How Celtic Followed Up The Glasgow Derby Defeat Last Season

It’s well known that Celtic’s 2-1 loss against the Rangers last December was a turning point for both clubs. As the winter break set in, the squads went to Dubai and one returned with a long winning streak, whilst the other capitulated. Odsonne Edouard said that losing to the Rangers was the best thing that happened to Celtic as it sprung them into action.

The Hoops didn’t actually come back completely firing on all cylinders straight away though. Our return to action was in the Scottish Cup at Firhill, where the Bhoys beat Partick Thistle 2-1. The match report by Niall J of The Celtic Star can be found here.

Neil Lennon named an adventurous side, which paid off when Leigh Griffiths put Celtic in front on 12 minutes.

Line up: Fraser Forster, Jeremie Frimpong, Christopher Jullien, Nir Bitton, Greg Taylor, Scott Brown, Olivier Ntcham, Callum McGregor, Tom Rogic, Leigh Griffiths, Odsonne Edouard

Callum McGregor didn’t add a second until the 84th minute, which wasn’t exactly superb stuff considering that Partick were a side from a lower division.

The hosts then got a consolation in the last minute after a dodgy penalty decision.

It wasn’t scintillating, but it was a return to winning ways. The performances would quickly pick up with a change of shape though and then Celtic really kicked on. But first and foremost it’s the result that’s necessary – Celtic must get back to winning ways at Pittodrie, just as they did after the last Glasgow Derby defeat.

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Hailing from an Irish background, I grew up in Bournemouth with the good fortune to begin watching Celtic as a young child during the Martin O'Neill era. Still living on the south coast, I have a season ticket at Paradise and also travel to European away matches when possible. At the age of 19, I published my first Celtic book (Our Stories & Our Songs: The Celtic Support). Then, last year, I published my second book (Take Me To Your Paradise: A History Of Celtic-Related Incidents & Events), which is sold in Waterstones and official Celtic FC stores.

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