Celtic is another Scottish team which dominates the domestic competition alongside their long-lasting contender, Rangers. They have won 51 top tier league titles, 40 Scottish Cup titles and 19 Scottish league cup trophy. Celtic also managed to shine in European competition. The Bhoys is the first British team to win UEFA Champions League back in 1967. Their fierce derby against Glasgow Rangers has always been worth waiting for in each and every season.
Glasgow Celtic was established in November 1887. It was first meant to be a way of fund raising by the local church to help the have-nots. However, it turned out to develop more than expected. In 1888 they met Glasgow Rangers for the first time and won 5-2. It was in fact the first ever Old Firm derby dated. A year later, Celtic reached their first Scottish Cup final but lost. Yet, it did not take that long to win it, which was only three years after their failure. Then, in 1893, they finally clinched their first league title which attracted more investment as it the Bhoys officially became a private company in the following two years. Since then, Celtic and Rangers have been involved in a tight competition on the top of the top flight in Scottish football and dominated the competition in turn.
Celtic’s home base is Celtic Park or also notably known as Parkhead. It has the capacity of 60,411 spectators, which is the largest in Scotland. Parkhead was built in 1892 with one major renovation in the mid 1990s when the club was about to fall into bankruptcy. It has been used for staging several Scotland international fixtures on some occasions as well.
The Bhoys’ notable seasons have been here and there in different eras. The 1891/92 was the first memorable season for them as they won their first silverware, Scottish Cup, plus their first Scottish League title in 1892/93. Compared to Rangers, their treble years came later in 1966/67 under Jock Stein. They did not only win all domestic titles but also UEFA Champions League after thumping Inter Milan 2-1 in Lisbon. In 1969/70, Billy McNeill and Co manage to reach the summit again but this time they were beaten by Feyenoord 1-2. Their next notable season was in 2002/03 under former Leicester City boss, Martin O’Neil. At that time, Henrik Larsson and Co were able to reach the final but unfortunately, Jose Mourinho’s FC Porto was still too strong for them. Another unforgettable season was between 2016/17 to 2019/20 when they won treble in four consecutive seasons.