This last week of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the Lisbon Lions, has been memorable to say the least.
The feat of the Bhoys who made history all those years ago, shouldn’t and will never be forgotten. It’s only as time goes by the magnitude of the result in the Portuguese capital on that sunny Thursday night, sinks in.
However, the Lions themselves won’t mind as today Brendan Rodgers’ players steal the limelight for a while. By winning 3-0 against Hearts last Sunday at Celtic Park on trophy day, the Hoops became ‘the InVIncibles’ by going through the full league campaign without defeat.
We finished the season a massive 30 points ahead of second placed Aberdeen and 39 points ahead of new club Sevco!
An amazing accomplishment. But that was only the league.
We’ve also gone through both domestic cup competitions without loss. In fact when we won the League Cup 3-0 against today’s opponents Aberdeen, we’d gone through the competition without losing a goal.
And in the Scottish Cup, it’s only St Mirren, who we beat 4-1, who’ve scored against our often criticised defence. (although I don’t know why?)
Maybe I’m a bit misty eyed when it comes to Celtic, but I tend to agree with big Billy when he says there’s something of a fairy tale about the club.
It’s also 50 years since Celtic beat Aberdeen in a Scottish Cup Final, 2-0 in 1967 with Willie Wallace grabbing a brace. In between we’ve played each other three times with the Dons, albeit with help from the officials, winning the trophy on each occasion.
Wouldn’t it be nice to make our own piece of history today….50 years on!
*Image thanks to Steven McNamara