2013–14 Celtic F.C. season

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Celtic
2013–14 season
Chairman Ian Bankier
Manager Neil Lennon
Ground Celtic Park
Glasgow, Scotland
(Capacity: 60,355)
Scottish Premiership 1st (Champions)
Scottish League Cup Third round
Champions League Group stage
Scottish Cup Fourth round
Home colours
Away colours
Third colours

The 2013–14 season was the 125th season of competitive football by Celtic. Celtic have a new shirt sponsor for the season with Irish Cider brand Magners taking over from Tennent's Lager for the next three years.[1]

Celtic began the season with further Champions League success in their sights. They were faced with the burden of replacing three main pieces of their squad in; Gary Hooper and Kelvin Wilson were sold to Norwich City and Nottingham Forest respectively, whilst the highly rated Victor Wanyama was sold to Southampton for a Scottish record fee of £12.5 million.[2] Neil Lennon rebuilt his squad by signing Virgil van Dijk and Amido Balde in the summer, and Teemu Pukki from Schalke 04 on transfer deadline day.[3] Celtic were drawn with Cliftonville in their first qualifying round and easily disposed of the Northern Irish champions 5–0 on aggregate.[4] They were next drawn with IF Elfsborg and squeezed by with a 1–0 aggregate win, with Kris Commons scoring the only goal in the first leg at Celtic Park.[5] Although favoured to qualify for the group stages with minimal challenge after being drawn with Kazakh champions Shakhter Karagandy, Celtic found themselves losing the first leg in Karagandy 2–0.[6] Celtic returned to Scotland to an electric atmosphere at Celtic Park in the home leg, in proved to be the high point of their 2013-14 Champions League campaign. They overcame the 2–0 deficit to level the aggregate thanks to goals by Kris Commons and Georgios Samaras. James Forrest completed the comeback for Celtic with a 90th-minute strike, sending Celtic Park into a frenzy.[7]

Thereafter, Celtic found themselves drawn with AC Milan, Ajax and Barcelona (again) in the group stages.[8] The campaign was dismal; winning only once with a 2–1 home win over Ajax,[9] and slumping to a 6–1 rout away against Barcelona in the final group match.[10] That game saw Celtic concede the most goals they had ever done in a single European tie, and equalled their previous heaviest defeat in Europe (5-0 against FC Artmedia Bratislava).[10]

Celtic's 2014 domestic campaign was filled with ups and downs. Towards the end of February, Celtic had not lost a single game in the league,[11] and drew just twice against Dundee United and Hibernian. Their league success did not translate to cup competition however; they bowed out of both the Scottish League Cup (0–1 to Morton),[12] and the Scottish Cup(1–2 to Aberdeen),[13] both at Celtic Park. Celtic also struggled to find a suitable strike partner for Anthony Stokes, forcing Kris Commons into a striking role. Neil Lennon signed former Hibs striker Leigh Griffiths on transfer deadline day in January 2014,[14] as well as Stefan Johansen earlier in the month.[15] After being unable to reach an agreement on a new contract, Joe Ledley left Celtic for Crystal Palace.[16]

On 2 February 2014 goalkeeper Fraser Forster set a new a club-record of 11 league clean sheets in a row,[17] surpassing a record of 10 clean sheets set by Charlie Shaw in the 1921-22 season.[18] On 22 February, he broke Bobby Clark's Scottish League record of 1155 minutes without conceding a goal in a league match. Celtic won 2–0 away at Hearts, and Forster racked up his 13th consecutive clean sheet in the league.[19][20] Forster's clean sheet run finally ended on 1,256 minutes against Aberdeen on 25 February 2014, as Aberdeen defeated Celtic 2–1 to end their unbeaten run in the league.[21]

Celtic finished the season as league champions again, their third consecutive Scottish League title,[22] scoring 102 goals in the process.[23] Celtic clinched the title after a 5-1 away win against Partick Thistle on 26 March 2014.[24][25] It is the earliest that the title has been won since the 1928-29 season, when Old Firm Rivals Rangers won it on 16 March.[26][27][28]

Kris Commons was the top scorer in Scotland, netting 32 goals, and won both the PFA Scotland and Scottish Football Writers' Player of the Year awards.[29][30]

Competitions[edit]

  Win   Draw   Loss   Postponed

Pre-season and friendlies[edit]

*Celtic lose the match 5-4 on penalties

Scottish Premiership[edit]

UEFA Champions League[edit]


Team Pld
W
D
L
GF
GA
GD
Pts
Spain Barcelona 6 4 1 1 16 5 +11 13
Italy Milan 6 2 3 1 8 5 +3 9
Netherlands Ajax 6 2 2 2 5 8 −3 8
Scotland Celtic 6 1 0 5 3 14 −11 3

Scottish League Cup[edit]

Scottish Cup[edit]

Team record[edit]

Competition First match Last match Final position Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win % Ref.
Premiership 3 August 2013[31] 11 May 2014[31] Winner[32] 38 31 6 1 102 25 +77 081.58 [32]
Scottish Cup 1 December 2013[31] 8 February 2014[31] Round of 16[31] 2 1 0 1 8 2 +6 050.00 [31]
League Cup 24 September 2013[31] 24 September 2013[31] Round of 16[31] 1 0 0 1 0 1 −1 000.00 [31]
Champions League 17 July 2013[31] 11 December 2013[31] Group Stage 12 5 1 6 12 16 −4 041.67 [31]
Total 53 37 7 9 122 44 +78 069.81

Player statistics[edit]

Squad[edit]

Last updated 11 May 2014[33]

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

Number Nation Position Name Total League Champions League League Cup Scottish Cup
Black shirt.png Goal YC Red card Black shirt.png Goal YC Red card Black shirt.png Goal YC Red card Black shirt.png Goal YC Red card Black shirt.png Goal YC Red card
1 England GK Fraser Forster 51 0 1 0 37 0 1 0 12 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
2 Wales DF Adam Matthews 31 1 3 0 23 1 1 0 6 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
3 Honduras DF Emilio Izaguirre 46 0 8 0 34 0 4 0 10 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
4 Nigeria DF Efe Ambrose 51 3 5 0 38 2 4 0 11 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
5 Netherlands DF Virgil van Dijk 46 5 4 1 36 5 2 1 8 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
6 Israel MF Nir Biton 20 0 0 1 15 0 0 0 3 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
8 Scotland MF Scott Brown 50 4 8 1 38 2 3 0 9 0 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 2 1 0
9 Greece FW Georgios Samaras 33 11 5 0 20 7 3 0 12 4 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
10 Republic of Ireland FW Anthony Stokes 46 21 3 1 32 20 2 1 11 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 1 0 0
11 Netherlands MF Derk Boerrigter 23 1 0 0 15 1 0 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
15 Scotland MF Kris Commons 48 32 4 0 34 27 1 0 11 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 2 3 1 0
17 Guinea-Bissau FW Amido Baldé 24 3 3 0 20 3 3 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
18 Australia MF Tom Rogić 7 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
19 Iceland FW Hólmbert Friðjónsson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Finland FW Teemu Pukki 32 7 2 0 25 7 2 0 5 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
21 Scotland DF Charlie Mulgrew 40 6 8 0 28 6 5 0 10 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 0
22 France DF Steven Mouyokolo 3 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
23 Sweden DF Mikael Lustig 28 2 2 0 15 0 1 0 11 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
24 Poland GK Łukasz Załuska 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
25 Norway MF Stefan Johansen 17 2 4 0 16 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0
28 Scotland FW Leigh Griffiths 14 7 3 0 13 7 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
31 Scotland MF John Herron 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
32 Scotland FW Tony Watt 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
33 Israel MF Beram Kayal 20 1 3 0 13 0 2 0 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
34 Republic of Ireland DF Eoghan O'Connell 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
36 Australia DF Jackson Irvine 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
37 Bosnia and Herzegovina FW Bahrudin Atajić 3 1 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 Italy GK Leo Fasan 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
39 Scotland FW Denny Johnstone 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
41 England DF Darnell Fisher 13 0 2 0 12 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
42 Scotland MF Callum McGregor 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
43 Scotland DF Joe Chalmers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 Scotland DF Marcus Fraser 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
45 Scotland DF Lewis Toshney 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
46 Scotland MF Dylan McGeouch 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
49 Scotland MF James Forrest 27 7 1 0 16 4 1 0 10 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
50 Republic of Ireland MF Paul George 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
53 Scotland MF Liam Henderson 8 1 1 0 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
56 Czech Republic MF Filip Twardzik 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Players who no longer play for Celtic
6 England DF Kelvin Wilson 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
16 Wales MF Joe Ledley 28 5 1 0 20 4 0 0 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0
88 England FW Gary Hooper 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Goalscorers[edit]

Last updated 11 May 2014

R Player Scottish
Premiership

Scottish
Cup
Scottish
League
Cup
UEFA
Champions
League
Total
1 Scotland Kris Commons 27 3 0 2 32
2 Republic of Ireland Anthony Stokes 20 1 0 0 21
3 Greece Georgios Samaras 7 0 0 4 11
4 Scotland James Forrest 4 0 0 3 7
Scotland Leigh Griffiths 7 0 0 0 7
Finland Teemu Pukki 7 0 0 0 7
5 Scotland Charlie Mulgrew 6 0 0 0 6
6 Wales Joe Ledley 4 1 0 0 5
Netherlands Virgil van Dijk 5 0 0 0 5
7 Scotland Scott Brown 2 2 0 0 4
8 Guinea-Bissau Amido Baldé 3 0 0 0 3
Nigeria Efe Ambrose 2 0 0 1 3
9 Sweden Mikael Lustig 0 1 0 1 2
Norway Stefan Johansen 2 0 0 0 2
10 Wales Adam Matthews 1 0 0 0 1
Israel Beram Kayal 0 0 0 1 1
Netherlands Derk Boerrigter 1 0 0 0 1
Bosnia and Herzegovina Bahrudin Atajić 1 0 0 0 1
Scotland Liam Henderson 1 0 0 0 1

Technical staff[edit]

Position Staff
Manager Neil Lennon
Assistant Manager Johan Mjallby
First Team Coach Garry Parker
Goalkeeping Coach Stevie Woods
Head of Youth Academy Chris McCart
Head of Recruitment John Park
Head Physiotherapist Tim Williamson
Physiotherapist Gavin McCarthy
Doctor Ian Sharpe
Head of Sports Science Bill Styles
Academy Welfare & Operations Manager Brian Meehan
Under 20s Coach John Kennedy
U17's Manager Tommy McIntyre


Last updated: 12 June 2017
Source:[citation needed]

Transfers[edit]

See also[edit]

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