Wim Jansen’s Celtic Players Tributes: “He resurrected the Pride of a wonderful football club”

Celtic’s 1998 league winning captain, Tom Boyd today paid tribute to his former manager, Wim Jansen who sadly passed away today. “He came in,” said Boyd, “did what he had to do again, got the t-shirt and went home”. Watch the Celtic Ambassador’s interview on Celtic TV below.

Despite being part of the Feyenoord team that beat Celtic in the 1970 European Cup Final, Wim Jansen will always hold a special place in the hearts of the hoops faithful. When the club was up against it, trying to stop a financial doping Rangers, it was Wim who stepped in and ensured that the legacy of the Lisbon Lions and Quality Street Gang lived on. For that reason, Wim will always be regarded in heroic terms at Celtic Park.

Having delivered a Scottish League Cup and stopped the ten, Jansen stepped down from his post and took a break from the game. A few years later he undertook a job with a club in Japan and then returned to Feyenoord as a Technical Adviser and latterly as an Assistant Manager. He retired from the game in 2009.

Earlier today Feyenoord broke the sad news that Wim had passed away at the age of 75.

Jonathan Gould has also paid his respects, tweeting: “My Sincere Condolences to Wim’s Family.He breathed life into my own career and I will be eternally thankful for the spirit He and Murdo installed into a fabulous group of players. He resurrected the Pride of a wonderful football club. Thanks Wim,” the former Celtic goalkeeper stated.

Craig Burley also posted his tribute shortly after the sad news of Wim’s passing was announced. “Very sad day today. You delivered one of the most important league titles in the history of Celtic. It was a privilege to play for you boss with this group of players at this club. A most magnificent time that can never be taken away from the memories. RIP Wim Jansen,” the former Celtic midfielder tweeted.

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  1. robert mclaughlin on

    condolences to his family wim you had class as a human being a player & as celtic manager r.i. p.!!