Wim Jansen: Key moments during 12 months as Celtic manager remembered
The man who stopped Rangers from winning ten-in-a-row has passed away aged 75 following a battle with dementia
Following the sad news of Wim Jansen’s death at the age of 75 earlier today, Celtic fans will be reminiscing over what the Dutchman achieved during his year-long spell at the club.
Having been diagnosed with dementia last October, Jansen’s boyhood club Feyenoord confirmed his passing on Tuesday morning, with tributes continuing to pour in for the former Netherlands international.
Jansen famously halted Rangers dominance on Scottish football by stopping their 10-in-a-row bid during the 1997/98 season, leading the Hoops to their first top-flight title in a decade.
Fast forward 25 years and the Parkhead outfit have been on the end of a similar major downfall as Neil Lennon’s side failed at the final hurdle to secure a historic ten-in-a-row triumph last season.
That will have brought a new level of appreciation to the job Jansen did during his solitary campaign at Parkhead.
While his pedigree as a player deserved plenty of praise, Jansen’s management career had been somewhat of an unusual one and many people were uncertain he was the right appointment for the club.
After all, Rangers were at the height of their dominance during the 1990s as their Glasgow rivals toiled and desperately sought to prevent Jock Stein’s nine-in-a-row record being surpassed.
GlasgowWorld reflects on the key moments from Celtic’s 1997/98 campaign that cemented Jansen’s place in club’s history books: