When Brendan Rodgers’ Celtic saw off a spirited Aberdeen side 2-1 in 2016/17’s Scottish Cup final at Hampden Park, the former Liverpool boss accomplished something only two of his predecessors have ever managed: a domestic treble.
The last manager to achieve that feat at Parkhead was B-Rodge’s fellow Northern Irishman, Martin O’Neill, 17 years ago. Inspired by stars such as Henrik Larsson, Johan Mjallby and Lubo Moravcik, the Bhoys’ class of 2000/01 almost broke the 100-points barrier (eventually finishing on 97), bagged both domestic cups and clocked up a 6-2 victory over Rangers. Here’s what the key members of that team are up to now…
GK: Rab Douglas
Former Dundee stopper Douglas was the safe pair of hands that stood between opposition and back of the net during Celtic’s Treble-winning campaign. He displaced Jonathan Gould in the Parkhead goalmouth that season and, although he was cup-tied for the successful League Cup run, Douglas featured at Hampden as the Hoops overcame Hibs to complete a trio of trophies.
Goalkeepers have a habit of refusing to retire and, true to form, the ex-Scotland international only stopped playing in 2018. A disappointing spell at Leicester came hot on the heels of his days in green and white, and loan stays at Millwall, Wycombe Wanderers and Plymouth Argyle followed before he headed back up north to rejoin Dundee. Douglas ended his career with Scottish League One outfit Arbroath, for whom he made his debut in November 2017 at the ripe age of 45.
DF: Tom Boyd
Former Chelsea man Boyd became the first Celtic captain to lift the Scottish Premier League trophy in 10 years when he held it aloft in 1998, a triumph which famously prevented bitter rivals Rangers from securing their 10th championship in a row. Under Martin O’Neill, he retained the armband and operated across the Bhoys’ backline throughout the 2000/01 season.
Capped 72 times for Scotland, Boyd remained with Celtic until the end of his playing days, hanging up his boots in 2003 with three league titles, three League Cups and two Scottish Cups to his name. The ex-defender is still associated with the Scottish champions to this day and is currently an ambassador at Parkhead, working alongside fellow Hoops legends such as Billy McNeill and Davie Hay in this capacity.
DF: Johan Mjallby
Swedish giant Mjallby towered over Scottish football between 1998 and 2004. During the O’Neill era, the Sweden international was a mainstay in central defence, usually featuring on the left-hand side of a back three beside Boyd and Joos Valgaeren. Affectionately known as Big Dolph for his all-action playing style and physical resemblance to compatriot Dolph Lundgren, Mjallby was a fan favourite for the entirety of his Celtic career.
After spells with Levante in Spain, and AIK and Rimbo IF in his homeland, Mjallby returned to Celtic as assistant head coach between 2010 and 2014, working alongside manager Neil Lennon. He has since broken into senior management himself and is currently in charge of FC Stockholm, after a stint with Swedish second-tier outfit Gefle IF in 2018.