2000–01 Celtic F.C. season

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Celtic
2000–01 season
Chairman Brian Quinn
Manager Martin O'Neill
Ground Celtic Park
Glasgow, Scotland
(Capacity: 60,837)
Scottish Premier League 1st
Scottish Cup Winners
Scottish League Cup Winners
UEFA Cup Second round
Top goalscorer League:
Henrik Larsson (35)
All:
Henrik Larsson (53)
Highest home attendance 60,440 (vs St. Mirren,
7 April 2001)
Lowest home attendance 31,940 (vs Dunfermline Athletic,
7 March 2001)
Home colours

Celtic played the season 2000–01 in the Scottish Premier League. Martin O'Neill became manager and Celtic won a domestic treble of the three major Scottish trophies: the Scottish League Cup,[1] the Scottish Premier League trophy[2] and the Scottish FA Challenge Cup.[3]

Review and events[edit]

Management[edit]

Following the departure of John Barnes in February 2000,[4] Martin O'Neill was appointed as manager of Celtic in June 2000.[5] Kenny Dalglish, who was director of football at Celtic, left the club soon after.[6] John Robertson and Steve Walford followed O'Neill from Leicester City to be assistant manager and coach.[7]

Transfers[edit]

O'Neill's first signing was striker Chris Sutton from Chelsea for a Scottish record transfer of £6 million in July 2000,[8] followed by Belgian international defender Joos Valgaeren from Roda JC for a fee of £3.8 million.[9] Alan Thompson and Didier Agathe joined Celtic in September. Thompson joined from Aston Villa for a fee of £2.75 million while Agathe joined from Hibernian for a nominal fee.[10] Goalkeeper Rab Douglas was brought in from Dundee in October for £1.2 million[11] and Neil Lennon joined in December 2000 from Leicester City for £5.75 million.[12] Mark Viduka was transferred out to Leeds United in July 2000 for a fee of £6 million.[13]

League campaign[edit]

Celtic started their league campaign by going undefeated in 16 games until a heavy defeat to Rangers in November 2000. They lost only two more games, both in May after the league title had been secured. They won the Scottish Premier League with a victory over St. Mirren in April, receiving the trophy two weeks later after a 1–0 home win over Hearts,[2] having finished 15 points clear of the runner-up, Rangers, with 97 points.[14] Striker Henrik Larsson scored 53 goals to set a new Scottish scoring record for a single season.[15]

Key games were:[16]

  • Dundee United 1-2 Celtic (30 July). The opening game of the season which set the standard for the rest of the season.
  • Celtic 6-2 Rangers (27 August). The biggest win over rivals Rangers since the Scottish Cup Final in 1957.
  • Aberdeen 1-1 Celtic (1 October). An eight-match winning start to the season ended at Aberdeen but a late equaliser secured a point for Celtic.
  • Hibernian 0-0 Celtic (29 November). Celtic ground out a draw after a heavy defeat to Rangers the previous week threatened to derail their season.
  • Dundee 1-2 Celtic (10 December). Celtic snatched all the points with a last minute winner despite being out-played for much of the match.
  • Celtic 1-0 Rangers (11 February). A narrow win for Celtic was enough to prevent Rangers from resurrecting their title challenge.
  • Rangers 0-3 Celtic (29 April). Celtic's first win at Ibrox for six and a half years.

Cup competitions[edit]

Celtic beat Raith Rovers, Hearts and Rangers on the way to the Scottish League Cup final at Hampden Park in March 2001. They won the trophy, beating Kilmarnock 3-0 through a second-half hat-trick by Henrik Larsson despite going down to ten men after Chris Sutton was sent off.[1]

In the Scottish Cup, Celtic beat Stranraer, Dunfermline after a replay, Hearts and Dundee United to reach the final in May 2001, where they beat Hibernian 3-0 with a goal from Jackie McNamara and two goals from Henrik Larsson to complete a domestic treble.[17]

European campaign[edit]

Celtic had qualified for the UEFA Cup and began their campaign with an 11-0 aggregate win over Jeunesse Esch from Luxembourg in August 2000.[18] A Chris Sutton goal in extra-time in the away leg was enough to see Celtic through the next round 3-2 on aggregate against HJK Helsinki the following month.[19] They were knocked out in the third round of the competition by Girondins de Bordeaux 2-3 on aggregate despite dominating the second leg in Bordeaux.[20]

Competitions[edit]

Legend[edit]

Win Draw Loss

Scottish Premier League[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result
(Celtic
score first)
Scorers Attendance Match report
30 July 2000 – 18:05 Dundee United Away 2–1 Larsson, Sutton 11,761 BBC Sport
5 August 2000 – 15:00 Motherwell Home 1–0 Petrov 58,534 BBC Sport
13 August 2000 – 15:00 Kilmarnock Home 2–1 Larsson, Johnson 58,054 BBC Sport
19 August 2000 – 15:00 Heart of Midlothian Away 4–2 Sutton (2), Larsson, Moravcik 16,744 BBC Sport
27 August 2000 – 13:00 Rangers Home 6–2 Sutton (2), Petrov, Lambert, Larsson (2) 59,476 BBC Sport
9 September 2000 – 15:00 Hibernian Home 3–0 Larsson (2), Burchill 60,091 BBC Sport
18 September 2000 – 20:00 Dunfermline Athletic Away 2–1 Larsson (2) 9,493 BBC Sport
23 September 2000 – 15:00 Dundee Home 1–0 Petrov 59,694 BBC Sport
1 October 2000 – 15:00 Aberdeen Away 1–1 Larsson 18,239 BBC Sport
14 October 2000 – 15:00 St. Mirren Home 2–0 Sutton, Larsson 60,002 BBC Sport
17 October 2000 – 19:45 St. Johnstone Away 2–0 Valgaeren, Larsson 8,946 BBC Sport
21 October 2000 – 15:00 Dundee United Home 2–1 Larsson, Thompson 59,427 BBC Sport
29 October 2000 – 18:05 Motherwell Away 3–3 Mjallby, Valgaeren, McNamara 10,820 BBC Sport
5 November 2000 – 14:35 Kilmarnock Away 1–0 Thompson 13,417 BBC Sport
12 November 2000 – 15:00 St. Johnstone Home 4–1 Sutton, Larsson (2), Moravcik 57,137 BBC Sport
18 November 2000 – 15:00 Heart of Midlothian Home 6–1 Valgaeren, Moravcik, Larsson (2), Mjallby, Petrov 59,813 BBC Sport
26 November 2000 – 13:00 Rangers Away 1–5 Larsson 50,083 BBC Sport
29 November 2000 – 19:45 Hibernian Away 0–0 14,939 BBC Sport
2 December 2000 – 15:00 Dunfermline Athletic Home 3–1 Moravcik, Larsson, Johnson 59,244 BBC Sport
16 December 2000 – 15:00 Aberdeen Home 6–0 Larsson (3), Vega (2), Smith 60,013 BBC Sport
23 December 2000 – 15:00 St. Mirren Away 2–0 Agathe, Larsson 9,487 BBC Sport
26 December 2000 – 15:00 Dundee United Away 4–0 Larsson, Sutton (2), Petrov 12,306 BBC Sport
2 January 2001 – 15:00 Kilmarnock Home 6–0 Sutton (2), Larsson (4) 59,380 BBC Sport
4 February 2001 – 18:05 Heart of Midlothian Away 3–0 Larsson (3) 13,077 BBC Sport
11 February 2001 – 13:15 Rangers Home 1–0 Thompson 59,496 BBC Sport
21 February 2001 – 19:45 Motherwell Home 1–0 Moravcik 58,880 BBC Sport
25 February 2001 – 18:05 Hibernian Home 1–1 Mjallby 60,063 BBC Sport
4 March 2001 – 14:35 Dunfermline Athletic Away 3–0 Petrov, Larsson, Lennon 9,096 BBC Sport
14 March 2001 – 20:00 St. Johnstone Away 2–1 Johnson, Larsson 8,993 BBC Sport
1 April 2001 – 18:05 Aberdeen Away 1–0 Agathe 16,067 BBC Sport
4 April 2001 – 19:45 Dundee Home 2–1 Johnson, Mjallby 59,562 BBC Sport
7 April 2001 – 12:55 St. Mirren Home 1–0 Johnson 60,440 BBC Sport
22 April 2001 – 18:05 Heart of Midlothian Home 1–0 Moravcik 59,298 BBC Sport
29 April 2001 – 13:00 Rangers Away 3–0 Moravcik (2), Larsson 50,057 BBC Sport
6 May 2001 – 15:00 Hibernian Away 5–2 McNamara (2), Larsson, Stubbs, Moravcik 8,728 BBC Sport
13 May 2001 – 15:00 Dundee Home 0–2 59,435 BBC Sport
20 May 2001 – 15:00 Kilmarnock Away 0–1 12,675 BBC Sport

Scottish League Cup[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result
(Celtic
score first)
Scorers Attendance Match report
5 September 2000 – 19:450 Raith Rovers00 Home 4–0 Sutton, Johnson (2), Thompson 32,307 BBC Sport
1 November 2000 – 19:35 Heart of Midlothian Away 5–2 Crainey, Smith, Healy, Moravcik, McNamara0000 13,076 BBC Sport
7 February 2001 – 19:45 Rangers Neutral 3–1 Sutton, Larsson (2) 50,000 BBC Sport
18 March 2001 – 15:00 Kilmarnock Neutral 3–0 Larsson (3) 48,830 BBC Sport

Scottish Cup[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result
(Celtic
score first)
Scorers Attendance Match report
28 January 2001 – 18:05 Stranraer Away 4–1 Valgaeren, McNamara, Knox o.g., Moravcik00000 5,600 BBC Sport
17 February 2001 – 15:0000 Dunfermline Athletic Away 2–2 Larsson (2) 11,222 BBC Sport
7 March 2001 – 19:45 Dunfermline Athletic Home 4–1 Vega (2), Larsson (2) 31,940 BBC Sport
11 March 2001 – 14:35 Heart of Midlothian Home 1–0 Larsson 34,672 BBC Sport
15 April 2001 – 14:00 Dundee United Neutral 3–1 Larsson (2), McNamara 38,699 BBC Sport
26 May 2001 – 15:00 Hibernian Neutral 3–0 McNamara, Larsson (2) 51,824 BBC Sport

UEFA Cup[edit]

Date Opponent Venue Result
(Celtic
score first)
Scorers Attendance Match report
10 August 2000 – 19:45 Jeunesse Esch Away 4–0 Moravcik (2), Larsson, Petta - BBC Sport
24 August 2000 – 19:45 Jeunesse Esch Home 7–0 Burchill (3), Berkovic (2), Riseth, Petrov00000000 40,282 BBC Sport
14 September 2000 – 19:45 HJK Helsinki Home 2–0 Larsson (2) 40,544 BBC Sport
28 September 2000 – 17:00 HJK Helsinki Away 1–2 Sutton 6,530 BBC Sport
26 October 2000 – 19:45 Bordeaux Away 1–1 Larsson 21,318 BBC Sport
9 November 2000 – 19:45 Bordeaux Home 1–2 Moravcik 51,242 BBC Sport

Player details[edit]

List of squad players, including number of appearances by competition

No. Nat Pos Player Total Premier League Scottish Cup League Cup UEFA Cup
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
38 Scotland GK Barry John Corr 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
20 Scotland GK Rab Douglas 28 0 22 0 6 0 0 0 0 0
1 Scotland GK Jonathan Gould 24 0 15 0 3 0 0 0 6 0
21 Scotland GK Stewart Kerr 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
23 Russia GK Dmitri Kharin 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2 Scotland DF Thomas Boyd 44 0 21+9 0 2+3 0 2+2 0 4+1 0
40 Scotland DF Stephen Crainey 5 1 0+2 0 0+1 0 1+1 1 0 0
3 France DF Stéphane Mahé 13 0 7+3 0 0 0 1 0 2 0
4 Scotland DF Jackie McNamara 42 7 18+12 3 2+2 3 3 1 5 0
35 Sweden DF Johan Mjällby 48 4 30+5 4 4+1 0 2 0 6 0
31 Brazil DF Rafael Scheidt 2 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 1 0
6 England DF Alan Stubbs 12 1 7+4 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
16 Ivory Coast DF Olivier Tébily 7 0 2+2 0 0+1 0 0+1 0 1 0
5 Belgium DF Joos Valgaeren 49 4 35 3 6 1 3 0 5 0
36 Switzerland DF Ramon Vega 26 4 18 2 6 2 2 0 0 0
17 France MF Didier Agathe 35 3 26+1 3 6 0 0 0 2 0
10 Israel MF Eyal Berkovic 9 3 2+2 0 0 0 0+1 0 2+2 3
34 Scotland MF Mark Fotheringham 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
24 Republic of Ireland MF Colin Healy 21 1 4+8 0 0 0 3 1 1+5 0
39 Scotland MF Jamie Smith 9 2 2+5 1 0 0 1+1 1 0 0
14 Scotland MF Paul Lambert 40 1 27 1 4+2 0 2 0 5 0
18 Northern Ireland MF Neil Lennon 25 1 17 1 6 0 2 0 0 0
43 Republic of Ireland MF Liam Miller 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0
25 Slovakia MF Ľubomír Moravčík 40 14 16+11 9 4+1 1 2+1 1 4+1 3
19 Bulgaria MF Stilian Petrov 38 7 27+1 7 1+2 0 1+1 0 4+1 0
15 Netherlands MF Bobby Petta 31 1 20 0 2 0 2+2 0 5 1
30 Norway MF Vidar Riseth 5 1 0+1 0 0 0 1 0 2+1 1
26 Scotland MF Paul Shields 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
8 England MF Alan Thompson 32 3 29+1 3 1 0 1 0 0 0
27 Scotland FW Mark Burchill 4 4 0+2 1 0 0 1 0 1 3
12 England FW Tommy Johnson 25 7 9+7 5 1+3 0 2+1 2 0+2 0
7 Sweden FW Henrik Larsson 50 53 37 35 6 9 2 5 5 4
32 Canada FW Simon Lynch 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
29 Scotland FW Shaun Maloney 5 0 1+3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0
9 England FW Chris Sutton 35 14 24 11 4 0 3 2 4 1

NB: Players with a zero in every column only appeared as unused substitutes

Transfers[edit]

Players in[edit]

Player From Fee
England Chris Sutton England Chelsea £6,000,000[21]
Belgium Joos Valgaeren Netherlands Roda JC £3,700,000[21]
England Alan Thompson England Aston Villa £2,750,000
France Didier Agathe Scotland Hibernian £50,000
Scotland Rab Douglas Scotland Dundee £1,200,000
Northern Ireland Neil Lennon England Leicester City £5,750,000
Switzerland Ramon Vega England Tottenham Hotspur Loan
England Troy Douglin England Torquay United Loan

Players out[edit]

Player To Fee
Australia Mark Viduka England Leeds United £6,000,000[21]
Norway Vidar Riseth Germany 1860 Munich Loan
£975,000.
Brazil Rafael Scheidt Brazil Corinthians Loan
Scotland Mark Burchill England Birmingham City
England Ipswich Town
Loan
Loan
Scotland Paul Shields Scotland Albion Rovers Loan
Israel Eyal Berkovic England Blackburn Rovers Loan
Scotland Brian McColligan Scotland Stenhousemuir Loan
Scotland Barry John Corr Scotland Queen's Park Loan
Scotland Liam Keogh Scotland Forfar Athletic Loan
Denmark Marc Rieper Released

Team kit[edit]

2000-01 home colours

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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