63 Not Out – Celtic and Euro’s Elite

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Celtic have beat their own British record today against St Johnstone. They sit pretty when compared to any of Europe’s unbeaten elite too.

AC Milan went on an unbeaten run from 1991 to 1993. In total, they made it to 58 games undefeated.

Olympiacos also hit the 58 mark from 1972 to 1974.

Other clubs of note are Benfica on 56, Porto got to 55 in 2012. Shakhtar Donetsk also hit the 55 mark from 2000/2002.

There are clubs with better-undefeated records, but they are largely unknown leagues. Romanian side FCSB earned a staggering 104 games unbeaten in the mid-eighties. Only two more teams sit above Celtic in the all-time stakes. One is Sherriff who from today are level with Celtic on 63.

And the other, well the other we do know, its the Gibraltarian side Lincoln Red Imps. Brendan Rodgers first competitive game with Celtic and his first taste of defeat. Red Imps boast a record of 88 games unbeaten from 2009 to 2014.

So the list looks like this:
1. FCSB: 104
2. Red Imps: 88
3. Celtic/Sherriff: 63
4. AC Milan: 58
5. Olympiacos: 58
6. Benfica: 56
7. Porto: 55

It kind of feels as though this magical piece of football can’t be entirely absorbed until it comes to its conclusion. When you look at this record across European football, maybe it’s time to start embracing it even more and ride the wave for as long as it lasts.

Brendan Rodgers started an unchanged team from Tuesday night. Surprising from Rodgers when he likes to keep things nice and fresh. Everyone that played on Tuesday ran their legs into the ground. As usual, Rodgers wisdom was rewarded with a goal from Scott Sinclair in the first half and two from Dembele (One an OG, but we’ll give it to him) in quick succession lefts the Celts sitting comfortably on 0-3. Ntcham came off the bench and netted to make it four on 88 minutes.

Celtic will hunt out 64 against Ross County next but not until the 18th of November, after the international break.

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