Season 19 Update - Rest of Season
So, no need for any suspense this time around. Armstrong scored goal 1000 on Boxing Day! In the last update, I suggested I'd take a break, but we pressed on and finished the season. Got bills to pay and fans to please...
The rest of the season looked like this:
You're no doubt wondering what that big empty area is - more on that below.
Anyway, he ended up getting another 9 goals, taking him to 19 for the season, from 45 games. Definitely slowing down, but still scoring! Not bad given the condition he's in...
And that takes him to 970 goals for Celtic, plus 39 for England, for a total of 1009 goals.
In January, Armstrong suffered an injury during a match. Fortunately, he was fine once he got off the field and had a couple of beers (other players aren't allowed to drink, but Armstrong has earned some privileges!). He was able to suit up the very next game. He also scored a disallowed goal - a phantom goal to go with a phantom injury.
Then in March, he got a real injury (and a real goal to go with it).
He returned from injury looking like this:
He's 38 now and he really hasn't bounced back from those injuries.
So we'll keep pushing on, but he really shouldn't be playing for Celtic any more, except for the huge debt we owe him for all those goals!
This year we won it all:
The league, going 32-5-1, with 117 goals for and 24 goals against. Our worst season in the league since early on in this career.
The Scottish Cup Final 4-0 over St Johnstone
The Betfred Cup Final 3-0 over Hearts
In the Champion's League we beat Chelsea 5-3, Athletico Madrid 4-3, Tottenham 8-1 (including a 7-0 drubbing in the first leg), then faced Barcelona in the final. We beat them 4-0, although we were only 1-0 up with 3 minutes to go.
Bruno da Silva Francisco won the World Player of the Year award this year (his 3rd time), with Andres Martinez coming runner up, both Celtic players.
The same pairing won the Scottish Premiership Player of the Year and runner up, with myself as Manager of the Year again.
Shout out to Cattermole
I just have to mention Sean Cattermole who scored 6 goals in a 9-1 drubbing of Dunfermline.
Armstrong managed to score 6 before (twice I think, but I'd have to check), but that was in our 4 3 2 1 formation, designed for the vast majority of goals to come from the single forward. Cattermole did it in our 2 5 3 formation, where the goals are shared around much more. It was just one of those days were everything he touched turned to gold.
I guess I will press on for another season. The next target is 1000 goals for Celtic, which is 30 goals away. Could be tough as it will need two seasons and his attributes will be in the negatives by then... But I'll see. I really want try something different, but there is also part of me that wants to finish this before doing so.