Our ‘On This Day’ feature goes back only one year on this occasion, to 2019, and the Glasgow derby versus Rangers at Celtic Park.

This was interim manager Neil Lennon’s first derby as Hoops manager since 2012, and it was a game he knew he had to win if he wanted the job on a permanent basis.

Celtic dominated the early stages of the game, and it was no shock the Hoops took the lead, thanks to the excellent Odsonne Edouard.

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Superb solo goal

He took the ball from his own half, went on a run towards the Rangers goal, and with the Ibrox defence frantically back pedalling curled the ball into the corner of the net.

The Hoops were in complete control, and an emphatic win seemed certain when Alfredo Morelos was sent-off for an off the ball incident with Scott Brown.

Odsonne Edouard celebrates giving Celtic the lead

Odsonne Edouard celebrates giving Celtic the lead (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

However, that isn’t what happened. After Scott Sinclair missed a chance to put Celtic 2-0 ahead in the second-half, Lennon’s side allowed Rangers to get back into the game.

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That led to Ryan Kent’s equaliser. The game was now in the balance. Drawing or even losing against a 10 man Rangers side at home would not have been good for Lennon’s job prospects.

 

Late goal was the winner

Thankfully, Odsonne Edouard was around to save the day. He took advantage of a mistake by James Tavernier to set up James Forrest with a superb pass, and the winger put the Hoops back into the lead.

James Forrest scores the winning goal

James Forrest scores the winning goal (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Before the final whistle Kristoffer Ajer made a superb block to deny Rangers the equaliser, then it was all over, Celtic had won 2-1.

There then followed a fracas after the final whistle involving plenty of players which saw Andy Halliday sent-off, but Lennon didn’t need to concern himself with that.

He could bask in the glory of a win that put the Hoops one step closer to retaining the title, and put Lennon in pole position to claim the manager’s job on a permanent basis.

Around two months later, Lennon would indeed be appointed as Celtic’s permanent manager, and the rest is history.

 

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