Rab Douglas has admitted that only one player from Celtic’s current squad would make it in the vintage team of 2001-2004 as Fraser Forster would easily replace the former Hoops keeper.
Douglas didn’t watch the re-run of the 2002 Scottish Cup Final on BBC last weekend but did however, see the comments floating around social media about who would get in the team back then. (Source)
Celtic lost the final to old Rangers by 3-2 as O’Neill’s Bhoys were severly lacking in fitness after such an epic run in the UEFA Cup.
But the former Hoops keeper admits that only Fraser Forster would make it in that vintage squad and even would replace himself in the final.
Celtic’s glorious run in the UEFA Cup that saw the Bhoys defeat so many big-time players including Blackburn, Celta Vigo, Liverpool and a few more, the Hoops made it to a final that will be remembered for generations as they lost out to a dishonest Porto.
Douglas’s quotes from his column (source):
Thank goodness Twitter wasn’t around back then. According to some folk I should be taking the blame for Barry Ferguson’s free-kick and Peter Lovenkrands’ winner!
What I will admit is that if you were trying to pick a best Celtic team from that year combined with the current one, I’m probably the only one from ’02 that would be subbed.
There’s no shame in making way for Fraser Forster, who has been bought and sold for £10 million.
You can have a debate over a few other positions – like Scott Brown and Neil Lennon – but I wouldn’t be making any outfield changes. I certainly wouldn’t be dropping Stan Petrov for anybody, as some on social media are suggesting. They’ve got short memories.
What I can say is nobody would get in that Rangers side from the present day. If Morelos couldn’t score in the recent Betfred Cup final, you wouldn’t trust him in a game like the one we played.
For Celtic to go on such a fantastic run in Europe and then lose the final to a team that we would have beaten in the previous rounds, was heartbreaking to watch.
That Porto team were a strong side but Celtic were just unlucky on the day, but it was important for the Hoops as it proved that Celtic are still a massive club who brought 80,000 fans to Seville, a record at that time.
Just to add, 80,000 fans was just an estimate, some have recorded anything between 80,000-100,000.