Celtic are the Scottish Premiership champions once more in what has been a memorable debut season for supervisor Ange Postecoglou.
The Australian had a troublesome begin to life in Glasgow with a gap day defeat to Hearts which sparked a run of three consecutive away league losses.
However, Postecoglou all the time insisted he wouldn’t waiver from his footballing philosophy of attacking, entertaining and relentless soccer, and piece by piece he rebuilt a struggling side who have been blown apart by Rangers final season.
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A complete of 18 totally different goalscorers helped hearth Celtic to their 52nd top-flight trophy so this is a take a look at the 13 games that swung the title from the South of Glasgow to the East End…
Aberdeen 1-2 Celtic – October 3 2021
Highlights of a dramatic win for Celtic at Pittodrie
After dropping to Hearts on the opening day of the season, Celtic misplaced at Rangers and Livingston earlier than drawing with Dundee United at Tannadice Park.
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The strain was on to get that first away win in the league and it got here at Pittodrie as on-loan winger Jota sealed the victory, firing dwelling late on after Lewis Ferguson has cancelled out Kyogo Furuhashi’s opener.
It lifted Celtic as much as sixth in the desk, six factors behind then leaders Rangers.
Celtic 1-0 Hearts – December 2 2021
Highlights of Celtic’s 1-0 victory over Hearts in the Scottish Premiership
Kyogo’s contentious aim gave Celtic a win in opposition to Hearts to slender the hole at the prime of the Scottish Premiership.
The Japanese ahead turned the ball into the internet in the first half regardless of seeking to be offside.
That end result noticed the hole to Rangers shut additional as simply 4 factors separated the Glasgow rivals. However, the win got here at a value with accidents to Anthony Ralston, Jota, and defender Stephen Welsh.
Ross County 1-2 Celtic – December 15 2021
Highlights from Dingwall the place Anthony Ralston scored a late winner for Celtic
Drama in Dingwall stored the hole to 4 factors as Anthony Ralston’s 97th-minute header secured victory over Ross County.
Celtic took the lead via Liel Abada however seemed set to drop factors after Jack Baldwin levelled. Carl Starfelt was then despatched off for a second reserving, however Postecoglou’s males dug deep for a sixth straight league victory.
The win was much more satisfying for the Celtic followers attributable to the mounting harm disaster that noticed six forwards miss the tie.
St Johnstone 1-3 Celtic – December 26 2021
Highlights of Celtic’s Boxing Day win at St Johnstone
Goalkeeper Vasilis Barkas made his first look below Postecoglou as accidents and Covid took their toll on the squad.
That prolonged listing of absentees was even larger with the likes of captain Callum McGregor, Ralston and backup goalkeeper Scott Bain dropping out.
However, a double from Abada and a Nir Bitton strike secured a vital victory to ship Celtic into the winter break six factors behind Rangers.
Again, there was one other harm blow as Kyogo limped off after pulling up early in the sport – an harm that may rule him out for months.
Hearts 1-2 Celtic – January 26 2022
Highlights of Celtic’s key win at Hearts in the Scottish Premiership
The hole was right down to 4 factors as Rangers struggled following the restart – however Celtic’s journey to Tynecastle nearly proved pricey once more.
Postecoglou’s side have been two up at the break after Reo Hatate’s long-range drive was adopted by Giorgos Giakoumakis’ backheel flick.
However, Liam Boyce pulled one again earlier than passing up the probability to equalise when his penalty hit each posts as Celtic escaped Edinburgh with victory.
Celtic 1-0 Dundee United – January 29 2022
Highlights of Celtic’s win at Tannadice Park over Dundee United
We by no means cease was a phrase used typically by Postecoglou and it was clearly famous by his gamers who scored one other late winner to shut the hole on Rangers.
After the Ibrox side drew at Ross County, Abada fired dwelling the sport’s solely aim in the ninetieth minute to ship Celtic to inside two factors of the Scottish Premiership summit.
Celtic 3-0 Rangers – February 2 2022
Highlights of Celtic’s convincing win over Rangers at Celtic Park
One of the most vital nights in the title race got here at Celtic Park as Postecoglou’s side moved prime of the desk for the first time this season.
Celtic blitzed their rivals in a relentless first half as a brace from Hatate was adopted by a 3rd from Abada.
It ended a seven-game winless run in Old Firm’s for Celtic and was a season defining victory for the side determined to reclaim the title at the first time of asking.
Celtic 3-2 Dundee – February 20 2022
Highlights of the Scottish Premiership match between Celtic and Dundee
Just weeks later a assured Giakoumakis declared Celtic would win the title and have been higher than their rivals “in every single part of the team”.
It’s after the Greek worldwide struck twice in fast succession to assist beat Dundee as Celtic capitalised on Rangers’ draw earlier in the day to maneuver three factors clear at the prime.
Livingston 1-3 Celtic – March 6 2022
Highlights of Celtic’s key win at Livingston in the Scottish Premiership.
The Tony Macaroni Arena was not a spot Celtic loved and so they had already misplaced there earlier in the season.
However, this journey to Livingston was totally different as Madea headed in the opener for Celtic simply minutes after McGregor missed a penalty. A Nicky Devlin personal aim and James Forrest’s tremendous end made it 3-0.
A primary victory at Tony Macaroni Arena since February 2007 was deserved and got here in Postecoglou’s fiftieth sport in cost as they reclaimed a three-point lead in the title race following Rangers’ victory the earlier day.
Rangers 1-2 Celtic – April 3 2022
Highlights as Celtic got here from behind to win 2-1 at Ibrox
Celtic made it back-to-back wins over Rangers to maneuver six factors away from their Old Firm rivals as Postecoglou’s side edged nearer to the title.
Aaron Ramsey gave the Ibrox side the dream begin when he opened the scoring after simply three minutes. However, that was cancelled out inside seven minutes by Tom Rogic’s close-range strike, earlier than the leaders took management when Cameron Carter-Vickers pressured the ball dwelling after a free-kick.
The win left Celtic with a six-point lead and a 16-goal benefit with six games to play and in addition marked a 12-point swing since the winter break.
Celtic 1-1 Rangers – May 1 2022
Highlights of the remaining Old Firm conflict of the season as Celtic took on Rangers
Like many would count on, these battles between the Old Firm can be key in the title race and Rangers knew in the event that they have been to cease Celtic from reclaiming the trophy, victory at Parkhead was wanted.
Celtic went into the tie six factors clear with 4 games to go and seemed set to increase that benefit when Jota put the hosts forward.
However, Rangers rallied and Fashion Sakala drew them stage earlier than being denied by the submit as Giovanni van Bronckhorst’s side seemed to offer one final title twist.
It meant Postecoglou’s side now wanted 4 factors from three games to be assured the title.
Celtic 4-1 Hearts – May 7 2022
Highlights as Celtic took an enormous step in direction of the title with victory over Hearts
Four factors grew to become only one as Celtic all however wrapped up the title with victory over Hearts.
The Jambos got here to Glasgow seeking to spoil the celebration as Eills Simms silenced the dwelling assist with the opening aim in simply the third minute of the sport.
However, objectives from Daizen Maeda and Kyogo acquired the celebration began as the hosts led 2-1 at the break earlier than Matt O’Riley and Giakoumakis acquired in on the motion.
‘We are Champions’ flags flew round the dwelling assist at Parkhead as Rangers may now solely match Celtic’s factors complete, however Postecglou’s side had a vastly superior aim distinction
Dundee Utd 1-1 Celtic – May 11 2022
Highlights of the SPFL match between Dundee United and Celtic, the place Celtic regained the title!
Celtic knew a draw at Tannadice Park can be sufficient to safe the title and draw they did of their penultimate sport of the season.
United pissed off them however Giakoumakis headed in the opener from an exquisite Ralston cross to ship the visiting assist wild.
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Dylan Levitt equalised for the hosts however Postecoglou’s side have been decided and held on to increase their unbeaten league run to 31 games.
The title was again at Celtic Park in Postecoglou’s first season in cost.
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