The day Samaras got booked, remember?

On this day in 2013, the players of Aberdeen arrived at Celtic Park for a league match, probably well aware from the pre-match press coverage that the Dons had not beaten the Hoops in their previous 15 meetings.

The Celtic side given the responsibility of maintaining that record was – Foster, Lustig, Ambrose, Mulgrew, Izaguirre, Wilson, Commons, Ledley, Kayal, Stokes and Hooper – and they got off to the perfect start when Kris Commons put them ahead in 12 seconds, at that time one of the quickest-ever goals in the Premier League. The Dons players, though, refused to wilt and had a good first half, equalising right on the whistle through Vernon.

Neil Lennon no doubt had a few choice words to say at half-time but he must have been shell-shocked 15 minutes later, as Aberdeen had gone into a 3-1 lead thanks to two goals by Josh Meginnis.

To give the Hoops players credit, though, they fought all the way, got a goal through Charlie Mulgrew in 68 minutes, then a leveller in 87 minutes through Gary Hooper before substitute Georgios Samaras – on for Biram Kayal – netted the winner right on the whistle.

It meant that the Dons had not beaten Celtic in 16 consecutive matches and the Hoops had scored 47 goals in those encounters.

Jim Craig

“There is surely no denyin’, wi’oor captain Willie Lyon, we will win the Scottish Cup once again,” a pre-war Celtic chant

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Lisbon Lion and Celtic Ambassador Jim Craig provides The Celtic Star readers with a 365 day diary of all things Celtic, providing a remarkable and unique insight into our club from one of the players who won us The Celtic Star in Lisbon on 25 May 1967.

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