CELTIC go into today’s High Noon showdown at Ibrox with a record of one domestic defeat in their last SEVENTY-TWO games.
St. Johnstone were the last the Scottish team to inflict a defeat on the Hoops in actual playing time – 56 outings ago.
The Perth outfit managed the feat at McDiarmid Park on May 11, 2016 when they edged a tight contest 2-1.
Ex-boss Ronny Deila’s team went into that encounter on the back of an unbeaten run of 15 games. The loss in Perth was the solitary slip in the last 17 games of his final campaign as Bhoys gaffer.
The Parkhead outfit went out of the Scottish Cup semi-final 5-4 on penalty-kicks to Sevco Rangers in April last year, but the result in the record books show it as a 2-2 draw after extra-time.
Brendan Rodgers’ treble-winners completed last term with an unbeaten sequence of 47 matches in the Irishman’s first year in charge.
Seventeen months ago in Perth, a goal from Graham Cummins 13 minutes from time gave the Perth outfit the points, but Deila’s men had already wrapped up the club’s fifth successive championship two games earlier with a 3-1 victory over Hearts at Tynecastle on April 2.
They completed the season with a 7-0 romp against Motherwell.
The last Celtic team to lose in actual play was: Bailly; Janko (sub: Ralston 74), Ambrose, Sviatchenko, Izaguirre; Johansen (sub: Bitton 66), McGregor; Roberts, Allan (sub: Rogic 80), Christie; Griffiths.
The CQN Podcast: A Celtic State of Mind (EP13) The Quality Street Gang Part 1
A Celtic State of Mind offers an insight into the culture of Celtic Football Club, the city of Glasgow, and fans of the reigning invincible Scottish champions.
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This week, ‘A Celtic State of Mind’ pays tribute to The Quality Street Gang.
In the first of a two-part series, Paul John Dykes interviews Billy Murdoch, Bobby Wraith, HughMcKellar and Lou Macari to discuss one of the finest crops of youngsters ever to emerge from Celtic Park.
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