Class of 2004 – The year Martin O’Neill’s Celtic side hit its peak

Martin O’Neill had a terrific five years in charge of Celtic football club. Seven trophies and a run to a European final, great times with some wonderful memories for the Celtic support

That first season in particular, the 2000/2001 season when we swept all before us and clinched an incredible treble. It was the stuff of dreams as Martin led us to a clean sweep of domestic trophies for only the third time in our history, and the club’s first since 1969.

He was of course helped by a quality squad of players including the King of Kings Henrik Larsson who scored a mesmerising 53 goals that campaign. He was aided up top by £6 million man Chris Sutton who also had an impressive season. As did Stan Petrov, Lubo Moravcik, Alan Thomson, Didier Agathe, Neil Lennon and Paul Lambert. Each and everyone of that team played a part in that fantastic season.

The side who won the league double in 2003/2004 just shaded it for me as the best campaign under Martin’s leadership. Yes we won a treble in 2000/2001. Yes we got to a UEFA cup final in 2003, but the 03/04 campaign is when this side peaked, and they were absolutely fantastic. They were fearless, ruthless and played some great football. They had everything.

A season that started with a disappointing goalless draw against Dunfermline at East End Park was followed by a record breaking run of 25 wins on the trot as the league was won in dramatic fashion, amassing an impressive 98 points. We won 31 league games and scored an impressive 105 goals conceding just 25.

We completed a whitewash against Rangers winning every single derby game in the league and one in the Scottish cup, a competition we also won. In Europe we reached the quarter finals of the UEFA cup beating Barcelona in a famous victory in the fourth round.

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