Celtic head into 2020 with yet another stunning record to their name

By David Walton

January 1, 2020

As we lick our wounds from Sunday, it’s important to remember just how memorable the past 10 years have been for Celtic Football Club.

Yes, we’ve had our ups and downs. The low of THAT night against St Mirren to THAT night against Barcelona. It’s incredible to think just how much has happened in that period. From Tony Mowbray to Neil Lennon to Ronny Deila to Brendan Rodgers and then back to Lenny – it’s all been one big whirlwind.

Celtic end 2019 having secured 18 competitive trophies in the decade (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, outside of Mowbray, every single manager can look on a period of dominance in Scottish football that has culminated in us chasing nine-in-a-row this season.

Indeed, in total, Celtic have won 18 trophies between the start of 2010 and the end of 2019. That total makes this decade the most successful in the club’s history – eclipsing the incredible 60s period where Jock Stein’s Celts swept all before them.

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How fitting it is that our 18th trophy success came against Rangers too. They’re the side who have always been trying to chase us throughout the decade. It couldn’t have been more appropriate to watch them fail at the beginning of December to halt us from making this the most outright period of success in our history.

It’s been success after success for Celtic (Alan Rennie/Action Plus via Getty Images)

To break it down, Lennon started everything off with three Premier League titles and two Scottish Cups. Ronny Deila would then take over and continue that dominance with two titles and one League Cup.

As we would all accept, it was Rodgers’ era of dominance that really took us streets ahead of the competition. Much of this decade’s high-points has to be put to him, even though his departure is still bitter for us all.

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The current Leicester boss won a grand total of seven trophies including two further Premiership triumphs and back-to-back Scottish and Betfred Cups. Lenny’s completion of the treble-treble matched our record from the 60s, but the Betfred Cup win a few weeks ago has pushed the current decade ahead.

Neil Lennon has pushed Celtic over the line with regards to trophy wins (Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

It’s just a phenomenal achievement from Celtic considering our club’s rich history. The 2000-2010 years only seen us take 14 trophies, and that was despite having the likes of Martin O’Neill and Gordon Strachan in charge. Those years have always been considered trophy-laden for the Hoops.

So even though it’s difficult to shake off what happened on Sunday, we must reflect on our achievements over the last 10 years. The history-makers have only gone and done it again in a superb decade of victories for the club. Here’s hoping we kick of 2020 in a similar manner.