Four of Celtic’s current sequence of seven consecutive league titles have been won at Celtic Park, with the others being clinched at Rugby Park, Firhill and Tynecastle.
Celtic are on the road again this weekend, and can wrap up their eighth league win in-a-row when they travel to Pittodrie to face Derek McInnes’ Aberdeen.
Jock Stein’s Celtic faced a similar scenario on 17 April 1971, where a win at Pittodrie would have clinched their sixth title in-a-row. The champagne remained on ice after a 1-1 draw, and Celtic secured the league a couple of weeks later at Hampden Park.
The national stadium was being utilised back in ‘71 due to reconstruction work at Celtic Park, and Hampden Park is undoubtedly on the minds of current fans and players alike, as Celtic have one eye on a historic treble treble.
Aberdeen v Celtic Fan Predictions
But before they face Hearts in the Scottish Cup final on 25 May 2019, Neil Lennon’s Hoops have a league title to win. Will they do it this weekend? Some of ACSOM’s writers have their say:
Kevin Graham’s Prediction
There is a much-shown clip from last week’s London marathon, where a competitor has run the gruelling 26 miles dressed as Big Ben, only to get stuck under the finishing line due to the size of his costume. This pretty much sums up how this season is ending for Celtic.
We have done all the hard work, given ourselves a decent and deserved lead, but just can’t finish the job off. The World Championship Snooker is also on at the Crucible this week and Celtic’s opponents need snookers, but the fact that we’ve allowed that to happen as we go into the final session makes me jittery.
Neil Lennon’s team are more substance than style and, while we all want a performance, I’m going to settle for a decent result which will allow the title party to begin. Scott Brown said yesterday that he still believes we are the best team in Scotland when we turn up. The days that we do turn up are getting less and less, but the record books show we are undefeated since December and have never been behind in a game since then.
That’s champion form while not reaching champion style, and Saturday will be no different.
Declan McConville’s Prediction
It was a real champions performance the last time Celtic visited Pittodrie on Boxing Day. As long as the Hoops avoid defeat, they can secure 8-in-a-row for the first time since 1973.
The Celtic players do, however, have great pressure on them to uphold the iconic names of Billy McNeill and Stevie Chalmers after the sad passing of both of these Celtic legends in the last two weeks.
Aberdeen have proved to be a difficult outfit for Celtic in the league this season with all three games being very close between the sides.
If the Celtic team that outclassed Aberdeen at Hampden in the semi-final of the Scottish Cup turns up, I can’t see anything past a victory for the men in green-and-white hoops.
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