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CELTIC 56 NOT OUT

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CELTIC have gone FIFTY-SIX games since they lost a domestic match game at Fortress Paradise.

The last time they were beaten at Parkhead was on December 19 2015 when Motherwell won 2-1.

Mark McGhee’s Fir Park outfit came back from Nir Bitton’s opener to score twice through Louis Moult – the deciding goal coming from the penalty spot – for their first victory in the east end of Glasgow for nearly eight years.

The reverse meant Ronny Deila’s team had gone four games without a win on home turf  – the worst run since Tony Mowbray wasmanager in season 2009/10.

Ajax (2-1) and Molde (2-1) both won their Europa League ties and Kilmarnock forced a goalless draw in the league.

OFF DAY…Callum McGregor is out of luck on this occasion.

Despite the loss, Celtic remained top of the title by a point from Aberdeen.

They unfurled their fifth successive Premiership flag at the end of the campaign as they exacted revenge on Well with a 7-0 trouncing in Deila’s last game on May 15 2016.

Last season, Brendan Rodgers witnessed his team drawing only two games, both ending in 1-1 stalemates, in the end end of Glasgow – against Sevco Rangers in March and Partick Thistle the following month.

This time around, they have been held seven times – twice by Kilmarnock (1-1 and 0-0), St Johnstone (1-1 and 0-0), Hibs (2-2), Sevco Rangers (0-0) and Dundee (0-0).

For the record, the last line-up that lost at home was: Craig Gordon; Mikael Lustig, Dedryck Boyata, Jozo Simunovic, Kieran Tierney; Nir Bitton, Tom Rogic (sub: Carlton Cole), Kris Commons, Callum McGregor; James Forrest (sub: Scott Allan), Nadir Ciftci.

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