This retro Celtic shirt is so good it needs to make a comeback

This Celtic shirt may bring back painful memories for fans but it’s still an absolute beauty.

Since 2000, they have dominated the Scottish league, winning 11 titles (soon to be 12) from a possible 18 (soon to be 19).

Although the absence of any genuine competition from Rangers in recent seasons might have made things slightly easier, back in 2004, Celtic were a hugely exciting side to watch.


They had signed Juninho from Middlesbrough in the summer, and were defending the title.

Celtic looked nailed on to keep their crown that season, with Chris Sutton putting them ahead on the final day against Motherwell. But, in a painful turn of events, they conceded two late goals to hand bitter rivals Rangers the title, who won their game 1-0 at Easter Road.

Although they would eventually lose out to Rangers that season, it was a Celtic side with some scintillating talent.

Juninho in the playmaker role, John Hartson banging goals in for fun, Alan Thompson and Neil Lennon shoring things up, and Sutton and Stylian Petrov bringing some more class to the table.


The loss of Henrik Larsson in the summer to Barcelona was always going to be a struggle. The great Swede had netted 30 league goals the season before, 40 in all competitions.

What Celtic did have, was a sublime, minimalist home kit.

The Umbro-made, Carling-sponsored kit was a simplistic feast for the eyes. The classic green-and-white hoops shone bright that season, even if Martin O’Neill’s side did fall short in the end.

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One thought on “This retro Celtic shirt is so good it needs to make a comeback

  1. Hated that shirt. Only one I didn’t but in the last 30 years (bought it recently from eBay to complete my collection). And you clearly didn’t watch much of Celtic in 04/05 because they were rubbish. Juninho was a massive failure.
    Celtic are far more entertaining this season, and who cares if ra***rs are there or not.
    Ra***rs offered no genuine challenge in 00/01, 01/02, 03/04, 05/06, & 06/07 even though they were financially doping and cheating with EBTs and not paying tax.

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