It’s a stable part of every close season, the noise from across the city about the quality of the new signings and how they are about to end Celtic’s domination.
Back in 2012 as the journey started at Peterhead the aim was obvious, in June 2012 Lee McCulloch was quite clear with his wish as he told the Daily Record: “I’d make it a personal mission to win back the title from Celtic if we’re still in the SPL – or else help get the club back where they belong.”
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After getting his hands on the 2012 SPL title Scott Brown’s medal collection was getting underway, young winger James Forrest celebrated his first title having played a major role in the dramatic turn around from a 3-0 half-time deficit at Kilmarnock in October 2011.
Baby faced Callum McGregor’s first team debut was still two years away, via a spell at Notts County where Jack Grealish was one one of his team-mates.
With Mikael Lustig now playing in Belgium Forrest and Brown are the only players remaining from the 2011/12 title winning side. The skipper has been a model of consistency, trusted with the armband by successive managers and still delivering the goods from the middle of the park.
After a lull during the Deila years Forrest has roared back, seeing off the challenge of Paddy Roberts and others to take his title winning medal collection to eight by the time of his 28th birthday. Late bloomer McGregor picked up last season’s Celtic Player of the Year award while Forrest was awarded the Scottish PFA and Football Writer’s Award.
Who knows when the current run of domination will end, lets hope it is when veteran Jamesy is old and grey!