8th February Tommy Boyd Debut
Tommy Boyd began his footballing career with Celtic Boys Club, before signing full-time forms for Motherwell on 9th September 1983. By the spring of 1991, he was captain of the Steelmen and led them to a Scottish Cup triumph over Dundee United at Hampden on May 18th of that year.
Only three days later, he was on his way to Chelsea but was only there for eight months or so before coming back to Celtic as a straight swap for Tony Cascarino, making his debut against Airdrie at Parkhead on this day in 1992.
These were difficult times for Celtic and their fans. A succession of managers came and went, there were financial problems, dissent amongst various members of the Board, attendances were well below those of the recent past and during the remaining eight years of the decade, only four trophies were picked up – the Scottish Cup in 1995, the League title in 1997/98 and two League Cups in 1997/98 and 1999/2000. All through these years, though, Tommy Boyd was a steady performer, both for Celtic and for Scotland.
The arrival of Martin O’Neill gave a boost to the Celtic support and he soon transformed the side into an effective unit. BY that time, Tommy was in the latter stages of his 391-game career but held his place as the side picked up a treble in 2000-01 and another league title the following year.