Celtic break 18-year club record thanks to emphatic win

By David Walton

August 19, 2020

Celtic last night managed to break an 18-year club record in European football.

Neil Lennon’s men set up a UEFA Champions League second-round qualifying match against either Ferencvaros or Djurgardens at Celtic Park next week. That was courtesy of a 6-0 rout against KR Reykjavik of Iceland.

The main goal was to do exactly that – progress. However, Lennon’s men also managed to rack up the club’s biggest ever win in Europe since 2002.

Celtic before the Reykjavik match / (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Not since an 8-1 UEFA Cup first round win against Suduva have Celtic been so convincing on the continent. To put that into perspective, the Hoops have played over 180 European matches since that Suduva clash.

Celtic have recorded some big home wins in Europe in recent years. 5-0 hammerings of Nomme Kalju and Astana respectively were as close as the Hoops have come to breaking that record beforehand.

Another feather in Lennon’s cap

Lennon, just like any manager, has his faults. But nobody can deny this man’s results when it comes to European football.

Any win would’ve sufficed last night. Granted, a convincing success was perhaps expected, but 6-0 was beyond what many supporters would’ve thought was achievable.

Yes, KR were poor. Perhaps even the poorest side we’ve come up against in Champions League qualifying. However, when you compare the result to previous first qualifying round ties, it looks all the more impressive.

Neil Lennon watching his record-breakers last night (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Against Alashkert two years ago, Celtic racked up successive 3-0 wins in both legs. Last season, Sarajevo were put to the sword with a 3-1 win away and a 2-1 success at Parkhead. Racking up six goals against any side in European football in one match can’t be underestimated.

Hopefully it’s a sign that Celtic are continuing to grow stronger on the European front. However, that theory will be tested more rigorously next week.

Celtic’s biggest ever win in European football remains the 9-0 European Cup first-round success against Finnish side KPV Kokkola back in 1970.

In other news, Derek McInnes has backed Neil Lennon’s stance on deducting points for government protocol breaches.