- DEMBELE LAST GASP PENALTY V ASTANA
Celtic’s most important games of the season now take place in the period of July/August. With this CL qualifier delicately balanced at 2-2 Celtic were given a penalty in injury time. Up stepped the new Bhoy Dembele, who showed remarkable coolness in converting the kick. It has to be said he was a lot more composed than those fans around the Parkhead stands who were standing in nettles.
2. THE FINAL WHISTLE IN BE’ER SHEVA
How Celtic survived that torrid second half is anyone’s guess. Our nerves were shredded watching that performance. A few things stand out. Firstly, had we gone out that night then Brendan Rodgers would have been under severe pressure from fans and press a la Ronny Deila. The turning point was bringing on Sviatchenko in 65 minutes and going 5 at the back. It was the first sign that we had a manager who could now change the course of a game and not just sit there with his fingers crossed, hoping for the best. But, man, what a feeling at the final whistle !
3. THE BROWN/BARTON DROP BALL
Wee Joey came up with an EPL reputation and was going to be player of the year. That reputation was shattered in just 90 minutes and left wee Joey to pick a fight with some nonentity during a training session at Murray Park in order to work his ticket back down south. When Scott Brown went through wee Joey during a drop ball it was the football equivalent of the Glasgow parlance; pick a windae, yer leavin’.
4. FANS SINGING ‘GRACE’ AGAINST MAN CITY AT PARKHEAD
For 70 minutes the Celtic players had given their all against the EPL superstars and matched them in every respect. Around the 70 minute mark the team began to flag significantly and the worry was we had shot it. Then the fans started singing ‘Grace’, perhaps for the first time so loudly and so constant. That backing from the stands was outstanding and there is no doubt that song gave the players renewed energy to see out a worthy 3-3 draw. What an atmosphere it was that night and what a part the fans played.
5. DEMBELE LATE WINNER IN LC SEMI FINAL
This game was more one sided than the 5-1 game had been at Parkhead but the goal just wouldn’t come. At least not until a terrific piece of improvisation from Moussa Dembele gave us the winner, just as extra time loomed. Someone remarked that it could have been another doing for them but that would have to wait until later in the season.
6. THE 3-0 DEMOLITION OF ABERDEEN IN THE LC FINAL
The first part of the treble was secured with a convincing 3-0 win over the Dons. Tom Rogic and James Forrest, two unsung heroes, were the main men on the day and showed that Brendan now had a strong squad of players to call on. One down, two to go…
7. WAGNER SINGS THE SCOTTY SINCLAIR SONG AFTER 2-1 IBROX WIN
Rangers’ title hopes had all but disappeared before this game but this win just rubbed it in and put Celtic 19 points clear. The ageing Brazilian singer became an internet sensation by singing the Scotty Sinclair song and declaring:
Keep wrapped up this new year
Cause it’s minus 19 thanks to Scotty Sinclair!
Oh Scotty Sinclair, he is so wonderful… (you know the rest).
8. SCOTT SINCLAIR HAT TRICK AT TYNECASTLE WINS THE TITLE
Scotty had scored his first Celtic goal back in August and he returned to torment the Jambos with an outstanding hat trick. With Griffiths and Dembele both out injured, he took on the mantle of goal scorer to fire the Celts to the title which was clinched on this bright, sunny, April Sunday. Two down, one to go…
9. JOZO SIMUNEVIC HE PUT KENNY MILLER IN THE AIR…
5-1 at Ibrox in their own midden. A day never to be forgotten. So many highlights to choose from but big Jozo’s tackle deserves a mention. That tackle. The one Andy Walker squealed about only for replays to show he was talking crap. Miller’s spray tan jumped off his skin when he saw the big man careering towards him. A tackle now made legendary on twitter by the Singing Scarf (@shortyBhoy).
Jozo Simunevic, he put Kenny Miller in the air
In the air, in the air, in the AIR, AIR, AIR !
10. TOM ROGIC LAST GASP WINNER IN THE CUP FINAL
We had a terrific build up in the lead up to the final with all the Lisbon 50th anniversary celebrations. All very emotional and memorable but could we really round the season off in style with not only a treble, but an unbeaten treble ? With just seconds left Tom Rogic gave us one of the most dramatic cup final winners ever. It was like an ending from a Hollywood movie. The treble was ours. An unbeaten treble. Invincibles…