Celtic Legends

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Welcome to celtic legends theres been many a great celtic player down the yrs but not many get legendary status ,so from time to time il be adding a profile off a celtic great whether its a player ,a manager ,or just someone influential in celtics history,ive kicked it off with the 2 jimmys ,,,mcgrory and johnston ..keep checking back for more.THESE are of course my opinion and other fans may vary ..Hail Hail …

JOHN HARTSON



Between 2001 and 2006 big bad John hartson as he was fondly named by the hoops support,played at paradise in a fantastic Celtic team that included players like Henrik Larsson,Chris Sutton ,and Stylian Petrov,to name a few ….his partnerships up front with both Larsson and Sutton produced some fantastic footballing moments,a powerhouse of a player in the final third Hartson became a favorite of the fans early on with his direct and sometimes lethal play….

Goals that stick in the mind for me was his bullet header against rangers and his rocket against Liverpool in the uefa cup,both goals ive added video highlights for on the post,Hartson always gave his all on the football field for all the clubs he played for,but hes always maintained that Celtic holds a special place in his heart,likewise the hoops faithful have always held the big welsh striker in high regard….

Of course the opinions on the post are entirely mine as is the legends page on the blog ,but i felt Hartson deserved mention for his contributions to the club…..

not many players for the Celtic get the chance to score 100 or more goals for the club,On 6 November 2005 Hartson scored goal 100 for Celtic against Falkirk,not many defenders in the premier league would have enjoyed playing against the big Welshman because of his presence in the box and for a big fella he certainly put himself about,it didn’t start all that well for the big striker to begin with it took Hartson 11 games to get off the mark,but when he finally did he scored a Hatrick in a win against Dundee Utd 5-1 ….From there on in the rest is history …..

Hail Hail to BIG BAD JOHN



Honours with Celtic

UEFA Cup

Scottish League

Scottish Cup

Scottish League Cup

201 Appearences 109 goals 


Full name John Hartson

Date of birth 5 April 1975 (age 40)
Place of birth Swansea, Wales
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Striker

In August 2001 he joined Celtic in a £6m transfer. He played for the Scottish Premier League club for five seasons..

On 6 November 2005 Hartson scored his 100th goal for Celtic against Falkirk. He scored the only goal against Hearts, on 5 April 2006, (his 31st birthday) to clinch the title for Celtic.

In December 2002, Celtic defeated Celta Vigo in the first leg of a third round UEFA Cup tie 1-0. Celtic were beaten 2-1 in Vigo, thus progressing on the “away goals” rule to the next round due to John Hartson’s turn and strike. This was the first time that Celtic had remained in European competition after Christmas since the 1970s.


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In March 2003, Celtic faced Liverpool in the UEFA Cup at the quarter final stage, with the first leg ending in a 1-1 draw in Glasgow. In the return leg at Anfield, John Hartson fired the club’s goal of the season with a strike past Jerzy Dudek into the top corner from over 25 yards out.

Celtic won this match 2-0, progressing to the semi-final, where they knocked out Boavista of Portugal to progress to the final. Unfortunately for John Hartson, after playing a major role in getting Celtic all the way through the tournament, most notably with his strikes in Liverpool and Vigo, as well as many assists, he was ruled out of the final through injury. Celtic were defeated 3-2 in the final after extra time by Jose Mourinho’s FC Porto…


Links

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Hartson
https://twitter.com/JohnHartson10ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Eauthor
http://www.johnhartsonfoundation.co.uk/

 

ROY AITKEN (THE BEAR)

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Fullname: Robert Sime ‘Roy’ Aitken
aka: Roy Aitken
Nickname: The Bear, Shirley

Born: 24 November1958
Birthplace: Irvine, Scotland
Signed: 5 June 1975
Left: 10 January 1990
Position: Defender, Centre-half
First game : Aberdeen away 1-0 21 February 1975 league
Last game : Saint Mirren away 2-0 6 January 1990 league
First goal : Partick Thistle away 4-2 22 February 1977 league
Last goal : Hearts home 2-1 21 October 1989 league
Internationals: Scotland
International Caps: 57 games
International Goals: 1


 

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Playing Career

APPEARANCES LEAGUE SCOTTISH CUP LEAGUE CUP EUROPE TOTAL
1972-1990 483 55 82 47 667
Goals: 40 4 6 5 55
Honours with Celtic

 

Scottish League Titles

Scottish Cup

League Cup




At Celtic, he was nicknamed ‘The Bear’ by the supporters due to his large frame and commanding presence. He later went on to play for Newcastle United, St. Mirren and Aberdeen.

He won 57 caps for the Scotland national football team, scoring once.


 

Henrik Larsson


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Ask any celtic fan in the last 20 yrs who their favourite player was and not many would fail to mention the dreadlocked swede who on his debut for the club came on and sold the jerseys…against hibs,we werent to know then that 242 goals later the king of kings henrik larsson or the magnificent 7 as he was fondly known would take us on the sort of footballing journey that only comes along once in a while..

What was so different about henrik was he scored every type of goal you could think off headers,tap ins ,volleys …left foot right foot,chips,free kicks ,penalties …if he was in the celtic team he was more often than not scoring,so that anticipation and buzz from the fans in the stands could be felt throughout the games…,a goal was coming ..just what type of goal we didnt know ,and when the ball hit the net and the music rang round the old stadium it was a frenzy of Delirium…..

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god i love for those days to come back ,the henrik years as il call them was just a wonderful time to be a fan of celtic ,the players who came through the team at the time the likes off sutton and hartson,moravciak ,and petrov to name a few all must have loved playing alongside such a naturally gifted football player in larsson,almost telepathic with his strike partners henrik just battered the Scottish premier league sides and done damage in european competition to…..

THE CHIP OVER KLOS

THE SLAYING OF DEADCO

All The Goals Against Deadco

we all remember the chip against stefan klos of deceased rangers 1873-2012 in the famous 6-2 game the …clips above…. this goes down as one of my favourite goals ever,that’s saying something because there’s been many a fine goal scored by the hoops ,i think the reason i hold it so dearly was the opponent and the grace with which he puts it over the rangers keeper ..the commentary is brilliant as well ,i remember coming home from the game and re-watching the highlights off that goal ,to this day i never tire of seeing it……….

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henrik obviously rattled in 242 fine goals and to go through them all would take a while ,my memory of a fine player never fades i can hear the magnificent 7 music now as i put this post together ,his career at celtic was a fine one and he won every domestic honour and rightly so …im only sad for him that he couldn’t have added the uefa cup to that list of trophys ,his 2 goals in the final epitomised the type of player he was for celtic and to lose in the fashion celtic did to porto was my only regret for the guy..

when larsson left celtic in his final game you could see what it ment to him with tears flowing he said his farewells we all cried with him ..you only get that emotional when you truly love something …henrik loved celtic …..celtic loved henrik…and we all concurred ,of course larsson wasnt finished playing his professionalism wanted new challenges and stints at Barcelona and man utd 2 off the biggest clubs in europe proved how in high regard this player was held by clubs around europe…

i just want to put something out there …just a thought …we all know celtic need a new assistant coach to work with Lennon …we all know Lennon himself will move on to a new challenge ,how good would it be to have larsson as the new coach working with Neil Lennon till Neil feels his time has come,what better man to bring the fans back than the magnificent 7 the king of kings,im sure deep down larsson has thought about the possibility of managing celtic one day …….

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This post has taken over a week to put together trying to find the right words,the right media to use ..trolling through endless pictures …but its been a trip down memory lane for me ,larsson was and always will remain one of my favourite players i had the pleasure of watching in a hooped shirt so thank you HENRIK LARSSON que the music ……………………………..hh


 

Paul Mcstay

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Paul McStay

Paul Michael Lyons McStay OBE, nicknamed the Maestro, is a former football player who spent his entire career with Scottish team Celtic, making his debut in 1982 and retiring in 1997. He captained both Scotland and Celtic at all age levels.

aka: Paul McStay, Maestro, ‘The Hat’
Height: 5.10
Weight:10.07
Born: 22 Oct 1964
Birthplace: Hamilton, South Lanarkshire
Signed: 20 Feb 1981
Left: 31 May 1997
Position: Midfielder, Centre-midfield
First game: 23 January 1982 Queen of the South home 4-0 Scottish cup
Last game: 5 April 1997 Raith Rovers away 1-1 League
First goal: 30 January 1982 Aberdeen away 3-1 League
Last goal: 29 January 1997 Dunfermline away 2-0 League
Internationals: Scotland
International Caps: 76

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McStay signed for Celtic aged sixteen from Celtic Boys Club in 1981. He scored on his league debut against Aberdeen in a match Celtic won 3–1 on 30 January 1982. He first came to prominence in 1980, in a Schoolboy International match where Scotland played England at Wembley. Then 15, he was the captain and shone during the match like a player twice his age. He scored a great goal in the match and was awarded the Man of the Match award after Scotland ran out 5–4 winners.

When Roy Aitken left Celtic Park in 1990, McStay was appointed club captain, a position he retained until his retirement following the 1996–97 season. In his time with the club, Celtic won the League title three times, the Scottish Cup 4 times and the League Cup once. Although the second half of McStay’s career coincided with a time when Celtic were in turmoil and were overshadowed by rivals Rangers, in 2002 he was voted a member of Celtic’s greatest ever team by the club’s fans. He is also a member of the Scotland Football Hall of Fame, which honours the best players to play in Scotland and is located in the Scottish Football Museum.

McStay’s great-uncles, Jimmy and Willie McStay, were former Celtic captains, and his brothers Willie and Raymond also played for Celtic. His nephew, John, played with Celtic Boys Club before moving onto Motherwell under 19s and now plays for Ayr United as a defender.

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Attacking, defending, passing and shooting,
He’s in world class, there’s no disputing,
His genius in midfield caught the whole worlds attention,
He’s Paul McStay of the Celtic and Scotland.

As a boy and a youth his talent’s outstanding,
Bound for the top that’s where he was going,
The English they wanted and south of the border,
But his heart lay with Celtic, they needn’t have bothered.

Twisting and turning, confusing opponents,
Bringing fans to their feet with those magic moments,
A hero to all young players all watch him,
He’s Paul McStay of the Celtic and Scotland.

With the Hearts and the Dons he’s never in danger,
And oh how we watched him destroying the Rangers,
A flash of his skill leaves all the rest standing,
He’s Paul McStay of the Celtic and Scotland.

On the world stage he made an impression,
For his country he plays with pride and passion,
They want him in Europe, to them he’s no stranger,
But he won’t leave the Celtic, of that there’s no danger.

Twisting and turning, confusing opponents,
Bringing fans to their feet with those magic moments,
A hero to all young players all watch him,
He’s Paul McStay of the Celtic and Scotland


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Scottish League Championships
1981-82, 1985-86, 1987-88
Scottish Cups
1985, 1988, 1989, 1995
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‘The Man Who Saved Celtic’
The Legend of Fergus McCann

Rebels: Fergus McCann and Brian Dempsey

March 1994. ‘The Rebels have won!’ It was a message splashed across the headlines, that only weeks, days, and even hours before that had seemed so impossible had indeed come to pass. But winning control at such a critical time in such a spectactular manner meant there was much to do. This was not to be the end. It was just a beginning, and at the centre of it all was an expatriate, Canadian-based businessman and Celtic supporter, Fergus McCann.

The man who saved Celtic.

This is no small statement, nor is it an exaggeration. Quite simply, Celtic does not exist as we know it today without McCann. Indeed, it can be very reasonably argued that without ever having laced a boot, McCann’s was the single most important signature that the Hoops have secured since the foundation of the club in 1887. Without McCann, Celtic were hours away from becoming but a memory.

For every goal scored by Larsson or McGrory, every trophy won by Maley or Stein, every piece of Jinky wizardry and Lubo magic that has added to the Celtic story, McCann’s 5 year association was every bit as crucial and profound. He lifted the club from the brink of oblivion and left us with perhaps the greatest tangible legacy of them all – ‘Paradise’ as we now know it.

Football and business. The genesis and ideal of Celtic may belong with Brother Walfrid, but it was businessmen such as John Glass that made it every bit as much a reality. Indeed, it could be said that McCann was the re-founding father. Yet even after so long, after he came, saw, resurrected & left, McCann remains still something of an enigmatic figure to many. A fighter, a renegade, a rebel and an administrator of the highest quality, who could also be obstinate, lack sensitivity and almost Machiavellian at times.

When he arrived, donning his soft cloth cap from which derived his nickname, he spoke of what he planned to achieve and when he departed in April 1999 it was indeed mission accomplished.

During his youth McCann had watched the Hoops through a period where they were far from dominant, leaving an understanding of what it was like to support a struggling Celtic side. During the late 1940′s & early 50′s the club had struggled on the pitch and had even come close to relegation. Perhaps some memories of these struggles had lingered in his memory, as more than 40 years later when the ‘Bunnet’ returned there was an opportunity to help his boyhood heroes. McCann emigrated to Canada and made his fortune in golfing holidays, but continued to follow the fortunes of the club from afar.

McCann had initially approached the board in the late 80′s. As a certain club on the south side of the city had begun its expansion under David Murray, the Bhoys were showing the strain in attempting to keep the pace. Parkhead at the time had large areas of terracing and really only the one stand for seating. McCann proposed building a second stand for seating on the opposite side of the ground and would leave either end available for standing. As the board dithered on the details, the fallout of one tragic day in 1989 would make such plans immediately moot.

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In the aftermath of the Hillsborough Disaster, in which 96 Liverpool fans had perished, the need for a review into the safety practices of stadia across Britain was called for. The Taylor Report recommended the implementation of all seater stadia for all top flight football venues by 1994. Celtic, who were already in financial turmoil, would now need to find a way to do a massive redevelopment also. McCann made an approach in the early 90′s about financing the redevelopment, in exchange for the rights to the next 3 years of marketing season tickets. The Board rejected the offer as other options, including a possible relocation to Cambuslang, were being weighed up.

Despite the setback, McCann was not to be swayed. If the Board did not want his help, why not remove the Board? Easier said than done, but with this purpose the ‘Bunnet’ set about working in conjuction with the ‘Rebels’ consortium of investors, to wrest control away from the encumbent Board; one that was fraught with problems and had long overseen and mismanaged the club.

To say the least, the business acumen and practices of men such as former Chairman, Jack McGinn was questionable at best. Indeed, revealing a telling insight as to how Celtic had gotten itself into so much trouble in the first place, McGinn had stated publicly that ‘season ticket sales are more trouble than they are worth.’!

A long, protracted and bitter battle followed (during which time McCann was even refused entry inside Celtic Park), and during which the very existence of the club was threatened. In truth, Celtic was extremely close to insolvency, administration and even liquidation, as the banks moved to foreclose. But on the 4th March 1994, the ‘Rebels’ won – the old Board were on their way out and McCann on his way in, adamant that the departing executives would walk away without ‘one thin dime’.

Whilst some did not take to his sometimes eccentric behaviour, others admired his no nonsense approach to business. There is no getting around the fact, McCann’s primary goal was always about profit margins. Clearly McCann understood the role; that he was there to maximize the way of generating money for the club. It may be true that an overwhelming majority of supporters and shareholders alike are only interested in the football, but as McCann himself would regularly point out, without the business, there is no football.

It is undoubted that he certainly had his critics and made enemies along the way. Guess it was only to be expected, given the scale of the task that was set before him upon his arrival, that this was inevitable that his single-mindedness was not always going to be everybody’s cup of tea, both within the Celtic family and amongst the wider Scottish Football community. That said, it hardly justifies some of the comments and criticism that were levelled at the man, with the Daily Record in particular likening him to Saddam Hussein!

Virtually from the moment he walked through the doors, the Bunnet set to work. Five years, he had promised. Five years, to turn the club around financially, set in place a sustainable infrastructure, as well as the small measure of building a stadium and producing some success on the park. There was alot to be done and not a moment to waste.

One of his first acts was to replace Lou Macari as manager, with another former old-Bhoy, Tommy Burns. Burns at the time was in charge of Kilmarnock, having helped them as player-manager to win promotion, but it was this appointment that would lead to possibly the most famous feud in the history of Celtic & SFA relations.

Tommy Burns: McCann’s choice to take the club forward

Burns & Billy Stark were not only the Killie management team at the time, but also on their books as players. The SFA, under the guidance of Jim Farry, were sympathetic to Killie & out of all proportion for the time, decided to fine Celtic £100 000 & pay Killie twice that (£200 000) in compensation, for having poached players. By means of contrast, R*ngers had poached Duncan Ferguson from Dundee Utd the previous year, yet had only been fined £5000! What could be said that can justify such a discrepancy?

McCann also submitted plans for the redevelopment of Celtic Park. The SFA’s Stadiums Commitee decreed that Celtic would have to play their home games elsewhere for the 1994/95 season, which was understandable given the safety concerns. What got under McCann’s skin about that was that the SFA was making a decision, from which the SFA would be financially benefitting directly from. Surely such a decision should have been deferred to an independant body?

Celtic Park in the 1980′s

That one season at Hampden saw Celtic fork out £600 000 tenancy for the year to the SFA, as well as portion of programme sales, and ALL the catering & refreshment kiosks. The SFA also refused to allow for any touches to be made to the stadium, so it could feel a little more like ‘home’. In doing so, the SFA was effectively saying that they were more than happy to accept Celtic’s money, but that Celtic actual presence was only merely being tolerated.

Around the same time as Celtic Park was being redeveloped, Jim Farry spearheaded the redevelopment of Hampden Park also. This redevelopment had many opponents, including McCann, who referred to it as a waste of public money on ‘the third best ground in Glasgow’.

All of this was a precursor to what would be the defining chapter of the feud; the Cadete Affair, in which it was proven that Farry had deliberately interfered and delayed the registration of Jorge Cadete, and after a lengthy battle the disgraced SFA chief was forced out of office. It was through these types of events that McCann was effectively declaring that Celtic would no longer be treated as the second class citizens by the SFA.

The list of McCann’s achievements is simply phenomenal for such a short period of time. The share float which converted the club to being a PLC was a massive success (the most successful in the history of British Football at the time, despite the consensus in the Scottish media that it would be a huge flop) and funded the development project, demand for season tickets soared, revenues from commercial sales and merchandising skyrocketed, and despite Murray continuing to finance a dominant R*ngers team, the Hoops under McCann overtook their rivals in both revenue and attendance.

Meanwhile the stadium reconstruction continued at a pace. There had been many critics of the proposal to building a ground capable of holding 60,000 people, especially as the average attendance at the time was less than 40,000. “They will come”, McCann boldly predicted. The first phase of the new stadium was opened in August 1995, with a capacity of 34,500, augmented by the addition of a temporary stand, that lifted the capacity to 37,500. One year later and Phase Two was complete, lifting capacity to 50,500. There was still work to be done, but the progress was impressive.

Whilst this was happening Tommy Burns’ team was being justifiably praised for the quality of football on display. The Scottish Cup success that earmarked the end of McCann’s first full season in charge unfortunately was the only silverware that was won under Burns’ guidance, but nobody could argue that McCann was not backing his manager in the transfer market.

Pierre Van Hooijdonk, Paolo Di Canio and the aforementioned Cadete complemented the likes of Tom Boyd and Paul McStay in the first team squad, but contractual spats blighted this era also. The ‘Three Amigos’ all departed under a cloud of such disputes. Van Hooijdonk for example, scoffed at the £7,000 pay rise that was offered, claiming that it was ‘good enough for the homeless’. Even the great Paul McStay, for all his long years of service, was offered only a derisory contract by the McCann administration, forcing the player than never liked the spotlight to tell his side of the story to the media.

In a way it is fitting that the sour departure of Tommy Burns and Paul McStay’s contract controversy (two of Celtic’s most loyal and respected individuals) sit side by side with those contractual disputes of the ‘Three Amigos’ and difficulties working with Jensen, as it gives an overall perspective, and an uncomfortable portrait; that length of service and sentimentality meant absolutely zilch to McCann.

The Quiet Man: Paul McStay went public because of a poor deal from McCann

McCann may have been focused on increasing revenues for Celtic, but there were times when he recognized a bad deal for what it was. Indeed, in 1997/98 the sponsorship deals that were on the table were unsatisfactory to McCann, so to give potential suitors more time, he opted for Umbro (the kit provider at the time) to be the shirt sponsor, whilst other, longer term deals could be uncovered and negotiated.

McCann will never be particularly remembered for his inter-personal relationships and his man management style left much to be desired. Indeed, it was this aspect that was often criticized, along with his preferring to build the financial infrastructure, rather than invest more in the team that raised the ire of sections of the support. Notably, even celebrity supporters, such as Jim Kerr (of Simple Minds fame), were especially vocal in his criticism of McCann in this regard.

Tales of bonus disputes also emerged, often ill-timed and disruptive. Such as just before a League Cup tie against Hearts in 1996 and again in 1998, on the eve of the Champions League Qualifier with Croatia Zagreb. The latter incident came to a head when a number of players, believed to include Regi Blinker and Marc Rieper failed to attend the launch of the Celtic ‘Away’ strip for that season. This sparked a furious response from McCann, claiming that the players greed was to blame. According to McCann, the squad had been offered the largest bonus in the history of the club (believed to be in the region of £20,000), should they reach the group stage, but players were disputing the size of the bonus, because it was not of the same level that the R*ngers players were promised, for reaching the same stage.

Perhaps, with the way that pay demands have continued to spiral ever upwards in European Football, it can now be viewed in context how McCann thought of these episodes as greed driven, whereas the players would no doubt argue that they were merely commensurate with the terms that were on offer elsewhere. One can only imagine what McCann would make of today’s footballers salaries, where some players in leagues across Europe earn wages in the hundreds of thousands of pounds every week!

Aside from the contractual rifts, others also referred to the difficult relationships that they had with McCann during those 5 years. Tommy Burns once said that “I probably did 15 or 20 years as a manager in those three years.” when referring to his working relationship with McCann, and Burns was not alone in holding such a view.

One of the longest lasting impacts that McCann has left was the ‘Bhoys Against Bigotry’, which was launched in 1996. The goal was to highlight Celtic’s charitable works & the all-encompassing views of the club, as well as attempting to stamp out Irish political chants at the games. Whilst this was met with mixed reactions at the time, 15 years on and many who had belittled the campaign at the time have accepted that there is no room in the 21st century for bigotry in football. The ideals of the campaign continue to live on. Other clubs have had and continue to have a much bigger problem than what the Celts do in this regard, but McCann’s efforts were directed in correcting the problem at our club, and such a stance has served as a model for others to follow elsewhere.

In 1997, Tommy Burns was replaced by Wim Jansen at the helm and was set the task of ‘stopping the 10′. Jensen and the ‘Bunnet’ were often in disagreement over the direction of the club even from the outset, and the controversial appointment of Jock Brown as General Manager did little to ease this friction. That said, with the help of new arrivals, including Champions League winner, Paul Lambert and a certain dreadlocked Swede named Larsson, the Bhoys would go on to win both the League Cup and League Championship that season; the latter in particularly memorable fashion and sparked wild celebrations across the entire Celtic community. It would be a short lived party however, as Jansen announced his departure from the club just two days later.

Dr. Jozef Venglos was brought in to oversee first team affairs and again McCann furnished him with the funds to bring in some notable names, including Mjallby, Moravcik and Viduka. However, in what now seems a bizarre atmosphere, what should have been a particularly spectacular opening day of the League campaign (especially as the Hoops beat Dunfermline 5-0), the abiding memory is of the League Championship flag being unfurled, being met by sections of the crowd who boo-ed McCann.

The following week, The Bunnet’s vision, the development of the place we call Paradise was finally completed, with the official opening of the Jock Stein Stand on the 8th August 1998.

Fergus McCann departed Celtic in April 1999. He once said “I want people to judge me after 5 years.” At the time of his departure McCann had delivered on so many promises and then some. Paradise was complete, the course had been corrected, a sustainable financial infrastructure was in place, a major victory over the SFA had been achieved, and the ideals of the ‘Bhoys Against Bigotry’ have set the Celtic support up, for thriving in the 21st century.

He was always a businessman first and foremost, and when hard decisions needed to be made he was in the place to make them. Fergus McCann may never be universally popular in the memory of some and whilst some of the criticism is justifiably merited, much of it was not. The Bunnet did right by Celtic and nobody can argue that he left the club in a much better and healthier position than the one he found it in.

Without doubt, he is the man who saved Celtic.


 

 Kenny Dalglish

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Kenny Dalglish spent his first season on loan to Cumbernauld United, and then made his debut with the Celtic senior team in September 1968. It took a few years for the talented striker to become a regular, but he soon proved invaluable with his impeccable ball-control skills and scoring ability. With Dalglish leading the charge, Celtic won four First Division titles, four Scottish Cups and four League Cups from 1971 to ’77.

Dalglish joined Liverpool in 1977 for a transfer fee of approximately $768,000 (440,000 pounds), then a record sum between two British clubs. He made an immediate impact on his new fans by scoring in his first League and home games, and then provided a fantastic finish to the season by netting the lone goal against Brugge to win the European Cup. Over the next six years, “King Kenny” led the Reds to two more European Cups, five English League titles and four League Cups, twice winning FWA Footballer of the Year along the way. He scored his 100th goal for Liverpool in 1983, becoming the first player to reach that mark in both Scottish and English soccer.

In 1985, Dalglish was named player-manager of Liverpool. He validated the decision by guiding the club to its first double at the end of the season, and was at the helm for two more League titles and another League Cup. The veteran striker made his last appearance as a player in 1990, but remained as Liverpool’s manager until abruptly retiring in February 1991.

In addition to his club career, Dalglish appeared in the 1974, ’78 and ’82 World Cups en route to a Scottish-record 102 caps, and his total of 30 goals in international play ties him with Denis Law for their country’s top spot.

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Kenny Dalglish on winning the Scottish Cup with Celtic in May 1977   This was a great moment for us. I was 26 and we had just beaten Rangers 1-0 at Easter Road in the Scottish Cup Final, with Andy Lynch scoring the winning goal from a penalty.I lost my winners’ medal in the midst of the celebration when it fell out of the box. Luckily a policeman found it and gave it back to me.I didn’t know it at the time, but it would be the last derby match I played for Celtic; three months later I signed for Liverpool for £440,000, a British record at the time.But right at this moment, I was committed to Celtic; if I hadn’t have been, I wouldn’t have been allowed to play and nor should I have been. I loved playing for Celtic; they were a great team.

My happiest memory is signing for the club when I was 15. I had been playing football since I was tiny – like every other boy I started playing with my dad, just kicking a ball around in the street where we lived in Dalmarnock, Glasgow, and I built up my skills through school.My team won the Scottish Schools Cup in 1966. My dad was a Rangers supporter, like his dad, so he started taking me along to Rangers games when I was about four. I was a big fan.There’s a rumour that when I signed for Celtic the assistant manager Sean Fallon came to my house and I had to rip down the Rangers posters in my bedroom.

It’s a good story, but it’s not true. It didn’t matter to me that I had been a Rangers fan; I had no hesitation in signing to Celtic. I felt like a very lucky boy.I was asked to sign up semi-professionally (I was also an apprentice joiner) in May 1967. That same month, Celtic came back from Lisbon with the European Cup, having beaten Inter Milan in the final.I went into pre-season training with them thinking I had joined the best team in the world.We earned more than the average man on the street, although not as much as players get today – but it wasn’t about that; it was about the glory.

I made my debut for the Scottish national side four years later, and went on to win 102 caps – which is still a record. I was quite intimidated at the start, being in the same changing-room as my idols, like the great Denis Law.The Scottish team was largely made up of Rangers and Celtic players, and while there was intense rivalry between them when we played for our clubs, when we played for Scotland, the players all got along amazingly well.They were just all good guys. Some of the greatest moments of my life were playing for my country.

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Kenny Dalglish

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“King Kenny”

Kenneth Mathieson “Kenny” Dalglish MBE is a Scottish former football player and manager. In a career spanning 22 years, he played for Celtic and Liverpool, winning numerous honours with both.

Born: March 4, 1951 (age 63), Glasgow

Nationality: British

Position: Forward

Books: Kenny Dalglish : My Life, Kenny Dalglish Autobiography

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kenny_Dalglish

Full name… Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish

Date of birth 4 March 1951 (age 63)

Place of birth Glasgow, Scotland

Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)

Playing position Forward

Youth career
1967–1968 Cumbernauld United
1968–1969 Celtic

Senior career*

1969–1977 Celtic  .Appearances: 204 Goals:(112)

1977–1990 Liverpool   Appearances:355 Goals:(118)

Total :   559 :Appearances…Goals: (230)

National team

1971–1986 Scotland Appearances:102 Goals..:(30)

Teams managed

1985–1991 Liverpool
1991–1995 Blackburn Rovers
1997–1998 Newcastle United
2000 Celtic
2011–2012 Liverpool

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TOMMY BURNS

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Tommy Burns was a midfielder, signed by Celtic in 1973 from his second club Maryhill, a junior team from Glasgow. He made his debut ,against Dundee United on 19 April 1975, and he was a vital part of the side which won the league and cup double in the club’s centenary season, 1988. In total, he made 352 league appearances and scored 52 goals.

A creative midfielder, Burns won eight caps for Scotland, seven of which came from 1981 to 1983. Cap number eight came five years ,later, as substitute against England in a Rous Cup clash at Wembley, with Burns receiving recognition for his role in Celtic’s league and cup double in their centenary season.

Player honours:

Scottish Premier Division (6): 1976–77, 1978–79, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1985–86, 1987–88
Scottish Cup (5): 1977, 1980, 1985, 1988, 1989
Scottish League Cup (1): 1982–83

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Celtic Manager Honors:   Scottish Cup : 1995

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Billy Mcneill

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McNeill, nicknamed Cesar,was voted the greatest ever captain of Celtic by the club’s fans in 2002. He was signed by Celtic from nearby junior team, Blantyre Victoria, in 1957 as a defender. As captain he won nine Scottish League Championships, seven Scottish Cups, and six Scottish League Cups. He also led the team to victory in the European Cup in 1967, as part of the “Lisbon Lions”, and was the first British footballer to hold aloft the European Cup. He retired as a player in 1975 after 790 appearances for Celtic, in which he played every minute, never having been substituted. He won 29 caps for Scotland,and scored 37 times………….

in 1978 he returned to manage Celtic. His five years in charge saw Celtic win three League Championships, one Scottish Cup and one League cup.In his first season Celtic won the double of the League Championship and Scottish Cup in the club’s centenary year. 1987–88, was renowned for late goals for Celtic and in both the semi final and final, Celtic scored late goals to emerge victorious 2–1 in both games. He won the Scottish Cup the following season, but quit in 1991 after four years as manager. McNeill’s second spell as manager was blighted by the reluctance of the Board to spend money in the transfer market.

In 2008, he was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Glasgow in recognition of his outstanding achievement in football and for his distinguished role as an ambassador for the national sport

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Danny McGrain

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Daniel Fergus “Danny” McGrain (born 1 May 1950) who played for Celtic and Hamilton Accies in defence. McGrain was also a Scotland international, winning 62 caps for his country and taking part in two World Cups.
McGrain began his career at Celtic and was one of the ‘Quality Street Gang’, the outstanding reserve team that emerged in the late 1960s during Jock Stein’s nine-in-a-row glory days. He progressed to the first team and went on to play 659 competitive games for Celtic between 1970 and 1987. He won seven League Championships, five Scottish Cups and two Scottish League Cups.scoring just 7 goals .. He spent his final season of his career with Hamilton Accies, where he helped win them promotion to the premier league.

By the mid 1970s McGrain was considered by many to be one of the best full-backs in the world.He played as what is known today as an attacking full-back and contributed significantly in both attacking moves as well as in defence. His abilities included a burst of speed, skill and control on the ball, vision and anticipation and, when required, a strong but fair sliding tackle.

He won a further league championship title and a Scottish Cup in 1974 and played in the World Cup for Scotland that same year.However, McGrain was diagnosed with diabetes immediately after the 1974 World Cup, but with the benefit of medication and a controlled diet and lifestyle, continued to play without adverse effect.

He played his final game for Celtic on 9 May 1987, a league fixture away against Hearts.

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JIMMY MCGRORY

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James Edward “Jimmy” McGrory (26 April 1904 – 20 October 1982) was a Scottish International football player, who played for Celtic and Clydebank and then went on to manage Kilmarnock, before returning to Celtic after the end of the Second World War to manage them.

He is the all-time leading goalscorer in top-flight British football with a total of 550 goals; 408 Scottish League goals, 77Scottish Cup goals, 53 goals in other cup tournaments, 6 goals for the Scotland international side and another 6 goals for theScottish League XI. McGrory is a legendary figure within Celtic’s history and their top scorer of all time, with 522 goals in 501 games. He also holds their record for most goals in a season, with 57 League and Scottish Cup goals from 39 games in season 1926-27. He has also notched up a British top-flight record of 55 hat-tricks, 48 coming in League games and 7 from Scottish Cup ties. It could be argued he in fact scored 56, as he hit 8 goals in a Scottish League game against Dunfermline in 1928.

He was at Celtic for 15 years between 1922 and 1937, although he did spend the majority of the 1923-24 season on loan at fellow 1st Division side Clydebank. After a spell managing Kilmarnock from December 1937 to July 1945, he became Celtic manager, where he remained for just under 20 years, until March 1965 when he was succeed by Jock Stein.[1]

Even although he was only 5 ft 6ins, he was renowned for his prowess and ability from headers. His trademark was an almost horizontal, bullet header, which he performed and scored regularly from and which earned him his nicknames, of the”Human Torpedo” and the “Mermaid”.

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JIMMY JOHNSTONE

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James Connolly “Jimmy” Johnstone (30 September 1944 – 13 March 2006) was a Scottish football player. Johnstone was best known for his time with Celtic, and was voted their best ever player by the club’s fans in 2002.[1] He scored 129 goals for Celtic in 515 appearances.[1]

Born in Viewpark, South Lanarkshire, the youngest of five children, Johnstone grew up at the family home on Old Edinburgh Road, directly across from Robertson Park, the home of local Junior side Thorniewood United FC. After being spotted by Celtic and Manchester United scouts at age 13, he chose to sign with Celtic.

Johnstone was one of the “Lisbon Lions”, the team that won the then European Cup for Celtic in 1967.

In the immediate aftermath of the Lisbon victory Celtic formed the opposition in the testimonial game for the Real Madrid player Alfredo Di Stéfano. Johnstone’s performance was such that the Real supporters began to cry “Olé!” every time he dribbled past one of their own team’s players.[2]

In all he made 308 League appearances for The Bhoys, scoring 82 goals. He also played another 207 times for them in the Scottish Cup, League Cup and in Europe, for an overall total of 515 matches.

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