Muted celebrations as Celtic beat Aberdeen to win League Cup

We were at Hampden on Sunday 19 March 2000 for the League Cup Final against Aberdeen.

Following a disastrous season which has seen a Scottish Cup exit to Inverness Caledonian Thistle and the consequent sacking of manager John Barnes, Celtic, under the temporary management of Kenny Dalglish, did at least regain some self respect by winning the Scottish League Cup for the 11th time.

They did this by beating the Dons, a team in even more disarray than Celtic were, 2-0 at Hampden before 50,073 fans. The goals were scored by Vidar Riseth and Tommy Johnson, and this spring day did at least give Celtic fans something to smile about in what was otherwise a grim season.

Celebrations were polite to muted and certainly not what would normally happen when Celtic win a trophy. The Celtic support knew that change was needed. We needed a real manager and one was coming.

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The Celtic Star founder and editor David Faulds has edited numerous Celtic books over the past decade or so including several from Lisbon Lions, Willie Wallace, Tommy Gemmell and Jim Craig. Earliest Celtic memories include a win over East Fife at Celtic Park and the 4-1 League Cup loss to Partick Thistle as a 6 year old. Best game? Easy 4-2, 1979 when Ten Men Won the League. Email

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