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“No it’s not a wind-up” – Celtic’s underrated 2021/22 side chased down Rangers to win 10th title in 11 years

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 10:25, 12 May 2022

Celtic were crowned Scottish champions after playing out a 1-1 draw at Dundee United on Wednesday evening.

Ange Postecoglou’s men required one point against The Terrors to clinch a 10th title across the past 11 seasons and 52nd overall. Giorgos Giakoumakis, who joined from VVV-Venlo last summer, netted his 11th of the season to put the visitors in front shortly after half-time but Dylan Levitt would equalise 18 minutes from the end.

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By seeing the game out Celtic completed a sensational comeback on two fronts. Last season the Hoops finished 25 points behind eternal rivals and neighbours Rangers though with one game remaining this season their lead is four points which is a far cry from where they were heading into 2022.

Back then Celtic trailed the Gers by six points albeit their position was healthy compared to the start of October when Postecoglou’s side were in sixth place. The former Australian national team manager somewhat struggled in his new surroundings after picking up just three wins and three losses from his opening seven outings.

Naturally there were questions being asked about his appointment, but those quickly disappeared after Celtic put together a 27-game unbeaten run, which they can extend at home against Motherwell on May 14. Among those matches 23 ended in victory including two Old Firm derby successes. Postecoglou subsequently joins an exclusive group. He’s the 12th different manager to guide Celtic to domestic championship glory.

“It’s been a hell of a season,” Postecoglou told BBC Scotland.

“Our starting point was a fair way back and the way this group of players and staff has risen to the challenge – I couldn’t be more proud. What it means for our supporters is unbelievable.

“It’s fairly overwhelming. It’s taken every ounce of me to get us where we are and when you get to the finish line, you just want to collapse. You realise just how much everyone has put into it.”

Among those highlighted was skipper Callum McGregor who succeeded long-serving and influential midfielder Scott Brown last year.

“Callum’s technique is underrated,” former Scotland forward James McFadden told BBC Sport of captain McGregor, who has also become a mainstay in Steve Clarke’s Scotland national team. “In fact, he’s underrated in general. He’s absorbed the Celtic captaincy and is continually growing into it.

“He’s only getting better as a player as well. Maybe he’s now finally getting the recognition he deserves in a Scotland top. He’s made himself a vital part of Clarke’s team.”