There was a profound poignancy rather than exhilaration because Tommy Burns had died a week earlier, with the funeral taking place two days before the game. After the title had been won, the Celtic squad re-emerged in T-shirts bearing his image.
Strachan had a cuppa. ‘I am a tea addict,’ he says. ‘I’ll only drink on special occasions. After that I thought, “Right. It’s been a real hard year.” I wanted to make sure my family were all right because they were at the game. The woman who is always there offered me a cup of tea. Tommy had died. I had to celebrate but I didn’t feel like celebrating. For the staff, it was too much for us.
Strachan would also say that ‘being Tommy’s mate was the best part of joining Celtic’.
From Celtic: A biography in Nine Lives, by Kevin McCarra.