An Australian Treble with Liel and Calmac sharing the Celtic Glory

Celtic’s impressive season was recognised last night at the PFA Scotland awards which were running in parallel with Celtic’s own awards event in Glasgow City centre following yesterday’s 1-1 draw at Celtic Park against theRangers. That was a game that the One Season Wonders had to win if they had to keep their own interest in retaining the title they won behind close doors alive.

Celtic withstood a desperate late attempt to keep a fading title challenge alive from the latest Ibrox club but when John Beaton blew the whistle whistle it was a step closer to winning the league as Celtic maintained the six points lead and the 19 goals advantage with just three league games remaining.

There is still work to be done but it is fair to to say that theRangers require the biggest collapse ever by Celtic for then to win the league this season. Celtic need only to beat Hearts and then it’s a matter of working out the goal difference and if theRangers fail to win against Dundee Utd on Sunday then it’s going to be official. Perhaps we’ll have to wait until a week on Wednesday at Tannadice to wrap it up mathematically and then there’s what will be Trophy Day against Motherwell a week on Sunday to look forward to.

Yesterday was also a good day for Fran Alonso’s Celtic FC Women side who had to wait until the second half of extra-time to make the breakthrough against Hearts in the Scottish Cup semi-final at Falkirk, in a match that kicked off at the same time as most of us were either at Celtic Park or watching the game on television. Hearts basically tried to play for penalties and it almost worked until a quick fire double from Charlie Wellings put Celtic into the Women’s Scottish Cup Final at Tynecastle on Sunday 29 May where they will play Glasgow City.

This is a re-run of the League Cup final in December where around 5500 supporters – mostly Celtic fans – attended the game and roared the team onto glory. This is a wonderful chance now for the Celtic support to get along to the Women’s Scottish Cup Final and give the team the backing that they deserve.

At the PFA Scotland Awards Celtic’s creative Australian star Jacynta picked up the PFA Scotland Women’s Young Player of the Year having already collected the Women’s Player of the Year at the Celtic awards ceremony earlier in the evening. Both well deserved but perhaps a little harsh on Charlie Wellings, who earned my vote having seen the majority of the games.

Ange Postecoglou was named as the PFA Scotland Manager of the Year, and who could really argue with that? Another fellow Australian Tom Rogic collected the Goal of the Season award for his wonderful goal up at Tannadice in December against Dundee United and Liel Abada won the PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year.

And in perhaps the most deserving win of them all Callum McGregor was named as the PFA Scotland Player of the Year. Other that the women’s Player of the Year which went to the Glasgow City striker Priscila Chinchilla, it was a clean sweep for Celtic in what has been a remarkable season for the club.

About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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