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James Edward McGrory -- The Greatest Goalscorer
His name needs no preliminary flourishes.

His name needs no preliminary flourishes. no false fanfares, for he long ago carved his way into Scottish football history . . . and the place of Jimmy McGrory among the soccer giants is secure for ever.

The statistic that won James Edward McGrory his way into football's hall of fame sounds so simple to say-550 goals in his career from 1923 to 1937-but is still almost incredible to comprehend by a modern generation reared on defensive tactics aimed at blotting out attackers. I must declare my interest straight away, before I upset any older readers who may lovingly cherish memories of watching McGrory in his hey-day. I never saw him play, indeed I was not even born by the time he had retired from his long spell as Celtic’s number nine.



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Posted by voc1967 on Tuesday 10 March 2020 - 12:29:47 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
Video Highlights - Celtic 5 - 0 St Mirren
Leigh Griffiths scored a hat-trick as Celtic extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to 16 points after easing aside St Mirren.

Leigh Griffiths scored a hat-trick as Celtic extended their lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership to 16 points after easing aside St Mirren.

Griffiths scored twice in the first-half - from Odsonne Edouard's cross, then after a one-two with Tom Rogic. Edouard netted before Griffiths' third while Callum McGregor converted a late penalty as Celtic edged closer to a ninth consecutive title.

Neil Lennon's side - who have played two more games than Rangers - have won 12 of their 13 domestic games in 2020.St Mirren, meanwhile, slip to 11th and are now just three points clear of bottom side Hearts.



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Posted by voc1967 on Saturday 07 March 2020 - 18:39:28 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
Closed door games 'not ideal'
The prospect of playing games behind closed doors to try to stem the spread of coronavirus is "not ideal", says Celtic manager Neil Lennon.

The prospect of playing games behind closed doors to try to stem the spread of coronavirus is "not ideal", says Celtic manager Neil Lennon.

The Scottish FA and Scottish Professional Football League aim to fulfil this season's fixtures, even if it means matches in empty stadiums.

Lennon believes that would harm clubs' finances, but understands measures have to be taken."It's not ideal but they've had to do it in Italy," he said.

"I don't know the financial situation of other clubs but I would say it would be very detrimental to their financial wellbeing."You want to play the games and obviously we want to play them in front of full houses because that's what football is all about."



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Posted by voc1967 on Saturday 07 March 2020 - 11:06:31 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
Livingston 2 - 2 Celtic
Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic averted a first domestic defeat of 2020 after Tom Rogic's stoppage-time goal snatched a draw at Livingston to move them 13 points clear.

Scottish Premiership leaders Celtic averted a first domestic defeat of 2020 after Tom Rogic's stoppage-time goal snatched a draw at Livingston to move them 13 points clear.

Livingston had looked like earning an unlikely double against the champions - and an eighth home win in a row - after Scott Robinson and Jon Guthrie cancelled out Callum McGregor's strike.

But Rogic struck to earn the point that edges Neil Lennon's side further clear of Rangers, who were beaten at home by Hamilton Academical.

It was the first time in 12 domestic games that Celtic have failed to win and the second time this season that they have been unable to do so at the Tony Macaroni, after losing 2-0 there in October.

Gary Holt's Livingston, meanwhile, are now six points off third-place Motherwell.



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Posted by voc1967 on Wednesday 04 March 2020 - 22:55:28 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
St Johnstone 0 - 1 Celtic
Ryan Christie's late goal booked holders Celtic's a Scottish Cup semi-final date with Aberdeen at the expense of dogged St Johnstone in Perth.

Ryan Christie's late goal booked holders Celtic's a Scottish Cup semi-final date with Aberdeen at the expense of dogged St Johnstone in Perth.

The midfielder's free-kick from the right beat Zander Clark, with defender Christopher Jullien claiming a touch.

Celtic had pummelled the hosts, Odsonne Edouard striking a post as they sought a 34th-straight domestic cup win.St Johnstone came close through Jamie McCart but ultimately failed to keep the dominant champions at bay.

Neil Lennon's side join Edinburgh clubs Hibernian and Heart of Midlothian as well as their last-four opponents as they pursue a fourth-consecutive domestic treble.



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Posted by voc1967 on Sunday 01 March 2020 - 22:50:57 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
Celtic 1 - 3 Copenhagen
Celtic suffered a shock Europa League last-32 exit after three goals in the final seven minutes of a dramatic - and self-inflicted - defeat by Copenhagen.

Celtic suffered a shock Europa League last-32 exit after three goals in the final seven minutes of a dramatic - and self-inflicted - defeat by Copenhagen.

Neil Lennon's side seemed set for extra time when Odsonne Edouard coolly dinked in a penalty - awarded for handball after a VAR check - to cancel out Michael Santos' calamitous opener.

But the Danish champions netted twice on the break in the final five minutes - through Pep Biel and Dame N'Doye - to earn a 4-2 aggregate win and mete out Celtic's first defeat in 2020.

It was a bitterly disappointing night for the Scottish Premiership leaders, who were favourites after a 1-1 draw a week ago, but were architects of their own downfall at Celtic Park.



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Posted by voc1967 on Thursday 27 February 2020 - 22:50:00 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
 
 
Celtic 3 - 1 Kilmarnock
Celtic recovered from losing an early Kilmarnock goal to win handsomely and march 12 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

Celtic recovered from losing an early Kilmarnock goal to win handsomely and march 12 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership.

With Rangers drawing at St Johnstone, Neil Lennon's men took advantage as they bid to win a ninth title in a row.

Eamonn Brophy's penalty had initially rocked Celtic but Kristoffer Ajer and Odsonne Edouard had the hosts ahead.Leigh Griffiths added a third shortly after Kilmarnock were reduced to 10 men following Alan Power's second yellow.

The champions have now won 15 of their last 16 home games, with 32 goals scored since the winter break.For Kilmarnock it was a third defeat in a row and leaves them five points off a place in the top six.



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Posted by voc1967 on Sunday 23 February 2020 - 21:50:00 | Comments: 0  |  printer friendly
 
 
 
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