Stein, Smith or Lennon: whose 9-in-a-row was best?

The odd number has become a Scottish football obsession

Jimmy Johnstone played in every season of Celtic's original nine-in-a-row. Picture: SNS
Jimmy Johnstone played in every season of Celtic's original nine-in-a-row. Picture: SNS

Nine is an oddly – well – odd number to obsess about. Nevertheless, it remains one to which Scottish football has been wedded since Celtic were the first to win this total of successive titles between 1966 and 1974.

Nine-in-a-row has occurred twice more since, the latest being confirmed via an emailed announcement from the SPFL at shortly after midday yesterday. When tasked with running the rule over Celtic’s two extended title runs, and Rangers’ own long spell of dominance between 1989 and 1997, it is easy to wonder where on earth one starts.