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The Full Story: Celtic’s nine in a row – Brian Scott

Fri 01 Apr 2011 18:00


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Brian Scott remembers the end of Celtic’s run of nine consecutive Scottish League wins in 1974. Legendary manager Jock Stein had championed his sideto victory every year from 1966 to 1974, but the golden era for the club was about to come to an end.

While Celtic had won the Scottish Leagues, they had also become the first British side to lift the European cup in 1967 and appeared in the final three years later. Rangers meanwhile had won the Cup Winner’s Cup while Kilmarnock and Dundee were also experiencing a golden age with appearances in the European Cup.

It was a high point for Scottish football that had to come to an end. As the older generation retired and fresh talent failed to fill the void the place of Scottish teams on the European stage began to diminish.

For Celtic, Jock Stein’s heart problems added to the crisis when he missed January 1973 to recuperate after a hospital visit. Celtic went on to win the League regardless, but their nine-in-a-row run came to an end shortly after.

Not until 1997 did Rangers equal Celtic’s record.

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