Champions Again – Three Vital Matches in Celtic’s Title Win

Celtic has been relentless this season and has strolled to back to back titles with 31 wins out of 34 so far and 105 goals to boot. No one could touch us.

That doesn’t mean to say it’s been all plain sailing. We’ve had a couple of edgy moments, the defeat against St Mirren being one. Looking back I would say three games were important in terms of shaping the destiny of the title.

The first one being the dramatic last gasp win against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park back in October. A 93rd minute equaliser for the home side was a sore one, car horns were beeping at Ibrox, for a minute or so as belief was instilled in the blue half of Glasgow, but in true Celtic style we went up the other end and scored through Giorgos Giakoumakis to secure all three points. It was crucial that we won or it could have been a dent in our confidence and would have given a massive boost to theRangers.

22nd October 2022. Greg Taylor scores Celtic’s winner during the Scottish Premiership  match at Tynecastle which Celtic won 4-3. Photo Neil Hanna / Sportimage

A couple of weeks later in a dramatic game at Tynecastle in the debut of the much scrutinised VAR, we grabbed the points in a pulsating game despite being dealt a bad hand in said VAR stakes, Greg Taylor the unlikely hero in a 4-3 victory. It was a monumental win in terms of our title aspirations, keeping us ahead of theRangers who would later drop points to Livingston the same afternoon.

Kyogo makes it 2-2 at Ibrox on 2 January 2023.

The third game was that 2-2 draw at Ibrox in the new year Glasgow derby. Despite starting well and going in front through Daizen Maeda we lost our way and ended up trailing 2-1. Despite playing poorly we nabbed a last gasp equaliser through Kyogo.

It was only a share of the spoils but it was a crushing blow to theRangers and that result would certainly have felt more like a defeat to the Ibrox side. They needed to win to give them any chance and some belief they could mount a title comeback, but in the end it drained any title aspirations they had and instilled further confidence into Celtic.

Of course every point we earned was vital, but some more than others. In all honesty we’ve never looked like losing our grip on the title and that’s a testimony to not only the skills of the players but also their mental strength.

JustAnOrdinaryBhoy – follow on Twitter @ordinarybhoy

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