The 3 best Celtic moments of 2019
Another year of Celtic dominance will come to an end in less than a week as Celtic fans around the globe wave goodbye to 2019 and say hello to 2020.
The past 12 months have been another triumphant success for the club. It hasn’t all been uphill, though. We’ve suffered European heartbreak, derby defeat and a betrayal of the highest order. We’ve also lost two of our favourite sons in the shape of Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers.
But everything you go through makes you stronger, and Celtic are certainly that as we enter the New Year. There have been many moments of utter jubilation throughout 2019 so we thought we’d pick out the top three that stuck with us. Hope you enjoy.
3 – Neil Lennon’s euphoric Tynecastle return
When Brendan Rodgers stabbed us in the back and moved on to pastures new with Leicester City, everyone was a little dumbstruck. The Northern Irishman had been responsible for virtually everything good we had done since the start of the 2016/2017 season and there was a fear that things could start crumbling around us in his absence.
His compatriot Neil Lennon was probably the only man who could come in and steady the ship, giving the club exactly what it needed in a moment of real crisis. Our former skipper was appointed caretaker boss on a frantic Tuesday, met the media on Wednesday and then took the team to Tynecastle that evening.
What followed was an enthralling encounter that saw us snatch victory in the dying seconds through Odsonne Edouard. The release of emotions when the Frenchman’s volley hit the net was quite something – as the entire club let our a roar of defiance.
Minutes later and Lennon was on the pitch with a team of Rodgers’ players, beating his chest and rallying the travelling support. It was like he’d never been away.
2 – The Treble Treble goal
Funnily enough, the aforementioned Edouard goal wasn’t even the most important he scored against Hearts in 2019. In late May, an iconic team made more history as they clinched a ninth successive domestic trophy, or the ‘Treble Treble’ as it was to be known.
It didn’t come easy, either, on a bleak Hampden day. The Jambos led at the start of the second-half before Edouard levelled from the penalty spot. Then came the moment to savour.
The Frenchman leapt onto a headed through ball from Mikael Lustig – playing his last game for the club. Time seemed to stand still as the former PSG man bore down on goal. History beckoned, and was soon delivered, as Edouard lifted the ball high into the net to send the Celtic end into delirium.
There’s something about winning goals, rain and Hampden Park that produces magical Celtic moments.
1 – Ntcham conquers Rome
It may seem bizarre for Edouard’s goal to be outflanked by a strike that didn’t bring about a trophy win. But Olivier Ntcham’s winner in Rome just edges it for a few of reasons.
First of all, the dramatic nature. The goal arrived in the 95th minute of the win over Lazio in the Stadio Olimpico. It came completely out of the blue as we fought to grab a point from the bruising encounter.
Secondly, the importance of the goal. It sent us to the last 32 of the Europa League with two games to spare and, in the end, was the difference between topping the group and finishing second. It brought about our first ever win in Italy and our first away to any team in a top five European league since 2003.
And thirdly, it was just a remarkable finish. Ntcham looked to have lost the chance with a poor first touch but made up for it with the most delicate of chips. It was a moment that quite simply wasn’t beaten in 2019.