Down Memory Lane

Thanks to Henrik 7 Larssons you tube page for providing the video hh

P25 W25 F86 A13 ● Martin O’Neill’s Celtic set a British record which may never be broken by winning 25 consecutive top-flight matches as they ease their way to the SPL title. Celtic (98) gathered more points in 2003/04 than unbeaten Arsenal (90), as well as winning a cup, whilst both sides reached a European quarter-final.

5-0 v Dundee Utd (H) [Maloney, Agathe, Thompson, McNamara, Larsson]
2-1 v Partick (A) [Lambert, Thompson]
5-1 v Livingston (H) [Larsson 3, Maloney, Thompson]
1-0 v Dundee (A) [Balde]
3-0 v Motherwell (H) [Larsson, Sutton, Maloney]
2-1 v Hibernian (A) [Thompson, Larsson]
1-0 v Rangers (A) [Hartson]
5-0 v Hearts (H) [Miller 2, Stamp OG, Larsson, Varga]
4-0 v Aberdeen (H) [Larsson 3, Sutton]
5-0 v Kilmarnock (A) [Sutton 3, Hartson, Maloney]
5-0 v Dunfermline (H) [Hartson 2, Wallace, Varga, Larsson]
5-1 v Dundee Utd (A) [Sutton 3, Larsson 2]
3-1 v Partick (H) [Larsson, Sutton 2]
2-0 v Livingston (A) [Sutton, Thompson]
3-2 v Dundee (H) [Larsson, Balde, Kennedy]
2-0 v Motherwell (A) [Hartson, Thompson]
6-0 v Hibernian (H) [Sutton 2, Hartson 2, Larsson, Petrov]
3-0 v Rangers (H) [Petrov, Varga, Thompson]
1-0 v Hearts (A) [Petrov]
3-1 v Aberdeen (A) [Petrov, Larsson, Pearson]
5-1 v Kilmarnock (H) [Agathe, Hartson 2, Larsson, Pearson]
4-1 v Dunfermline (A) [Larsson 2, Varga, Thompson]
2-1 v Dundee Utd (H) [Maloney, Sutton]
4-1 v Partick (A) [Sutton 2, Varga 2]
5-1 v Livingston (H) [Pearson, Sutton, Thompson 2, Larsson]

St Mirren 0 Celtic 5 Saturday, 3rd May 1986

 (God Bless Albert Kidd)


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

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.



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:


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


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.


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


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.



With all the x pros and media hacks reflecting on this weekends game between sevco5088 and Celtic ,and most trying to claim Rangers are the same club today as the one that clearly died in 2012 ,it amazes me with all the evidence we have that proves they are a new entity ,people still want to hang on to the fantasy that Rangers arent dead…

Even more surprising when x Celts like Kenny Dalglish and Chris Sutton refer to them as Rangers,i like most Celtic fans refuse to believe these are the true thoughts of these men ..the team and club both played against doesnt exist anymore,the game below ive chose to reflect on in my DOWN MEMORY LANE FEATURE .. was against Rangers 1873-2012..and it featured one king Kenny Dalglish ,it was Kennys debut against Rangers in Aug 1971,it was also a league cup tie and Celtic won the game 2-0 ..

The king scoring from the penalty spot ,a crowd of 72000 witnessed the spectacle that day and alough the rivalry was intense even back then it wont come close to sunday 1st feb 2015 in the game between Celtic and Sevco5088,let me explain the more you try to tell a child not to do something or believe it the more they rebel and fight against it..this is how i see the embarrassment that is Sevco5088 like a child theve taken the huff…


Celtic are the most succesful Scottish football club ever now that Rangers are dead,the old guard cant accept it the loyalist hoardes are slowly seeing their heritage slip away from them,first there figurehead in Scotland Rangers football club dies then there shoddy attempt at a tribute act phoenix club stutters through the divisions ,meanwhile Celtic are financially stable have a winning team on the park and a happy fan base to rub salt in the yet open wound..

Sunday will come and go and no matter the result one thing will remain RANGERS ARE DEAD..and no matter how much x players of both clubs ,media pundits and delusional sevco fans try to convince you ,don’t be taken in by there lies the game featured below was an OLD FIRM game a CELTIC V RANGERS game A GLASGOW DERBY..sundays league cup semi final is the first time in history Celtic football club will play Sevco5088 i hope for a decent win and no crowd trouble,this is another story for another post ………CELTIC NOW CELTIC THEN CELTIC FOREVER!!!!

1971-08-14: Celtic 2-0 Rangers, League Cup

Britain’s biggest crowd – 72,500 – for the official start to the new season, assembled at Ibrox on Saturday and appropriately reserved for the occasion was the best Old Firm game for years.Celtic, shaping like European Cup winning prospects, confirmed above all, by beating Rangers with two second half goals, that they will be the team that other Cup and Championship aspirants will have to chase for honours.

On his performance Murdoch disproved the old axiom that they never come back. He has had his full share of injury and, more seriously, weight trouble, but he is in the team again, fitter than ever and without having lost his immaculate passing skill. When he is directing the flow accurately Celtic are at their peak, and this was how they secured the initiative in their League Cup section.


The return of Murdoch and John Hughes to the first team was a refreshing sight. It reflected the amazing strength of the Parkhead side’s resources. A roll call of the more established men who were not called upon or even in the reserves on Saturday would have included the names of Jim Brogan, Harry Hood, Tommy Gemmell, Willie Wallace and Lou Macari.

Despite the undoubted delight at the team’s opening success, Jock Stein does not assume that the men who beat Rangers will become automatic choices for later games. He estimated that it will be October before he has a settled side. However he could not wish for better than to have the consistency of this match maintained.

There was no obvious weakness in the side against strong opponents who did not have Celtic’s cohesion. Particularly in midfield this was evident, as Murdoch, Tom Callaghan and and Jimmy Johnstone’s individual genius provided a springboard for attacking operations. At times David Hay and George Connelly, the pure essence of coolness, stepped out of the rear to lend extra fire power to the offensive.


The assault on Rangers’ goal was at it’s height when little Johnstone flighted a cross to the unmarked Lennox whose shot hit the post. It was only minutes later – the sixty eighth – when this quicksilver pair reversed the procedure, Lennox sending a corner kick to Johnstone and the winger shooting through a ***** in the packed defence to score.

Rangers’ defence surprisingly fell for their own offside trap a minute later when Hughes was pulled down for what was undoubtedly a penalty. Billy McNeill, Celtic’s captain, signalled to Ken Dalglish to take the kick. It was the youngster’s first Old Firm game and yet he showed no strain. He even took time to tie his bootlace a bit tighter before placing the ball well away from Peter McCloy.

The two goal blow terminated Rangers’ hopes and left them to wonder about the openings they missed when they were, potentially, more dngerous. Alex MacDonald might have score in the first few seconds, as might Willie Mathieson when he twice accelerated from his full back position to the front.


At times too, the game could have turned, although the Ibrox side did not have Celtic’s fine balance, especially in midfield. Tommy McLean’s play was not so sustained as it had been in challenge games against Everton and Tottenham, although the delicate touches that may mean much to Rangers are still there.Rangers were reluctant to use Derek Johnstone’s height and jumping power. The young centre forward who troubled the Celtic defence in the club’s meetings last season, was replaced early in the second half by Colin Stein.

Colin Jackson and Ronnie McKinnon had a difficult task but played well even in defeat. They were relieved near the finish not to concede another goal when Hughes hit the bar with an explosive shot after one of the best moves of the match.Although three players – Greig, MacDonald and Hay – were booked for fouls there could be few complaints about on field misbehaviour as Bill Mullan kept full control.

Rangers – McCloy Jardine Mathieson Greig McKinnon Jackson McLean Conn Johnstone Johnston MacDonald – sub Stein

Celtic – Williams Craig Hay Murdoch McNeill Connelly Johnstone Lennox Dalglish Callaghan Hughes – sub Davidson

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 Shunsuke Nakamura’Down Memory Lane’..

Dec 21st 2014 posted

Celtic's Nakamura celebrates scoring against Manchester United during their Champions League soccer match in Glasgow,Scotland

When i think of the 4 year spell Shunsuke Nakamura had at Celtic it always lights up my day ,like other greats in the modern Celtic era aka Ľubomír Moravčík or Henrik Larsson these players remind us Celtic fans that were privileged not only to support Scotland’s most succesful and famous club but we get to see some of the finest footballers on the planet pull on the green and white hooped shirt…

Shunsuke Nakamura is and was one of those players ,naturally gifted as a footballer the Japanese playmaker came to Celtic and like many fans im sure id never really heard of him ,but seeing him being introduced to the crowd..he stood there taking it all in ,and at that point I think his love affair with the hoops began,if we didn’t know the guy then we were sure in for a treat because from day 1 he terrorized Opposition defences,with his direct style of play…

My most memorable moments will be like most others notably his goals against Manchester Utd home and away in the champions league  and his free kicks against Kilmarnock in the premier league one of which  to win the title ,also his stunner against Rangers at ibrox,goals apart Shunsuke Nakamuras main attribute was to create and he did this in abundance ,his setup play was wizard like and its the kind of stuff fans dream off when watching a match….

I’ve added some you tube clips on the post and some links to stuff that show the guys genius as a footballer ,he was a player i was privileged to see as a Celtic fan ,and when I tell my grandkids about Celtic its players like naka that will have them sitting up paying attention ,in Celtics history there’s an elite number of individuals who’s names run off the tongue because our memories we hold dear Shunsuke Nakamura is one such guy HH


2 goals v man utd champions league

winner against kilmarnock to win the league

free kick against killie

nakamura v rangers

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Shunsuke Nakamura (中村 俊輔 Nakamura Shunsuke?, born 24 June 1978) is a Japanese professional footballer who plays as an attacking midfielder for Yokohama F. Marinos in J. League Division 1. He is the first and only player to have been twice named J. League Most Valuable Player, receiving the award in 2000 and 2013. He is well known for his vision, touch, and free kick-taking abilities; Steve Perryman once remarked that Nakamura “could open a tin of beans with his left foot”.

His former clubs include Espanyol, Celtic, and Reggina. During his time at Celtic, he became one of the most prominent Asian players to have played in Europe; he was nominated for the 2007 Ballon d’Or, was named Scottish Player of the Year and SFWA Footballer of the Year in 2007, and became the first Japanese player to score in the UEFA Champions League. His team accomplishments at Celtic include winning the Scottish Premier League in 2006, 2007, and 2008, the Scottish League Cup in 2006 and 2009, and the Scottish Cup in 2007.

Nakamura has 98 caps and 24 goals for the Japanese national football team, including appearances in the FIFA World Cup finals in 2006 and 2010 and winning the AFC Asian Cup in 2000 and 2004; he was named Most Valuable Player in the 2004 competition. He also appeared in the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship as a member of the Japanese Under-20 team and the 2000 Summer Olympics as a member of the Japanese Under-23 team.


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Honours with Celtic:

Scottish Premier League:
2005-06, 2006-07, 2007-08

Scottish League Cup:
2005-06, 2008-09

Scottish Cup:

SPFA (Scottish Professional Footballers Assoction):
Player’s Player of the Year 2007

Goal of the Season: 2007

Team of the Season: 2007

SFWA (Scottish Football Writers’ Association) :
Footballer of the Year 2007

SPL Player of the Year:

Celtic Player of The Year:

Celtic Fans Player of the Year:

Down Memory Lane-2000-2005-Dominating Rangers 1873-2012 Deceased…


A great time to be a celtic fan……………………….. when your team is destroying the main opposition…rangers 1873-2012 deceased -those fans must look back and wonder how come we can’t have them days back,well of course it can never happen its resigned to history rangers died as a football club in 2012 and the old firm moniker died with it,we only have our memories and there’s some real classics from this period,the club was truly blest with fine player at that time,Sutton,larsson,hartson,to name a few………………..

who was to know that just a few yrs later celtic oldest rival rangers 1873-2012 would be liquidated and kicked out the premier league by the sfa all but 1 off the spl clubs voting to cast them out,during a period when clear cheating was going on by rangers 1873-2012 unknown to everyone else outside Edmondson drive,celtic still managed to dominate a club who had been hanging on the hoops coattails for yrs,the jealously from ibrox was at its peak as game after game celtic played them aff the park….

download  celtic 2-1 rangers 25th nov 2001

when i think of rangers 1873-2012 today it’s as i write 2 and a half yrs ago they went bust-il not lie i loved the old firm games but had i known what i know now of the goings on behind the scenes i would have been crying from the rooftops to have THEM gone just like they are today,in sport there’s no room for cheats,rangers were consumate cheaters they bent the rules to suit their agenda and finally it caught up with them,in the shadow off celtic they lived and in the shadow of celtic they died…

Below are some of the games that Highlighted Celtics dominance enjoy the memories hh..

Thursday, 8 February, 2001

Celtic clinch stormy semi-final in League Cup

Celtic 3-1 Rangers

Three players were sent off and referee Willie Young awarded two disputed penalties as the Old Firm semi-final boiled over into controversy.But it was Celtic who emerged the victors to deservedly take their place in the final against Kilmarnock.Celtic took command with goals from Chris Sutton and Henrik Larsson after only 17 minutes.Jorg Albertz brought Rangers back into the game shortly before the break from the spot.

But Larsson killed off the reigning league champions with another penalty in the second-half.I wasn’t satisfied with some of my players and I’m not happy with how they behaved ……Dick Advocaat,Rangers lost their discipline at that point and Claudio Reyna was sent off minutes from the end after being shown a second yellow card for a lunging tackle on Bobby Petta.In the melee that followed, Celtic substitute Lubo Moravcik and Rangers replacement Michael Mols were both shown red cards and Celtic’s Neil Lennon was lucky not to follow.

Rangers captain Barry Ferguson and winger Neil McCann had returned from suspension and midfielder Jorg Albertz was back in the squad after an ankle injury.But Giovanni van Bronckhorst, Craig Moore, Lorenzo Amoruso, Billy Dodds, Sergio Porrini and Ronald de Boer all remained on the sidelines.Belgian defender Joos Valgaeren was out injured for Celtic.Petta was injured in training and was on the bench, but midfielder Stilian Petrov was back from suspension and international duty.Jonathan Gould replaced the cup-tied Rab Douglas in goal, while Didier Agathe was also out having played for Hibernian earlier in the competition.Celtic took the early initiative and took the lead after six minutes from an Alan Thompson free-kick.

Ramon Vega climbed above the Rangers defence to head against the crossbar after a touch from Stefan Klos’s fingertips.Our penalty also looked an innocuous challenge from where I was standing….’ Martin O’Neill’..

But Chris Sutton volleyed home from 10 yards.Henrik Larsson put Celtic two ahead after 17 minutes and it was a disaster for Rangers’ Robert Malcolm.The 20-year-old defender was a surprise choice for his first Old Firm game and slipped going for a long ball into the Rangers box.Larsson stole in to chip the ball over the advancing Klos.

Rangers rarely threatened but eventually back into the match after 36 minutes.Scott Wilson collapsed inside the Celtic box as Vega and Sutton came in from behind.It looked a soft award as the referee pointed to the spot and Albertz sent Gould the wrong way from the spot.Reyna was booked for a late challenge on Celtic’s Paul Lambert, who was then left hurt by another fair but powerful challenge from the American.

Lambert and Rangers’ Tugay were booked after an altercation as they left the field at half-time and the volatile Turk was replaced by Allan Johnston during the break.A Thompson free-kick again caused Rangers a problem and his cross found Vega eight yards out as the Swiss defender again evaded the marking of Tore Andre Flo.

But the Celtic man’s downward header bounced off the Hampden turf and over the bar.A clash of heads between Larsson and Wilson left the Rangers man with blood flowing from a head wound and the Celtic striker nursing a black eye.It was a tangle between the two that settled the tie after 67 minutes.The pair crashed to the ground as they chased a ball inside the Rangers box and referee Young pointed to the spot.

Klos was booked for protesting what looked like another dubious decision and was then sent the wrong way by Larsson from the spot.Then came those unsavoury final moments that leave three players out of Sunday’s league game between the sides.

Celtic: Gould, Boyd, Mjallby, Vega, McNamara, Lambert, Lennon, Petrov, Thompson, Larsson, Sutton.

Subs: Moravcik, Petta, Tebily, Johnson, Kharine.

Rangers: Klos, Malcolm, Wilson, Konterman, Tugay, Numan, Reyna, Ferguson, Albertz, Flo, McCann.

Subs: Ricksen, Mols, Miller, Johnston, Brown.

Referee: W Young.

Sunday, 11 February, 2001

Celtic 1-0 Rangers

Alan Thompson’s first-half goal rubber-stamped Celtic dominance over their Old Firm rivals this season and looks to have ensured that his side will lift the Scottish Premier League title.Rangers at last showed something resembling the performance expected of reigning champions as they battled for their lives with only 10 men after the break.But Celtic stretched their lead over Rangers to 12 points and over second-top Hibernian to 11.Rangers paid for a first half in which they were totally outplayed, allowed Thompson to score and had Fernando Ricksen sent off.

Celtic made three changes from the side that beat Rangers 3-1 in the CIS Insurance Cup semi-final on Wednesday.The cup-tied Robert Douglas and Didier Agathe returned at the expense of Jonathan Gould and the suspended Stilian Petrov, while Bobby Petta replaced the injured Jackie McNamara.Rangers brought in Kenny Miller and Ricksen as they dug deep into resources stretched by suspension and injury.But it was Celtic who had the ball in the net as early as the eighth minute.From the home side’s first corner, Ramon Vega headed home only to be pulled up for a foul.

Ricksen was booked two minutes later for a late tackle on Thompson.Larsson then sent an overhead kick a couple of feet over.Those three incidents were indications of a nervousness and disarray in the Rangers defence that was finally exploited after 16 minutes.Larsson won a header against Scott Wilson and Chris Sutton played it neatly back into his strike partner’s path.The Swede’s attempted shot deflected off Jorg Albertz and into the path of Thompson unmarked 12 yards out.The English midfielder slotted the ball wide of the exposed Stefan Klos for the crucial goal.

Rangers’ only attempt of the first half arrived two minutes later.But a head flick by Albertz from a Neil McCann corner flew well over.The nervous moments continued at the back for Rangers and Paul Lambert just could not put enough of a lift on his shot after Konterman forced Klos into a hurried clearance with a bad back-pass.It looked all over for Rangers a minute before the break.Ricksen had already lived dangerously with a couple of challenges.When he floored Tom Boyd with another late tackle, referee Hugh Dallas had no option but to show the Dutch full-back a second yellow card.

Rangers brought on midfielder Tugay for striker Miller at half-time.The Turk helped set up the champions’ best chance yet, a 20-yard drive from Albertz flying a couple of yards over.Tore Andre Flo broke clear and set up Albertz on the edge of the box and the German’s low drive from the edge of the box forced Douglas into his first save of the match.Rangers came close to equalising after 63 minutes.Douglas flapped at an Albertz corner and Konterman’s shot from the edge of the box was first touched by the goalkeeper’s outstretched hand then headed off the line by Agathe.Celtic were sitting back but should have killed Rangers off on the break after 70 minutes.

Larsson found Thompson in the clear, but this time the midfielder powered his 18-yard drive yards over.Rangers had claims for a late penalty waved aside after Sutton appeared to hold back Flo inside the box.
Celtic: Douglas, Boyd, Mjallby, Vega, Agathe, Thompson, Lambert, Lennon, Petta, Larsson, Sutton.

Subs: Gould, Tebily, Johnson, Healy, Smith.

Rangers: Klos, Konterman, Malcolm, Wilson, Ricksen, Ferguson, Albertz, McCann, Numan, Flo, Miller.

Subs: Christiansen, Tugay, Johnston, Hughes, Carson.

Referee: H Dallas.


Sunday, 29 April, 2001

Celtic crush Rangers

Rangers 0-3 Celtic

Henrik Larsson’s 50th goal of the season and two from Lubomir Moravcik put the icing on Celtic’s championship cake at Ibrox.Martin O’Neill’s team had rarely threatened the Rangers goal until Moravcik put them ahead in the 61st minute.He burst into the home side’s box onto a lay-off by Larsson and slotted coolly past Stefan Klos.Larsson completed the rout in the 87th minute after Jackie McNamara dispossessed Tugay and supplied the Swedish goal machine.He rounded the hapless Klos and tucked the ball away in front of Celtic’s ecstatic followers.

Moravcik’s first strike had breathed life into what had been a poor game notable only for a glaring first-half miss by Rod Wallace.He somehow headed wide inside the Celtic six-yard box from Arthur Numan’s cross in the 23rd minute.A typically fast and furious Old Firm encounter also saw Rangers defender Lorenzo Amoruso stretchered off in the 71st minute.Celtic substitute Shaun Maloney, on in the 67th minute, nearly made a dream Old Firm debut seven minutes from time.He found himself on the end of an Alan Thompson pass into the Rangers area but saw his close-range shot saved by Klos.

The game was O’Neill’s 50th in charge of the Parkhead outfit and gave him his 41st win. It was Rangers’ eighth defeat this season.Rangers should have been ahead at half-time, having fashioned more chances, but Celtic maintained their composure.Rangers captain Barry Ferguson was the first player to be booked on seven minutes, going in on Alan Thompson with his studs showing.Ferguson nearly put the home side ahead in the 21st minute after robbing Paul Lambert and setting off on a 40-yard run.His lofted shot from 20 yards looked to be going just wide, but Celtic keeper Rab Douglas took no chances and tipped over.

Rangers went even closer two minutes later, as Jorg Albertz set up Numan to deliver a dangerous cross into the Celtic area from the left.Wallace rose unchallenged but put his header outside the upright.His miss summed up a dismal afternoon for Rangers.

Rangers: Klos, Moore, Konterman, Amoruso, Ricksen, Ferguson, Albertz, Numan, Wallace, Flo, Dodds. Subs: Christiansen, Tugay, Wilson, Leven, Fernandes

Celtic: Douglas, Mjallby, Vega, Valgaeren, Agathe, Lennon, Lambert, Moravcik, Thompson, Johnson, Larsson. Subs: Gould, Boyd, McNamara, Healy, Maloney.

Referee: S Dougal (Scotland)


Sunday, 25 November, 2001

Celtic edge Old Firm derby

Celtic 2-1 Rangers

Celtic went ten points clear at the top of the SPL with a fortunate win over their arch-rivals.Goals from Joos Valgaeren and Henrik Larsson were enough to give the Parkhead side three valuable points.

Celtic started the game with John Hartson partnering Henrik Larsson up front, with Chris Sutton absent as his baby son recovers from illness in hospital.

Rangers manager Dick Advocaat opted to drop Fernando Ricksen from his squad altogther following his midweek dismissal against Paris Saint-Germain – although there was a suggestion that the former AZ Alkmaar player had picked up a knock.Rangers settled quickly, with Fernando Ricksen’s replacement, Maurice Ross, coming close early on, but Douglas saved comfortably.

Moments later, Stefan Klos needed to be alert to save Larsson’s long-range effort, before Lubo Moravcik joined Michael Ball in the referee’s book for a reckless tackle on Shota Arveladze.

Tore Andre Flo hit the post after 19 minutes following a slick threaded pass from Arveladze.Rangers continued to take the game to Celtic, and were almost rewarded on the half-hour mark when Douglas saved a point-blank effort from Ronald de Boer.Arthur Numan had spotted the run of De Boer and found him in the box, but the Celtic keeper was quick off his line to save the Dutchman’s shot.

Moments later,the former Dundee keeper saved weak efforts from Barry Ferguson and Flo before Lorenzo Amoruso blasted a free-kick well wide of the post.Celtic almost took the lead two minutes into the second half, but Ross’ saving challenge prevented Balde from connecting cleanly from two yards out.

Larsson broke forward moments later, but pulled his effort wide.The Parkhead side took the lead after 57 minutes when Joos Valgaeren followed up on a Balde knockdown.The Belgian international stretched to beat Numan to the ball, sending it past the stranded German keeper.

The goal came against the run of play, as the Celtic defence struggled to cope with the movement of the Rangers midfield.Celtic were awarded a penalty after 70 minutes, when Bert Konterman barged Henrik Larsson. The Swede dispatched the spot-kick to claim his 14th goal of the season.Rangers manager Dick Advocaat was embroiled in controversy as he brought on Peter Lovenkrands in a last effort to get back into the game.

Michael Ball reacted angrily to being taken off, provoking an equally volatile reaction from Advocaat before Rangers backroom staff intervened.Rangers pulled a goal back five minutes later when Caniggia and Lovenkrands combined well, resulting in the young Dane scoring from close range.As Rangers pushed for an equaliser De Boer was unlucky not to score when his effort from the edge of the box was deflected off Amoruso and out for a goal-kick.

Celtic: Douglas, Balde, Mjallby, Valgaeren, Petrov, Lennon, Lambert, Moravcik, Petta, Hartson, Larsson.

Subs: Gould, McNamara, Maloney, Thompson, Crainey.

Rangers: Klos, Ross, Amoruso, Konterman, Ball, Reyna, de Boer, Ferguson, Numan, Flo, Arveladze.

Subs: Christiansen, Caniggia, Dodds, Wilson, Lovenkrands.

Referee: S Dougal

Who remembers these classics,this was a run off games where Celtic steamrollered Rangers(deceased)1873-2012 almost to the point of utter embarresment….it was indeed a great period to be a celtic fan ………….
Six wins in a row against Rangers(deceased)1873-2012 with five over one season, it actually became a magnificent seven as we won the first league game of 2005 as well. In the space of thirteen months between April 2003 to May 2004 it was ten goals for and only two against in Celtic’s best run against Rangers(deceased)1873-2012 for over 30 years.

Game 1..Beachball Sunday at Ibrox a few days after beating Boavista to reach the UEFA Cup final. . beachball pitch invasion as the teams came out. The one thing everyone remembers about this game . As for the game itself Celtic run out comfortable 2-1 winners with goals from Thompson and Hartson. Watch out for Numan patting Thompson on the back as he runs up to score his penalty. Would have been more but Klos made one fantastic save from larsson after a great move between Agathe and Sutton.

Game 2..the first league encounter in the 2003/04 season at Ibrox. . This one is settled a minute into the 2nd half when a McNamara ball is knocked on by Hartson to Larsson and Hartson continues his run to receive the return pass. His shot takes a helpful deflection and loops over Klos into the net off the underside of the bar. This was the game where Sutton was pushed into defensive duties as injuries and suspensions had left the defence a little short.

Game 3.. was the 3-0 demolition at new year at Celtic Park. First goal is Petrov’s diving header that hits both posts before crossing the line. Craig Moore is his usual animal self and commits enough assaults to be red carded twice but somehow manages to stay on the park. Varga grabs number 2 after a Bobo knock back across goal from a corner and the icing on the cake was Thompson’s sensational 30 yard free kick into the top corner. The foul leading up to this should have seen a red for Lovenkrands. The victory was Celtic’s 18th league win on the trot and virtually secured the title despite it only being the beginning of January.

Game 4.. The game that effectively finished Rangers(deceased)1873-2012 season as a Larsson strike in the 2nd half after a penalty box scramble ended their interest in the Scottish Cup. Surprisingly it is Henrik’s first goal in this sequence of wins. Celtic completely dominated this game and it should have been 4 or 5. Agathe’s pace was devastating and you forget how fast he really was. The ability to give a defender 5 yards of a start and still overtake them. Also noticeable in this game is how wound up Thompson makes Ricksen. An early confrontation on the touchline sees Thommo place Ricksen neatly into his back pocket.


Game 5.. Beachball Sunday – the return. After the small matter of knocking Barcelona out of the UEFA Cup in the Nou Camp it’s back to Ibrox to extinguish the very small flickering flame of title ambitions that Rangers(deceased)1873-2012 still harboured. Despite the exertions of Barca an early header from Larsson settles the Celtic nerves. Moore once again gets away with an assault, this time on Pearson. Marshall continues his heroics from the Barca game with a stunning near post stop from team mate Varga before clawing a net bound Lovenkrands header away a few mins later.

In the 2nd half the calm head of Thompson picks up a loose ball in the box and takes a touch away from Klos before finding the net with his right foot shot. The 2nd time he’d scored at Ibrox with his right. Even rarer than a right foot Thompson goal is a yellow card for Moore but he does finally get one in this game. Rangers(deceased)1873-2012 do get a goal back but never look like equalising and answers on a postcard how Varga failed to score from 3 yards out. Still it didn’t matter as Celtic had win no 4 over Rangers(deceased)1873-2012 for the season.

Game 6 ..Sutton’s chip. That’s all you really need to say about this game. Celtic should have had this wrapped up long before the 92nd minute but in many ways it made victory all the sweeter. As Rangers(deceased)1873-2012 hordes were celebrating a draw Stephen Thompson chickened out of a challenge with Marshall and Celtic had a goal kick. The game was all but over and the referee was checking his watch. Rangers(deceased)1873-2012 were singing ‘We love you rangers, we do’ as they sensed they’d survived and were going home with a point and denying Celtic a clean sweep of league wins and a 6th straight win overall.

I’m sure you’ll agree some fine memories of victory over rangers deceased 1873-2012 ….HH

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Down Memory Lane’Henrik Larsson”

 larsson portrait  Magnificent 7

Ask any celtic fan in the last 20 yrs who their favourite player was and not many would fail to mention the dreadlocked swede who on his debut for the club came on and sold the jerseys…against hibs,we werent to know then that 242 goals later the king of kings henrik larsson or the magnificent 7 as he was fondly known would take us on the sort of footballing journey that only comes along once in a while..

What was so different about henrik was he scored every type of goal you could think off headers,tap ins ,volleys …left foot right foot,chips,free kicks ,penalties …if he was in the celtic team he was more often than not scoring,so that anticipation and buzz from the fans in the stands could be felt throughout the games…,a goal was coming ..just what type of goal we didnt know ,and when the ball hit the net and the music rang round the old stadium it was a frenzy of Delirium…..

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god i love for those days to come back ,the henrik years as il call them was just a wonderful time to be a fan of celtic ,the players who came through the team at the time the likes off sutton and hartson,moravciak ,and petrov to name a few all must have loved playing alongside such a naturally gifted football player in larsson,almost telepathic with his strike partners henrick just battered the Scottish premier league sides and done damage in european competition to…..



All the Goals Against Dodo fc

we all remember the chip against stefan klos of deceased rangers 1873-2012 in the famous 6-2 game the …clips above…. this goes down as one of my favourite goals ever,that’s saying something because there’s been many a fine goal scored by the hoops ,i think the reason i hold it so dearly was the opponent and the grace with which he puts it over the rangers keeper ..the commentary is brilliant as well ,i remember coming home from the game and re-watching the highlights off that goal ,to this day i never tire of seeing it……….

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henrik obviously rattled in 242 fine goals and to go through them all would take a while ,my memory of a fine player never fades i can hear the magnificent 7 music now as i put this post together ,his career at celtic was a fine one and he won every domestic honour and rightly so …im only sad for him that he couldn’t have added the uefa cup to that list of trophys ,his 2 goals in the final epitomised the type of player he was for celtic and to lose in the fashion celtic did to porto was my only regret for the guy..

when larsson left celtic in his final game you could see what it ment to him with tears flowing he said his farewells we all cried with him only get that emotional when you truly love something …henrik loved celtic …..celtic loved henrik…and we all concurred ,of course larsson wasnt finished playing his professionalism wanted new challenges and stints at Barcelona and man utd 2 off the biggest clubs in europe proved how in high regard this player was held by clubs around europe…

i just want to put something out there …just a thought …we all know celtic need a new assistant coach to work with Lennon …we all know Lennon himself will move on to a new challenge ,how good would it be to have larsson as the new coach working with Neil Lennon till Neil feels his time has come,what better man to bring the fans back than the magnificent 7 the king of kings,im sure deep down larsson has thought about the possibility of managing celtic one day …….

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This post has taken over a week to put together trying to find the right words,the right media to use ..trolling through endless pictures …but its been a trip down memory lane for me ,larsson was and always will remain one of my favourite players i had the pleasure of watching in a hooped shirt so thank you HENRIK LARSSON que the music ……………………………..hh

The Magnificent 7 press play HH


Celtic Football Club”Down Memory Lane”Celtic v Dundee utd Scottish Cup Final 1988..


Hampden Park
May 15, 1988
Celtic …………..2 Dundee United …….1

CELTIC’S extraordinary capacity for rescuing seemingly lost causes surfaced again yesterday to help them clinch a centenary season League and Cup double.

United, beaten finalists last season, looked set for their first-ever Scottish Cup Final victory when Gallacher put them ahead just after halftime. Celtic, however, stepped up a gear or two, and eventually broke them with two McAvennie goals in the last 13 minutes. Celtic deserved their win, but it was hard not to feel sympathy for United.

Celtic suffered a pre-match blow when their experienced Republic of Ireland goalkeeper, Bonner, had to withdraw with a thigh injury. Considering that his 21-year-old deputy, McKnight, has had no more than 16 first-team appearances this season it was perhaps no surprise to see Celtic using three central defenders – with Atiken a sweeper – and United forcing the early pace.

United’s positive start almost brought them a goal after just three minutes, when Paatelainen’s header from a corner was hooked off the line by McStay.

Celtic, who had taken some time to find their rhythm, created an even better opportunity midway through the first half. McStay, involved in an intriguing battle for midfield supremacy against his marker, McInally, started the move with a delightful pass to McAvennie. But Miller’s header from the ensuing cross was poor and United’s defence, in disarray for the first time, were able to scramble the ball away.

Then at the other end Celtic owed much to McCarthy’s stirring intervention to stop Gallacher capitalising on a superb run and cross by Bannon.

Shortly before half-time, McCarthy got Celtic’s defence out of difficulties again with a solid challenge on Gallacher.

Gallacher, the grandson of the legendary Celtic player, Patsy, was luckier in the 49th minute when he put United ahead with a brilliant opportunist goal.

Celtic were caught stretched at the back as, from Bannon’s pass, he took the ball past Aitken and then, in full stride, struck it past McKnight from just inside the area.

But United had to live on their nerves and flair, inevitably set up their efforts for an equaliser. Celtic made a double substitution in the 70th minutes, bringing on Stark and McGhee for Whyte and Walker. The extra impetus it gave them enabled McAvennie to bring Celtic level in the 76th minute and then put them ahead in the last minute.


Blast From The Past ”Celtic v Partizan Belgrade”Wednesday 27 September 1989

Wednesday 27 September 1989
Kick-off: 19:30 | Attendance: 49,500 | Referee: Klaus PESCHEL (EAST GERMANY)
This was the second leg of a European Cup-Winners’ Cup first-round tie played between Celtic and Partizan Belgrade on September 27, 1989.

In perhaps the most dramatic European tie ever played at Parkhead, Celtic actually won the match 5-4, but went out on the away-goal rule.

Already facing a 2-1 deficit from the first leg, Celtic fell further behind in the seventh minute before Dziekanowski equalised to make it 1-1 at half- time. Eighty seconds into the second half, ‘Jackie’ scored his second to make it 2-1 to Celtic on the night and 3-3 on aggregate.

Partizan scored again in the 51st minute, Dziekanowski once more in the 56th minute, Partizan again in the 61st minute, and then Andy Walker in 65 minutes!

With the aggregate score now level at 5-5, Celtic knew they had to score again to avoid losing on the away goal rule.

A fourth Dziekanowski goal in the 81st minute put the Bhoys in dreamland before Partizan scored an 88th-minute leveller to break Celtic hearts.

P Bonner; P Grant, A Rogan, R Aitken, P Elliot, D Whyte, M Galloway, P McStay, D Dziekanowski, A Walker, J Miller. Subs: Andrews McCahill Fulton Burns Coyne.
Scorers: Dziekanowski (25, 46, 56, 81), Walker (65)

M Pandurović, V Stanojković, P Spasić, M Milanič, G Petrić, M Vujačić, M Đurđević (M Bajović 77), T Milojević, D Šćepović, M Đurovski, J Bogdanović (A Đorđević 72) Subs: Krali Zupic Stepanovic.
Scorers: M Vujačić (7), M Đurđević (51), M Đurovski (61), D Šćepović (88)

Referee: K Peschel (East Germany).
Att: 49,298

6-6 on aggregate. Partizan win on away goals.

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