In May 1904, McNair signed for Celtic. McNair initially played in a variety of positions, but when right-back Donnie McLeod left in 1908, McNair made that position his own. He was an integral part of the Celtic side that won six successive league championships from 1904-05 to 1909-10. McNair had exceptional positional sense and ability to anticipate his opponents moves. He was a precise tackler and had confidence in his ability to dribble the ball out of his own penalty area rather than rashly boot it forward. McNair was a calm and composed personality, and his demeanour earned him the nickname ‘The Icicle’. Willie Maley, the Celtic manager, described McNair as “The coolest, most intelligent player I have sever seen.”
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The 500 Club with A Celtic State of Mind – Martin Donaldson’s Tribute to Celtic’s Icicle, Alec McNair
The wonderful and timeless quote from Willie Maley, “It’s not the creed nor his nationality that counts.
A number of memorable Celtic moments have occurred on Boxing Day through the years.
26th December 1994 Aberdeen 0 Celtic 0 A number of memorable Celtic moments have occurred on Boxing Day through the years.
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...