We Shall Rejoice – This is The Day that We Win the League

Celtic hadn’t won away from home since a 2-1 victory on Valentine’s Day 2021 up at McDiarmid Park so on 3 October last year, after a an early Kyogo goal was cancelled out by Aberdeen up at Pittodrie, it took a late strike from Jota to give Ange Postecoglou his first away win in the league since arriving at the club and Celtic’s first Scottish Premiership away victory for eight months.

The Celtic fan brought the seldom used European songbook chant This is the Day that we Win Away out to recognise the occasion – a domestic league win – and that in itself said something about the misery that the support had endured over the past season.

Ange had lost his first three league matches – the fixture list had done him no favours sending him to Tynecastle, Ibrox and the plastic pitch at Livingston and all resulted in narrow defeats with the poorest performance coming in West Lothian.

Things started to change for Celtic at Pittodrie that afternoon and the game finished with a very long rendition of This is the Day that We Win Away from a delighted Celtic support.

By the time we went back up there to play Aberdeen on a freezing cold night on 9 February Celtic had moved from 6th in the league – where we found ourselves after losing at the Tony Macaroni in September – to league leaders after two post winter break wins against theRangers (3-0) at Celtic Park and away at Motherwell (4-0) came on top of the consistent form post Livingston up to winning against up in Perth on Boxing Day.

Celtic were cruising at Pittodrie that cold night in February , going in 2-0 up at the interval but the home side fought back after the break and were soon level. However that man Jota once again popped up with a goal to give Celtic the points in a 3-2 win.

That was night the Celtic fans introduced a new song, our very own version of The Carpenters classic Top of the World. That night the words chanted were as follows”

‘We’re on the Top of the League looking down on theRangers and the only expiation I can find is the form we found since Ange has been around has put us at the Top of the League.”

Here’s how it started…

And the song has gone from strength to strength, defining this season and was was even used as the backdrop to the amazing supporters Huddle at Celtic Park on Saturday in the 4-1 win over Hearts which took Celtic to where we find ourselves today.

And for the game at Tannadice this evening the Celtic supporters lucky enough to have a ticket will surely revert back to This is the Day, and change the words slightly to “This is the Day. This is the Day that we win the League” and treat the television audience to a long, old rendition of this brilliant Celtic chant.

Whether at the game or watching on television, enjoy every second of it folks. We shall rejoice, we shall rejoice..because This is the Day that we win the League.

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About Author

The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds 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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