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IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JOCK STEIN

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BRENDAN RODGERS is following in the footsteps of Celtic’s legendary manager Jock Stein.

The Hoops boss celebrated his first title victory with the 5-0 win over Hearts at Tynecastle on Sunday.

Remarkably, Stein lifted nine successive crowns away from home.

The iconic team chief won nine championships from 1966 to 1974 – and NOT ONE of them was clinched at Parkhead.

The first of the world record-equalling run kicked off with a 1-0 victory over Motherwell at Fir Park in season 1966/67.

Bobby Lennox got the only goal of the game in the last minute to give the Hoops their first flag triumph in 12 years.

A year later Celtic retained their title with a 2-2 draw against Rangers at Ibrox where Jimmy Johnstone scored both their goals.

The Glasgow giants completed the hat-trick in season 1967/68 when they beat Dunfermline 2-1 at East End Park with both goals from Bobby Lennox on another dramatic occasion.

A year later Tommy Gemmell was on target to make sure title No.4 was heading back to the east end of Glasgow when he thundered in a typical effort in a 2-2 draw with Kilmarnock at Rugby Park.

A point in a goalless draw against Hearts at Tynecastle in 1970 was enough to give Stein’s great team flag No. 5.

The sixth consecutive title was clinched at Hampden Park with Celtic Park under reconstruction.

Goals from Bobby Lennox and Willie Wallace were enough to defeat Ayr United 2-0 at the national stadium.

The magnificent seven was completed with four games still to play.

Celtic beat East Fife 3-0 at Methil with goals from Dixie Deans (2) and Harry Hood.

Kenny Dalglish spearheaded that attack when the Hoops enjoyed an eightsome reel, beating Hibs 3-0 at Easter Road on the last day of the 1972/73 campaign.

Dalglish was on target and Deans netted two more in a flag day romp in the capital.

A 1-1 draw against Falkirk at Brockville brought the ninth successive- and brought down the curtain on a period of domination in Scottish football.

Dalglish was the marksman with three league matches of the term still to play. Ironically, Stein’s men failed to win any of them – drawing with Aberdeen (0-0) and Morton twice (1-1 and 0-0).

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