2004–05 Celtic F.C. season

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Celtic
2004–05 season
Chairman Brian Quinn
Manager Martin O'Neill
Ground Celtic Park
Glasgow, Scotland
(Capacity: 60,355)
Scottish Premier League 2nd
Scottish Cup Winners
Scottish League Cup Quarter-finals
Champions League Group stage
Top goalscorer League:
John Hartson (25)
All:
John Hartson (30)
Home colours

Celtic started season 2004–05 looking to win the Scottish Premier League trophy and retain the Scottish Cup. They also competed in the Scottish League Cup, and entered the Champions League at the group stage.

In the race for the SPL title, Celtic recorded a win over city rivals Rangers. However, as the season drew to a close, with Rangers closely following, the club extended their lead at the top of the SPL table to two points as they lined up for the final game of the season. A win at Motherwell was required to seal the title.

With two minutes remaining on the clock, Celtic were leading 1–0; a result which would have handed them the league. However, Motherwell's Scott McDonald (who later signed for Celtic) netted two last-minute goals. Rangers defeated Hibernian 1–0 at Easter Road, thereby winning the league championship title and leaving Celtic in second position. Celtic ended the season one week later with a 1–0 win over Dundee United in the Scottish Cup Final, which was marked by fans as Martin O'Neill's final match as manager.

On 25 May 2005, O'Neill announced he would resign as manager of Celtic at the end of 2004–05 season along with first team coach Steve Walford and assistant manager John Robertson. It was widely reported that O'Neill decided to take time out of football in order to care for his ailing wife, who was ill with lymphoma.[1]

Competitions[edit]

NOTE: scores are written Celtic first

      Win      Draw      Loss

Date Venue Opponents Score Competition Celtic scorers
18 July 2004 Craven Cottage England Fulham 2–0 Friendly Hartson, Lennon (pen.)
24 July 2004 Qwest Field England Chelsea 2–4 Champions World Soccer Series Two 2004 Beattie (2)
27 July 2004 Rentschler Field England Liverpool 1–5 Champions World Soccer Series Two 2004 Beattie (pen.)
29 July 2004 Lincoln Financial Field England Manchester United 2–1 Champions World Soccer Series Two 2004 Sutton (pen.), Beattie
1 August 2004 Skydome Italy Roma 0–1 Champions World Soccer Series Two 2004
4 August 2004 Celtic Park England Newcastle United 2–1 Friendly Sylla, Camara
8 August 2004 Celtic Park Motherwell 2–0 SPL McNamara, Sutton
10 August 2004 Celtic Park England Tottenham 2–0 Friendly Beattie, Camara
14 August 2004 Rugby Park Kilmarnock 4–2 SPL Hartson (2), Thompson (2)
22 August 2004 Pittodrie Stadium Inverness CT 3–1 SPL Hartson (2), Petrov
29 August 2004 Celtic Park Rangers 1–0 SPL Thompson
11 September 2004 Celtic Park Dundee 3–0 SPL Camara (2), Hartson
14 September 2004 Celtic Park Spain Barcelona 1–3 UCL Sutton
19 September 2004 Easter Road Hibernian 2–2 SPL Camara, Hartson
21 September 2004 Celtic Park Falkirk 8–1 SLC Sylla, Wallace (3), Lambert, McManus, McGeady
29 September 2004 San Siro Italy Milan 1–3 UCL Varga
3 October 2004 Tannadice Dundee United 3–0 SPL Sutton (2) (pen.), Petrov
16 October 2004 Celtic Park Hearts 3–0 SPL Camara, Juninho, Hartson
20 October 2004 Lokomotiv Stadium (Donetsk) Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 0–3 UCL
24 October 2004 Almondvale Stadium Livingston 4–2 SPL Petrov, Camara, Hartson, Sutton
27 October 2004 Celtic Park Aberdeen 2–3 SPL Hartson (2)
30 October 2004 Fir Park Motherwell 3–2 SPL McGeady, Thompson (pen.), Beattie
2 November 2004 Celtic Park Ukraine Shakhtar Donetsk 1–0 UCL Thompson
6 November 2004 Celtic Park Kilmarnock 2–1 SPL McGeady, Thompson (pen.)
10 November 2004 Ibrox Stadium Rangers 1–2 SLC Hartson
13 November 2004 Celtic Park Inverness CT 3–0 SPL Sutton, Hartson (2)
20 November 2004 Ibrox Stadium Rangers 0–2 SPL
24 November 2004 Nou Camp Spain Barcelona 1–1 UCL Hartson
28 November 2004 Dens Park Dundee 2–2 SPL Camara, Hartson
4 December 2004 Celtic Park Hibernian 2–1 SPL Hartson (2)
7 December 2004 Celtic Park Italy Milan 0–0 UCL
12 December 2004 East End Park Dunfermline Athletic 2–0 SPL Sutton, Petrov
18 December 2004 Celtic Park Dundee United 1–0 SPL Sutton
26 December 2004 Tynecastle Hearts 2–0 SPL McGeady, Petrov
2 January 2005 Celtic Park Livingston 2–1 SPL Hartson, Sutton
9 January 2005 Celtic Park Rangers 2–1 SC Sutton, Hartson
16 January 2005 Pittodrie Aberdeen 1–0 SPL Sutton
22 January 2005 Celtic Park Motherwell 2–0 SPL Sutton, Petrov
30 January 2005 Rugby Park Kilmarnock 1–0 SPL Sutton (pen.)
6 February 2005 East End Park Dunfermline Athletic 3–0 SC Hartson (2) Sutton
9 January 2005 Celtic Park Rangers 0–2 SPL
27 February 2005 Broadwood Stadium Clyde 5–0 SC Varga (2), Thompson (pen.), Petrov, Bellamy
2 March 2005 Celtic Park Dundee 3–0 SPL Petrov, Balde (2)
6 March 2005 Easter Road Hibernian 3–1 SPL Petrov, Hartson, Bellamy
12 March 2005 Celtic Park Dunfermline Athletic 6–0 SPL Hartson (2), McGeady, Petrov (2), Beattie
16 March 2005 Caledonian Stadium Inverness CT 2–0 SPL Bellamy, Thompson (pen.)
19 March 2005 Tannadice Dundee United 3–2 SPL Bellamy (3)
2 April 2005 Celtic Park Hearts 0–2 SPL
10 April 2005 Hampden Park Hearts 2–1 SC Sutton, Bellamy
13 April 2005 Almondvale Stadium Livingston 4–0 SPL Hartson (3) (pen.), Varga
16 April 2005 Celtic Park Aberdeen 3–2 SPL Varga, Hartson, Bellamy
24 April 2005 Ibrox Stadium Rangers 2–1 SPL Petrov, Bellamy
30 April 2005 Celtic Park Hibernian 1–3 SPL Beattie
8 May 2005 Celtic Park Aberdeen 2–0 SPL Hartson (2)
15 May 2005 Tynecastle Hearts 2–1 SPL Thompson, Beattie
22 May 2005 Fir Park Motherwell 1–2 SPL Sutton
28 May 2005 Hampden Park Dundee United 1–0 SC Thompson

Key:

  • SPL = Scottish Premier League
  • SC = Scottish Cup
  • SLC = Scottish League Cup
  • CLF - Champions League Group F
  • CL = Champions League Match
  • F = Friendly match

Squad[edit]

[2] Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
2 Switzerland DF Stéphane Henchoz
3 Guinea MF Mohamed Sylla
4 Scotland DF Jackie McNamara
5 Belgium DF Joos Valgaeren
6 Guinea DF Bobo Baldé
7 Brazil MF Juninho Paulista
8 England MF Alan Thompson
9 England FW Chris Sutton
10 Wales FW John Hartson
11 Scotland MF Stephen Pearson
12 Spain MF David Fernández
14 Scotland MF Paul Lambert
16 Denmark DF Ulrik Laursen
17 France MF Didier Agathe
18 Northern Ireland MF Neil Lennon
19 Bulgaria MF Stilian Petrov
No. Position Player
20 Scotland GK Rab Douglas
21 Sweden GK Magnus Hedman
22 Scotland GK David Marshall
23 Slovakia DF Stanislav Varga
27 Senegal FW Henri Camara
29 Scotland MF Shaun Maloney
33 Scotland MF Ross Wallace
35 Scotland MF Paul Lawson
37 Scotland FW Craig Beattie
41 Scotland DF John Kennedy
44 Scotland DF Stephen McManus
46 Republic of Ireland MF Aiden McGeady
47 Wales FW Craig Bellamy
Scotland DF Craig Reid
48 Scotland MF James McLeod
Iceland FW Kjartan Finnbogason

Transfers[edit]

In:

Date Player From Fee Source
29 July 2004 Canada Jacob Lensky England Blackburn Rovers 10Bosman
5 August 2004 Senegal Henri Camara England Wolverhampton Wanderers 10Loan
25 August 2004 Brazil Juninho England Middlesbrough 10Bosman
23 December 2004 Iceland Kjartan Finnbogason Iceland KR 10Undisclosed
23 December 2004 Iceland Teddy Bjarnason Iceland KR 10Undisclosed
29 January 2005 Switzerland Stéphane Henchoz England Liverpool 10Bosman
31 January 2005 Wales Craig Bellamy England Newcastle United 10Loan

Out:

Date Player To Fee Source
30 June 2004 Sweden Henrik Larsson Spain Barcelona 10Bosman
1 July 2004 Republic of Ireland Liam Miller England Manchester United 10Bosman
2 July 2004 Sweden Johan Mjällby Spain Levante 10Bosman
21 July 2004 Scotland Jamie Smith Netherlands ADO Den Haag 10Bosman
10 November 2004 Netherlands Bobby Petta Terminated contract Released
8 January 2005 Scotland Kevin McBride Scotland Motherwell 10Undisclosed
6 April 2005 Brazil Juninho Brazil Palmeiras 10Bosman

See also[edit]

Bobby petta was released due to failing a medical, testing positive for opiates (heroin)

James McLeod was released due to long term injury, ongoing Sciatic nerve problem due to dislocating herniated disc.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Strachan in for O'Neill at Celtic". BBC News. 25 May 2005. 
  2. ^ "2004–2005 Glasgow Celtic F.C. Squad". worldfootball.net. Retrieved 6 December 2011. 

This was also the season that the world realised that Nacho Novo was a waste of space (a complete scumbag)