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Arguably the most successful team in Scottish football history, Celtic FC’s long history began with their formation in 1887.

Never been relegated from the Scottish Premiership, the football club have won the league title 47 times – their last was in the 2015-16 season.

In addition, they have lifted the Scottish Cup trophy 36 times and the Scottish League Cup 15 times.

They have also experienced European glory, winning the UEFA European Cup in the 1966-67 season, while finishing as runners-up in 1969-70. They have never won the UEFA Cup but finished runners-up in 2002-03.

In addition to their numerous trophies, Celtic have also won multiple major titles in one season. They have had a total of 18 doubles, 12 of them winning the League and Scottish Cup in the same year, while the other six as League and League Cup winners.

They have also completed the ‘treble’ three times in their history, winning the League, Scottish Cup and League Cup in the 1966-67, 1968-69 and 2000-01 seasons.

One of the most iconic kits in football, Celtic’s famous green hoops were seen on their socks during their first season. From then they changed it to a vertical white and green hooped top and since 1903 have adopted the horizontal design seen to date.

Though they do not have an official motto, the team can often be heard singing their own rendition of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” during European matches in Celtic Park. It creates an incredible atmosphere that it has lifted the Celtic supporters to be recognized as one of the best in the world.

Their home ground is called Celtic Park and is located at Glasgow. It has a seating capacity of 60,355 and is the largest stadium in Scotland – the seventh largest in the United Kingdom.

Celtic And Rangers FC make up the rivalry known as “The Old Firm”. They have played over 400 matches against each other and have often produced one of the most intense atmospheres in football. Yearly, the match was greatly anticipated and along with the fanfare, security is at its peak to try and avoid negative encounters.
Celtic have many notable players and record holders. Jimmy McGrory holds the distinction of having the most goals across all competitions with 470. He also has the most league and Scottish Cup goals with 396 and 74, respectively.

In his long tenure with the club, McGrory also holds the record for most goals in one season with 56 and the most league goals scored in one game with eight.

Billy McNeill holds the most appearances for the club with 790, also holding the record for Scottish Cup and League Cup appearances with 94 and 138, respectively. Alec McNair tops in League appearances with 583.

As for transfer record fees, the biggest the team have paid to get a player is £6 million. They did that in two occasions with Chris Sutton from Chelsea in 2000 and John Hartson from Coventry City a year later.

For biggest fees received for a player, Victor Wanyama moved to English club Southampton for a record £12.5 million in July 2013.

Scottish League Championship (1892–93, 1893–94, 1895–96, 1897–98, 1904–05, 1905–06, 1906–07, 1907–08, 1908–09, 1909–10, 1913–14, 1914–15, 1915–16, 1916–17, 1918–19, 1921–22, 1925–26, 1935–36, 1937–38, 1953–54, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1976–77, 1978–79, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1997–98, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2003–04, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2011–12, 2012–13, 2013–14, 2014–15, 2015-16)
Scottish Cup (1891–92, 1898–99, 1899–1900, 1903–04, 1906–07, 1907–08, 1910–11, 1911–12, 1913–14, 1922–23, 1924–25, 1926–27, 1930–31, 1932–33, 1936–37, 1950–51, 1953–54, 1964–65, 1966–67, 1968–69, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1976–77, 1979–80, 1984–85, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1994–95, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2010–11, 2012–13)
Scottish League Cup (1956–57, 1957–58, 1965–66, 1966–67, 1967–68, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1974–75, 1982–83, 1997–98, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2005–06, 2008–09, 2014–15)
Drybrough Cup (1974)
UEFA Champions League/ European Cup (1966-67)
UEFA Champions League/European Cup Runners-Up (1969-70)
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