The season of 2022/23 will be remembered in folklore by the Celtic fans. A world-record eighth domestic treble was won by Ange Postecoglou’s team. The performances were relentless, and the results were amazing.
So here, we take a look back at the incredible season Celtic had in 2022/23.
Celtic in the Scottish Premiership
Celtic began the defence of their SPFL title with a 2-0 home win against Aberdeen. The following six fixtures saw six more victories which included emphatic wins against Kilmarnock (5-0), Dundee United (9-0) and Rangers (4-0).
A 2-0 defeat against St Mirren in Paisley gave the team a wake-up call and from there they went on a relentless 27-game unbeaten run where points were only dropped against Rangers at Ibrox in the New Year Glasgow Derby (2-2) and Motherwell at home (1-1) in April 2023.
A 2-0 win the following week against Hearts at Tynecastle officially crowned Celtic the Champions. A defeat against Rangers (3-0) was followed up by another at Hibs (4-2) and sandwiched between those two results was a 2-2 draw with St Mirren at Celtic Park. Those results didn’t matter as the league was over but the Champions still finished off the season in style with a 5-0 home win over Aberdeen on Trophy Day.
Celtic in the League Cup
Entering the competition in the second round, Celtic defeated Ross County 4-1 in Dingwall.
A trip to Motherwell awaited the Bhoys where they took care of The Steelmen with ease in a 4-0 rout.
The semi-final at Hampden in February pitted Ange Postecoglou’s team against Derek McInnes’ Kilmarnock. A 2-0 win saw Celtic through to the final with goals from Daizen Maeda and the soon-to-be-sold Giorgos Giakoumakis.
In the Final, Michael Beale’s Rangers awaited. Kyogo Furuhashi was the hero of the hour with a double to seal a 2-1 win and wrap up the first piece of silverware of the season.
Celtic in the Scottish Cup
A fourth-round 5-0 home win against Greenock Morton set Celtic on The Road to Hampden in January. The fifth round saw a visit of high-flying St Mirren.
The Buddies were performing above expectations in the league but Celtic made easy work of them with a 5-1 home win.
The quarter-final saw a trip to Tynecastle as Celtic skipped past Hearts with ease with a fine 3-0 win.
That result set Celtic up for a trip to Hampden to face Rangers. In another must-win game for Michael Beale’s men, they failed to beat Celtic again as a 16th-minute Jota goal sent Celtic into the final with a chance to win a world-record eighth domestic treble.
The final awaits. Celtic were to face Scottish Championship side Inverness Caley Thistle. The Highlanders put up a plucky fight and it took Celtic 38 minutes to break them down. Kyogo Furuhashi opened the scoring with Liel Abada and Jota sealing the win to wrap up the Treble.
Celtic in the Champions League
The Champions League group stages beckoned and Real Madrid, RB Leipzig and Shakhtar Donetsk awaited the Hoops.
Celtic faced the Galacticos at Parkhead in the opening group game and despite matching the Spanish giants and being unlucky not to take the lead on a few occasions, Madrid’s class shone through to win 3-0.
A 1-1 away draw against Donetsk put Celtic’s first point on the board but a 3-1 away defeat and a 2-0 home loss in the doubleheader against Leipzig meant that we had to beat the Ukrainian side and get a least a point against Madrid in The Bernabeu to progress from the group.
A 1-1 draw with Shakhtar at Celtic Park was followed up with a 5-1 loss at Real and Celtic finished bottom of the group with just two points.
Ange Postecoglou’s side earned a lot of plaudits for sticking to his attacking style and showing that his Celtic team can go up against the best in Europe and put on a performance. Unfortunately, being wasteful in front of goal was our eventual undoing but next season, the group stages await us again where a new manager will look to improve on our results in Europe this season