Shirt Fronted with StoppinHO
Celtic away 2006
This week we take a look back at the Celtic away 2006 kit. Interestingly this shirt became the clubs 3rd shirt the following season. Its one of my favourite looking shirts as the design is very traditional and the colours suit the design.
Its made by Nike who where into thier 2nd season relationship with Celtic. The Club sponsor was Carling. Its interesting how many times the old firm clubs have shared the same sponsor. Its a brave company to pledge support for only one of either celtic or rangers amid a competitive marketplace. Such is the competitive nature between Rangers and Celtic, that if a company doesnt plan and execute well the sponsorship that they risk alienating supporters, and in a town as big and rich in football culture and tribalism as Glasgow, this just simply is not a risk worth taking…..imagine your profits being cut in half almost instantly. So Carling did what any company would do…. sponsor both! The carling sponsorship sits on the shirt, Its not printed, rather a puffy felt ironed on logo that is very much touch and feel.
Celtic have often used green and black in many of their kits, but you need to venture back to the 1992-1994 period where they have used both in a vertical striped design, so its been a while since fans had seen this shirt design. The green is a much more darker and bolder green than what we would normally be used to seeing on Celtic shirts, but it really blends well with the black, and the stripes are bold as if a statement is being made. The customary star above the celtic club crest , representing the cup heroic Lisbon lions, is once again present as a reminder of the clubs greatest feat on the European stage.
Celtic entered the season as reigning SPL champions and such was the start and dominance of the team that by mid november and not even a third in the season, Paddy power were paying out celtic as champions of Scotland. They qualified for the Champions league group stage where they faced, Kobenhaven, Benfica and Manchester United. although losing all of thier away games, the flawless home ties saw them progress and face non other than Italian Powerhouse AC Milan. They lost the home and away knockout tie to an injury time goal by the Braizilian Kaka.
Gorden Strachan was in charge of the team, having taken over from previous manager Martin O’Neil who had turned the fortunes of the SPL in Celtics favour. He left due to family matters, in particular his wife who was ill with cancer at the time.
Celtic recruited well that year and signed important players such as club record goal scorer for the season Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink (wish i had a name like that), and Paul Hartley from Hearts. Remember Thomas Graveson, the Danish CDM who had a great year for Everton and transferred to Real Madrid…..well he cost Celtic just 2 million pound from Madrid and soon to be Rangers mainstay Kenny Miller signed, currently at Rangers.
Notable players for that season were Artur Boric, now at Southampton, Dianbobo “bobo” Balde – the Congoleese defender, Alan Thompson, who became a assistant under Strachan, Stilian Petrov, who retired after a distinguished career for Celtic and Aston Villa and a cancer scare, and Neil Lennon, who in years to come would manage the Club to further titles and success.