Celtic ... the most memorable matches (20-16)

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Dixie Deans celebrates after scoring against Hibernian during Celtic's 6-3 victory in the League Cup final in 1974. #SportTimestop50
Dixie Deans celebrates after scoring against Hibernian during Celtic's 6-3 victory in the League Cup final in 1974. #SportTimestop50

Game: Celtic v Sporting Lisbon.

Date: Wednesday, November 2, 1983.

Competition: Uefa Cup.

Venue: Celtic Park.

Attendance: 39,183.

Result: Celtic 5 Sporting Lisbon 0.

ONE of the truly fantastic European nights under the Celtic Park floodlights saw the Hoops start the tie trailing 2-0 from the first leg in Portugal.

Only once before, against St Etienne in 1968, had a Hoops side overturned such a deficit.

Wearing their lime green kit for the first time, they set about their task with gusto.

Davie Hay's all-out attack policy saw them 3-0 up by the break with goals from Tommy Burns, Tom McAdam and Brian McClair.

Murdo MacLeod and Frank McGarvey both got on the scoresheet in the closing minutes to underline Celtic's dominance, and the Sporting players were left reeling.

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Game: Celtic v Juventus.

Date: Wednesday, October 31, 2001.

Competition: Champions League.

Venue: Celtic Park.

Attendance: 57,717.

Result: Celtic 4 Juventus 3.

CELTIC'S first sojourn in the Group Stages of the Champions League started with a bitter defeat in Turin, but ended with sweet revenge over Juventus.

The late, soft penalty awarded in the Stadio del Alpi to deny Celtic a first-night point still rankled with Martin O'Neill and his players when Juve - already qualified for the knock-out stage - arrived for the final group game.

The Hoops came back from the loss of an early goal by Alessandro del Piero to equalise through Joos Valgaeren then take the lead as Chris Sutton pounced.

In a see-saw match, David Trezeguet levelled, before Henrik Larsson from the spot and Sutton again shot Celtic clear.

Trezeguet scored his second of the night, but the victory was Celtic's, though their nine points left them one behind second-placed Porto in the race for qualification.

18.

Game: Celtic v Barcelona.

Date: Wednesday, November 7, 2012.

Competition: Champions League.

Venue: Celtic Park.

Attendance: 55,283.

Result: Celtic 2 Barcelona 1.

WATT a night. Watt a victory. Watt a story. Sub Tony Watt blasted himself into the Celtic folklore when he latched on to a mis-kick by Xavi, ran in on goal and slammed his shot across Victor Valdes into the corner of the Barca net.

With Victor Wanyama having exploited the Catalans' weakness when defending set-pieces in the air to give the Hoops a 21st-minute lead in the Champions League group game, Paradise erupted with pride and passion on the club's 125th birthday.

Not even a stoppage-time consolation goal from Lionel Messi could dampen the spirits, though Fraser Forster - dubbed The Great Wall by the admiring Spanish press - was peeved to be denied his merited clean sheet.

The result helped carry Neil Lennon's side to the last 16, but Watt's career in the Hoops took a more downward direction after this epic moment.

17.

Game: Liverpool v Celtic.

Date: Thursday, March 20, 2003.

Competition: Uefa Cup.

Venue: Anfield.

Attendance: 44,238.

Result: Liverpool 0, Celtic 2.

CELTIC were all but written off before this Uefa Cup quarter-final, having been held 1-1 at home in the first leg.

But, with a huge support behind them, Martin O'Neill's men travelled south with genuine belief that they had the firepower to blast Gerard Houllier's side out of the competition.

They had already done it to Blackburn, who had foolishly goaded them by claiming it was men against boys after their first leg defeat at Parkhead.

Amidst the electric atmosphere at Anfield, Alan Thompson drilled in the opener just before the break with a cleverly-taken free-kick under the Liverpool wall.

Then John Hartson made sure of the victory, playing a 1-2 with Henrik Larsson before unleashing a stunning strike at the end which housed his proud parents.

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Game: Celtic v Hibs.

Date: Saturday, October 26, 1974.

Competition: League Cup final.

Venue: Hampden Park.

Attendance: 53,848.

Result: Celtic 6, Hibs 3.

A REMARKABLE occasion with a feast of goals as not one, but two players scored cup final hat-tricks - with only one of them finishing on the winning side.

Dixie Deans was Celtic's hero, scoring after 34, 65 and 67 minutes - his second hat-trick against Hibs in seven days.

Jimmy Johnstone had got the first for the Hoops, with Paul Wilson ad Stevie Murray also getting onto the score sheet in the second half.

But the unluckiest player on the day was Joe Harper, who scored all three Hibs' goals, but came away with nothing more than a losers' medal.

For Celtic, it was an overdue victory, having lost the previous four League Cup finals.

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