Bobby Murdoch

Lisbon Lion and Celtic hero Bobby Murdoch was born in Bothwell, Scotland on 17 August 1944, and passed away on 15 May 2001, aged 56.

Brought up in Rutherglen, he lived there for most of his life and attended St. Columbkillle’s Primary school in Rutherglen, before moving to Our Lady’s High Secondary in Motherwell. Murdoch first joined Celtic in 1959, earning £3 per week as a part-time player while also being employed as a sheet-metal worker. He played for junior club Cambuslang Rangers for two years to gain experience before joining Celtic as a full-time professional.

Murdoch initially played for Celtic as an inside right, but only showed signs of being a reasonable performer in that position. This was in a period where players were not well developed by Celtic due to a lack of quality coaching. Jock Stein moved Murdoch to right half soon after he was appointed Celtic manager in 1965. With that simple action, Murdoch was the first player to significantly benefit from Stein’s arrival. Playing in the deeper position allowed Murdoch to use his long passing ability more effectively. He still continued to score at least 10 goals a season, knocking in shots from cutbacks by Bertie Auld or Jimmy Johnstone.

During his time at Celtic, he won eight Scottish League titles, four Scottish Cups and five League Cups, as well as the 1967 European Cup Final winners’ medal. Murdoch’s shot was deflected by Stevie Chalmers to score Celtic’s winning goal. Murdoch also played in the 1970 European Cup Final, when Celtic lost 2–1 to Feyenoord. In total, he made nearly 500 appearances for Celtic and scored approximately 100 goals.

His later years with Celtic were marked with injury problems, as Murdoch had difficulty maintaining his weight at a correct level. His importance to the success of a great Celtic team was such that when Jock Stein was asked when he thought Celtic might win the European Cup again he replied “when Bobby Murdoch is fit”. Stein also credited Murdoch with being “just about the best player I had as a manager”. Murdoch was voted Scottish player of the year in 1969 by the football writers. Stein allowed Murdoch to leave the club because he had “run out of challenges” at Celtic.

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The Celtic Star · Oct 20

Bobby Murdoch’s Celtic Shorts – Floodlights, Referees, Forgotten Boots and Lost Bhoys

The Celtic Star · Oct 13

Bobby Murdoch’s Celtic Shorts – Napoleon’s lifesaving Bhoy, The Trooper and Mark Viduka

‘I Looked Down, My Ankle Was Twice the Size It Was at Kick-Off,’ Bobby Murdoch, Man of the Match in Lisbon

The Celtic Star · Aug 17

Bobby Murdoch would have been 76 today. He was “quite simply the Greatest Player on Earth”

ACSOM · Jul 4

“It was brilliant, especially as a winger, being coached by Jimmy Johnstone and Davie Provan.” – David Elliot with A Celtic State of Mind

David Elliot with A Celtic State of Mind

Celtic Fanzine · Jun 15

Bobby Murdoch – World Class

Transfer Tavern · May 16

‘Outstanding’ – Loads of Hoops fans flock to post about ‘greatest Celtic player ever’

Not The View · May 15

Bobby Murdoch -different class

Celtic FC · May 15

Bobby Murdoch: When he played, Celtic played

Celtic Fanzine · May 15

Bobby Murdoch -How Changing Position Changed the World

Bobby Murdoch Tribute: What the Lions Said

The Celtic Star · May 10

Bobby Murdoch, 1967-69 – Simply, the Greatest Player on Earth

The Celt · May 9

BOBBY MURDOCH - how changing positions changed the world

The Spirit of 67: the Hero with One Good Foot

The Spirit of 67: Suarez Or Superman? It Didn’t Bother Wee Bertie

That Season in Paradise: May: the Hirpling Hero

Football Memories Scotland’s Robert Harvey with A Celtic State of Mind

Daily Record · Oct 17, 2019

The classy Bobby Murdoch Celtic touch that made my dad feel like a Lisbon Lion – Anthony Haggerty

ACSOM · Sep 5, 2019

Paul John Dykes with A Celtic State of Mind – CELTIC C-60s : Willie Garner

Into Football · Sep 5, 2019

Paul John Dykes with A Celtic State of Mind – CELTIC C-60s : Willie Garner

The Celtic Star · May 29, 2019

A Glorious End to an Unbelievable Season

The Celtic Star · May 25, 2019

Celtic 2 Inter Milan 1 – The Road to Lisbon

Celtic Quick News · May 15, 2019

Bobby Murdoch Tributes: What the Lions Said

Celtic Quick News · Apr 23, 2019

Billy Mcneill: the Lisbon Lions

Celtic Quick News · Mar 9, 2019

The Day Big Jock Returned to Paradise

Celtic Quick News · Mar 2, 2019

Exclusive: ‘Broony Reminds Me of Bobby Murdoch,’ Says Lisbon Lion

Celtic Quick News · Nov 18, 2018

Bertie and Bobby: Why Auld Will Never Forget His First Game with Lennox

Jim Craig's Football50 · Oct 2, 2018

2nd October 1968: Celtic v St Etienne – European Cup 1st Round Second Leg

The Celtic Star · Aug 19, 2018

St Johnstone v Celtic – Scotland’s Shame that day was the Celtic support

The Celtic Star · Aug 11, 2018

Jim Craig: Forgotten boots hands Celtic debut to promising youngster, Bobby Murdoch

The Celtic Star · Aug 11, 2018

Jim Craig – Forgotten boots hands Celtic debut to promising youngster, Bobby Murdoch

Not The View · May 15, 2018

Bobby Murdoch – Different Class

Celtic Quick News · May 15, 2018

Bobby and Tommy, men with established priorities

Celtic Quick News · May 15, 2018

Bobby Murdoch Tributes: What the Lions Said

The Celtic Star · Mar 14, 2018

The day Celtic almost signed Graeme Souness

Celtic Quick News · Jan 1, 2018

Billy’s Lisbon Story

Celtic Quick News · Sep 24, 2017

Souness Of The Celtic! ‘He Could Have Been A Quality Street Kid!’

ARCSC · May 24, 2017

David Potters Reflections :Glasgow 1967: The Lisbon Lions Review

Daily Record · May 23, 2017

Celtic legend Bobby Murdoch was better than Manchester United’s £89m man Paul Pogba

Celtic Quick News · May 15, 2017

“I Looked Down, My Ankle Was Twice The Size It Was At Kick-Off,” Man Of The Match In Lisbon, Bobby Murdoch

Celtic FC · Apr 27, 2017

Lisbon countdown: Bobby Murdoch, Celtic’s midfield maestro

Celtic Quick News · Mar 23, 2017

Happy Birthday, Bertie

Celtic Quick News · Nov 11, 2016

Jinky Got 23, Bobby Murdoch A Mere 12 & Bertie Auld Won Just 3 Scotland Caps

Celtic Quick News · Oct 15, 2016

Lisbon Lion Bobby Murdoch Honoured

Celtic FC · Oct 14, 2016

Rutherglen remembers its own Lion, Bobby Murdoch

Celtic Quick News · Sep 22, 2016

Murdoch, Christie, Gordon and Boruc, Show me the way

Celtic Quick News · May 15, 2016


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