1965/66 League Cup Final
Jock Stein and his Captain, Billy
McNeill, share a 'Magic Moment' in the immediate aftermath of securing the
Scottish League Cup of Season 1965/66 for the Celtic Park Trophy Room. Although
not at their very best on the day, that victory proved that the seminal
Scottish Cup victory that brought down the curtain on the preceding season had
been no flash in the pan; and that Celtic had what it took to become regular
winners. The self-belief that generated no doubt played its part in propelling
the team to League Champion status the following summer, for the first time in
twelve long years.
When Jock eventually moved on to
pastures new, following the most spectacular period in Celtic history, he left
the club in the capable hands of that same Captain, the mighty
1988 Scottish Cup Final
Fast-forward twenty-three years from the historic 3-2 Scottish Cup victory over Dunfermline Athletic that heralded the "Lisbon Lions" era and The Hoops were at it again, adding another glorious chapter to their 'fairytale' history.
This time, in his second stint in the Celtic Park hot-seat, it was Billy McNeill's responsibility to add further to the success of his illustrious mentor, Stein; and in Season 1987/88, in tandem with his Captain, Roy "The Bear" Aitken, he did so in flamboyant style, honouring the foundation of the club with a glorious 'Centenary Double'.
It was 'Hampden in the Sun' all over again, as Celtic recovered from a first-half Dundee United goal (scored, ironically, by the great Patsy Gallagher's grandson, Kevin) to triumph 2-1, courtesy of a late quick-fire one-two by Frank McAvennie.
Roy left the club in January 1990, to
be succeeded by Paul McStay as Captain through to "Cesar's" departure
again in 1991 and his replacement by Liam Brady.
1995 Scottish Cup Final
Paul McStay, arguably one of the most gifted footballers ever to play for Celtic, shared a 'Magic Moment' with his then manager, Tommy Burns, as together they won the Scottish Cup of Season 1994/95.
It came in the aftermath of one of the most turbulent eras of Celtic history ... that of 'Celts for Change and 'The Rebels have won'' ... which had seen the overthrow of the old 'families' board and the arrival at Celtic Park of quiet Scots/Canadian business man, Fergus McCann, who would transform the club, top to bottom, into one fit to enter the 21st Century in a position of strength.
It wasn't all plain sailing, though; and this emotional triumph was the only honour Tommy Burns achieved as manager, despite having put together an exciting side that many considered the most exhilarating since the iconic Lions.
The Cup was won in an edgy 1-0 encounter with Airdrie, when Pierre Van Hooijdonk powered home a towering header from one of Tosh McKinlay's trademark raking crosses.
Ibrox Solidarity, November 2004
Season 2004/05 was a difficult one for everyone involved with Celtic, culminating as it did in the gut-wrenching events of what, tormentingly, came to be known as 'Helicopter Sunday'.
November 2004 brought two dispiriting defeats at Ibrox, one in the League and one in the League Cup. In the face of those reversals, though, came the glorious moment when, in a defiant show of solidarity between Manager, Captain and fans, Martin O'Neill put his arm around a disappointed Lennon's shoulder and roused him into a joint salute to the Celtic crowd on a difficult day.
It was a simple gesture; but one that carried great weight and symbolism, not only in the moment itself but in its undoubted galvanising effect on a fellow Northern Irishman in his relentless quest for Celtic success, both as player and eventual iconic Manager.
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