Published Monday, 28 April 2014
Scannell celebrates defending the league title. (© Presseye)
The Reds picked up back-to-back league titles for the first time ever and they capped off the season in style by taking all three points in a 3-2 win over Crusaders on Saturday.
It was an emotional day in particular for club veteran Scannell, who was hanging up his boots after 14 years with Cliftonville.
"That's me," he told UTV.
"I said to my wife last year when I was finishing, had the injury and she talked me back into playing another year - but this year has taken its toll and I'm going to be finishing."
The title race came down to the wire this year with Cliftonville edging out Linfield to spoil the leaving party for outgoing Blues boss David Jeffrey.
His successor Warren Feeney is set to be officially unveiled by the club at Windsor Park on Tuesday.
Scannell said the Reds' achievements this season haven't quite sunk in yet, adding: "That will take a couple of weeks I think.
"Last year we won it with a couple of games to spare but this time it went down to the wire, we were chasing Linfield for a lot of the time and since January we went on a fantastic run.
"Just to be involved in it is fantastic, I've been here from the poor times when we were playing play-offs right though to seeing them climb up the league to the last two seasons.
"It's been great."
Chris Curran, who scored a hat-trick in Saturday's match at Solitude, praised the efforts of everyone associated with the club for this season's success.
He said: "I can't speak highly enough about all the players, the team, the supporters, there has been a lot of hard work that's gone into it and to end up the way it has - it's unbelievable."
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