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10 Greatest Celtic FC Managers Ever

6. Brendan Rodgers (2016-2019 & 2023-present)

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Brendan Rodgers became manager of Celtic in May 2016 and led Celtic to an undefeated domestic season in his first year at the club, delivering Celtic’s fourth treble. He achieved trebles in both of his first two seasons.

Rodgers did a remarkable job at Celtic, unbeaten for a British record 69 domestic games. He left Celtic for Leicester City in February 2019 but returned for a second spell in 2023. During the 2023-24 season, he led the team to a League and Cup double.

5. Gordon Strachan (2005-2009)

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Gordon Strachan succeeded Martin O’Neill as Celtic manager in 2005. His tenure began disastrously with a 5–0 loss to Artmedia Bratislava and a 4–4 draw with Motherwell. The early European exit was a setback, but Celtic improved under Strachan, despite a shock defeat to Clyde in the Scottish Cup. However, a record 8–1 win over Dunfermline Athletic highlighted their potential.

Strachan’s first season ended triumphantly, winning the League Cup and securing the SPL title with six matches to spare. He was named Manager of the Year by the Scottish Football Writers’ Association. Strachan resigned in 2009, having won three league titles, two League Cups, and one Scottish Cup.

4. Billy McNeill (1978-83 & 1987-1991)

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Best known for captaining Celtic to the European Cup triumph in May 1967, Billy later managed the club on two occasions. He first became Celtic’s manager in 1978, taking over from the legendary Jock Stein. In his first season, Celtic won the double of the League Championship and Scottish Cup in the club’s centenary year. This eventful season saw the championship boil down to the last game, where “Ten men won the league.” In an incredible match against Rangers, Celtic, despite being a man down, came from behind to win and seal the league victory at the last moment.

During his tenure, Billy led the club to four league titles, three Scottish Cups, and a League Cup across his two spells. His remarkable achievements and leadership have earned him a place among the greatest managers in Celtic FC’s history. His legacy is defined not only by his tactical prowess but also by his ability to inspire and galvanize the team during crucial moments, solidifying his status as a legendary figure in the club’s storied history.

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