When Brendan Rodgers’ undefeated Bhoys wrapped up our sixth successive title in a row at Tynecastle yesterday, the obvious feeling is elation for the players, and backroom staff who’ve contributed this memorable season.
There is no doubt this current Celtic team have all the attributes to write their names in the history books, and I’m sure they will. There’s a winning mentality throughout the club that will take some shifting. You can almost touch the infallibility of this team.
But to get to six, we had to win the five previous campaigns.
Neil Lennon, with his backroom Bhoys of Johan Mjallby and Garry Parker, and his players, won the first three titles on the road to six. Having taken the managers job after the sacking of Tony Mowbray, Lenny set about building his own team. And he did.
He brought Fraser Forster, Joe Ledley, Kris Commons, Gary Hooper, Victor Wanyama and latterly Virgil Van Dijk to name but a few to Celtic Park.
Still a rookie in managerial terms, Lenny not only won us title but also cups and gave us unforgettable European nights at Paradise. His contribution and that of his players should always be recognised as we celebrate six.
So too should Ronny Deila, who along with John Collins and John Kennedy, kept the winning run going. The big Norwegian had to overcome different difficulties in managing Celtic to his predecessor, but still managed to secure titles four and five.
Hi record of three domestic trophies out of six can hardly be described as a failure, despite what the SMSM say.
Both Neil & Ronny could be classed as managers who are still learning their trade, so to speak. To win the league with the pressure of managing a massive club like Celtic, takes a lot of guts and no shortage of ability.
We thank them, and the players, for keeping the run going and Celtic at the forefront.
Celtic are, and always will be, the biggest and the best team in Scotland.