A Celtic State of Mind’s Diary of a Treble Treble – December 2018

Sunday, 2 December 2018

League Cup final

Aberdeen 0-1 Celtic

Ryan Christie continued his terrific form as he scored the only goal at Hampden which led Celtic to a seventh straight domestic trophy.

There was a chunk of injury time added on to the first-half after former Celt Gary Mackay-Steven was stretchered off the park concussed after a clash of heads. During this time, Christie came to life and scored what would be the crucial goal in the final. His first attempt was denied by Joe Lewis but he was alert to the rebound to give Celtic the lead.

The final was tight and could have been put out of reach for Aberdeen when Celtic were awarded a controversial penalty. Scott Sinclair was, however, denied by Lewis which kept the Dons in the Betfred Cup final, but they couldn’t find a leveller and Celtic once again lifted the trophy.

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Motherwell 1-1 Celtic

There was not much time to reflect on the achievement as Celtic travelled to Fir Park just three days after the League Cup final.

Ryan Christie was once again the man of the moment and gave Celtic the lead after Kieran Tierney picked him out with a delightful pass. The Hoops were given the chance to double their lead when referee Kevin Clancy pointed to the spot after a blatant foul on Christie. Leigh Griffiths was denied by Mark Gillespie to keep the Steelmen in the tie. They grabbed a late equalizer in the 88th minute to sink Brendan Rodgers’ side to third in the SPFL table.

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Saturday, 8 December 2018

Celtic 5-1 Kilmarnock

Celtic responded at home to Kilmarnock with some absolutely breath-taking football to send themselves back to the top of the table with two games in hand. Everyone was getting in on the act and the team looked hungry.

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Celtic 1-2 FC Salzburg

The Celts took to the pitch with the knowledge that one point was needed to take them through to the knockout stages.

Salzburg were all over Celtic during the first-half and were denied by some magnificent saves from Craig Gordon. Salzburg did punish the Scottish champions and went two goals up.

However, Rosenborg helped Celtic out and managed to scrape a draw in Germany to send Celtic through to the last 32 of the Europa League.

Sunday, 16 December 2018

Hibernian 2-0 Celtic

It was a dreadful Sunday in the capital for Celtic, with my morning being disrupted with a train cancellation between Glasgow and Edinburgh. The rush was on to get from Waverly Station to Easter Road to make the kick-off only to be met by a loud cheer when getting to the turnstiles to find out that Hibs had taken the lead in the first minute.

Brendan Rodgers’ side on the day were horrific and things got even worse after the break when Florian Kamberi doubled the lead. It was ‘Sunshine On Leith’ for Neil Lennon’s men who had been the first side to defeat Celtic in the league since Kilmarnock in September.

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Celtic 3-0 Motherwell

As Scott Brown lead his teammates out at Celtic Park, he was making his 500th appearance for the club.

The Hoops took the lead just before the half-hour mark when Anthony Ralston, who was making his first appearance in over two years, slotted the ball past Mark Gillespie. Very shortly after that, Scott Sinclair converted from the penalty spot to double their advantage and put the home side in control of the match.

The game was put out of sight just before the interval when Mikey Johnston also got in on the act after replacing Odsonne Edouard.

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Celtic 3-0 Dundee

After coming off the bench in midweek and bagging a goal, Mikey Johnston was awarded a start. He was exceptional during this game and scored a terrific brace.

Filip Benkovic also doubled his Celtic goals tally to complete yet another 3-0 victory. This gave Celtic a three-point cushion over Aberdeen who would host the champions on Boxing Day.

Wednesday, 26 December 2018

Aberdeen 3-4 Celtic

This was a cold one but absolutely worth the trip up to the North-East.

Scott Sinclair fired the Hoops in front which was then levelled with a Stevie May penalty. The game came alive in the last twenty minutes when Odsonne Edouard replaced Callum McGregor.

Celtic once more took the lead after James Forrest teed up Scott Sinclair with a quarter of an hour to go in the match.

The Dons were awarded a very dubious penalty by Willie Collum which brought the game level again. The champions weren’t beaten and responded in terrific style through a magical finish from Odsonne Edouard which was topped off by Sinclair’s hat-trick.

Saturday, 29 December 2018

Rangers 1-0 Celtic

It was a very odd feeling having to show up to a match in Glasgow hours before the kick-off but that is exactly what the Celtic support of 750 had to do.

Standing in the stadium for all that time makes the fixture even more nerve-wracking as the wait is awful.

It was a day to forget for Brendan Rodgers’ side who were defeated through a Ryan Jack strike.

The champions still had a game in hand and closed 2018 top of the table with a superior goal difference. It was now time to recharge the batteries and come back for the second part of the season after the winter break.

Declan McConville

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