Inside Celtic’s final win at Tannadice as nights worry and helicopters spin as opposed to a stroll to the headlines

15 May 2022 | 08:05 | Football

Paul Hartley recalls a tense night earlier Celtic last won a title at Tannadice.

But the former Parkhead star believes a variety of circumstances will alleviate any feelings of stress that are unlikely. Ange Postecoglou’s team tomorrow on Tayside.

Celtic is just going home and dry. Without that ridiculous mathematical change in goal difference, Postecoglou’s team could lose Dundee United and then again went to Motherwell on Saturday and still crossed the line.

However, they want to ensure Quyt’s home form and comfortable position is a far cry from Hartley and his teammates 14 years ago.

Gordon Strachan’s The men go north for the final game of campaign levels on points with Rangers.

While goal difference was in their favor back then, Celtic knew that not being able to win could have disastrous consequences.

In the end, they were clear. Team Ibrox, like the term, was in that season’s Europa League Final against Zenit St Petersburg, having been defeated in Aberdeen.

And when Hartley hit a precise corner into the head of Hesselink’s Jan Vennegoor to take home the Parkhead win of the night with Walter Smith’s Light Blues being scored in Granite City, it was all over.

Hartley recalled the evening vividly. He recalled the scene where the helicopter flew over the stadium en route to deliver silverware.

He recalls the sheer emotion that accompanies the celebrations as players, staff and the club dedicate victory to club legend Tommy Burns, who sadly passed away in the days leading up to the game. fight.

Hartley also recalls the tension as he said: “It was a very nervous night. It was a Thursday and we went there knowing we had to win the game.

“Rangers was at Pittodrie and we went to Tannadice with the feeling that we had to get a result.

“Honestly, the game is suitable for building because that is also stressful. They had a few chances and we had a few.

Hesselink’s Jan Vennegoor scored in 2008

“Obviously, we got our breakthrough with Jan and it was an unbelievable night in the end and then.

“I can remember in the final stages of the game seeing the helicopter fly over Tannadice.

“At that time, not long after Jan scored, you could tell it was going our way.

“Tommy apparently passed away not too long ago and we had the t-shirt remodeled. It was a special evening for all of us, a victory for him and for his memory.

“It’s hard to imagine that was 14 years ago. It’s a game you’ll always remember and won’t forget.

“I would say it will be different for the Celtic players this time around before the game because of their total points and goal difference.

“Back in 2008, it was the last game of the season.

“But the location and the reward are the same. Our team won it at Tannadice back then and now the current team can do it again.”

Celtic are about to cross the street before they board the bus to Dundee, but Postecoglou won’t stop.

The Australians want their troops to go strong across the finish line and a third straight win at Tannadice this term will ensure they do.

Hartley, who has enjoyed success of his own this year by winning titles and securing championship promotion with Cove Rangers, is an admirer of the way the Parkhead boss goes about his business.

“The manager was very impressed,” he said. He never seems to change his approach to the media and I like his playing style.

“It hasn’t been an easy start for him and I don’t think people give him much of a chance when he comes in. Everyone wanted a name and most hadn’t heard of him.

“But he played really well and the way his team played the game was fantastic, but it was his style that was so impressive when he spoke in front of a crowd.

“It was the pinnacle. I really enjoyed listening to him. His signings are good and he hasn’t really had any setbacks.

“A lot of people have come to appreciate him and the fact that he won Manager of the Year says that about his team and his demeanor. It’s been a great season for him and Celtic considering the position from where he and they started. ”

Mark Wilson is another Celtic star from 2008, who believes Postecoglou’s men will get the job done in style.

The former left-back, who replaced Lee Naylor shortly after Hesselink’s Vennegoor scored, believes the way Aussie’s side blew Hearts away last weekend showed their intentions.

He told Sky: “If you were a Celtic player after Saturday you would think that’s the job done.

“But it will be on Wednesday night at Tannadice. A good surface for Celtic in the past.


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“I was lucky enough to win a championship there and you don’t see them slide.

“When they play at that pace with intensity and their top players show up during the day, they are a force to be reckoned with and Ange Postecoglou will demand exactly the same standards on Wednesday night. .

“He is a manager who demands the highest standards, even sometimes in meaningless games, and I think on Saturday 60,000 Celtic fans were looking for a performance and transcended the world. term and the players did not disappoint.”

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