Declan McConville with A Celtic State of Mind – Diary of a Treble Treble: November 2018

Saturday 3 November 2018

Celtic 5-0 Hearts

Following on from a fantastic midweek performance at Dens Park, Celtic narrowed the gap to one point at the top of the table as they blew away the league leaders Hearts. Within the first few months of the season, the reigning champions were struggling to score goals but this result meant that they had scored 20 goals in their last four games. The quest for eight-in-a-row was now in full swing.

Thursday 8 November 2018

Celtic 2-1 RB Leipzig

It was a big night under the disco lights at Paradise as RB Leipzig visited to take on the Scottish champions in what would be a crucial Europa League group stage match. It didn’t take long for the ground to be rocking when Kieran Tierney gave the home side the advantage. For most of the game, Celtic were dealing with the pressure from Leipzig. The Germans did, however, manage to pull the tie level on 78 minutes when Jean-Kevin Augustin headed past Craig Gordon. Thankfully, the heads never went down as they may have done so in the past and within 14 seconds Odsonne Edouard once again restored Celtic’s lead. European football after Christmas was still in sight and up next was a visit to Trondheim.

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Sunday 11 November 2018

Livingston 0-0 Celtic

There isn’t much which can be written about this game, other that the fact that Celtic moved to the top of the premiership table after a frustrating afternoon at the Tony Macaroni Arena. Hearts had been beaten the day previously at Tynecastle by Kilmarnock, allowing Brendan Rodgers’ side to move top on goal difference with a game in hand.

Sunday 18 November 2018

Bobby Lennox Statue Unveiling

On the 18th of November, I was very privileged to be invited along to the unveiling of Bobby Lennox’s statue in Saltcoats. For the past year and a half, it had been a pleasure spending time in the company of Bobby at many different fundraising events which were organised by the committee.

In terms of Bobby’s football achievements, he is most certainly up there with some of the very best in the world, winning 25 major honours and scoring an incredible 273 goals for the Hoops. The Buzzbomb is one of most modest men you can meet who was part of a group of 16 players who didn’t just change British or European football but changed people’s lives. They say you shouldn’t meet your heroes but none of these men have ever disappointed.

Lennox will forever be immortal and this statue will serve to inspire the people of Saltcoats and from afar that if you work hard enough you can achieve whatever you want to. Congratulations to Bobby, Kathryn and all the family on this wonderful tribute to a true legend. I will now leave you on a note from another legend of the game, Bobby Charlton who had this to say:

“I thought he was a superb striker, who in my opinion was one of the best strikers we have ever seen. Truly great players play for truly great teams, and few teams are as important to the history of the game as the Lisbon Lions. As the first British team to ever lift the European Cup, Bobby and his Celtic teammates set the standard for all of us to follow.”

Saturday 24 November 2018

Hamilton 0-3 Celtic

The lead at the top of the table was now opening up as Celtic comfortably saw off Hamilton. Ryan Christie was once again outstanding for Celtic and gave the visitors the lead from a corner routine which looked as if it had come straight from the training pitch at Lennoxtown. The game was wrapped up in the second-half through an own-goal and a fantastic free-kick from substitute Leigh Griffiths.

Thursday 29 November 2018

Rosenborg 0-1 Celtic

This was the day that Celtic won away. It was now within their own hands to make European football after Christmas with a convincing victory in Norway. James Forrest picked out Scott Sinclair with a superb cross, which was headed past Andr Hansen to give the visitors the advantage just before half-time. On the night, it probably could have been more but the main objective was three points meaning that Celtic got through November unbeaten having only dropped points against Livingston.

Declan McConville

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