Former Celtic great Peter Grant has disclosed what impresses him most about the current Hoops side, reports the BBC Scottish Football podcast.
Grant won a host of trophies with Celtic in the 1980s, including two league titles. He was particularly impressed with the ‘character’ shown by the Hoops in their recent 2-1 win over St Mirren.
“They’ve got a lot of character”
“Celtic have got players that have been over the course many, many times. People say the performance the other night wasn’t great, still managed to get a win coming from behind, I think that shows character, they’ve got a look of character within the group” Grant said (18/09/20, 52:39).
The mark of a title winning side is managing to win games when you don’t play well. Celtic managed to do that against St Mirren. The Celtic sides which Grant played in which were successful often managed to pull off wins despite playing poorly. That happened on a fairly regular basis in the Centenary season of 1987-88.
If you compare the Celtic sides to the ones Grant played in to the current side, then there is no comparison between which squad of players has been the most successful.
Current Hoops run is unprecedented
Celtic’s current run of 11 domestic trophies won in a row is unprecedented. Even the great Celtic teams of the 1960s and 70s never managed to do that. The team of the 80s would have loved to have more success. However, circumstances were different for all those eras of the game.
The Hoops had more competition in the 1980s for a start. However, that shouldn’t take away from the current Celtic side’s remarkable consistency.
Grant will have seen echoes of what was good about the Celtic teams he played in, in the current Hoops side. The will to win and never say die spirit for a start. All good Celtic sides have had that. This Hoops side arguably has it more than any other since the 1960s.
As a well-known Celtic fan, the current Alloa boss will be hoping to see the current Hoops side achieve the holy grail of 10 in a row. If Celtic keep showing the ‘character’ Grant has identified, there’s no reason why this can’t happen.