Celtic is one of the most successful UK clubs and the first British side to win the European Cup. They accomplished this during the legendary 1967 season – more on that later. With a trophy cabinet bulging with 36 Scottish Cups and 46 Scottish Championships, it is safe to say they are one of the great British sides. Here are some interesting facts about this popular club.
The side was launched way back in 1887 to fundraise for a local charity. The following year they played their first game against Rangers, and one of sports fiercest rivalries was born. During the next couple of decades, Celtic managed to come up tops against Rangers winning 17 Scottish Championships to 12 by 1927. The following years would see a slowdown in Celtic fortunes… until Jock Stein came into the picture.
Jock Stein takes charge
Under Stein’s guidance, Celtic transformed into one of the powerhouse teams in UK and Europe. Jock left the club in 1978, and during his time Celtic won 8 Scottish Cups, 10 Scottish Championships, and the European Cup.
The glorious year of 1967
1967 was the pinnacle season in Celtic’s long history. In that year they won:
- The Scottish First Division.
- The Scottish League Cup over arch-rivals Rangers in the final.
- The Scottish Cup against Aberdeen in the final.
- The Glasgow Cup against Partick Thistle in the final.
- The European Cup against Internazionale in the final in Lisbon.
1967 was the year that Celtic rewrote the history books. That year was so special it has even been immortalised in a slot game which you can find at Slotsadviser.com!
Celtic are one of the great sides, with a long and successful history behind them. Will there be another year like 1967? Celtic fans everywhere will be hoping so!