Celtic on This Day – Record breaking Forster, first Celtic goal for Griffiths

CELTIC travelled through to Tynecastle after getting back on track against St Johnstone the week before, having previously been shocked in the Scottish Cup against Aberdeen at Celtic Park.

Celtic lost that Scottish Cup-tie 2-1 but had been conceding nothing in the league – indeed by the time Fraser Forster took to the pitch in Edinburgh, he knew that he would break the Scottish shut-out record for league matches if he kept Hearts out for 31 minutes in this match.

Neil Lennon was going for a 15th straight win in the league and named a strong side as you would expect. Forster was in goals, the back four consisted of Matthews, Mulgrew, van Dijk and Ambrose. In the middle of the park Bitton and Brown played behind Commons and Johansen and Stokes and Griffiths were the strikers.

The three substitutes who came on in the second half were Pukki – who scored, Balde and Boerrigter – who almost scored!

After a goalless first half, Leigh Griffiths got his first Celtic goal – and what a great goal it was – then Balde set up Pukki for a second just before the final whistle. Here are the match highlights…

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The Celtic Star founder and editor, who 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 editor@thecelticstar.co.uk

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