“Great memories with a special team I had the privilege to be part of,” Stiliyan Petrov

Stan Petrov was looking back to Celtic’s 3-0 win at Tynecastle on this day in 2004 earlier today and had this to say about his time playing for Celtic: “Great memories with a special team I had the privilege to be part of.”

Petrov scored twice that afternoon with the other goal coming from Henrik Larsson.

This Scottish Cup tie was Celtic’s first game of the month after a perfect January where Rangers were thrashed 3-0 at Celtic Park (3 Jan) with the goals shown above coming from Petrov, Varga and Thompson. Next up, a 2-0 home win against Ross County in the Scottish Cup then three further league games saw wins at Hearts with Stan Petrov getting the only goal of the game, followed by an excellent 3-1 win away to Aberdeen with the Celtic goals coming from that man Stan, Henrik Larsson, and Pearson and on the last day of the month a 5-1 win at Paradise over Kilmarnock – all of the above achieved without the need for a jaunt to Dubai.

Petrov celebrates his goal at Pittodrie

Here’s how The Celtic Wiki report on this game on this day in 2004: The tie was only three minutes old when Petrov gave Celtic the lead. Larsson found space on the edge of the box before slipping an inch-perfect pass inside Patrick Kisnorbo to allow the onrushing Bulgarian to slide the ball past Craig Gordon. Sutton claimed for a penalty when Gordon caught him with a mis-timed punch, but referee Willie Young awarded a goal kick.

Celtic doubled their lead with a beautifully worked goal. Sutton played the ball to Larsson who deftly flicked it on to Petrov and the midfielder drove a fierce first-time drive high into the net.

Hartley was fortunate not to be ordered off for an obvious elbow on Lennon, but the card shown was yellow. Celtic continued to look the more threatening team after the break and should have been three goals up after 54 minutes, but Larsson somehow failed to connect with an Alan Thompson cross.

With six minutes remaining, Hartley was shown the red card for another foul on Lennon, but the game was already well beyond Hearts.

Petrov should have had his hat-trick in the final minute, but with time and space inside the box, his attempt at finding the top corner sailed high over the bar.

Maybury was shown his second yellow card for a late challenge on Lennon and Larsson capitalised on the space left at the back to head into an empty net after Gordon had saved from Petrov.

The Celtic team that won 3-0 at Tynecastle on this day in 2004 was as follows:

Douglas, Agathe, Varga, Kennedy, McNamara, Petrov, Lennon, Thompson, Pearson, Sutton, Larsson.
Subs:- Marshall, Valgaeren, Lambert, Maloney, Beattie.

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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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