Key Celtic Matches Through The Years

Key Matches Through The Years
Below is just a small subset of key matches, there are so many more we could have added.

1880-90s
Friendly match: Celtic 5-2 Rangers, 28 May 1888

The first official Celtic game

Glasgow Cup: Celtic 4-0 Third Lanark, 14 Feb 1891
Celtic’s first major trophy


Scottish Cup Final: Celtic 5-1 Queen’s Park, 9 Apr 1892
Celtic’s first Scottish Cup win, and beating the then establishment’s top side

Scottish League: Celtic 3-0 Rangers, 29 Apr 1893
Celtic defeat Rangers to effectively seal club’s first league title

Scottish League: Celtic 6-2 Rangers, 14 Dec 1895
Celtic demolish Rangers over festive period which effectively set Celtic up for league title

Scottish League: Celtic 3-0 St Mirren, 12 Feb 1898
Celtic complete the season undefeated in the league, invincible domestically in the league

Scottish Cup Final: Celtic 2-0 Rangers, 22 Apr 1899
Celtic’s second Scottish Cup win, and defeat Rangers who had won it in past two seasons.


1900s

Scottish Cup Final: Celtic 4-3 Queen’s Park, 14 Apr 1900

The mark of a change from (sh)amateurism to the professional age

Scottish Cup Final: Celtic 3-2 Rangers, 16 Apr 1904
Great comeback by Celtic having been two goals down, beginning of golden era

Division 1 Championship play-off: Celtic 2-1 Rangers, 6 May 1905
Celtic defeat Rangers in play-off game to take the Division 1 title

Scottish League: Celtic 1-0 Hearts, 21 Apr 1906
Celtic defeat Hearts which wraps up the league title for Celtic

Scottish Cup: Celtic 3-0 Hearts, 20 Apr 1907
Celtic win the league & Cup double for first time

Scottish Cup: Celtic 5-1 St Mirren, 18 Apr 1908
Celtic achieve domestic back-to-back league & Cup double

Scottish League: Hamilton Academicals 1-2 Celtic, 30 Apr 1909
Celtic win league for fifth time in a row; Celtic win title on last day of the season by 1pt over Dundee

1910s
Scottish League: Celtic 0-0 Hibernian, 30 Apr 1910
Celtic win the league title for then record sixth time in a row

Scottish League: Celtic 3-0 Hibernian, 18 Apr 1914
Celtic seal league title, part of a treble of Scottish Cup, Glasgow Cup and league

.Scottish League: Celtic 1-1 Hearts, 30 Jan 1915
Celtic draw with Hearts, their nearest challengers, that set Celtic up to surge to win the league

Scottish League: Celtic 6-0 Raith Rovers, 15 Apr 1916
Celtic play two games in one day, winning both; set new scoring record and go on to win league title

Scottish League: Hibernian 0-1 Celtic, 14 Apr 1917
Celtic win the league title, and set a then record of 62 consecutive league matches undefeated

Scottish League: Rangers 1-1 Celtic, 1 Jan 1919
Pivotal league match that in retrospect likely is the one that decided the league title.


1920s

Division 1: Morton 1-1 Celtic, 29 Apr 1922
Final league game of the season; Celtic seal title winning title by 1pt

Scottish Cup Semi-Final: Celtic 5-0 Rangers, 21 Mar 1925
Celtic demolish league leaders and holders Rangers in the cup

Division 1: Celtic 6-2 Dundee Utd, 24 Apr 1926
Celtic finish the season as League title winners and undefeated at home in the league


Scottish Cup: Celtic 3-1 East Fife 16 Apr 1927

Celtic win Scottish Cup for 12th time, and last major trophy of the decade


1930s

Division 1: Rangers 0-0 Celtic, 5 Sep 1931

John Thomson dies tragically on the pitch during a game against Rangers.

Division 1: Celtic 5-3 Aberdeen, 21 Dec 1935
Celtic defeat league leaders and set up on the road to the title for first time in 10yrs.

Scottish Cup Final: Celtic 2-1 Aberdeen, 24 Apr 1937
World Club Record attendance of 147,365 (likely even more) attend

Division 1: Heart 2-4 Celtic, 8 Jan 1938
Celtic win away to leapfrog Hearts and set up on road that leads to league title

Empire Exhibition Cup final: Celtic 1-0 Everton, 10 Jun 1938
Celtic win cross Britain football tournament to become British Champions at Ibrox in Celtic’s 50th anniversary year


1940s

Victory Cup: Celtic 0-2 Rangers, 5 June 1946
A controversial replay which saw Rangers get loads of favours, and highlighted the imbalances in the system

Scottish Division A: Dundee 2-3 Celtic, 17 Apr 1948
Celtic win to avoid relegation.

1950s
Scottish Cup Final: Celtic 1-0 Motherwell, 21 Apr 1951
Celtic’s first senior domesitc trophy since 1937-38 league title

Coronation Cup Final: Celtic 2-0 Hibernian, 20 May 1953
Cross-Britain competition victory for Celtic

Scottish League: Hibernian 0-3 Celtic, 17 Apr 1954
Celtic seal league title for first time in 16 years

Scottish Cup Final: Celtic 2-1 Aberdeen, 24 Apr 1954
Celtic win the league & cup double

League Cup Final: Celtic 3-0 Partick Thistle, 31 Oct 1956

Celtic win league cup for first time

League Cup Final: Celtic 7-1 Rangers, 19 Oct 1957

The record scoreline win in a cup final in the UK


1960s [TBC]

Scottish Cup Final: Celtic 3-2 Dunfermline, 24 Apr 1965

Celtic’s first senior trophy in since 1957, and our first under Jock Stein as manager.Celtic Matches Through The Years - Kerrydale Street

ECWC semi-finals: Celtic 1-2 Liverpool (agg), 1966
Celtic reach the semi-finals of the ECWC
1st leg | 2nd leg

European Cup: The Road to Lisbon 1966-67
Matches on the road to the European Cup final in Lisbon

European Cup Final: Celtic 2-1 Inter Milan (Lisbon), 25 May 1967
Our finest moment, winning the European Cup.

Intercontinental Club Cup: Racing Club v Celtic 1967
The controversial World Club Championships.
Homepage | 1st Leg | 2nd Leg | Playoff

Scottish League, Dunfermline 1-2 Celtic, 30 Apr 1968
Celtic seal the league title on last day of the season, third league title in a row


Scottish Cup Final, Celtic 4-0 Rangers, 26 Apr 1969
Celtic seal the treble and destroy Rangers on the way


1970s [TBC]

European Cup: The Road to Milan 1969-70

Matches on the road to the European Cup final in Milan

European Cup Semi-Final, Celtic 3-1 Leeds (agg) 1970
Overcoming Leeds Utd, the overwhelming favourites

1st leg | 2nd leg

European Cup Final: Celtic 1-2 Feynoord, 6 May 1970
Our second European Cup final

Division 1, Rangers 1-1 Celtic, 2 Jan 1971
The Ibrox Disaster

Scottish Cup Final, Celtic 6-1 Hibernian, 6 May 1972
Record Scottish Cup final victory

Scottish League Cup Final, Celtic 6-3 Hibernian, 26 Oct 1974
Celtic hammer Hibs in League Cup final

Scottish Premier Division: Celtic 4-2 Rangers, 21 May 1979
“Ten men who won the League!”


1980s
European Cup Qtr-Finals: Celtic 2-3 Real Madrid (agg), 1980

1st leg | 2nd leg

ECWC 2nd rnd: Celtic 3-0 Rapid Vienna, 7 Nov 1984
Celtic get bullied cheated and assaulted on field of play

Scottish Cup: Celtic 2-1 Dundee Utd, 18 May 1985

Celtic win the 100th Scottish Cup final at Hampden

Premier Division: St Mirren 0-5 Celtic, 3 May 1986
Celtic win the league on the last day, pushing Hearts off top spot.

Premier Division: Celtic 3-0 Dundee, 23 Apr 1988
Celtic seal the league win in our centenary season


Scottish Cup: Celtic 2-1 Dundee Utd, 14 May 1988
Centenary League & Cup double completed.

Hillsborough Memorial Game: Celtic v Liverpool, 30 Apr 1989
In memorial to the 96 people who tragically died in the Hillsborough disaster.


1990s
UEFA Cup: Celtic 3-0 Cologne, 30 Sep 1992

Our only real European high note in the 90’s. Celtic come back to win tie after losing first leg 2-0.

Premier Division: Celtic 1-0 Kilmarnock, 01 Mar 1994
The match that brought down the old Celtic Biscuit Tin Board.

Scottish Cup Final: Celtic 1-0 Airdrie, 27 May 1995
Our first senior trophy since 1989

Scottish Cup Semi Final Replay: Celtic 0-1 Falkirk, 23 Apr 1997
Tommy Burns last game before being sacked

SPL: Celtic 2-0 Rangers, 2 January 1998
The victory that turned our season to the fightback for one-in-a-row.

SPL: Celtic 2-0 St Johnstone, 9 May 1998
Stopping the Huns’ 10-in-a-row 1998

SPL: Celtic 5-1 Rangers 21 Nov 1998
A hunskelping classic with some classic goals


2000s
Scottish Cup: Celtic 1-3 Inverness Caledonian Thistle, 8 Feb 2000

Celtic’s nadir or a blessing in disguise?

SPL: Celtic 6-2 Rangers, 27 Aug 2000
A match that marked a turning point in Scottish football.

UEFA Cup: The Road to Seville, 2002-03
Matches on the road to the UEFA cup final.

UEFA Cup Final: Celtic 2-3 Porto, Seville, 21 May 2003
Fun in the sun. Our first European trophy final since 1970.

UEFA Cup: Celtic 1-0 Barcelona (agg), 2004
Overcoming one of the world’s top teams, Martin O’Neill’s finest moment for Celtic.
1st leg | 2nd leg

Champions League: Celtic 1-0 Manchester Utd, 21 Nov 2006

Qualifying into the Top 16 of the European Cup for the first time through the groups stages.

SPL: Dundee Utd 0-1 Celtic, 22 May 2008

Celtic win league title on last day of the season, fighting through 7 tough wins in a row to achieve it.

2010s
SPL: Kilmarnock 0-6 Celtic, 4 Apr 2012
Celtic crush Kilmarnock to claim first title in 4 years (and last with Rangers as rivals)

Champions League: Celtic 2-1 Barcelona, 7 Nov 2012
Celtic defeat a team regarded as one of the finest ever, and become the talk of the footballing world.

Scottish Cup: Celtic 4-3 Dundee Utd, 14 Apr 2013
Celtic defeat Dundee Utd (after Extra-time) to make Scottish Cup final which sets Celtic up for league & cup double.


SP: Celtic 3-1 Dundee Utd, 11 May 2014
Celtic seal the league title for third year in a row, with 99pts. Neil Lennon leaves at end of season.


SP: Aberdeen 0-1 Celtic, 10 May 2015
Celtic celebrate winning the league title for fourth year in a row under new manager Ronnie Deila.


SP: Celtic 7-0 Motherwell, 15 May 2016
5 league titles-in-a-row under departing manager Ronnie Deila, match is first of long unbeaten record.


Scottish Cup: Celtic 2-1 Aberdeen, 27 May 2017
InVIncibles: Celtic seal the treble (with injury time winner), and are undefeated domestically all season in all competitions.


SP: Celtic 5-0 TheRangers, 29 Apr 2018
Celtic seal the league title and go on to complete the treble, the first ever back-to-back domestic treble.

SP: Kilmarnock 0-1 Celtic, 17 Feb 2019
Celtic seal the league title for 8 in a row.

Scottish Cup: Celtic 2-1 Hearts 25 May 2019
Celtic seal the Treble-Treble, three domestic trebles in a row to create history.

2020s
SP: Celtic 5-0 St Mirren 7 March 2020
Celtic seal nine league titles in a row, record equalling achievement.


Scottish Cup: Celtic 3-3 Hearts, 20 Dec 2020
Quadruple Treble: Celtic win delayed Scottish Cup to complete a record fourth treble in succession, 12 trophies in a row.

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