Brian McClair

Celtic hero Brian McClair was born in Airdrie, Scotland on 8 December 1963 (age 56). Follow @BrianMcClair13 on Twitter.

In May 1983, Billy McNeill signed McClair for Celtic, with the fee being £100,000. McClair was effectively signed as a replacement for the recently departed Charlie Nicholas. However, McClair would never actually play for McNeill, as the Celtic manager resigned in June 1983 and was replaced by Davie Hay.

McClair scored in a 2–0 win on his debut against Partick Thistle at Firhill in the Glasgow Cup on 9 August 1983. By the end of an impressive first season at Celtic, McClair had scored 32 goals and established himself as a first team regular. A four-goal haul against Dundee in a 6–2 win during September, an outstanding solo goal in a 5–0 win over Sporting Lisbon in the UEFA Cup, and a goal in the 2–3 defeat against Rangers in the League Cup Final in March 1984 highlighted McClair’s goalscoring ability.

The following season saw the arrival of Mo Johnston from Watford and, despite their contrasting personalities, McClair and Johnston would quickly form a deadly goalscoring partnership for Celtic. McClair continued to score regularly for Celtic, and at the end of the season won his first winner’s medal, coming on as a substitute in Celtic’s 2–1 win over Dundee United in the 1985 Scottish Cup Final.

Despite competition from Alan McInally and Mark McGhee, McClair and Johnston remained the regular pairing playing up front for Celtic. Their goals helped Celtic to a dramatic league championship win in 1985–86; a memorable 5–0 win over St Mirren at Love Street on the last day of the season with McClair and Johnston both scoring twice as title-rivals Hearts capitulated to a 2–0 defeat at Dundee.

Season 1986–87 would be McClair’s last at Celtic. Despite a bright start to the season from Celtic, the team’s form began to fade during the winter months and the club would go on to squander a nine-point lead in the league, which was eventually won by Rangers. Another league cup final defeat against Rangers (despite an outstanding goal by McClair) and a fourth-round defeat at Hearts in the Scottish Cup saw Celtic finish the season without any silverware. Despite Celtic’s lack of achievement, McClair was an outstanding success that year. He scored 41 goals in total, finishing top scorer in the league with 35 goals and won both the Scottish Football Writers’ Association Player of the Year and the Scottish Players’ Player of the Year awards.

In four seasons with at Celtic, McClair made 204 appearances in all competitions and scored 126 goals. He won the Scottish Cup 1985 and the Scottish Premier Division in 1986.

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VideoCelts · Jun 21

Was Brian McClair Celtic’s best striker of the eighties? Fans share brilliant debate

Transfer Tavern · May 11

‘All-time favourite Celtic player’- Many Hoops fans reminisce over 122-goal ace following tweet

Sowing the Wind

Transfer Tavern · Apr 23

‘Superb player’, ‘Tireless’ – Loads of Celtic fans rave about 119-goal former star

Celtic FC · Apr 9

Celtic View celebrates our greatest goalscorers – Brian McClair

‘One of my favourites’ – Many Celtic fans discuss former star who was ‘so underappreciated’

Nutmeg Magazine · Feb 24

Interview: Brian McClair part 2

Nutmeg Podcast · Feb 24

Episode 43 – Interview: Brian McClair part 2

Nutmeg Magazine · Jan 27

Interview: Brian McClair part 1

Nutmeg Podcast · Jan 27

Episode 41 – Interview: Brian McClair part 1

ACSOM · Jan 7

A Celtic State of Mind – LIVE dates for 2020 including Martin O’Neill, Brian McClair, Chris Sutton, John Hartson & Danny McGrain

ACSOM · Oct 18, 2019

Brian McClair with A Celtic State of Mind – Pulling on the hoops for Celtic Greats’ foodbank drive

A Celtic State of Mind · Sep 30, 2019

Brian McClair with A Celtic State of Mind Part 2

A Celtic State of Mind · Aug 10, 2019

Brian McClair with A Celtic State of Mind Part 1

VideoCelts · Apr 29, 2019

Brian McClair’s touching tribute to Lisbon Lion Stevie Chalmers

FansBet · Apr 13, 2019

WATCH: Brian McClair’s Football Tales at Celtic

The Celtic Star · Dec 12, 2018

Jim Craig – Old Trafford, Celtic play those Rapid Vienna cheats

A Celtic State of Mind · Nov 17, 2018

Steve Armstrong & David Alexander of Fansbet with A Celtic State of Mind

Into Football · Oct 23, 2018

The Glasgow Echo with Chris McQueer, Edgar Summertyme & Brian McClair

The Celtic Star · Oct 22, 2018

Brian McClair – Alex Ferguson’s best ever signing for Man Utd

The Celtic Star · Sep 22, 2018

Jim Craig – Celtic’s hat-trick heroes

The Celtic Star · Aug 24, 2018

Jim Craig – Brian McClair’s Celtic debut

Evening Times · Jul 20, 2018

Davie Hay: Odsonne Edouard and Moussa Dembele have the makings of a fearsome partnership

The Celtic Star · Jul 3, 2018

Jim Craig – Paul Elliott joined Celtic on this day in 1989

History Bhoys Abroad · Jun 29, 2018

History Bhoys Abroad – 45 – Brian McClair

90min.com · Jun 28, 2018

SPFL to the EPL: 6 Players Who Made A Successful Move From Scotland to England

The Celtic Star · Jun 20, 2018

Jim Craig: Brian McClair’s 120 goals, 199-match Celtic career

Scotzine · May 28, 2018

Mcclair Welcomes Cadden, Morgan

Inside Futbol · Apr 18, 2018

This Is What I Like About Leigh Griffiths – Former Celtic Forward

BBC Sportsound · Apr 2, 2018

Sportsound Podcast : 02 Apr 18

The Celtic Star · Mar 25, 2018

Brian McClair talks Celtic

BBC Sportsound · Mar 20, 2018

Sportsound Podcast: 20 Mar 18

The Scotsman · Mar 12, 2018

Rumour Mill: Ex-SFA man slams O** F*** officials | Celtic man ‘fits Arsenal’ | McLeish to name Scotland squad

The Celtic Star · Feb 21, 2018

‘”c’mon the Chocolate McClair,” although I do like to call myself Chocciñho sometimes,’ laughs Brian McClair

Celtic Quick News · Jan 26, 2018

‘I’m so Proud to Be on the Big Banners Outside Celtic Park,’ Brian Mcclair

Daily Record · Nov 20, 2016

Malky Mackay leading the race to become the new SFA performance director

The Telegraph · Feb 22, 2016

Celtic 3 Inverness CT 0: Leigh Griffiths double sees striker close in on Henrik Larsson and Brian McClair records

Celtic Forever · Feb 22, 2016

Leigh Griffiths aims to surpass Larsson and McClair scoring record

Daily Mail · Feb 22, 2016

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths aims to be a history Bhoy by smashing goals record held by Henrik Larsson and Brian McClair

· Nov 30, 2015

Interview: Paul John Dykes on ‘Celtic’s Smiler’, his book and documentary about Celtic Legend Neilly Mochan

Celtic Underground · Nov 22, 2015

His greatest game – Brian McClair – 1984 Hearts 1-5 Celtic

Celtic Underground · Mar 20, 2015

The Bhoy in the Picture – Brian McClair

Daily Record · Feb 27, 2015

Brian McClair named as new SFA Performance Director: Former Celtic and Manchester United brought in to replace Mark Wotte

Celtic FC · Jan 3, 2014

Anniversary of Anton’s debut

Celtic FC · Dec 8, 2013

Happy 50th Birthday to Brian McClair

Jim Craig CSC · Jun 20, 2013

If You Know The History – 20th June 1983 – Brian McClair signs for Celtic

Jim Craig CSC · Dec 12, 2012

If You Know The History – 12th December Celtic 0 Rapid Vienna 1

Jim Craig CSC · Aug 22, 2012

If You Know The History: 24th August 1983 McClair debut

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