Alan Stubbs reveals 'biggest strength' of legendary one in a row Celtic title winners
Former Celtic defender Alan Stubbs has revealed what he feels was the ‘biggest strength’ of the Hoops team which won the club’s first title in ten years in 1998.
A squad containing the likes of Henrik Larsson, Paul Lambert and Craig Burley managed to hold off a Rangers side that were going for an unprecedented tenth title in a row.
Stubbs believes that the Hoops always had the togetherness to win the title, even if Rangers had the better players.
“There was always a feeling with the quality that we had that we could beat them. But we always knew in the back of our minds that Rangers probably had the edge in terms of overall quality.” Stubbs said, as quoted by Open Goal.
“It was a brilliant season. We had a fantastic dressing room in terms of team spirit and that was our biggest strength that season.”
Stubbs’ finest moment of the season came when his last minute equaliser gained the Hoops a point when they looked to be heading to defeat at Celtic Park against Rangers in a game which ended 1-1.
The point seemed to galvanise Wim Jansen’s side, who defeated the Ibrox side 2-0 in the New Year derby and they eventually ended up winning the title on the last day of the season as a 2-0 win over St Johnstone helped the Hoops pip Rangers to the league title.
Jansen left the next day after he used a clause in his contract to secure his exit from the newly crowned champions.
Stubbs battled back from a serious illness before winning another title with the Hoops in 2001, before leaving to join boyhood heroes Everton.
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