Celtic On This Day – 22nd December – David Potter’s Celtic Diary

Celtic Historian David Potter each morning on The Celtic Star looks back at key Celtic events and matches on this day starting on 22nd December 1894. David’s latest bestseller The Celtic Rising ~ 1965: The Year Jock Stein Changed Everything SOLD OUT on Celtic Star Books but the good news is that it is now back in stock! You can place an order here and we’ll post your order immediately. The Celtic Rising is also now available on Amazon Kindle, link below.

Jimmy Blessington scored

SATURDAY 22 DECEMBER 1894 – With every successive week that passes, it looks less and less like Celtic are going to repeat their successes of the last two years and win the Scottish League. Today in a howling gale before a minuscule crowd at Celtic Park, Celtic can only draw 2-2 against St Mirren with goals from Jimmy Blessington and Johnny Campbell. Hearts look as if they might be the likely champions of the Scottish League this year.

SATURDAY 22 DECEMBER 1945 – As the first peace time Christmas approaches, Celtic at last deliver a victory to their fans after three successive draws. It is not a spectacular victory however, as they need a Matt Lynch penalty to deliver the points at Douglas Park, Hamilton.

Dom Sullivan scored

SATURDAY 22 DECEMBER 1979 – Celtic often get it tough against Morton and today is no exception. But they do win through in the end with goals from Dom Sullivan, Tom McAdam and Johnny Doyle. Normally attendances a couple of days before Christmas are poor, but today the crowd is 27,000, a tribute to how well Morton have been playing.

TUESDAY 22 DECEMBER 1987 – A brilliant late Paul McStay strike seals a well-merited Celtic 2-0 win at Brockville against Falkirk before 12,000 fans on a mild midwinter night. Andy Walker had scored the first goal against the Bairns of Falkirk.

Jiri Jarosic scored

SATURDAY 22 DECEMBER 2007 – It is a far from impressive performance at Celtic Park today as Celtic can only draw 1-1 against Hibs, and they are indebted to a late equaliser from substitute Jiri Jarosic to do so. Coming on the back of a 2-3 defeat by Inverness, this leads to an apprehensive Christmas for Celtic.

David Potter

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I am Celtic author and historian and write for The Celtic Star. I live in Kirkcaldy and have followed Celtic all my life, having seen them first at Dundee in March 1958. I am a retired teacher and my other interests are cricket, drama and the poetry of Robert Burns.

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