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  • The Story Of… Griff's first goal and Fraser's clean sheet record

    The Story Of… Griff's first goal and Fraser's clean sheet record

    By: Joe Donnelly on 28 May, 2020 17:01

  • 'The Story Of' is a web series dedicated to small but special tales from Celtic’s illustrious history. Here, we recall two historic events in modern Hoops history. 

    ON February 22, 2014, Celtic overcame Hearts 2-0 at Tynecastle. The result itself reflected the Hoops’ domestic dominance at the time – the win saw them climb 24 points clear at the top of the Premiership – but the afternoon’s two major talking points were focused on individual performances.

    At the top of the pitch, Leigh Griffiths marked the occasion with his first-ever Celtic goal with a fine strike on 58 minutes. And, at the opposite end, Fraser Forster’s 13th successive clean sheet saw him eclipse Bobby Clark’s Scottish League record of 1,155 minutes without conceding a goal in league competition.

    Griffiths has since taken his Celtic goal tally to 115, and is now just three goals away from entering the club’s top 20 scorers of all-time. Let’s now remember the fine footwork and finish that kicked it all off... 

    "It was a great ball from Stokesy from the outside of his foot," said Griffiths in an exclusive interview with the Celtic View. "When I picked up the ball there was still a long way to go. I just had to shrug off the defender and the other one was behind me. I tried to run forward and one of the defenders came across so I just had to swivel and get my shot away early. I managed to do that and put it away in the bottom corner.

    "The gaffer had just told me to keep my cool as I was always going to get a bit of stick at Tynecastle for being an ex-Hibs player, but that was to be expected. I just had to keep my cool and if any chances came my way I could put them away.

    "If I had to pick somewhere to score it would have been there but I am just happy to score my first goal, break my duck and get it out the way, and hopefully there are many more to come."

    Forster’s clean sheet total, on the other hand, would reach 1,256 minutes, before future Celt Jonny Hayes scored a 30-yard wonderstrike for Aberdeen on February 25, 2014, in a match Neil Lennon’s men lost 2-1. Nonetheless, the 6’7” stopper’s incredible record still stands today, and will surely take some beating.   

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