Celtic boss eyes more success
By Tom Adams
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Gordon Strachan hoped the CIS Cup final victory would be the start of a trophy-laden era.
Celtic manager Gordon Strachan hoped the CIS Insurance Cup final victory over Dunfermline would be the start of a trophy-laden era as he claimed his first silverware as a manager.
Goals from Maciej Zurawski, Shaun Maloney and Dion Dublin's first for the club sealed a comfortable 3-0 win over Dunfermline in the first game for the Glasgow outfit since the death of Jimmy Johnstone.
Strachan also looks on course to take the SPL crown in his debut season in charge of the Scottish giants, and the former Coventry and Southampton boss voiced his hope that his developing side could push on for further honours.
"It's a new group, and it's the first one won for this group so hopefully we can continue to do well as a group," Strachan told the BBC.
"It's not about me really, I've done my bit of winning trophies, I've done what they've done, I know how good it is and it's a fantastic feeling.
"It's the result that everyone wanted at Celtic for all sorts of different reasons, some of the football was excellent that the wee man would have liked.
"You could dedicate some of the game to him, the beautiful parts of the game you could dedicate to Jimmy Johnstone."
Maloney in particular lit up Hampden Park with some outstanding moments, and the Scottish youngster was delighted to secure the victory after feeling the pressure of needing to produce a performance to honour Johnstone.
"I think it's massive, I think we all felt the pressure before the game, we knew we needed to win it and I thought we played well enough to achieve it," said Maloney.
"It's brilliant, as people have said it's a new squad and a new manager and it's great to get the first trophy."
It was also a memorable day for Dublin as he missed a number of chances before scoring in injury time, and the former Leicester star dedicated the victory to Lisbon Lion Johnstone.
"It is not a bad place to get my first goal," said Dublin.
"I just wanted that first goal for myself but it is nice to get the win for the Celtic fans and 'Jinky'."
Dunfermline played their part too although The Pars were thoroughly outclassed, and manager Jim Leishman defended goalkeeper Allan McGregor after his blunder allowed Zurawski to open the scoring.
"We conceded the first goal at exactly the wrong time - just before half time," said Leishman.
"If we had got to the interval goalless, there would have been a bit more pressure on Celtic.
"The first goal was a mistake but Allan McGregor has been tremendous all season for us though with some terrific saves. But these things happen in football.
"People thought we were coming here to be whitewashed but the players showed tremendous character."