Maybe it wasn’t with a win. It may only have been two years.
But after what felt like a lifetime for many Celtic fans, they won’t care how they got there as they watched their side clinch the Premiership title.
Tonight in Tannadice, Ange Postecoglou finally brought his Hoops back to the top of Scottish football.
The culmination of a campaign which began when many thought the manager would do well to simply get Celtic back to a state where they could compete with Rangers.
Of course, it wasn’t just Parkhead’s side playing for something with Tam Courts’ men also aiming for a European spot.
But on a bright night in Dundee, the anticipation among fans who traveled to the city to watch Celtic reclaim their crown was palpable.
The traveling Celtic supporters were in full voice before kick-off and kept the volume up after the start of the game as they tried to inspire their team to title glory.
And as the players created promising chances in front of goal in the opening 15 minutes, the fans also did their part in the stands cheering on the team.
Dundee United defended well and their own fans showed their appreciation by foiling Hoops’ attacks time and time again.
As far as it goes for Celtic, Giorgos Giakoumakis has put himself at risk of more than just a conversation from the referee.
After complaining about a mid-half challenge, he appeared to be playing with a chip on his shoulder.
And he drew the ire of home fans behind goal when he knocked Kieran Freeman down outside the box.
It was a concern that Postecoglou could have done without with his team on the verge of success.
However, whatever the manager had to say to the striker at half-time clearly worked.
Less than 10 minutes into the second half, Giakoumakis finally gave his club and traveling supporters what they had been waiting for two years: a title goal.
The Greek’s header past Benji Siegrist sent Celtic fans into wild celebrations with the outdoor sections of Tanndice soon enveloped in the smell and sight of green smoke.
Dundee United just weren’t going to let the party go on easily as they came close to coming back on equal footing twice.
The moment Rory MacLeod hit the post briefly silenced the traveling supporters before it was the home fans’ turn to celebrate, albeit briefly, when Nicky Clark’s bounced goal was ruled out for offside.
And it was fun later to see Joe Hart punch Tony Ralston in the chest in appreciation for his clearance just seconds after another United effort came out of the woodwork.
But Celtic fans were finally silenced midway through the second half when Dylan Levitt found the net with an absolute scream.
His effort from 25 yards dove over Hart as he headed into the back of the net.
And it was all the local fans needed to crank up their own volume under the lights.
You could almost feel the tension from the Hoops supporters present as they feared a potential mistake.
Every time United advanced, away fans were momentarily silent until every attack was repelled.
But as the game moved further and further into its final minutes, Celtic fans gradually came back at the top of their voices repeatedly chanting “champions again”.
And when the whistle finally went full time, they erupted into deafening celebrations in the stands.
The Hoops players on the pitch grabbed on as they scored their triumph.
And for Postecoglou, he was able to watch the fans and his team celebrate in Tannadice knowing he had brought them back to their promised land.
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