2021 will be remembered for football standing still. League’s and trophies were won behind closed doors, but it just wasn’t the same.

It wasn’t until we got back up and running in the summer of 2021 we began to feel we were getting football back. Even if the aftermath of 2020 put Celtic in a massive rebuild phase, the optimism about the place was telling.

Ange Postecoglou arriving at the club galvanised the support and the Australian has gone about trying his best to bring Celtic back up to where we should be.

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It’s not been easy. There have been some rocky moments and there will be some more to come but what the manager has accomplished in such a short period of time through an injury crisis unlike anything I’ve witnessed in recent Celtic history, we’re in a good place.

The League Cup final in December at the end of 2021 was the first part of the healing process.

Celtic coming back from a goal behind against Hibernian to win the League Cup in front of a packed Hampden was not only a signal Celtic were back but football was too!

Kyogo’s brace one the day and the league title – for me, the Japanese star’s chip against a sleeping Hibernian defence to win the game is my moment of the year.

To equalise straight from kick-off was one thing, but to have the audacity and the vision to do this in a cup final when you’re still not 100% is outrageously good.

The weeman has come up big for Celtic so often over the last few months and there’s only more to come.

2021 is in the rearview mirror and it’s all about phase two of the rebuild for Celtic.

The January window promises to be exciting, can Ange’s J-League revolution hit the spot?


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