This day in Celtic history: 4/10/58: Pat Crerand debut

On this day in 1958, Pat Crerand made his first-team debut as Celtic beat Queen of the South 3-1 in a league cup match at Parkhead where, just over a year later, he was joined in the side by his first cousin Charlie Gallagher.

Pat was noted for the precision of his passing from the right-half position although his five years at Celtic – from 1958 to 1963 – were uncertain ones for the club when a group of talented young players were seldom given the direction they needed.

Pat quickly made the Scotland team, too, where , unfortunately, he was involved in a couple of incidents in matches against Czechoslovakia and Uruguay.

He had the game of his life when Celtic met Real Madrid in a friendly on 10th September 1962
And was an undoubted star in the side of that period. But there were always reports of clubs in England wanting his services and a row with Sean Fallon at half-time in the Old Firm clash on Neerday 1963 led to him asking for a transfer.

Pat Crerand moved to Manchester United on 6th February 1963. Better days lay ahead.

Jim Craig


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