Celtic is one of the most followed clubs in Britain. They have a very successful history in which many legendary managers served the club. In this article, we will have a look at some of the greatest Celtic FC managers ever.
Here are the 10 greatest Celtic FC managers ever –
10. Jimmy McGrory (1945–1965)
One of Celtic’s greatest players ever, McGrory spent 15 playing years at the club. He scored 472 goals for Celtic – a club record in 445 games. He later became Celtic’s manager and spent another 20 years with the club he loved.
Jimmy McGrory was appointed as the manager of Celtic in 1945. The high points for McGrory included the Coronation Cup victory in 1953, the Scottish League & Cup double in 1953-54 and the classic League Cup win in 1957, so one great League title, two Cups and 2 League Cup wins have rightly allowed McGrory to retain a certain affection historically as a manager. McGrory was a manager for nearly 20 years before Jock Stein succeeded him in March 1965.
9. David Hay (1983-1987)
As a player David Hay spent 6 years at Celtic. Davie Hay after his playing days were cut short was destined to find some niche in football coaching or management. After Billy McNeil’s departure from Celtic, Davie Hay became a surprise appointment taking in his inexperience aged only 35.
Under him, Celtic won the Scottish Cup in 1985 and the Premier Division in dramatic fashion in 1986. Celtic won their final game 5–0 against St Mirren at Love Street but needed Hearts, who were league leaders and favourites to lift the trophy, to lose to Dundee at Dens Park. Albert Kidd secured the victory for Dundee with two goals and Celtic were crowned champions. After Celtic failed to win a trophy in 1986–87, Hay left Celtic and was replaced by McNeill (2nd spell).
8. Win Jansen [1997-98]
The historical significance of Jansen’s title triumph during the 1997-98 season will never be forgotten. For nine years in a row, Rangers had possessed the Old Firm bragging rights as Celtic failed to dislodge them from the top of the table. However, after replacing Tommy Burns, Jansen would guide Celtic to the league title and prevent Rangers from taking their sustained success into double figures – which would have broken the all-time record in Scotland.
The triumph would be particularly sweet given that the league crown was secured on the final day of the season with a 2-0 win over St Johnstone. As well as lifting the League Cup trophy, Jansen will always be held in high esteem for signing Henrik Larsson for just £650,000. The rest, as they say, is history. He is fondly remembered as one of the greatest Celtic FC managers ever.
7. Brendan Rodgers (2016-2019)
Brendan Rodgers became manager of Celtic in May 2016 and lead Celtic to an undefeated domestic season in his first year at the club, delivering Celtic’s fourth treble in the process. He achieved trebles in both of his first two seasons.
Rodgers did a remarkable job at Celtic, where he was unbeaten for a British record 69 domestic games. He also has the best win % among all the managers who have managed Celtic. He left Celtic for Leicester City in February 2019.