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Celtic had been eight years without a trophy when Jock Stein was brought in as the team’s manager with full control over who would play for his side. Within weeks Celtic faced Dunfermline in the Scottish Cup Final, heralding a new age for the club.
In the early 60s Celtic were far from the team they are today. The directors would pick the players, the training lacked discipline, and as a result the team hadn’t won a league title in more than a decade.
Watching his new team suffer a 6-2 defeat to Falkirk in April, 1965, Stein remarked to reporters: “I see now why I’ve been brought here.”
Six weeks later Stein had brought Celtic to the final of the Scottish Cup against Dunfermline, but it was still far from an easy victory. Dunfermline twice strode ahead, forcing the Glasgow side to play catch up, but a late header from Captain Billy McNeill finally took the game 3-2.
Just two years later Stein took Celtic to the European Cup final where they defeated Inter Milan.