Former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan thinks that the current Hoops side are playing with far more freedom and play better football than his side which won the title in 2008 did, the Daily Record reports.

Strachan’s Celtic side of 2008 clinched the title after an epic, nip and tuck title battle with Rangers. At one stage it looked as if that could happen this season, but Neil Lennon’s team have raced clear at the top of the Premiership table.

Strachan has saluted the football that the current Hoops side are playing, he thinks it displays different qualities than the football played by his Hoops team.

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Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink scores for Celtic at Tannadice

Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink scores for Celtic at Tannadice / (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

“It was sheer grit, determination and character that won us that title. We were playing in rotten weather and bad pitches, and we just had to keep digging out results” Strachan said, as reported by the Daily Record.

“A level you really wouldn’t expect”

“That’s the difference with this Celtic side, they have been playing football of a level that you really wouldn’t expect from a team in the thick of a title fight” he concluded.

 

The Celtic team in 2008 had some very talented players in it, Aiden McGeady, Shunuske Nakamura, and Artur Boruc to name but three.

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Ryan Christie and Odsonne Edouard celebrate a Celtic goal

Ryan Christie and Odsonne Edouard celebrate a Celtic goal (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

However, as Strachan indicates, the current Celtic side play with far more freedom and expression. It helps when you have players like Odsonne Edouard, Ryan Christie and James Forrest in great form.

Both teams have a will to win

One thing that both teams do have in common though is a will to win. Perhaps that is not surprising when you consider that Neil Lennon was part of Strachan’s backroom staff in 2008, and now of course is the Hoops manager.

That will to win drove the Hoops to the title in 2008 when all seemed lost. It has propelled the current Celtic side to a 12 point lead when at one stage it looked as if there was going to be a close title race.

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