Wim's Boys Are the New Lions but Gers Are Toothless Tigers; SAY CELTIC LEGENDS JIMMY JOHNSTONE AND SEAN FALLON

By Grahame, Ewing | Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland), March 11, 1998 | Go to article overview

Wim's Boys Are the New Lions but Gers Are Toothless Tigers; SAY CELTIC LEGENDS JIMMY JOHNSTONE AND SEAN FALLON


Grahame, Ewing, Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)


Jimmy Johnstone reckons Celtic AND Rangers remind him of the legendary Parkhead side that swept all before them under Jock Stein.

But while Hoops hero Jinky believes Wim Jansen's men are shaping up as the Lisbon Lions Mark II, he thinks Rangers are more like the Bhoys who fell to pieces in their 10 in a row bid back in 1975.

Former wing wizard Johnstone and Stein's No.2 Sean Fallon don't need any prompting to talk about the greatest Celtic team of all time.

They got together at Parkhead yesterday with modern-day idol Jackie McNamara at the launch of the Mourne Mountain Ramblers' Forever Celtic EP.

Jinky said: "This Celtic side have a great team spirit and that's very important. When you're winning everything's easy and that's exactly what it was like in the Lions days.

"You can sense these things. I felt it when I walked through the doors here today. When I came here a year ago it just wasn't the same.

"But this team are playing with flair and battling qualities as well. Henrik Larsson had a nightmare to start with but he's their most important player now.

"Harald Brattbakk also took time to settle but he's shut up his critics. He reminds me of Stevie Chalmers with the runs he makes."

Fallon added: "It took these players a while to knit together but they're playing as a team now.

"They don't have any outstanding individuals but perhaps that's a good thing.

"I must say that their attitude impresses me. They're in a very strong position and they can only lose the league now.

"They remind me a lot of the Lions - and that's the best compliment I can pay them.

"Our full-backs, Jim Craig and Tommy Gemmell, got behind defences and Jackie McNamara and Stephane Mahe do that as well.

"I like the present team. They get results but they're also entertaining, which football should always be.

"In the late 1960s and early 70s Celtic were the best attacking side in Britain and the current side also get behind their opponents, which no defence likes. …

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