Celtic’s Late Show – Three stoppage time winners that tipped the balance

After a long and draining season, with plenty of ups and downs, we can now relax and take a look back at the vital moments that helped us clinch three in a row…

Obviously our quality and experience shone through in the Glasgow Derby games and 10 points out of a possible 12 went more than a long way to crowning us Champions of Scotland once again.

But there were several other moments in the season that would prove to be just as crucial in the long run.


Firstly Matt O’Riley’s last gasp strike against Motherwell at Fir Park back in September. We of course struck late on through a Luis Palma strike, but Motherwell equalised minutes later and it looked like we were dropping two valuable points.

But 60 seconds later in the last attack of the game Matt scored a dramatic equaliser to clinch all three points. With theRangers playing later that afternoon it was important we didn’t give them any hope of catching us.

As for our Glasgow rivals, they lost at home to Aberdeen in a game that cost Michael Beale his job. So maybe if Matt hadn’t scored that goal then things could have been ever so different?

Then a five months later at the start of February, new loan signing Adam Idah kept his nerve and scored an injury time goal from the spot to clinch an unlikely three points at Easter Road. That goal was massive at the time, and so it would prove. Easter Road was the ground where we often struggled to win so this was a vital victory.

That man Idah was at it again, this time at Fir Park later in the month when he struck an injury time winner to clinch us all three points after being a goal down. Luis Palma would make sure of the points deep into injury time, but Adam’s goal was the all important one.

That game was probably the most crucial one, when you think that had we not gained maximum points then, theRangers would have had a significant gap at the top.

Those three late strikes not only showed our determination not to give up, but were instrumental in the destination of the title.

Just an Ordinary Bhoy

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