The yearly Celtic Christmas Advert has become a staple of the festive period over recent years. From Mikael Lustig turning up at a house as a policeman, and Scott Brown piloting a passenger plane, we really have seen it all.
So it’s fair to say there were great expectations about the 2019 version which dropped early on Friday. Thankfully, the film lived up to those expectations without going too overboard.
There were a number of small touches that you may have missed unless you’ve poured over the footage hundreds of times – and let’s face it, some of you may have. But if you haven’t then fear not. Here are three things we noticed.
There was no Tom Rogic
The three minute video crammed in a remarkable number of first-team stars. However, there were a few notable absentees from the line-up. Tom Rogic was the most obvious one while there was also no Nir Bitton or Vakoun Issouf Bayo.
It would be foolish to read too much into their absence other than thinking that they were perhaps undergoing some sort of recovery. All three have been injured recently and, as we’re unsure exactly when the filming took place, it’s hard to cast aspersions.
Edouard’s sly dig at Nicholas?
As the cool-as-ice Frenchman was surrounded by adoring kids near the start of the film, he gestured for them to calm down. It was a carbon copy of the celebration he produced after opening the scoring at Ibrox back in September. Thankfully this time, those on the receiving end were a little more mature.
The mimic could also be seen as a dig at Charlie Nicholas who criticised Edouard for not showing more emotion after scoring. Edouard responded with a strongly worded tweet.
I celebrate my goals how I want..if you don’t like it. That’s not my problem 🤷♂️
— Odsonne Edouard (@Oedouard22) September 24, 2019
So it’s not out with the realms of possibility that he or the club would’ve wanted to get their message across again in the Christmas video.
A note to history
As we know, this year saw the club lose two legends in Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers. The pair passed away after illness to an outpouring of love and respect from the Celtic support.
It was particularly nice for the club to mention the Lisbon Lions, and McNeill personally, near the start of the video. The fact they bookended the film with cuts of Bertie Auld was also a terrific, underrated touch.