Glasgow Celtic, A History of Success
New writer Lisa Reynolds gives us the background of one half of Scotlands big two teams.
Celtic was firstly established in 1888 in Glasgow and have strong Irish ties.
'The Bhoys', the nick-name of the Scottish giants because of its Irish heritage of the club, have always been known as a Catholic team unlike its Old Firm rivals Rangers, who are thought of as a Protestant club - setting up a fierce rivalry in the beautiful game.
Incidentally, Celtic's first game ever was against their rivals Rangers with Celtic winning the game 5-2 which was apparently claimed to be a ‘friendly’.
During the years, the football shirts worn by the Celtic team changed but were always green and white hoops which also earned them the name of 'The Hoops'.
Over the years, Celtic FC have had many success in the Scottish League, Scottish Cup and the Scottish League Cup with the best season Celtic FC ever having said to be 1967, when Celtic won the European Cup which incidentally was also the first Scottish and British club to win in Europe.
They defeated Italian giants Inter Milan 2-1 in Lisbon, 1967, the winning team becoming known as the 'Lisbon Lions'.
In the 9 years Jock Stein managed, he won 9 Scottish Leagues running from '66 to his departure in '74 and this record wasn't matched until the 90’s.
Years passed and Celtic had many heroes captaining and managing them including Billy McNeill – a Lisbon Lion, Wim Jansen who brought in Celtic hero Lubo Moravcik, Martin O’Neill who brought in hero Henrik Larsson and also Tommy Burns, Gordon Strachan and Tony Mowbray.
New manager Neil Lennon’s tenure started off shaky with mixed results in Europe but a good start in the domestic front, remaining unbeaten in the league to date. All this leads up to the first Old Firm game on Sunday 24th October at Celtic Park with an early lunch-time kick-off.
Each player and manager wish to prove their worth against bigger opponents and also against long-time rivals Rangers whose battle has raged throughout the years and today it's still as big and fierce a rivalry as their first ever encounter.
During the years Celtic have won many titles including 42 SPL Titles, 34 Scottish Cup titles, 14 Scottish League Cup titles and of course the jewel in the crown, the European Cup title.
Also many trophy from the youth ranks with the Glasgow Cup being won almost 30 times, The Wembley Cup, Jock Stein Friendship Cup twice, many under 18 and 19 Scottish Leagues and not to forget the Reserve team winning 8 years in a row from 2002 until 2009.
All in all a long illustrious record and no doubt many more will follow. Will they ever win in Europe again, unsure, but with a history as famous as they have, there can be no question about their will to succeed.