By Cheryl Smith
FLAG DAY AT CELTIC PARK: JULY 31ST
Celtic Park showed off a stunning full stadium tifo as captain Callum McGregor raised the 2021/2022 Scottish Premiership flag before the opening game of the season against Aberdeen.
Ange Postecoglou led Celtic to the league title in his first season as the Hoops regained the crown from rivals Rangers, who had gone unbeaten in the previous campaign.
Celtic finished the season four points ahead of Rangers with 29 wins, 6 draws and just 3 defeats as they were crowned champions.
CELTIC HAMMER KILMARNOCK : AUGUST 15TH
Celtic moved top of the table on goal difference over Rangers with a 5-0 hammering of Kilmarnock early in the campaign.
The Hoops overcame the notoriously difficult Rugby Park surface to rack up an impressive win over Derek McInnes’ side.
Giorgos Giakoumakis and Moritz Jenz scored overhead kicks, with Kyogo, Jota and Carl Starfelt also scoring to seal three wins from three games in the league.
DUNDEE UTD DEMOLITION: AUGUST 28TH
Kyogo and Liel Abada bagged a hat-trick each as Celtic put Dundee Utd to the sword. A result which led to the sacking of Terrors boss Jack Ross.
It was the biggest home defeat on record for the Tannadice side but the result also gave the rest of the league food for thought.
The win put Celtic 2 points clear of Rangers at the top of the table as the Hoops racked up 21 goals in 5 league games.
OLD FIRM DOMINANCE: SEPTEMBER 3RD
Celtic laid down a marker in the title race after dismantling Rangers in a first half that saw the Hoops lead 3-0 at half time at home.
The home side were dealt a blow when star man Kyogo was subbed off injured after just 3 minutes.
However, a double from Liel Abada and goals from Jota and David Turnbull sealed an emphatic 4-0 win over Rangers.
That result put Celtic 5 points clear after just 6 games, with 25 goals scored and just one conceded.
SAINTS SHOCK HOOPS: SEPTEMBER 18TH
Celtic were stunned by the Saints, who inflicted Celtic’s first league defeat in 364 days and put a halt to the Glasgow side’s winning run.
Celtic’s last league defeat before the shock loss in Paisley was against Livingston on September 19th, 2021.
The Hoops lead over Rangers was cut to just 2 points after a starting eleven that included Stephen Welsh fell to Stephen Robinson’s side.
LAST GASP WINNER IN PERTH: OCTOBER 8TH
A last gasp winner from Greek striker Giorgos Giakoumakis sealed a vital 2-1 win over St Johnstone after the Saints made it 1-1 on the 92nd minute.
Callum McGregor was missing from the line-up as he began an expected 11 game spell on the sidelines after suffering a significant knee injury.
The victory stretched Celtic’s lead at the top to 5 points before the gap was reduced to 2 points with Rangers winning their match that weekend.
FORREST HAT-TRICK: OCTOBER 15TH
James Forest scored a hat-trick on his first start of the season, to rack up 100 goals for Celtic, as Hibs were demolished in Glasgow.
Ange Postecoglou rotated his squad after the midweek Champions League defeat to RB Leipzig, with Jota also missing the game through injury.
Giorgos Giakoumakis struck a double, with Daizen Maeda firing in Celtic’s sixth and final goal in the 6-1 defeat over Hibs.
TAYLOR TYNECASTLE HERO: OCTOBER 22ND
Greg Taylor was the matchwinner at Tynecastle as the Hoops ran out 4-3 winners over a competitive Hearts side, managed by Robbie Neilson.
It was the game that kicked off VAR controversy in Scottish football and despite a Lawrence Shankland hat-trick, the Hoops earned a vital away day victory.
Celtic ended the day 4 points clear of Rangers, who drew with Livingston at Ibrox.
LATE SHOW AT FIR PARK: NOVEMBER 9TH
Celtic held onto their 7 point lead at the top of the Scottish Premiership after Daizen Maeda’s goal turned out to be the winner, after Ross Tierney’s late strike caused some nerves.
Jota was controversially denied a goal with the winger ruled offside as he lobbed helpless Motherwell keeper Liam Kelly.
This was Celtic’s eighth straight domestic win after the shock defeat to St Mirren in September.
CAPTAIN CALLUM RETURNS: DECEMBER 17TH
Callum McGregor made a scoring return after two months out, with an 87th minute winner from 20 yards to defeat Aberdeen at Pittodrie.
The 3 points ensured the Hoops maintained a 9 point gap over Rangers and it was well deserved, with the goal being Celtic’s 33rd shot of the match.
Ange Postecoglou’s side had racked up late wins over Ross County, St Johstone, Motherwell and Dundee Utd by this stage in the season.
IBROX DERBY DRAW: JANUARY 3RD
Kyogo snatched a point for Celtic with a late equaliser at Ibrox to preserve the Hoops 9 point lead at the top of the table.
Daizen Maeda put the away side ahead before Ryan Kent equalised. James Tavernier gave Rangers a 2-1 lead from the penalty spot before Celtic’s Japanese striker popped up with an 88th minute equaliser at Ibrox.
The game ended 2-2 and it effectively ended any hopes of a title challenge from Micheal Beale’s side with the gap remaining at 9 points.
FIRST HALF BLITZ: FEBRUARY 1ST
Celtic blitzed their visitors in the first half with goals from Greg Taylor, Daizen Maeda and Kyogo to give the Hoops a healthy 3-0 lead.
Celtic’s run of no home defeats in domestic football continued against David Martindale’s side.
With 14 league games remaining, Celtic were motoring towards their second straight league title under Ange Postecoglou.
HATATE INSPIRATION: FEBRUARY 18TH
Celtic threatened to blow managerless Aberdeen away in the first half after early goals from captain Callum McGregor and Reo Hatate.
The Japanese midfielder scored a second, with substitute Liel Abada getting on the scoresheet to ensure a 4-0 win over the Dons.
The win was Celtic’s 15th Premiership home win in a row ahead of an Old Firm League Cup Final the following weekend.
ANGE’S 100TH MATCH: MARCH 8TH
Celtic came from behind to beat Hearts 3-1 in Ange Postecoglou’s 100th game in charge of the Parkhead side.
Josh Ginnelly had given Hearts the lead before goals from Daizen Maeda, Kyogo and Sead Haksabanovic completed the comeback for Celtic.
The win at Tynecastle was Celtic’s eighth straight victory, leaving the Hoops 9 points clear of second place Rangers.
KYOGO DERBY DOUBLE: APRIL 8TH
Kyogo hit a double against Rangers at Celtic Park to lead the Hoops to a 3-2 win, despite two goals from James Tavernier.
Both Kyogo and Alfredo Morelos had goals ruled out in the first half at a stadium that was filled with 60,000 Celtic supporters.
The win moved Celtic 12 points clear of their derby rivals and saw Rangers still wanting for a win at Celtic Park in six visits.
WELL HALT STREAK: APRIL 22ND
Motherwell earned a surprise draw at Celtic Park after captain Callum McGregor had given the home side the lead.
Kevin van Veen popped up for the Fir Park side to end Celtic’s run of 12 straight wins and become the first team to earn a point at Celtic Park this season.
However, the Hoops lead over Rangers at the top was extended to thirteen points after the Ibrox side were beaten 2-0 by Aberdeen the following day.
CELTIC’S CORONATION DAY: MAY 7TH
Celtic are crowned Scottish Premiership champions with four games to spare after a 2-0 win over Hearts at Tynecastle.
Goals from Kyogo and Oh sealed the victory in the second half after Hearts had been reduced to ten men in the first half.
The Hoops are now 90 minutes from sealing a treble with Inverness Caley Thistle waiting in the Scottish Cup Final on June 3rd.