2019 is soon coming to a conclusion, marking the end of a decade of complete dominance for Celtic.
The Hoops are currently on their quest for their ninth league title in a row, though it was back during the 2011/12 season where they sealed their first Premiership win in four years.
Since then, the champions have won a grand total of 18 trophies: including a historic Treble Treble (2016/17, 2017/18, 2018/19), a league and League Cup double under former boss Ronny Deila (2014/15) and a League and Scottish Cup triumph under current boss Neil Lennon during his first tenure.
The club has seen a host of incredible talent come and go through Parkhead’s gates in the last nine years, giving the Hoops faithful supporter’s memories that they will cherish forever.
The current crop of players are enjoying a fantastic campaign. They are top of the Premiership table and have also topped their Europa League group, meaning European football after Christmas is guaranteed in the last 32.
So, given another decade is coming to a close, we thought why not try and create an XI of the best players to have played for our club between 2010 and the end of 2019?
There are a few names who will make the teamsheet with no questions asked, though there is stellar competition for other positions.
Remember: this is an opinion piece and it will be interesting to hear your thoughts. Did we miss anyone out? Or are we slightly overrating some players? Let us know.
Here is our Celtic FC team of the decade, plus a few subsitutues thrown in for good measure.
GK: Fraser Forster
Initially joined on-loan from Newcastle in 2010 before making his move permanent two years later. His performances have let his qualities shine.
His standout performance came in that iconic win over Barcelona in November 2012, whereafter Spanish press nicknamed him ‘La Gran Muralla’ (The Great Wall).
He joined Southampton in 2014, though has since came back to the Hoops on-loan for the 2019/20 season, impressing in numerous matches and would have you believe he never left.
RB: Mikael Lustig
Joined from Rosenborg in January 2012 and became a mainstay in the team under Lennon, Deila and Rodgers. Had his share of critics before leaving the Hoops at the end of the 2018/19 season, but the fact he served the club for so long and consistently performed earns him a place in this team.
CB: Virgil van Dijk
Not much can be said for big Virgil, he’s an absolute Rolls Royce of a player, and one that we were fortunate to have for two seasons.
Not only was he a solid defender, but also a dangerous threat when he decided to go on one of his charging runs into the opposition danger area; that goal against St. Johnstone springs to mind.
He’s since went on to become a Champions League winner and is now one of the best players in the world. Not bad at all, really.
YouTube: Goal of the Season Contender? Virgil Van Dijk Scores Sensational Solo Goal! | SPFL
CB: Kristoffer Ajer
The Norwegian was spotted by Ronny Deila and signed a pre-contract with the Hoops, arriving in the summer prior to 2016/17.
Now in his third season as a regular in the backline, it is sometimes hard to forget that he’s still only 21-years-young. His composure on the ball would have you believe he was ten years older.
He gets the nod beside Virgil van Dijk because of his consistency and overall natural defensive ability.
LB: Kieran Tierney
Came through the ranks and fulfilled his dream of playing for his boyhood club.
Became a regular in the 2015/16 season and went on to be a part of four title winning teams. He was awarded Celtic Young Player of the Year and also PFA Scotland Young Player of the Year three times (2015/16, 2016/17 & 2017/18).
CM: Scott Brown (C)
The man who has captained the club through it all. Brown arrived in 2007 and became captain in 2010.
Broony has won an incredible 20 trophies with the Hoops and continues to be a leader both on and off the park. Now 34, he remains a mainstay in the team and will look to captain his side to a ninth trophy in a row; perhaps another treble too?
YouTube: Celtic FC – There’s only one Scott Brown
CM: Callum McGregor
Another who has came through the Celtic youth ranks. McGregor has cemented his place in the team and continues to put in strong performances on a consistent basis.
Made his debut in 2014 and has since scored in cup finals, semi-finals, derbies and against European giants Bayern Munich in the Champions League and Zenit in the Europa League.
He was awarded Celtic’s Player and Players’ Player of the Year Awards for his contribution in the 2018/19 campaign, where he played in 72 matches for club and country.
CM: Victor Wanyama
Not much was known about the Kenyan when he arrived in Glasgow as a fresh-faced 20-year-old, but he quickly made his mark and had people raving about his ability.
He often strolled it domestically and showed the world what he was capable of in European competitions. He’ll always be regarded as the man who opened the scoring in that iconic 2-1 win over Barcelona back in 2012.
RW: James Forrest
Our Homegrown Hero has been at the club since he was 13-years-old, and made his official senior debut in 2010.
Since then he has gone on to make over 350 appearances and continues to be a regular in the current team.
Forrest and Brown are the only two players who have remained at the club throughout the eight-in-a-row period. Loyalty.
YouTube: 2018/2019 Player of the Year! | James Forrest – Top Ten Celtic Goals | Ladbrokes Premiership
LW: Odsonne Edouard
A clinical forward full of raw talent, Edouard arrived on an initial loan deal from PSG in 2017, before joining permanently in a deal worth £9 million; our highest transfer fee ever.
Since then he has given us countless memorable moments, from a brace in the Scottish Cup final to seal the Treble Treble, to his winner at Ibrox. Here’s to many more.
ST: Moussa Dembele
His winning penalty vs Astana, his iconic hat-trick and countless other goals against Rangers, his prolific Hampden record. Moussa aka ‘Dembelition’ was a born goalscorer and also a great all-round player.
He gave us some great memories during his two years here and seemed to warm to the Hoops fans very quickly.
He leads the ‘Team of the Decade’ line, no questions asked.
YouTube: Moussa Dembélé | Top Ten Celtic Goals | Lyon’s Number 9!
SUBSTITUTES: Dedryck Boyata
The Belgian seemed like a new player when Rodgers arrived and put in solid performances that warrant him a place on the bench.
SUBSTITUTES: Charlie Mulgrew
Returned to the club in 2010 and enjoyed a successful spell, scoring in derbies and cup finals. It’s deserving to mentiom him for what he achieved.
SUBSTITUTES: Emilio Izaguirre
Enjoyed a very successful spell with the club between 2010-2017, then rejoined for the 2018/19 season.
In his first campaign in Scotland, the Honduran won SPL Player of the Year for his outstanding performances.
SUBSTITUTES: Joe Ledley
The midfield dragon was a tidy player who was a regular in the side during Lennon’s first spell as manager. Joined in 2010 and was an important member of the team until his departure for Crystal Palace in 2014.
SUBSTITUTES: Tom Rogic
The wizard of Aus will forever be remembered as the man who sealed the invincible treble with that goal against Aberdeen in the dying moments of the game.
His overall technical ability cannot be understated; he has popped up with a moment of brilliants on more than one occasion.
SUBSTITUTES: Ryan Christie
Is on track to becoming our 2019/20 POTY. He might not have been performing over as long a period as some of these other players, but his quality has shone and showed just how important an asset he is to the team.
SUBTITUTES: Scott Sinclair
Hit the ground running his his first season in Scotland and won POTY. Remains a valuable asset and, regardless of where his future lies, he will always be appreciated.
SUBSTITUTES: Kris Commons
Scored on his debut, cup debut, home debut and Glasgow Derby debut, and was an integral part of the team for several seasons.
SUBTITUTES: Georgios Samaras
Our Greek God joined the Hoops from Man City in 2008 and gave us so many moments to cheer about up until he left in 2014: his brace at Ibrox, his last minute winner away to Spartak Moscow, that bicycle kick to seal a comeback win against Aberdeen. Take your pick.
SUBSTITUTES: Gary Hooper
Joined from Scunthorpe United in 2010 and quickly rose to fame as the goals continued to flood in. He was a big-game player.
SUBTITUTES: Leigh Griffiths
The 2015/16 season saw Griff bag 40 goals in all competitions to help guide Ronny Deila’s side to their fifth staright title.
He has faced his own personal battles, but continues to be a useful asset for the team.