Celtic history against Italians


Lazio were Celtic’s first Italian opponents when the clubs drew 0-0 in Rome in 1950 before a Celtic Park rematch a few months later when Celtic won 4-0.  The next four occasions Celtic met Italian teams would all be played on neutral ground, starting with a draw against Bologna on a 1966 preseason tour of the United States, before a notable win against Inter in Lisbon at the end of that season.

Celtic then met Milan four times in 10 months starting in May 1968.  It was back to the US for a 1-1 draw, before a rematch a month later in Toronto when goals from Bobby Lennox and Charlie Gallacher won the game.  The teams then drew 0-0 in the San Siro before Milan won the return 0-1 at Celtic Park, the first time in eight games against Italian opposition Celtic emerged with a defeat.

Italian champions Fiorentina lost at Celtic Park in 1969 before winning the return game while a year later Celtic drew twice against Bari on a North American tour.  Inter and Celtic then met in the 1972 European Cup semi-final, both games finishing goalless, before a nine year wait until the next game against Italian opponents and the first against Juventus.  Celtic won at home and lost in Turin.

Three games in four days in July 1993 saw a win over US Carisolo and defeats against Atalanta and Napoli.  Four years later Parma and Roma visited Celtic Park, with the home team achieving a draw and win.  2001 saw Celtic’s first Champions League group games and two memorable games against Juventus, losing controversially in Turin before recording a 4-3 win in Glasgow.

Parma lost at Celtic Park in 2002 with Roma beating Celtic in Toronto in 2004.  Celtic then embarked on a familiarity drive with Milan, drawing twice at home and losing the corresponding away fixtures in 2004 and 2007.  A home win over Parma in summer 2007 briefly interrupted Celtic’s run of Italian fixtures against Milan but the teams met another twice in 2007, Celtic winning at home and losing away.

Celtic lost to Inter in Dublin in 2011 before drawing home and away to Udinese in the same year.  Kris Commons scored Celtic’s goal in their most recent match against Italian opponents in a Celtic Park draw last July.

36 games in 63 years, 11 wins, 11 defeats and 14 draws.  The team in green and white won the most important one!

Early notice, the CQN Charity Golf Day will take place on Friday, 14 June.  More details to follow.
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  1. On 15th/16th of March 100 cyclist will set off from 5 locations in the UK & Ireland for Belfast to raise funds that will go towards helping Wee Oscar Knox (check out the wee man himself – http://youtu.be/oVyxi7ypT4Y) fund the Immunotherapy treatment he so desperately requires. We will be leaving from:



    Celtic Park – 32 Cyclists


    Leeds – 7 Cyclists


    Duleek – 25 Cyclists


    Roscommon – 10 Cyclists


    Dublin – 26 Cyclist



    We will be supported by 16 support team members over the 2 days also.



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  2. Having read your article Paul [ podium chasers please note ;- ) ]I’m surprised and pleased that we have a decent record overall against Italian teams. I really do think we have a fighting chance in this latest tie.



    And diary provisionally noted for Aberdour. Golf lessons still to be booked.




  3. valentine’s day



    Watching the rugby, not good. Looks like the English have won, tough game, poor handling too often by Ireland.

  4. Rugby? – watched it for years and still don’t understand the rules. Those hookers are also the ugliest I’ve ever seen.

  5. The future is unwritten.



    League leaders versus league leaders.



    Where we deserve to be.



    At the top table.



    Holding our own.



    The future’s bright.



    The future’s green and white…

  6. Alasdair MacLean




    16:37 on 10 February, 2013






    Father in Law ..who is 86….and his big bother. ha!


    The cup final was great…the biggest congregation of people I know… ever!





    Its just as well their wee brother ?? 83 who was priest in St Marys Inverness for years isnt interested in football. I had my hands full with two of them.



    They are originally from Dufftown and support the Sheep Caley and Ross county basically anything from the North but my Father in law in particular would have Aberdeen lie down to Celtic if it meant Rangers didnt win. Maybe thats my influence or


    more likely his grandsons : > )

  7. Paul67



    If you will allow me – we played Fiorentina in 1970.



    Before you were born I know – but being an old git I was there!



    In the jungle with some bampots – great night!




  8. corkcelt





    A lurker much more than a poster these days but I do enjoy your musings on here. There will be a 67 year old grand-dad also somewhere in Lisbon Lions upper I believe courtesy of Thos Cook feeling just as you do. Let’s hope they can’t wipe the smiles off our faces come 10.pm

  9. 67Heaven ... I am Neil Lennon..!!.. Ibrox belongs to the creditors on




    Mistake in your heading




  10. Tuesday nights game will be a difficult decision for Lenny, do we go for the win, or do we contain and keep a clean sheet. To do both would be idea obviously. The way we played against barca over there I think we should try and keep it tight at the back, send Juve home with nothing, in the second game all the pressure will be on them.

  11. I take great heart from our last CL 16 game against AC Milan. I feel with a bit more conviction and perhaps a proper refs decision we could have nicked a goal against them in the San Siro.



    I would not rate this Juve team as highly as AC and we are a better team. Lets see some belief and we can go through here.

  12. Alasdair MacLean on




    Up until this season the bitter taste for any north team beating Celtic was the fact that the main beneficiary was Rangers.


    They sound like characters.

  13. Thomthetim



    Strangely enough my old mother was at that game at cp too. It was her first football match, courtesy of her boyfriend, later her husband and my father. The reason I remember this is that she had the autographs of all of the Lazio team and we used to look at them as kids and get her to tell us about being at the match.


    She liked a bet too.

  14. Tallybhoy, remember that game as well, in the celtic end that night, remember they wore a purple looking strip, as a young boy I had never seen anything like it, went to Milan that year.

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