Stunning photos from Brendan’s unforgettable first visit to Fir Park

Brendan’s first visit to Fir Park last time around was thrilling to say the least…

The Celtic Huddle at Fir Park in December 2016

As we prepare to take on Motherwell at Fir Park tomorrow cast your minds back to Brendan Rodgers first visit to Lanarkshire in his first spell at the club to take on the Steelmen back in early December 2016.

Kieran Tierney was out that day so chose to go to the game with his mates

Yes it was quite the game! Celtic found themselves 2-0 down at half time and staring down the barrel of our first domestic defeat of the campaign. Just think there would have been no Invincible season and no book from Matt Corr which incidentally brilliantly tells the story of that incredible, never-to-be-forgotten season where this one was most certainly one of the most remarkable games.

Calmac scored to reduce the deficit to 2-1.

The second half fight-back from Celtic was the stuff of legends in what turned out to be one of our most dramatic games this century. A youthful Callum McGregor gave us hope just after the interval as he pulled a goal back. Paddy Roberts then scored a rare headed goal with 20 minutes remaining to bring us level.

A header from Paddy Roberts brought Celtic level but Motherwell went up the park and made it 3-2 to the home side.

Our joy didn’t last long though as while we were all still celebrating Well went up the park and dramatically went back into the lead. It was a right kick in the solar plexus. We needn’t have worried though as a few seconds later as the well supporters were still celebrating, Stuart Armstrong hauled us immediately level.

His hair is fine…
He scores belters all the time! And almost immediately Stuart Armstrong made it 3-3. What a game!

Absolute bedlam in the away end, it was crazy! Three goals in as many minutes! One minute we’re level the next we’re behind, and then level again. Scottish football eh? Don’t you just love it?

Tom Rogic produces a magical moment in Celtic’s season and it wouldn’t be the last. What a special player he was for us!

It would prove to get even better twenty minutes later as a draw looked the most likely outcome as it entered injury time. We don’t do like settling for draws, but most Celtic supporters wouldn’t have been disappointed with a share of the spoils considering how the game started.

Tom Rogic ends up in among the Celtic support after scoring a last minute winner. He must have enjoyed the moment so much he fancied doing it again!

But this is Celtic, and you never give up until the final whistle and so it proved, and right on que the Wizard of Oz Tom Rogic curled in a trademark beauty to win us all three points. The Celtic support went ballistic as we snatched victory from the jaws of defeat. I wouldn’t mind the same outcome tomorrow, although I doubt my ticker could take it a second time around! You can order a copy by clicking on the link below.

Again if you haven’t read Matt Corr’s INVINCIBLE do yourself a favour! You can order a copy by clicking on the image above. Here are some more images after the final whistle…

Is that Nicky Hood bottom left? And there’s wee Jay Beatty cheering on the Bhoys as always!
Winning captains…
Why did Motherwell stop giving us that corner of their main stand?

Just an Ordinary Bhoy

PS one last photo which is interesting…

Meanwhile Thursday 19 October is going to be a very special day for The Celtic Star so please save the date…

John Hartson will be The Celtic Star’s guest of honour as we celebrate the launch of Matt Corr’s new book Majic, Stan and the King of Japan on Thursday 19th October at the Kerrydale Suite at Celtic Park. More information on the night and ticket details to follow…. Majic, Stan and the King of Japan tells the story of Gordon Strachan’s first dramatic and ultimately highly successful first season as Celtic manager and it was of course Big Bad John who scored the goal that won the league! (Photo by Chris Lee/Getty Images)

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