In hindsight, the Celtic 69-game unbeaten run looks even more impressive

By Euan Davidson

August 7, 2021

Apropos of nothing in particular, that 69-game unbeaten run Celtic went on looks even more impressive in hindsight.

No, obviously – we’ve been moved to think about just how amazing that Bhoys achievement was after some interesting developments on Tayside today. Few would’ve expected Tam Courts’ side, who weren’t much use against Aberdeen last week, to break our rivals’ streak.

And what a streak it was, yielding one trophy.

While it feels like a long time ago now, it’s worth remembering just how special the Celtic unbeaten run was. Before Hearts shockingly put Brendan’s Bhoys to the sword in December 2017 [Sky Sports], Rodgers hadn’t lost a single domestic game in 18 months of managing Celtic.

That’s absolutely ridiculous.

Not only that, Celtic won a clean sweep of domestic trophies. In fact, it took until November 2020 for our unbeaten domestic cup run to come to an end. That’s the kind of dominance that just doesn’t get repeated, as it turns out.

What’s more, there were supporters there for every single match.

“They’ve set a record that may well never be beaten and they can be very proud”, Brendan Rodgers said as Celtic couldn’t make it 70 [BBC]. Say what you like about the former Bhoys boss, but it looks like he had that one bang on.

Celtic unbeaten run: a wonderful time, but new glorious memories have to be made

That’s all in the past now, of course. The feel-good factor from today’s result also requires context; we lost last week, and are yet to kick-off against Dundee.

After last season though, we’re quite entitled to have a wee laugh at our rivals’ expense. Frank McAvennie is. After the relentless misery of 20-21, it’s always good fun to have a pop when it’s necessary.

It’s time to get our own house in order though, and Ange Postecoglou is more than aware of that. If anything, he’ll have been looking at the incredible sequences of results in Celtic’s history with more than a hint of ambition, himself.

Tomorrow represents a real chance at renewal. In front of a home support in the league for the first time in what feels like an eternity, Celtic need to show the fluidity to put a decent run of our own together.

Until kick-off tomorrow, though, you’re more than entitled to cast your mind back to that ridiculous 69-game unbeaten run. We showed how it’s done, and it might never happen again.

Certainly, it won’t happen again any time soon.

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