If You Know The History: 10th September: Alec McNair debut

10th September Alec McNair debut

After a season with Stenhousemuir, full-back Alec McNair signed for Celtic in May 1904, just after the club had won the Scottish Cup, when Jimmy Quinn notched a hat-trick. The new boy was quick to make his mark, getting his first-team debut only 4 months later on this day in 1904 against Queen’s Park.

For the following 21 years, the name of Alex McNair was the one every fan during those years expected to see in the right back slot, alongside a succession of left-backs like Jim Weir, Jim Hay, Joe Dodds, Willie McStay and Hugh Hilley.


Alec was there for the great moments. The six consecutive league titles from 1905 to 1910 and another five between 1914 and 1919, plus the 1922 victory. He picked up Scottish Cup medals in 1907, 1908, 1911, 1912, 1914 and 1923, plus numerous Glasgow and Charity Cup medals.

All in, Alec McNair made 604 appearances for Celtic, well-up on the all-time list. He retired from the playing side of the game in April 1925 becoming manager of Dundee two months later.

Jim Craig


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