Celtic on course to break goalscoring record that's stood for over 100 years

By John McGinley

February 18, 2023

Celtic’s ridiculous haul of goals in the Scottish Premiership this season is a record-setting pace and if the Bhoys continue on their current path, a mark set back in the 1915/16 season will fall.

During that top-flight season 107 years ago, Celtic netted a massive 116 league goals across 38 matches as Jimmy McColl and Patsy Gallacher ran riot on the way to a title. [SPFL]

No Celtic team since has broken that barrier – not the Lisbon Lions (111 goals), nor Brendan Rodgers’ invincible iteration of the Bhoys (106 goals).

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Celtic on pace to break goal record

To date, this season, Ange Postecoglou’s have netted an unbelievable 82 goals in 26 matches, with the latest four arriving today at home to Aberdeen.

That’s 3.15 per game. Across a 38-game season, that pace would land a total of 119 league goals, beyond the current Celtic record.

It’s heady stuff and while Postecoglou will not want to get bogged down in chasing records while there’s still hard work ahead to deliver silverware first and foremost, it sums up how incredible the Bhoys have been this season, so far.

For us outsiders and supporters, it’s an exciting comparison and could be something you want to keep track of over the coming weeks and months.

The total of Jock Stein’s Lions side remains remarkable in its own right. Those 111 goals were scored across 34 league matches, which is a sensational average of 3.26 goals per game.

Obviously, they were taking on Europe’s finest in the European Cup too. They will always be the greatest Celtic side. That season they ended up scoring 196 goals in all competitions, which just seems silly! [FitbaStats]

Nonetheless, domestically, Postecoglou’s are an absolute thrill and we actually could be witnessing history before our very eyes.

In other news, Ange Postecoglou turns Celtic attention to Rangers final and makes it clear he’s right up for it.