2011–12 Celtic F.C. season

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Celtic
2011–12 season
Chairman John Reid (until 14 October)
Ian Bankier (from 14 October)
Manager Neil Lennon
Ground Celtic Park
Glasgow, Scotland
(Capacity: 60,355)
Scottish Premier League 1st
Scottish Cup Semi-finals
Scottish League Cup Runners-up
Europa League Group stage
Top goalscorer League:
Gary Hooper (24)
All:
Gary Hooper (29)
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2011–12 season is the 123rd season of competitive football by Celtic. They finished top of the Scottish premiership on 93 points.

Background[edit]

In the 2010–11 season Celtic finished second in the league having gained 92 points, one less than Rangers. They also lost to their Old Firm rivals in the 2011 League Cup Final, as Rangers won 2–1 after extra time. Celtic's only trophy came after they beat Motherwell 3–0 in the 2011 Scottish Cup Final. Celtic were knocked out of both European competitions at the first stage. Europa League final runners-up Braga knocked Celtic out of the Champions League third round after a 4–2 aggregate victory. Utrecht knocked Celtic out of the Europa League play-off round by the same score.

Review[edit]

June[edit]

Several former youth academy players left during the month of June. The most notable being Paul McGowan who went to fellow Scottish Premier League side St. Mirren after his contract expired.[1] Ryan Conroy was released by the club and joined Scottish First Division side Dundee.[2] Sean Fitzharris also went to the First Division as he joined Morton[3]

July[edit]

On 1 July, Celtic confirmed the signings of Adam Matthews from Cardiff City,[4] Kelvin Wilson from Nottingham Forest[5] and Dylan McGeouch from Rangers.[6] All three had already signed on pre-contract agreements and joined Celtic after their contracts expired. Three players also left the club after the expiry of their contracts. Former Germany and Sweden internationals Andreas Hinkel[7] and Freddie Ljungberg[8] left along with Ben Hutchinson.[9]

Celtic's pre-season started off with a three-match tour of Australia.[10] The first match was on 2 July and Celtic lost 1–0 against Central Coast Mariners.[11]

On 7 July Niall McGinn joined English League One side Brentford on a season-long loan.[12] The next day Graham Carey signed for St. Mirren after Celtic agreed to cancel his contract.[13]

On 9 July Celtic played the second match of their Australian tour and beat Perth Glory 2–0.[14] On the same day Celtic officially signed Victor Wanyama from Belgian Pro League club K. Beerschot AC on a four-year deal.[15][16] He had signed for Celtic nine days earlier but had to wait to get a work permit.[17]

On 13 July Celtic won the final match of their Australian tour as they beat Melbourne Victory 1–0.[18]

Celtic's last friendly before the start of the league campaign was a 1–0 away win over Championship side Cardiff.[19]

Due to the fact that the 2011-12 Scottish Premier League started several weeks earlier than usual,[20] Celtic's first competitive match came on 24 July. Goals from Ki Sung-Yueng and Anthony Stokes secured victory over Hibernian, although Gary Hooper also missed a penalty in the match played at Easter Road.[21] Two days later Efraín Juárez moved to La Liga side Real Zaragoza on loan.[22]

Celtic's next game was another friendly against Premier League team Wolverhampton Wanderers which they lost 2–0.[23]

Celtic then finished second in the Dublin Super Cup after losing 2–0 to Inter Milan on 30 July and beating a League of Ireland select side 5–0, the next day. The other team competing was Manchester City who won the competition.[24]

August[edit]

On 3 August, Celtic lost 2-0 against English Premier League side Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium.[25] The next day Darren O'Dea signed for English Championship side Leeds United on a season long loan.[26] Celtic were then drawn against Swiss Cup winners FC Sion in the play-off round of the Europa League.[27] On 7 August Celtic resumed their SPL campaign with a 1–0 win over Aberdeen, Anthony Stokes scored the winner. However, the match was overshadowed by Emilio Izaguirre suffering a broken ankle which was expected to keep him out till the new year.[28] Josh Thompson then went to Championship side Peterborough on loan.[29]

On 17 August, Fraser Forster joined on a loan deal from Newcastle United, having spent the previous season as first choice goalkeeper at Celtic.[30]

On 21 August, Celtic suffered their first home defeat to St. Johnstone since 1998 when Dave Mackay scored to give the away side a 1–0 victory.[31]

Richie Towell went to Hibs for a second loan spell.[32] Daryl Murphy went on loan to Ipswich Town.[33]

Greig Spence went on loan to First Division club Hamilton.[34]

Mohamed Bangura also joined the club in a £2.2 million deal from AIK Stockholm.[35]

Badr El Kaddouri joined on a six-month loan from Dynamo Kyiv.[36] Jos Hooiveld went to Southampton on a six-month loan.[37] Shaun Maloney moved to English Premier League side Wigan Athletic for £1 million.[38]

September[edit]

Sion won 3–1 on aggregate, however were found guilty of fielding ineligible players by UEFA and were excluded from the competition. As a result of this Celtic were awarded both matches as 3–0 wins[39] and took Sion's place in the group stage along with Atlético Madrid, Udinese and Stade Rennais.[40]

On 5 September, Morten Rasmussen joined Turkish Süper Lig side Sivasspor, on a short-term loan, until December.[41]

Celtic drew Ross County in the third round of the League Cup[42] and beat the home side 2–0 at Victoria Park.[43] Celtic were then drawn to play Hibs in the quarter final.[44]

October[edit]

On 2 October, Celtic lost 2-0 to Hearts at Tynecastle with winger Kris Commons getting sent off. This defeat left Celtic in third place, 10 points behind leaders Rangers.[45] In the following match, Celtic drew 3-3 with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park. Kilmarnock had been leading 3-0 at half-time but two goals from Anthony Stokes and a Charlie Mulgrew header brought Celtic back into it.[46] Following the Kilmarnock game, Celtic travelled to France to play Stade Rennais in UEFA Europa League action. Rennes led 1-0 at half-time after a mix-up between Cha Du-Ri and Fraser Forster, but Joe Ledley scored in the second half with a header to secure a draw.[47] The Bhoys returned to Scottish Premier League action defeating Aberdeen 2-1 at Celtic Park on 23 October 2011.[48] Hibernian were the opponents for the final two games of October. Celtic won 4-1 in the Scottish League Cup[49] before the Edinburgh team secured a 0-0 draw in the Scottish Premier League tie at Celtic Park on 29 October 2011.[50]

November[edit]

Stade Rennais were Celtic's first opponents of November in the Europa League. Celtic won the match 3-1 thanks to an Anthony Stokes double and a third from Gary Hooper.[51] On 5 November 2011, Celtic were third in the Scottish Premier League behind leaders Rangers, who were 15 points clear of their rivals, and Motherwell.[52] Celtic then won four Scottish Premier League ties in November, defeating Motherwell 2-1,[53] Inverness Caledonian Thistle 2-0,[54] Dunfermline 2-1[55] and St Mirren 5-0.[56] November ended poorly for Celtic after Atlético Madrid won 1-0 in a UEFA Europa League tie at Celtic Park, thanks to a goal from Arda Turan in the second half.[57] However, the excellent league form during November ensured Celtic won a clean-sweep of monthly awards with Neil Lennon winning SPL Manager of the Month, Gary Hooper winning SPL Player of the Month and James Forrest winning SPL Young Player of the Month.[58]

December[edit]

Celtic continued their excellent league form throughout December, winning all five of their Scottish Premier League games. A solitary goal from Gary Hooper in the first half was enough to defeat Dundee Utd[59] whilst a Victor Wanyama strike from 25 yards saw off the challenge of Hearts at Celtic Park the following week.[60] Celtic travelled to Italy to face Udinese in the UEFA Europa League and claimed a 1-1 draw, a result which meant they would exit the tournament at the group stages.[61] Gary Hooper added to his seasonal goal tally in a 2-0 win over St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.[62] Georgios Samaras scored both in a 2-1 home win versus Kilmarnock.[63] Celtic's last league game of 2011 was a home game against arch-rivals Rangers. Joe Ledley scored the only goal of the game as Celtic won 1-0.[64] The result meant that Celtic had overturned a 15-point deficit in the Scottish Premier League and moved top of the league, two points clear of Rangers in the title race.[65]

Competitions[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Pre-season and friendlies[edit]

Scottish Premier League[edit]

Europa League[edit]

*Celtic were awarded the match after Sion had fielded ineligible players and were disqaulified from the Europa League by UEFA.

Scottish League Cup[edit]

Scottish Cup[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Squad[edit]

Last updated 8 May 2012 [66]

Key: Black shirt.png = Appearances, Goal = Goals, Booked = Yellow card, Red card = Red card

Number Nation Position Name Total League Europa League League Cup Scottish Cup
Black shirt.png Goal Booked Red card Black shirt.png Goal Booked Red card Black shirt.png Goal Booked Red card Black shirt.png Goal Booked Red card Black shirt.png Goal Booked Red card
1 England GK Fraser Forster 47 0 1 0 33 0 1 0 7 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
2 Wales DF Adam Matthews 37 0 1 0 27 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 4 0 1 0 2 0 0 0
3 Honduras DF Emilio Izaguirre 14 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
4 Mexico MF Efraín Juárez 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
4 Morocco DF Badr El Kaddouri 7 1 1 0 6 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
5 Sweden DF Daniel Majstorović 25 0 3 2 17 0 1 1 6 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
6 England DF Kelvin Wilson 22 0 2 0 15 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 1 0
8 Scotland MF Scott Brown (C) 32 6 3 0 21 3 2 0 4 0 2 0 2 1 0 0 4 2 0 0
9 Greece MF Georgios Samaras 38 6 2 0 26 4 1 0 7 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 4 2 0 0
10 Republic of Ireland FW Anthony Stokes 47 21 3 0 34 12 2 0 5 2 1 0 4 3 0 0 4 4 0 0
11 South Korea DF Cha Du-Ri 23 1 2 1 14 1 1 1 5 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
12 Scotland DF Mark Wilson 11 0 2 0 7 0 1 0 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
13 Scotland FW Shaun Maloney 4 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
14 Sierra Leone FW Mohamed Bangura 15 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
15 Scotland MF Kris Commons 33 1 0 1 24 1 0 1 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
16 Wales MF Joe Ledley 46 9 0 0 32 7 0 0 6 1 0 0 4 0 0 0 4 1 0 0
17 Poland FW Paweł Brożek 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
18 South Korea MF Ki Sung-Yueng 41 7 4 0 29 6 3 0 7 1 1 0 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
19 Denmark FW Morten Rasmussen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Northern Ireland MF Paddy McCourt 18 0 0 0 13 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
21 Scotland DF Charlie Mulgrew 44 9 1 1 30 8 2 1 7 1 0 0 3 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
22 Netherlands DF Glenn Loovens 16 1 2 0 11 1 1 0 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
23 Sweden DF Mikael Lustig 5 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
24 Poland GK Łukasz Załuska 8 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
25 Norway DF Thomas Rogne 17 1 1 0 14 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
32 Scotland FW Tony Watt 3 2 0 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 Israel MF Beram Kayal 28 0 7 0 19 0 4 0 7 0 2 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
39 England DF Andre Blackman 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
40 Nigeria MF Rabiu Ibrahim 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 Scotland DF Marcus Fraser 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
46 Scotland MF Dylan McGeouch 8 1 0 0 6 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
47 United States GK Dominic Cervi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
48 Republic of Ireland DF Darren O'Dea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
49 Scotland FW James Forrest 43 9 1 0 29 7 1 0 8 0 0 0 4 2 0 0 2 0 0 0
50 Republic of Ireland MF Paul George 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
56 Czech Republic DF Filip Twardzik 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
67 Kenya MF Victor Wanyama 42 4 3 1 29 4 2 1 5 0 1 0 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 0
88 England FW Gary Hooper 50 29 4 0 37 24 1 0 6 2 3 0 4 2 0 0 3 1 0 0

Starting 11[edit]

Considering starts in all competitions[67]

Goalscorers[edit]

Last updated 21 January 2012

R Player Scottish
Premier
League

Scottish
Cup
Scottish
League
Cup
Europa
League
Total
1 England Gary Hooper 24 1 2 2 29
2 Republic of Ireland Anthony Stokes 12 4 3 2 21
3 Scotland James Forrest 7 0 2 0 9
Wales Joe Ledley 7 1 0 1 9
Scotland Charlie Mulgrew 8 0 0 1 9
6 South Korea Ki Sung-Yueng 6 0 0 1 7
8 Greece Georgios Samaras 4 2 0 0 6
Scotland Scott Brown 3 2 1 0 6
10 Kenya Victor Wanyama 4 0 0 0 4
11 Scotland Tony Watt 2 0 0 0 2
17 Morocco Badr El Kaddouri 1 0 0 0 1
Scotland Dylan McGeouch 1 0 0 0 1
Norway Thomas Rogne 1 0 0 0 1
Netherlands Glenn Loovens 1 0 0 0 1
South Korea Cha Du-Ri 1 0 0 0 1
Scotland Kris Commons 1 0 0 0 1

Celtic personnel awards[edit]

Player Award Month
Scotland James Forrest SPL Young Player of the Month September[68]
Scotland James Forrest SPL Young Player of the Month November[58]
Northern Ireland Neil Lennon SPL Manager of the Month November[58]
England Gary Hooper SPL Player of the Month November[58]
Northern Ireland Neil Lennon SPL Manager of the Month December[69]
Kenya Victor Wanyama SPL Young Player of the Month December[69]
Scotland Scott Brown SPL Player of the Month January[70]
Northern Ireland Neil Lennon SPL Manager of the Month February[71]
Scotland Charlie Mulgrew SPL Player of the Month February[72]
Northern Ireland Neil Lennon SPL Manager of the Month April[73]
Scotland Charlie Mulgrew SPL Player of the Month April[74]

Transfers[edit]

See also[edit]

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