latched onto a pass he shot low on the run into the corner of the Dundee net a brilliant little goal ,goal 5 to round of the nights scoring came from the boot of Nir Biton as previously mentioned and the bhoys nights work was done 124 goals for the hoops this season scored and Bitons strike could very well be the pick of the bunch……………

Celtic now can relax and wait to see if Aberdeen can take anything from there tie
against Dundee utd tomorrow..sat 2nd may if they fail to win Celtic will be crowned champions ,should Aberdeen win it will set up a hell of a game next sunday at pittodrie where again Celtic will try to close out the season,either way its an exciting 24 hours ahead ,its been a long season and its crazy to think that in early July we will be looking at qualifiers for the champions league,that’s why it would be nice to get it won so the players can get a well-earned rest,it’s over to you now Aberdeen do you still have the stomach for the fight or is it going to be 4 in a row tommorow tea time we shall see HH


NEXT MATCH

Aberdeen v Celtic
Scottish Premiership
10th May 2015
Kick Off 14:30


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OFFICIAL MATCH REPORT

Scottish Premiership
Celtic Park
Friday, May 1, 2015

CELTIC…5
(Griffiths 30, Brown 37, Commons pen. 71, Forrest 77, Bitton 90)

DUNDEE…0

CELTIC stand on the brink of a fourth successive title after destroying Dundee 5-0 in Paradise to move 11 points clear of second-placed Aberdeen. And the Hoops could be confirmed as champions as early as tomorrow (Saturday) should Aberdeen fail to defeat Dundee United at Tannadice.Ronny Deila’s side certainly played with the authority of champions as they swept aside the Dens Park side with a dazzling display of vibrant, attacking football, delivering a Friday night football feast for the home support.

Leigh Griffiths deservedly headed the Hoops in front from the outstanding Emilio
Izaguirre’s cross before Scott Brown doubled the advantage before half-time.Kris Commons added number three from the penalty spot after substitute Darnell Fisher had been fouled by Stephen McGinn in the box and James Forrest slotted home a fourth five minutes later.Nir Bitton reserved the best goal of the night until the closing seconds of the match, crashing a shot into the top corner from long range.Ronny Deila had made two changes to the team that dispatched Dundee United at Tannadice last week, restoring Gary Mackay-Steven and Efe Ambrose to the starting XI at the expense of Stuart
Armstrong and Adam Matthews.

It was through the promptings of left-back Izaguirre that the Hoops made their first incursions towards the visitors’ goal.In the fifth minute, the Honduran played in Scott Brown, whose low cross flashed across goal, before he found Griffiths in a similar position with a crisp pass, the striker firing wide from an acute angle.Similar to Kilmarnock’s conservative approach in Celtic’s last home fixture, Dundee had set up defensively, encamped across their 18-yard box whenever the home side attacked.But the Hoops managed to bypass this sea of dark blue shirts with a slick counter-attack. Kris Commons’ long pass found Griffiths racing down the left. He fed Mackay-Steven, who in turn supplied Johansen, but the Norwegian couldn’t keep his curling shot on target.

As the Dens Park side continued to sit back, Virgil van Dijk was tempted to try his luck from distance, the defender shooting wide.Ronny Deila’s side should then have had a chance to break the deadlock from the penalty spot after Kevin Thomson sent Johansen sprawling in the box, but referee Bobby Madden was unmoved.Celtic’s frustrations were growing but on the half-hour mark they broke the visitors’ resistance – and the scorer was no surprise. Izaguirre looked up and delivered a wonderful cross from the left and Griffiths rose above his markers and powered a header beyond Scott Bain.

Van Dijk had another piledriver charged down, before Luka Tankulic’s ambitious long-range effort at the other end was comfortably gathered by Craig Gordon.In the 37th minute, the Hoops doubled their lead with a well-worked goal. Griffiths and Commons combined and the latter picked out Brown in the box. The captain took a touch before burying a shot into the corner.Celtic could now afford to play with freedom and flair and they threatened to add to their tally as half-time approached.The lively Griffiths came close to capitalising on some hesitant defending from Thomas Konrad and Bain, before Izaguirre saw a shot blocked after Mackay-Steven had attempted to wriggle clear in the box.

From the resultant corner, Commons collected a return pass from Izaguirre nutmegged a defender on the byline and blasted over.Although Paul Hartley’s side show greater ambition after the restart, the Hoops continued to boss possession. The away side did have the first effort of the half, with Willie Dyer pulling the trigger from distance but Gordon was never troubled.Van Dijk headed wide from Commons’ corner and then the Dutchman curled a shot wide after thrusting inside from the left as the Bhoys started to rediscover their cutting edge. On the hour-mark, Mackay-Steven did well to dig out a cross from the left which Konrad could only partially clear.

It fell to Johansen who fired over.Bain then had to be out quickly to deny Mackay-Steven as he chased a through ball, before the manager made a double change, sending on Forrest and Fisher for Johansen and Ambrose.Dundee’s defence was creaking again as van Dijk was within inches of Izaguirre’s cross and Brown had a goal ruled out after Griffiths was deemed to have fouled Bain.But then the substitutes had the desired impact. Fisher, showing plenty of enterprise since coming on, was pushed in the back by Stephen McGinn as he chased a ball into the box. Referee Madden pointed to the spot and Commons

confidently converted.Paradise was in full voice and they were given further reason to cheer when Forrest added number four with 13 minutes left on the clock. An incisive Celtic breakaway saw Commons send the winger scampering clear and he clinically slid the ball into the far corner beyond Bain.Commons, Izaguirre and Mackay-Steven had further efforts, before Tankulic drilled wide for the visitors.But the last word went the way of a rampant Celtic and Bitton in particular. Picking up the ball 30 yards from goal, he took aim and lashed home a stunning strike as Bain stood rooted to the spot.

CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Ambrose (Fisher 65), Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton; Commons, Johansen (Forrest 65), Mackay-Steven; Griffiths (Scepovic 75)
Not Used: Zaluska, Guidetti, Stokes, Armstrong,

DUNDEE (4-5-1) Bain; P. McGinn, McPake, Konrad, Dyer; Harris (Colquhoun 61) Ferry (Heffernan 71, Clarkson 90), S. McGinn, Thomson, McAlister; Tankulic
Not Used: Letheren, Irvine, Kostadin Gadzhalov, Harkins

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MSN passes 100 goals

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What a achievement 100 goals in 1 season from 3 strikers amazing

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Luis Suarez, Neymar Jnr and Lionel Messi pose for a picture in the dressing room after dismantling Getafe

‘I am struggling to remember any game with so many beautiful goals.’ 

– Luis Enrique

In 2009, FC Barcelona’s top trio compromising of Messi, Samuel Eto’o and Thierry Henry reached 100 goals. Last evening, our new and revolutionary trio – Messi, Suarez and Neymar – reached 102 goals in all competitions. The deadly trio starred in last evening’s 6-0 victory against Getafe with Leo and Suarez scoring a brace, Neymar and Xavi one a’ piece.

Watch the highlights here:

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For the first time this century, 4 players (Messi Neymar Suarez Xavi) have scored ànd assisted in a single Liga game [via mchip]

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This deadly trio is going to break even more records come next season. I am super proud of them.

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And isn’t Leo looking mighty fine lately! :)

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Awards Review/ Celtics Top Performers Receive Well Earned Rewards……..

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I can think of none more deserving of awards than Stefan Johansen since arriving from Stromsgodset the player has developed into a fine addition to the squad , having previously worked under Ronnie Deila the dynamic for both parties was ideal , Stefan could further his career with Celtic and the gaffer knew right away what he was getting,some of the performances this season have been breathtaking a hard-working and versatile midfielder who has chipped in with goals as well as several player of the month awards………………..

Celtic every once in a while discover players of rare talent , in yrs to come we will no doubt be taking in-depth about the Celtic career of Johansen, all I can say is a huge well done to the player , other awards on the night went to Kris Commons for goal of the season and Leigh Griffiths for club top scorer , Jason Denayer was among the awards as well winning young player of the year this is no surprise as the defender has been outstanding all season well done to all the awards winners…The spfl awards will come around soon and Celtic have 2 entries in Johansen and Van Dyk so let’s hope for more recognition  for the players this season..

Celtic awards 2015 Full list of award winners:

Player of the Year sponsored by McEwan Fraser Legal: Stefan Johansen

Players’ Player of the Year sponsored by Kitchen Depot: Stefan Johansen and Scott Brown

Young Player of the Year sponsored by ECG: Jason Denayer

Academy Player of the Year sponsored by Scottish Dentistry: Eoghan O’Connell

Women’s Player of the Year sponsored by Coco 5: Kelly Clark

Goal of the Season sponsored by Magners: Kris Commons

Top Goalscorer sponsored by Ladbrokes: Leigh Griffiths

Special Recognition sponsored by Light: Eric J. Riley

The nominees for Cheque Centre PFA Scotland Player of the Year & Young Player of the Year 2015 were unveiled The nominees are:

SPFL Premiership Player of the Year:

Virgil van Dijk (Celtic)
Stefan Johansen (Celtic)
Adam Rooney (Aberdeen)
Greg Stewart (Dundee)

Young Player of the Year:

Ryan Christie (Inverness)
Jason Denayer (Celtic)
Sam Nicholson (Hearts)
Jamie Walker (Hearts)


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Shunsuke Nakamura’-‘Down Memory Lane’.

Shunsuke Nakamura’-‘Down Memory Lane’..

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Hazard is PFA Player of the Year 2015

Hazard is PFA Player of the Year 2015.

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European Nights 1967-1980 Podcast

European Nights 1967-1980 Podcast.

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Closing In On The Title


 

Another 3 points in the bag for the champions elect…..3  goals from Leigh Griffiths and a 8 point lead in the title race ,celtic now go home to paradise on friday night to play Dundee the night before Aberdeen face Dundee utd at tannadice…results going Celtics way we could be champions by saturday tea time,but lets not get ahead of ourselves,todays result was as professional a job the bhoys have done this season ,granted first half was a bit topsy turvey but once we got the first goal there was only going to be one result…….

Leigh Griffiths again was the man on form and in the goals I make it that’s 18 for the season and 25 in 51 appearances in the hoops not a bad return at all,always new that he would bang in the goals for us,the first goal was a belter struck low across the box and goalkeeper Cierzniak was unable to stop the shot going in at his right corner,celtic were creating good chances and the big keeper was all that was standing between celtic and the 3 points…….

Goal 2 seemed to take everyone by surprise Commons swung in a corner from the left which Morris headed on to his own post before it fell to the feet of the Hoops striker in the six-yard box.He prodded the ball over the line before Cierzniak clawed it back out, only for Griffiths to place the ball beyond the keeper again, leaving the goal in no doubt at 2-0 celtic were cruising and a few of the players namely izziguirre chose to do a bit of showboating at times to the delight of the celtic fans……

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Goal 3 came from the penalty spot Mackay Steven was adjudged to be brought down in the box and Griffith expertly scored for the hatrick he really deserved,to be fair to Dundee utds Rankin the tackle was outside the box ,I cant help think that a wee bit of karma was involved there as penalty decisions seemed to be dominating the media in the last few weeks ,il take them whatever way they come as long as wee win …

another step closer to 4 in a row and Ronnie deila will be happy his first season in charge is a trophy laden one a double is not a bad return ,along with a semi final appearance in the Scottish cup that should have been more,had the officials not taken that one away from us,yes id say 2014-15 has been a good season ,all that’s left to do now is win on friday night and hope Aberdeen slip up on saturday ,nevertheless should they come through that game,it sets it up nicely for pittodrie on the 10th of may HH

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Refereeing Double Acts Dodgy Vision Denys Celtic…

I’ve had time to reflect on yesterdays semi final loss to Inverness in the Scottish cup semi final,that sentence actually hurt i like many was confident that we would be taking today about a fine celtic win and performance ,the game was a good one yesterday a fine watch and celtic played really well first half ,but one stupid decision by the referee Steven mclean and assistant linesman spoiled what could have been a great day for the club,at 2-0 and down to 10 men ive no doubt celtic would have rolled Inverness over in the 2 nd half ,but
for some strange reason well dark forces let’s be honest the officials chose not to give the goal or a penalty when Josh meekings handled the ball from a Griffith attempt that was going in…

Either the goal should have been given or a penalty at least with the Inverness player being sent off,its decisions like these that leave such a bad taste in the mouth ,the what if and the might have beens could have seen us into a final end of may,we can’t change results but had that incident not occurred and Inverness had won 3-2 i would have said fair enough ,but the fact theve got away with one sticks in my throat,ok the player is to blame but if the officials don’t act then he is just going to carry on like nothing happened,Leigh Griffiths said the lad admitted to him that it hit his hand,millions on tv saw it ,the commentators saw it ,replays proved it yet were not hearing much from the sfa about punishment for the officials..

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Celtic today sent a letter to the sfa requesting clarification about the incident and that will be interesting hearing what the numpties at the sfa have to say,i feel it will be yet another under the carpet job,ive had my wee rant about yesterday that’s gone ,a double will have to do its been a good season ,the titles within grasp,the league cup was won ,a semi final in the Scottish cup and several top performances throughout the season from some of our players,notably nir biton ive mentioned the kid several times this season and with good reason ,his calmness in possession of the ball is brilliant never wastes a pass and just looks like he’s out for a midnight stroll,even with a injury he was Celtics best player yesterday…

The team will be disappointed today but it was no fault of there’s ,Inverness might have the scoreline to reflect on but the officials won them the game ,were being spoke about in the media and on the internet as being bad losers ,have to laugh at that one ,I don’t mind losing if it’s a fair reflection of a game but being cheated is never going to sit easy with any of us ,a 2 min stoppage yesterday and video footage evidence would have cleared up the issue yesterday but the dinosaurs in Scottish football wont bring in tv evidence,why not break the mould try it do something positive for the Scottish game…

The corruption in Scotland still exists within the game rangers might be dead and sevco might be in the championship but there poison lingers over the game ,yesterday was a blatant version of these events ,celtic need to push on now in the last 6 games and roll over every one of the remaining opponents if there angry about yesterday the best way to deal with it is to take it out on all the rest,no mercy ….il celebrate the league in a few weeks time

The Scottish cup will be but a memory all in its been a good first season for Ronnie deila and il be interested to see what next season brings ,it looks like he’s intent on staying put for a good number of yrs,i believe we have a fine coach in the norwegian and the fans have really taken to his enthusiasm and passion for the club,there’s many more yrs of celtic domination to come ,sunday was a blip on the horizon of an otherwise fine season ………………


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http://www1.skysports.com/football/live/match/333775/report

http://www.theguardian.com/football/2015/apr/19/celtic-inverness-caledonian-thistle-scottish-cup-match-
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http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/sport/football/scottish/celtic/furious-ronnie-deila-is-up-in-arms-after-
inverness-beat-celtic-in-scottish-cup-semifinal-31154945.html

http://www.scotsman.com/mobile/sport/football/spfl/inverness-ct-3-2-celtic-aet-ict-in-final-1-3747107


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Next Match

Dundee v Celtic
Scottish Premiership
22nd April 2015
Kick Off 19:45

OFFICIAL MATCH REPORT

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William Hill Scottish Cup semi-final

Hampden Park, Glasgow
Sunday, April 19, 2015

CELTIC…2
(Van Dijk 18, Guidetti 103)

INVERNESS CALEY THISTLE…3
(Tansey pen. 58, Ofore 96, Raven 116)

TEN-MAN Celtic were left frustrated at a controversial refereeing decision as their Scottish Cup dream was extinguished at Hampden after 3-2 extra-time defeat to Inverness Caley Thistle.Virgil van Dijk had put the Hoops in command when his fantastic free-kick found the net in the 18th minute.And they should have doubled the lead on the stroke of half-time when Leigh Griffiths’ goal-bound header was prevented from going
in by Josh Meekings’ hand. Referee Steven McLean’s failure to award a penalty and dismiss the Inverness player left the Hoops players flabbergasted.

That decision took on huge significance as Craig Gordon was given his marching orders early in the second half for bringing down Marley Watkins, with Greg Tansey converting the penalty to equalise.As the game entered extra-time, Inverness struck first though Edward Ofere but substitute John Guidetti hauled Celtic level with a thunderous set-piece.
But as the clock ticked down, the Highlanders won it as David Raven swept home from Graeme Shinnie’s cutback.Griffiths was restored to the starting XI at the expense of Guidetti after the striker had bagged a treble to crush Kilmarnock on Wednesday night.

That was only the change to the team that lined up against the Rugby Park side as Ronny Deila’s men attempted to reach another showpiece and keep their treble dreams alive.
Prior to facing the Ayrshire outfit, the Hoops had been held by the Highlanders, a timely reminder that the champions would face a rigorous examination this afternoon.And it was John Hughes’ side who made the more positive start to proceedings, pressing high up the pitch and looking to take the initiative.

Adam Matthews was forced into an early foul on Graeme Shinnie, presenting Tansey with the first sight of goal from the resultant free-kick, the midfielder firing over from 30 yards.
But, after repelling that early assault, Celtic began to exert control and make inroads into the opposition defence.A purposeful burst from Forrest down the left created some space for Stefan Johansen to power towards the box and only a last-gasp challenge from Gary Warren blocked his final effort.

In the 13th minute, Nir Bitton almost opened the scoring in spectacular style as he smashed a first-time shot from 20 yards off the upright with Ryan Esson rooted to the spot.The Inverness shot-stopper was quickly called into action again, springing to his left to halt Griffiths’ pile-driver.Forrest had been prominent in the opening exchanges, the winger’s explosive pace and movement giving right-back Raven a torrid time.And
another enterprising run from the Scotland internationalist was the precursor to the Hoops breaking the deadlock.

After Warren had sent Forrest tumbling to the ground on the edge of the box, referee Steven McLean booked the defender and awarded a free-kick, which van Dijk brilliantly dispatched via the post.Emboldened by the Dutchman’s moment of magic, the Bhoys set about their task with renewed enthusiasm. A burst of acceleration from Griffiths took him to the byline but his cutback has no takers and Brown had a stinging shot from distance saved by Esson.Still, they weren’t having it completely their own way, with the Caley Jags
showing plenty of fighting spirit, and they could have levelled the match had Edward Ofere not missed from close range after a the ball had dropped invitingly for him following a corner.

The clearer opportunities were falling for Ronny Deila’s side, however, with Johansen forcing Esson into action after collecting Griffith’s lay-off in the box.A raking pass over the top from van Dijk nearly put Commons in, before the 31-year-old was denied by a fingertip save from Esson.Just before the break, the match burst into life again as controversy reared its head. Moments after Warren headed wide from a corner for Inverness, Johansen was played in following a rapid Celtic breakaway.Although the Norwegian’s lofted
shot was pushed away by Esson, Griffiths was on hand to header the rebound on target. A goal would have been guaranteed until the intervention of Meekings’ outstretched hand. Inexplicably, the officials missed it and play raged on.

However, despite their frustrations, Celtic still had an iron-grip on the game as the second half restarted. A crisp, passing move culminated in Commons moving the ball wide to Forrest, who cut inside and saw his effort deflected wide. This all changed in the 55th minute as the Hoops were reduced to 10 men.A lightning counter -attack from Inverness left the Celtic defence exposed. Watkins beat Adam Matthews for speed and was brought down by Gordon. Referee Steven McLean pointed to the spot and produced the red card for the shot- stopper.

Forrest was sacrificed to bring Lukasz Zaluska on but the Polish keeper unable to prevent Tansey levelling the match from the spot.Roared on by the Hoops faithful, though, Celtic battled on. Griffiths headed an Izaguirre cross on target from an acute angle, before Johansen’s audacious attempt from 40 yards brought out a save from Esson.At the other end, Watkins fired narrowly wide and Zaluska made a comfortable stop from Tansey’s set-piece as the game became increasingly stretched and tension mounted.With neither side able to find a late winner, the match entered extra-time and it was Hoops, who fashioned the first chance as Johansen’s scooped pass was met by substitute Aleksandar Tonev, who volleyed wide.

Zaluska then made a smart stop from Ryan Christie’s thumping drive but he was left helpless as Ofere handed the Highlanders the lead. Tansey teed-up the forward following a hanging cross from the left and he made no mistake, rifling a shot into the corner.However, the ten men rallied in adversity and it only took them seven minutes to cancel that out. Brown was sent sprawling by a combination of Ross Draper and Nick Ross and substitute Guidetti, only on the field a matter of minutes, lashed in the resultant free-kick from 25 yards. Cue bedlam.

Ross spurned a golden chance for the Caley Jags, hooking a shot over after Zaluska was unable to claim a cross, while Tonev and Guidetti fired over for Celtic.But with only three minutes left on the clock, Inverness grabbed the winner as Raven found the net from Shinnie’s low centre. It was a cruel blow for the battling Bhoys, who will now turn their attentions to clinching the title and sealing a domestic double.

CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon (Zaluska 56); Matthews, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton; Commons (Tonev 90), Johansen, Forrest; Griffiths (Guidetti 98)
Not Used: Ambrose, Scepovic, McGregor, Tierney

INVERNESS CALEY THISTLE (4-4-2) Esson; Raven, Warren, Meekings, Shinnie; Christie, Draper, Tansey, Williams (Ross 74); Ofere, Watkins
Not Used: Mackay, Vincent, Doran, Tremarco, Polworth, Kink

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Super Sub Griffiths Secures 8 Point Lead For Celts!!

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Scottish Premiership
Celtic Park, Glasgow
Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CELTIC…4
(Commons 58, Griffiths 65,80, 85)

KILMARNOCK…1
(Westlake 50)

There can be little doubt that Leigh Griffiths starts the game on sunday against Inverness the hunger and desire he showed tonight against Kilmarnock with his 3 goals makes it a no brainer for Ronnie Deila,that’s 15 for the season and makes him the club’s top goalscorer ahead of John Guidetti on 14 ,the goals have been pretty spread out through the team this season so a lot of pressure has been taken of whoever has played up top ,when you have players like Commons and Johanson , Van Dyk and Denayer adding to the score sheet ,it gives the strikers a bit of help and they can focus on other aspects of their game….

One thing ive noticed about our frontline whoever it is that plays ,Guddetti,Stokes,or Griffiths is the pressing they do high up the pitch and they set a lot of stuff up,Guddetti and Griffith combined on several occasions tonight in the 30 mins they played together ,Guddetti played his part scoring a lot of goals at the start of the season whereas Griffith is finishing the season on good form ,both will now fight it out to see who tops the goalscoring chart for the club come end of may,one thing that’s for sure both have contributed immensely to the title push….

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First half tonight was a bit of a dead duck ,Kilmarnock nullified most of what Celtic tried to do and there was very little for the crowd to get excited about,the weather was nice for a game of footy and probably the only highlight of their trip to parkhead in the first half was the brilliant response of the fans for the food bank collection outside the stadium,at least the second half would be more of a spectacle,Kilmarnock were ahead within 5 mins of the restart Darryl Westlake’s shot from distance deflected into the net of Denayer ,the Celtic faithful were stunned and the team seemed to take it very personally as the performance levels went up a few notches…

Chris Commons brilliant volley flying high into the net in a blink of an eye,at one point the commentators thought it was Brown who had scored as he followed through into the net to retrieve the ball ,but on reflection Commons was found to have struck the crucial equalizer,a few minutes later super sub Griffiths was introduced and within a short few mins he had celtic 2-1 ahead with a lovely little header at the back post,Celtic werent finished yet though Griffith well-known for liking a wee shot from outside the box lashed in a brilliant shot that went in of the foot of the post to make it 3-1…

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On 80 mins,the team could have shut up shop then and settled for the points but Griffiths had other ideas as hatrick was on his mind in a few previous games he’s had 2 goals but the hatrick had eluded him not tonight his 3rd goal was expertly taken as he slid the ball past Salmson to make it 4-1 and make the finish line for this seasons title race come a bit closer 8 points clear now with 6 games to go ,the team require 11 points from the remaining games,a treble is a very real possibility with the Scottish cup semi final game on sunday our next hurdle ,with the form of Griffiths he could be the man to fire us into the final end of may ……………….

CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Matthews, Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton; Commons (Armstrong 81), Johansen (Mackay-Steven 81) Forrest (Griffiths 61); Guidetti
Not Used: Zaluska, Ambrose, Stokes, McGregor

KILMARNOCK (4-5-1) Samson; O’Hara, Ashcroft, Syme, Westlake; Magennis (McKenzie 74) Slater, Clingan, Cairney (Eccleston 81); Obadeyi; Miller
Not Used: Brennan, Barbour, McKenzie, Johnston


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Next Game

Inverness CT v Celtic
William Hill Scottish Cup
19th April 2015
Kick Off 12:15

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A New Niche Market for Celtic?

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And so the Ronnie deila era began , many years of dominance ahead for celtic, our Buisness plan is sound, under fine leadership on and of the park, we welcome the chase hh

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We have long since adjusted to the economic reality that even the top football clubs in Scotland are no longer able to attract or retain high profile players from other leagues, regardless of their history and reputation, and despite their global appeal, kept vibrantly alive through the Scottish and Irish diaspora.

Given the unimaginable riches on offer elsewhere, Scottish football clubs have had to position themselves as stepping stones to the English Premiership and beyond, or as the school of hard knocks where youth players from the English leagues might be sent to toughen up. We now take that as standard practice and have grown a bit numb to it. It no longer hurts the way it should.

As others have gone out of existence trying, Celtic’s survival instincts have sharpened sufficiently to maximise the few opportunities available to Scottish clubs, playing the market brilliantly and reaping incredible financial returns…

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Top Players Views On Paradise(aka)Celtic Park

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A whole host of football legends have testified to the unique atmosphere of Celtic Park…’Every professional footballer should seek to play at least one game at Celtic Park. I have never felt anything like it.’PAOLO MALDINI The atmosphere generated by the fans in Celtic’s stadium for our visit was the most impressive I’ve ever witnessed.

The grounds of Liverpool and Manchester United are good and the hostile feeling of playing against Real Madrid in the Bernabeu is also excellent, but the atmosphere against Celtic was the best  ‘XAVI.

The Celtic fans are incredible. It is always great to play there.’RONALDO‘The incredible thing was the people.

For an opposition player it is quite incredible. I have not seen a better atmosphere from the grounds I have visited. STEVEN GERRARD‘ This place makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

There is nowhere like it in football, and I can see how the people love to play here and speak so highly of it.’SAMUEL ETO

Football will survive because of teams like Celtic and its fans. AGE HAREIDE (Helsingborgs IF manager, 2012)The legendary Jock Stein declared that football without the fans is nothing, and it is fans who have made the club and Celtic Park famous throughout the world

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Inverness 1-1 Celtic -Tough Outing For Hoops But Semi Final On The Hampden Turf Will Suit Celtics Style Of Play !!


Scottish Premiership
Tulloch Caledonian Stadium
Saturday, April 11, 2015

INVERNESS CALEY THISTLE…1
(Ofere 5)

CELTIC…1
(Griffiths 3)

Premier league
Game 31

CELTIC (4-2-3-1) Gordon; Ambrose (Matthews 62), Denayer, van Dijk, Izaguirre; Brown, Bitton; Mackay-Steven (Commons 62), Johansen, Armstrong; Griffiths (Guidetti 78)
Not Used: Zaluska, Stokes, McGregor, Tierney
INVERNESS CALEY THISTLE (4-2-3-1) Brill ( Esson 19); Raven, Warren, Meekings, Shinnie; Draper, Tansey; Williams (Vincent 85) Christie (Doran 85) Ofere; Watkins
Not Used: Ross, Devine, Tremarco, Kink


8 games out from the finish line and celtic arrived up north to play a Inverness side who have been going well all season sitting in third position in the league, the Northmen always provide the hoops with a stern test and today’s game was no different , the fact that the game was littered with fouls and stoppages only goes to show the competitiveness of the 2 clubs , usually there is only a goal between the sides at least the fixtures last few seasons have shown this….

The game started at a frantic pace and when lee Griffith scored on 3 mins with a fine finish of the post from a shot from just outside the box , it looked like celtic could settle into the game , but before they could Inverness had scored a equalizer within a few mins , both central defenders Van Dyk and Denayer ended up out of position and trying to clear a shot from the line leaving there back line exposed the Inverness striker Ofere finished the attempted clearance firing the ball into the net, the remainder of the half was littered by stoppages and fouls , there was no flow to the teams play today and it’s probably the blip
the team need to get out of there system prior to the run in………………………………………….

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The return of club captain Scott Brown was a welcome one with brownie putting himself about and when tackles were flying the fiery midfeilder was never far from the action  , as the 2 nd half developed you kinda knew there wasnt going to be any more scoring , both teams cancelled one another out and looked like they just wanted the final whistle, a point in Inverness is a good one , 8 points clear of Aberdeen now with 7 games to go the treble dream is still alive, the same opponent will face celtic next Sunday in the Scottish cup semi final at Hampden and the large open pitch will suit celtic more so hopefully we shall see a few more goals…………………………………………………………………………………………………………………

Falkirk play Hibs on the sat so Celtic will know their opponent should they get through…
Wed night we go again in the premier league against Kilmarnock ,games are coming
thick and fast at the business end of the season ,Aberdeen play Kilmarnock today
(sunday 12th april) so a wee slip up from the dons would be good,looking forward
to the run in it’s not often we get the chance of a treble so its going to be exciting hh…….

Celtic v Kilmarnock
Scottish Premiership
15th April 2015
Kick Off 19:45

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Celebrity Celtic Supporters Gallery

Some of the most famous celebrities follow celtic football club from all over the world its always interesting when we here interviews with said celebs and they reveal how there love for celtic came about,ive added a gallery below of some of our very own celebrity fans most people will know about but theres a few unknowns …hh


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Another Giant Step Towards Four in A Row Celtic 2-0 Partick Thistle

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Another 3 points in the bag tonight watching the game on a stream isint  always the best but it will do when you can’t get to the game , the bhoys never looked in danger tonight , the last time I watched a stream a wonder goal won it for St Johnstone , and Celtic slipped up and gave Aberdeen some hope but 3 wins since have the hoops on easy street and with 9 games to go we have a 7 point lead with a game in hand, special mention to Stefan Johnson for his endeavour and drive tonight as Captain a goal as well from great link up with John guidetti who has turned provider last 6 weeks taking away from his early season goal feats the big swede has contributed a lot …………

Also  2 fine saves from Craig Gordon tonight when he could have had the pipe and slippers out emphases his worth , this season started with a bit of uncertainty because of the new boss but we can be in no doubt that the management team have the team well on the way to a possible treble, I think Celtic have so much depth in this squad now that the finishing line is near and we can look forward to next season…..

Who knows what the team will look like next season with denayer van dyk and guidetti maybe moving on , but if we can keep performers like Johanson ,Gordon and biton at the club who will attract attention end of season  then we will have  the nucleos of a fine team going forward , we can build on a fine season , much has been said about a player of the year but I can’t call it because there has been so many positives , over the season il let the hacks pick that one , Inverness up nxt Easter week has been good troops hh
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TOP 10 MATCHES

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TOP 1O S is where youll find my opinion on all things from top 10 players to top 10 moments,games,goals,managers etc that kinda thing hail hail….

Top 10 Games

1…CELTIC F.C.  6   RANGERS F.C.  2

Sunday 27 August 2000
Kick-off: 1.00 pm | Attendance: 59,476 | Referee: Mr Stuart Dougal (Scotland)

CELTIC PARK, GLASGOW

2…Celtic 4-3 Juventus

(2001/02 Champions League group stage)

3…Kilmarnock 1-2 Celtic

Sun 22 april 2007 Rugby Park Nakamura seals the title with a stunning free kick

4…Uefa Cup Final

CELTIC F.C. 2 F.C. PORTO 3

Wednesday, 21 May 2003

Kick-off: 20:45 (CET) | Attendance: 72,972 | Referee: Lubos MICHEL (Slovakia)

5…Celtic 2-1 Barcelona

Wed 7th nov 2012

Champions League

Celtic
  • Victor Wanyama 21,
  • Tony Watt 83
Barcelona
  • Lionel Messi 90 +0:37

6…1986-05-03: St. Mirren 0-5 Celtic, Premier Division title decider

7…1967-05-25: Celtic 2-1 Inter Milan, European CupThis is a featured page

8…2003-04-27: Rangers 1-2 Celtic, SPLThis is a featured page

9…Henricks last match…

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SEVCO 5088 aka (rangers 1873-2012 deceased Quiz)

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