Ten years ago today, one of the greatest Celtic matches of the modern era took place at Paradise. It took just 12 seconds for a goal to be scored and six more followed!
Celtic trailed 3-1 but eventually won 4-3 when Samaras scored an acrobatic strike in the dying moments.
10 years ago today, Celtic 4:3 Aberdeen.
Commons, Mulgrew, Hooper and Samaras. @charlie_mulgrew @HOOP588
From 3:1 down, Samaras wins it in the final seconds with an overhead kick. pic.twitter.com/VyocdM5X3l
— Li'l Ze (@LilZe_7) March 16, 2023
It was a simply incredible match in an otherwise relatively straightforward league season.
None of the starting XI remain at the club today, with many having retired, although Tom Rogic plies his trade at West Brom.
⏪ An all-time great match at Celtic Park, 🔟 years ago today…
🍀 @CelticFC 4-3 Aberdeen 🔴 pic.twitter.com/vbwUNaMESz
— SPFL (@spfl) March 16, 2023
Here’s a review from The Celtic Wiki…
‘Great comeback, very exciting end. Not the first time recently we’ve managed that trick against the Dons.
However, the same recent failures stick out like a sore thumb. We created a few good chances in the first half, but the intensity wasn’t there at all. It looked like, again, a few players were treating the match like it was won.
We only really started to show any urgency at 1-2, and the fluke goal at 1-3 finally awoke them from their slumber. Wilson and Ambrose had shocking moments – again. The latter doesn’t know whether he is coming or going. For their second goal, he stepped way out of possession leaving a massive gap at the back. I know he used to play in Israel, but making our defence seem like the Red Sea is a bit much.
Wilson should have dealt with their first by either hitting it back to the keeper or horsing it away into the stand. The keeper didn’t cover himself in glory for their second.
That said, what a finish by Samaras for the winner.’