Twelve Celtic pics at Christmas – 3rd January

Over the last 15 years, there can be little doubt that the biggest name on the Celtic team sheet has been Henrik Larsson. His record of 242 goals in 312 appearances puts him well up on the list of top Celtic goal-scorers.

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In this shot, he is being congratulated for scoring one of those goals by team-mate Tommy Johnson.

But I must end this little series with an action shot of the man voted by the Celtic support as the ‘Greatest-Ever Celt’. This was taken at Celtic Park in April 1967, when Celtic played Dukla Prague in the semi-final, first leg, of the European Cup. Just look at the packed terracings!

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Jimmy Johnstone was on the receiving end of some terrible treatment during his career and this high challenge by a Dukla defender was fairly typical of what the Wee Man had to put up with on a regular basis. Fortunately, the little genius came out on top more often than not, as in this match .

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That marks the end of this little series and I sincerely hope that you have all enjoyed it. Could I take this opportunity to wish all a very Happy New Year and hope that in 2014, you get everything you could possibly ask for.

God Bless,

Jim Craig

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Twelve Celtic pics at Christmas – 2nd January

In the early 1990s, Celtic Football Club was struggling financially and in danger of administration. A number of people were involved in the struggle to keep the club afloat but eventually, it was the drive and business acumen of Fergus McCann which picked the club up and drove it forward.

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In this photo, Fergus stands happily at the side of Celtic manager Tommy Burns, as the latter proudly shows off the Scottish Cup, which Celtic won in 1995 by beating Airdrie in the final.

Jim Craig

Twelve Celtic pics at Christmas – 1st January

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This photograph was taken at Celtic Park on the night of 1st February 2000, when Celtic met Bayern Munich for the ‘Millennium Trophy’ to mark the unveiling of the ‘Lisbon Lions’ stand. The Lions were all there on the evening. From left to right, they were;

Back Row ; Tommy Gemmell, Margaret ( partner of Celtic’s masseur Jimmy Steele), Benny Rooney (son of Bob), Willie O’Neill, John Hughes, Neil Mochan (son of Neilly ), Bertie Auld, Joe McBride, Jim Craig (with microphone; I was doing a live feed for Channel 67), Charlie Gallagher, Bobby Lennox, Steve Chalmers and Bobby Murdoch.

Front Row ; John Fallon, Billy McNeill, Ronnie Simpson, Sean Fallon, John Clark, Willie Wallace.

Twelve Celtic pics at Christmas – 31st Dec

This photograph was taken before the ‘Jungle’s Last Stand’ match on 1st June 1993. A crowd of 19,316, in spite of the heavy rain falling on the stadium, watched the final match played in front of ‘The Jungle’ as a standing area. A match was played Celtic’s 1967 Lisbon Lions side ( only Willie Wallace, domiciled in Australia was missing) and Manchester United’s European Cup-winning side of 1968.

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In this shot, Billy McNeill and Pat Crerand ( himself an ex-Celt) prepare to come out on to the field with the European Cup.

Jim Craig

Twelve Celtic pics at Christmas – 30th December

Two photographs of very talented Celtic centre-forwards at memorable moments in their lives.

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The first shows the incomparable Jimmy McGrory nipping to score the only goal of the 1933 Scottish Cup final against Motherwell at Hampden. The watching Celts are Bertie Thomson ( left ) and Alec Thomson (right).

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The second shot is of Billy McPhail slamming in the fourth goal in the 7-1 League Cup Final win against Rangers in 1957. The despairing Light Blues players on the goal-line are goalkeeper George Niven and right –back Bobby Shearer.

Jim Craig