Celtic FC was established in Glasgow in 1887, playing its first game in 1888. They have subsequently won the Scottish League title on 42 occasions, the Scottish Cup 35 times, and the Scottish League Cup 14 times. Most prestigiously of all, in 1967 they became the first British club to win the European Cup. They remain the only Scottish side to have done so.
After beating Inter Milan 2-1 in Lisbon, the team of 1967 became known as the Lisbon Lions. Famously, they were all born within a 30-mile radius of Glasgow. Managed by Jock Stein, and captained by Billy McNeill they won every competition they entered in 1966-67; the Scottish league championship, the Scottish FA Cup, the Scottish League Cup and even the Glasgow Cup. Featuring Bobby Lennox at outside left and the legendary Jimmy "Jinky" Johnstone at outside ride, they were rich in talent and application.
The arrival of Stein heralded an incredible period of domination of Scottish football; they won a record nine straight league titles from 1966 to 1974. It wasn't to be equalled until the dominant Rangers side of the late-Eighties and early-Nineties.
The only other side to be held in such affection was the Martin O'Neill team of the early 2000s. They too would earn a nickname, the Bhoys from Seville, after an incredible UEFA Cup final in 2003. An estimated 80,000 Celtic fans travelled to the city, many without tickets, but unfortunately for them they lost a pulsating final 3-2 to Porto.
Both the fans and team acquitted themselves with distinction at the UEFA Cup final, however, not least fans favourite Henrik Larsson, who scored both goals. Larsson has gone down in Celtic history as probably their most popular player. For seven years he wore the green and white hoops with pride, spurning several offers to join more glamorous teams in bigger leagues and opting instead to honour his contract in his adopted homeland. Henrik, or Henke, won four titles in his time at the club, scoring a staggering 242 goals in 315 competitive matches.