In a new feature called ‘glory goals’, we take a look at some goals from Celtic’s past which may have been forgotten about, and deserve to be remembered.
On this occasion, we look at James Forrest’s last-minute for the Hoops against Shakhter Karagandy in the Champions League play-off second leg, on August 28th 2013.
Hoops went into game under pressure
Celtic went into this game under a lot of pressure. The Hoops had turned in a truly awful display in the first leg, losing 2-0 and facing a mountain to climb to reach the Champions League group stages.
However, Neil Lennon was in a bullish mood ahead of the second leg, with the Daily Mail reporting that the Hoops boss was unhappy with some comments made by Karagandy after the first leg.
Still, the time for Celtic to do the talking was on the pitch. The Hoops struggled to make the breakthrough, before a Kris Commons strike on the stroke of half-time gave the team hope.
The tie was then levelled just after half-time thanks to Georgios Samaras. Then, in injury time, came the goal this article is all about.
Striker was at heart of goal
Anthony Stokes, a player sometimes maligned, was at the heart of a moment that anyone who was at the game will never forget.
The game looked set to be going to extra time, before the Irish striker got the ball. He went on a mazy run, past three men, and ran into the penalty box.
Instead of shooting for goal, as he might have done, as a striker, Stokes elected to cut the ball back across the box.
There, came the onrushing James Forrest. He burst onto the scene and hit a shoot which bounced off the crossbar and into the back of the net, to give the Hoops a 3-0 lead and spark scenes of wild celebrations.
The final whistle blew seconds later. Forrest’s goal had clinched a 3-2 aggregate win, and Celtic had once more booked their place among the elite of the Champions League group stages.
In the seven years since this goal was scored, Forrest has found the back of the net many times for the Hoops. However, few will go down as important as the one which clinched European glory for Celtic.
You can see footage of the winning goal and Celtic’s other two goals from the night below.