“The players were absolutely brilliant and magnificent and the supporters were brilliant and both together we had a special day.
“There is not a training group in Britain that is working as hard as these players and they are getting their rewards for it.
“This feels very special.
“We set out to do the very best we could this season and how it has transpired has been absolutely phenomenal.
“It is an incredible privilege and I am immensely proud to manage the club.”
“He was an incredible player. He was absolutely phenomenal player for Celtic.
“He could pass, he could create goals and score goals and he possessed real skill and quality.
“He also had loyalty to Celtic. You always heard of him being linked with other clubs, but he knew he was in a good place.
“He was a fantastic player.”
Rodgers also confessed that the 2-1 Scottish Cup Final win over Dundee United in the eighties made him go wild with joy as a young Hoops fan.
He added: “I think the one memory that sticks out for me when I lost it as a Celtic supporter was the Scottish Cup Final win in 1985 when we beat Dundee United’
“It looked like the game was dead, but we won the Cup with two late goals from Davie Provan and Frank McGarvey.”
Why Henrik Larsson is the Best Celtic Player Ever
There have been many great players for Celtic over the years. Kenny Dalglish, Bobby Lennox, Jimmy Johnstone, Jimmy McGrory are all club legends. And players such as Paul McStay, Tommy Burns, Scott Brown, Kieran Tierney and Moussa Dembele are some of the more recent Celtic players to have earned hero status at Parkhead.
However, there is only one player who can be chosen as the best ever Celtic player, and that player is Henrik Larsson. The legendary Swede had all that you can ask from a striker. His name is music to Celtic fans’ ears just like Bet365 2017 bonus code is the melodic phrase that punters like to hear.
Here we will look at the stats, numbers and characteristics that made Henrik Larsson such a legend among Celtic fans and which cemented his place in Scottish football history.
Trophies and Awards
When the Swedish international was bought from Feyenord for £650,000 in 1997, it was fair to say that fans expected to see good performances from the new arrival, but didn’t expect that Larsson will become such a sensational signing.
The number of titles and awards that he collected during his stay in Glasgow speaks volumes about the success that he had on the pitch. In fact, his time with Celtic coincides with a period in which both Celtic and Rangers had formidable sides and any title which was won ahead of the city rival represented a great coup.
In the seven years that the Swede spent with Celtic he won four Scottish Premier League titles two Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups. Out of the seven seasons he spent in Glasgow he was a top goal scorer in the SPL in five.
In fact, one of the two seasons in which he didn’t win the Scottish Golden Boot was 1999-2000, most of which he was sidelined with a broken leg. In the next season however, he came back in full glory and managed to win the European Golden Boot.
One of the attributes which made Larsson different from his contemporaries was his work rate. Great players, especially strikers, often wait for others to create opportunities for them and do only the defensive work that the coach obliges them to do.
However, Larsson was nothing like that. Rangers’ manager Dick Advocaat once said that Larsson was one of the best strikers in Europe, and maybe in the world, simply because, besides being a good player and goal scorer, he had a tremendous work rate.
One of the reasons why Larsson went on to play for Barcelona and Manchester United was his strike to goal ratio. He was one of the most deadly finishers of his generation.
In the six seasons in which he was healthy, he scored an average of 38.3 goals per season for Celtic, and had 0.77 goals per match during his stay with the Bhoys, making him one of the most accurate shooters in the world.