2002–03 Celtic F.C. season

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Celtic
2002–03 season
Chairman Brian Quinn
Manager Martin O'Neill
Stadium Celtic Park
Scottish Premier League 2nd
Scottish Cup Quarter-finals
Scottish League Cup Runners-up
UEFA Champions League Third qualifying round
UEFA Cup Runners-up
Top goalscorer League:
Henrik Larsson (28)
All:
Henrik Larsson (44)
Home colours

Celtic went into the 2002–03 season defending their Scottish Premier League title, which they won in 2001–02.

They also entered the UEFA Champions League at the qualifying stage, as well as taking part in the two domestic cup competitions, the Scottish Cup and the Scottish League Cup.

Season overview[edit]

League Campaign[edit]

Celtic lost out on the title on the last day of the season despite a 4–0 win at Kilmarnock, with a goal difference of 1 less than Rangers over the whole season.[1]

European Campaign[edit]

Celtic went into third qualifying stage of the Champions League but failed to beat Basel. They then dropped down into the UEFA Cup where they beat teams including Blackburn Rovers, Stuttgart and Liverpool to reach the final where they lost 2–3 after extra time to Porto.

Domestic Cups[edit]

Celtic reached the final of the Scottish League Cup, but a late penalty miss by John Hartson meant the trophy went to Rangers. As the amount of games to be played took its toll, an inexperienced Celtic side lost to Inverness CT in the Scottish Cup.

Competitions[edit]

Date Venue Opponents Score Competition Celtic scorers Match Report
6 July 2002 Tolka Park Shelbourne 4 – 1 Friendly Sutton, Agathe, Hartson (2)
7 July 2002 Tolka Park Shamrock Rovers 1 – 1 Friendly Balde
10 July 2002 Fratton Park Portsmouth 3 – 2 Friendly Sylla, Petta, Healy
13 July 2002 Loftus Road QPR 7 – 3 Friendly Healy, Sutton, Hartson, Maloney, Sylla, Fernández (2)
17 July 2002 SF Liebnitz 3 – 1 Friendly Maloney, Fernández (2)
19 July 2002 Werder Bremen 2 – 6 Friendly Hartson, Fernández
24 July 2002 Celtic Park Ajax 1 – 3 Friendly Sutton
27 July 2002 Celtic Park Parma 2 – 1 Friendly Sutton, Sylla
3 August 2002 Celtic Park Dunfermline 2 – 1 SPL Larsson (2) BBC Sport
7 August 2002 White Hart Lane Tottenham Hotspur 1 – 1 Friendly Maloney BBC Sport
10 August 2002 Pittodrie Aberdeen 4 – 0 SPL Mjällby, Sutton, Sylla, Lambert BBC Sport
14 August 2002 Celtic Park Basel 3 – 1 CLQ Larsson (pen.), Sutton, Sylla BBC Sport
17 August 2002 Celtic Park Dundee United 5 – 0 SPL McNamara, Sutton, Petrov, Hartson, Larsson BBC Sport
24 August 2002 Firhill Partick Thistle 1 – 0 SPL Larsson BBC Sport
28 August 2002 St. Jakob-Park Basel 0 – 2 CLQ BBC Sport
1 September 2002 Celtic Park Livingston 2 – 0 SPL Larsson, Balde BBC Sport
11 September 2002 Fir Park Motherwell 1 – 2 SPL Hartson BBC Sport
14 September 2002 Celtic Park Hibernian 1 – 0 SPL Hartson BBC Sport
19 September 2002 Celtic Park FK Sūduva 8 – 1 UC Larsson (3), Petrov, Sutton, Lambert, Hartson, Valgaeren BBC Sport
22 September 2002 Dens Park Dundee 1 – 0 SPL Larsson BBC Sport
28 September 2002 Celtic Park Kilmarnock 5 – 0 SPL Larsson (3), Sutton (2) BBC Sport
3 October 2002 Sūduva stadium FK Sūduva 2 – 0 UC Fernández, Thompson BBC Sport
6 October 2002 Celtic Park Rangers 3 – 3 SPL Sutton, Larsson (2) BBC Sport
8 October 2002 Adams Park Wycombe Wanderers 4 – 0 F Larsson (2), Cousins (og), Sylla
20 October 2002 Tynecastle Heart of Midlothian 4 – 1 SPL Sutton, Petrov, Larsson (2) BBC Sport
23 October 2002 Celtic Park Inverness CT 4 – 2 SLC Maloney, Thompson, Hartson (2) BBC Sport
27 October 2002 East End Park Dunfermline 4 – 1 SPL Larsson, Thompson, Petrov, Sutton BBC Sport
31 October 2002 Celtic Park Blackburn Rovers 1 – 0 UC Larsson BBC Sport
3 November 2002 Celtic Park Aberdeen 7 – 0 SPL Hartson (4), Larsson, Balde, Maloney BBC Sport
6 November 2002 Celtic Park Partick Thistle 1 – 1 (5-4 after extra-time and penalties) SLC Thompson BBC Sport
10 November 2002 Tannadice Dundee United 2 – 0 SPL Hartson, Sutton BBC Sport
14 November 2002 Ewood Park Blackburn Rovers 2 – 0 UC Larsson, Sutton BBC Sport
17 November 2002 Celtic Park Partick Thistle 4 – 0 SPL Sutton, Larsson, Petrov (2) BBC Sport
24 November 2002 Almondvale Stadium Livingston 2 – 0 SPL Larsson (2) BBC Sport
28 November 2002 Celtic Park Celta Vigo 1 – 0 UC Larsson BBC Sport
1 December 2002 Celtic Park Motherwell 3 – 1 SPL Larsson, Leitch (OG), Valgaeren BBC Sport
4 December 2002 Easter Road Hibernian 1 – 0 SPL Petrov BBC Sport
7 December 2002 Ibrox Rangers 2 – 3 SPL Sutton, Hartson BBC Sport
12 December 2002 Estadio Balaídos Celta Vigo 1 – 2 UC Hartson BBC Sport
15 December 2002 Rugby Park Kilmarnock 1 – 1 SPL Valgaeren BBC Sport
21 December 2002 Celtic Park Dundee 2 – 0 SPL Hartson, Larsson BBC Sport
26 December 2002 Celtic Park Heart of Midlothian 4 – 2 SPL Hartson (3), Larsson BBC Sport
29 December 2002 Celtic Park Dunfermline 1 – 0 SPL Larsson BBC Sport
2 January 2003 Pittodrie Aberdeen 1 – 1 SPL Larsson BBC Sport
22 January 2003 Celtic Park Feyenoord 2 – 3 Friendly Hartson, Sylla
25 January 2003 Celtic Park St Mirren 3 – 0 SC Larsson, Sylla BBC Sport
29 January 2003 Celtic Park Dundee United 2 – 0 SPL Hartson, Larsson BBC Sport
1 February 2003 Firhill Stadium Partick Thistle 2 – 0 SPL Sutton (2) BBC Sport
6 February 2003 Hampden Dundee United 3 – 0 SLC Balde (2), Larsson BBC Sport
9 February 2003 Celtic Park Livingston 2 – 1 SPL Sylla, Sutton BBC Sport
20 February 2003 Celtic Park Stuttgart 3 – 1 UC Lambert, Maloney, Petrov BBC Sport
23 February 2003 Celtic Park St Johnstone 3 – 0 SC Hartson (2), Smith BBC Sport
27 February 2003 Mercedes-Benz Arena Stuttgart 2 – 3 UC Thompson, Sutton BBC Sport
2 March 2003 Celtic Park Hibernian 3 – 2 SPL Hartson (2), Mjällby BBC Sport
8 March 2003 Celtic Park Rangers 1 – 0 SPL Hartson BBC Sport
13 March 2003 Celtic Park Liverpool 1 – 1 UC Larsson BBC Sport
16 March 2003 Hampden Rangers 1 – 2 SLC Larsson BBC Sport
20 March 2003 Anfield Liverpool 2 – 0 UC Thompson, Hartson BBC Sport
23 March 2003 Caledonian Stadium Inverness CT 0 – 1 SC BBC Sport
6 April 2003 Dens Park Dundee 1 – 1 SPL Thompson BBC Sport
10 April 2003 Celtic Park Boavista 1 – 1 UC Larsson BBC Sport
13 April 2003 Celtic Park Kilmarnock 2 – 0 SPL Larsson, Petrov BBC Sport
19 April 2003 Tynecastle Heart of Midlothian 1 – 2 SPL Thompson BBC Sport
24 April 2003 Estádio do Bessa Boavista 1 – 0 UC Larsson BBC Sport
27 April 2003 Ibrox Rangers 2 – 1 SPL Thompson (pen.), Hartson BBC Sport
3 May 2003 East End Park Dunfermline Atthletic 4 – 1 SPL Larsson, Petrov (2), Thompson (pen.) BBC Sport
7 May 2003 Fir Park Motherwell 4 – 0 SPL Petrov (2), Lambert (2) BBC Sport
10 May 2003 Celtic Park Heart of Midlothian 1 – 0 SPL Thompson (pen.) BBC Sport
14 May 2003 Celtic Park Dundee 6 – 2 SPL Larsson, Thompson (2), Maloney (2), Mjällby BBC Sport
21 May 2003 Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán Porto 2 – 3 UC Larsson (2) BBC Sport
25 May 2003 Rugby Park Kilmarnock 4 – 0 SPL Sutton (2), Thompson (pen.), Petrov BBC Sport

Statistics[edit]

Appearances and goals[edit]

List of squad players, including number of appearances by competition

No. Pos Nat Player Total Premier League FA Cup League Cup Other
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1 GK Scotland Jonathan Gould 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2 DF Scotland Tom Boyd 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
3 DF Guinea Mohammed Sylla 31 4 13+5 2 2 1 0+3 0 4+4 1
4 DF Scotland Jackie McNamara 28 1 12+7 1 2 0 0 0 2+5 0
5 DF Belgium Joos Valgaeren 53 3 35 2 2 0 2 0 14 1
6 DF Guinea Dianbobo Balde 53 4 36 2 0 0 3 2 14 0
7 FW Sweden Henrik Larsson 51 44 35 28 2 2 2 2 12 12
8 MF England Alan Thompson 45 12 26+3 8 1 0 2+1 1 10+2 3
9 FW England Chris Sutton 43 19 28 15 1 0 2 0 11+1 4
10 FW Wales John Hartson 45 25 18+9 18 1+1 2 4 2 9+3 3
12 FW Spain David Fernández 19 1 3+7 0 2+1 0 2+1 0 1+2 1
14 MF Scotland Paul Lambert 48 6 27+4 3 1 0 3 1 10+3 2
15 MF Netherlands Bobby Petta 5 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
16 DF Denmark Ulrik Laursen 36 0 22 0 3 0 2 0 7+2 0
17 DF France Didier Agathe 40 0 24+3 0 0 0 2 0 10+1 0
18 MF Northern Ireland Neil Lennon 46 0 28 0 1 0 3 0 14 0
19 MF Bulgaria Stilian Petrov 50 14 33+1 12 0 0 0+2 0 14 2
20 GK Scotland Rab Douglas 38 0 21 0 0 0 3 0 14 0
21 GK Sweden Magnus Hedman 10 0 8 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
22 GK Scotland David Marshall 1 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0
23 DF Slovakia Stanislav Varga 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
24 MF Republic of Ireland Colin Healy 5 0 0+1 0 2 0 1 0 1 0
26 GK Spain Javier Broto 10 0 7+1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
29 FW Scotland Shaun Maloney 30 5 5+15 3 1+2 0 2+1 1 2+2 1
30 MF England Steve Guppy 25 0 12+5 0 2 0 0 0 3+3 0
32 FW Scotland Simon Lynch 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
35 DF Sweden Johan Mjallby 24 3 14 3 2 0 1 0 7 0
39 MF Scotland Jamie Smith 25 1 3+10 0 3 1 4 0 1+4 0
40 DF Scotland Stephen Crainey 19 0 3+10 0 1+1 0 2 0 1+1 0
41 DF Scotland John Kennedy 2 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 1 0
43 MF Republic of Ireland Liam Miller 2 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 0+1 0

Transfers[edit]

In[edit]

Date Player From Fee Source
1 August 2002 Sweden Hedman, MagnusMagnus Hedman England Coventry City 08 £1,000,000 [2]
1 August 2002 Denmark Laursen, UlrikUlrik Laursen Scotland Hibernian 08 £1,500,000 [2]

Out[edit]

Date Player To Fee Source
21 May 2002 Russia Kharine, DimitriDimitri Kharine England Hornchurch 08 Free Transfer [3]
22 March 2002 Ivory Coast Tébily, OlivierOlivier Tébily England Birmingham City 08 £700,000 [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ SPL goes down to the Wire BBC Sport, 25 May 2003
  2. ^ a b "Celtic make double signing". BBC Sport website. 1 August 2002. 
  3. ^ "Kharine to leave Celtic". BBC Sport website. 21 May 2002. 
  4. ^ "Birmingham City sign Teliby". BBC Sport website. 22 March 2002.