Earlier on Monday, Celtic’s official Twitter account noted the anniversary of perhaps the day that changed Celtic forever.
That was, the appointment of Jock Stein as Celtic manager on this day 55 years ago, in 1965.
— Celtic Football Club (@CelticFC) March 9, 2020
It is not too outlandish to suggest that the appointment of Jock Stein as Celtic manager is one of the most important days in the club’s history.
Put an end to seven-year trophy drought
For a start, only a few months after being appointed, Stein put an end to Celtic’s seven-year trophy drought, winning the 1965 Scottish Cup with a 3-2 win over Dunfermline.
Only one year later, Celtic clinched our first Scottish title in 12 years, and then in 1967, came the biggest honour of them all, the European Cup.
Celtic are arguably still striving to match the feats achieved by Stein’s team. Should the Hoops win the league this season, then it would match the nine titles in a row won by Stein’s Celtic between 1965 and 1974.
Hoops sides will always be compared to Lisbon Lions
Rightly or wrongly, the club’s feats in Europe will always be compared to the legendary Lisbon Lions of 1967, who were one of the best teams in football history, not just in Scottish football history.
It is good to see Celtic recognise the anniversary of the arrival of perhaps one of the most important figures in the club’s history.
The more fans who are reminded of the greatness that Jock Stein brought to Celtic the better. The statue that is outside Celtic Park is of course a reminder, as Stein holds aloft the European Cup.
Hopefully in the 55th anniversary of Stein’s arrival at the club, the current Hoops side can match his feat of nine titles in a row. It would be a fitting tribute.