CelticFC

9-in-a-row story pre-order
9-in-a-row-story - pre-order
New Balance Logo
Dafabet Logo Magners Logo
9-in-a-row-story - pre-order
  • Back
  • Show All
  • First Team
  • Reserve Squad
  • Academy
  • Women's Team
  • Commercial
  • Match Reports
  • Tickets
  • Celtic View Button
Celtic TV  Sarajevo no KOthird kit out now9-in-a-row story - pre-orderCeltic CompareFootball For Good Fund
  • Martin's parting gift after five successful years at Paradise

    Martin's parting gift after five successful years at Paradise

    By: Joe Donnelly on 28 May, 2020 12:01

  • ON May 28, 2005, 15 years ago today, Martin O’Neill led Celtic from the dugout in a competitive match for the last time. Fittingly, his side were victorious – beating Dundee United 1-0 at Hampden to clinch the 2005 Scottish Cup.

    The only goal of the final came after 11 minutes, when loanee forward Craig Bellamy was fouled by United defender Alan Archibald wide-right of goal. Alan Thompson stood over the set-piece and, with the likes of Chris Sutton, John Hartson, Stiliyan Petrov and Bobo Balde occupying the penalty area, looked deliver an in-swinging free-kick.

    Instead, he drilled it low, through a mess of bodies, straight into the net. From there, the Hoops forced chance after chance, but were unable to convert. Sutton, an attacking midfielder for the afternoon, missed a late penalty when he slipped, sending his effort high and wide over the crossbar.

    In turn, Thommo’s early goal was enough to ensure Martin O’Neill left Glasgow with yet another trophy – the Irishman’s seventh in five years at Paradise, in a period that saw him guide Celtic to their first European final in over 30 years, and go undefeated at Celtic Park between 2001 and 2004.

    image

    "It's the fans' reaction which has been the most moving aspect of all for me and hopefully I've helped repay them a little with the Scottish Cup,” Martin O’Neill told the Celtic View after his last game in charge. "I can honestly say that I've managed as the fans have seen me. There's certainly been no act there.

    "I've lived the highs with them and really cherished them, and believe me that I've suffered along with them in moments like last Sunday. I think I've given the football club everything I could."

    "To be totally honest, I don't really think the reality of that side of things will sink in until the latter part of the week. The offices are obviously deserted today and there's a strange old feeling to the place, but I'll wager that everything will feel an awful lot stranger for me come Friday or Saturday.

    "Generally, at this time I'd see the players off for the summer and then try to get organised for pre-season and look to bring in one or two players that I'd be interested in. But all that now passes to Gordon and, yes, it probably will be strange to see him taking it all on, even though I'm sure he'll do fantastically well.

    "One day I'm sure I'll wake up and think 'Right, time to go to work' and then realise I don't have a job anymore! That, I think, is when it will really hit me big-time.”

    ad

    Most Read

    • Celtic sign sponsorship deal with Dahua Technology

      Celtic sign sponsorship deal with Dahua Technology

    • Moi’s last-gasp matchwinner fires Celts into Europa playoff round

      Moi’s last-gasp matchwinner fires Celts into Europa playoff round

    • Neil Lennon: We’ll take huge confidence from Riga win into play-off

      Neil Lennon: We’ll take huge confidence from Riga win into play-off

    • Your Pass to Paradise matchday guide for Celtic v Hibernian

      Your Pass to Paradise matchday guide for Celtic v Hibernian

    • Tune into Celtic TV for Europa League action v Riga

      Tune into Celtic TV for Europa League action v Riga